Coyer Takes Daytona Victory

Published On: February 15th, 2017

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(DAYTONA BEACH, FL) Daytona usually marks the opening of a new season, but the ASRS Xfinity Series has been racing for seven weeks now, with six different winners along the way.

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Qualifying saw 45 drivers attempt the 32 car starting field.  Failing to qualify were: Robby Baskins, Thomas Bergeron, Brandon Boyd, Steve Buhala, Jake Douglas, Austin Foutch, Dan Mathews, Jared Mogard, Gary Nichols, Ronnie Osmer, Robert Padavich, Jason Stewart and Travis Wright.

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Jonathan Wall led the field to the green after turning the fastest laps in qualifying, but mechanical issues kept the #10 from leading the field to the green.  Jamie Vaughn and John Kennedy made up the front row for the green flag.

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Cautions slowed the race pace considerably, with eight of them during the 150 mile event.  The lead changed hands 14 times among nine drivers.

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Zac Bozanich appeared to have the car to beat with the #91 Toyota, but a late race incident that collected several contenders took dwindled the field down to a 10 drivers on the lead lap.

John Kennedy looked like he was going to take the #89 to the win, but a last lap bump from Josh Walker send Kennedy sliding and allowed Zac Coyer to take the lead in the #31 with Jamie Vaughn pushing.  Vaughn stayed on the back bumper of Coyer until turn 4 when he pulled out to pass, Coyer appeared to be a sitting duck before attempting to block Vaughn entering the tri-oval, the two made contact that sent Vaughn spinning through the grass and Coyer sailed to victory.  Vaughn was able to finish second as he spun through the tri-oval grass, Alex Giese was third followed by Matt Doza in fourth and John Kennedy fifth.

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Ty Hester leads Sam Maxwell by 12 points after Daytona.

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The Xfinity Series takes a short break after racing seven weeks straight, it will return to action March 14th at Auto Club Speedway.

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