Daytona 500 results: William Byron wins dramatic NASCAR Cup opener after race ends under caution

Stay updated with live, lap-by-lap coverage of the 2024 Daytona 500 from the Daytona International Speedway

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As engines rev up for the 2024 Daytona 500, the air at Daytona International Speedway is electric with anticipation. The world’s premier stock car racing event is about to unfold, and we’re here to bring you every heart-pounding moment with Total-Motorsport’s live blog.

From the roar of the engines to the strategic pit stops and the nail-biting finishes, the Daytona 500 is more than just a race; it’s a high-octane spectacle that captures the essence of NASCAR‘s thrilling competition.

Whether you’re a die-hard NASCAR fan or a newcomer to the sport, our live blog will ensure you don’t miss a beat of the ‘Great American Race’. With our comprehensive coverage, you’ll get a front-row seat to the Daytona 500 drama, the crashes, the victories, and the heartbreaks that make this event a cornerstone of American motorsports.

So, buckle up and get ready for an unforgettable journey through 200 laps of intense racing action. The Daytona 500 is a testament to the power of speed, the thrill of competition, and the passion of millions of fans worldwide. Join us for every exhilarating moment of the 2024 Daytona 500 live blog, where history is made, and racing legends are born.


2024 Daytona 500 – Latest Updates

1 – #24 – William Byron
2 – #48 – Alex Bowman
3 – #20 – Christopher Bell
4 – #7 – Corey LaJoie
5 – #16 – A.J. Allmendinger

Lap 200/200: William Byron wins the Daytona 500

NASCAR has confirmed that Byron had crossed the start/finish line when the caution came out, and he is your 2024 Daytona 500 winner.

It is Byron’s eleventh career NASCAR Cup Series victory and the ninth Daytona 500 victory for Hendrick Motorsports, coincidentally coming on the 40-year anniversary of their first race in 1984. Hendrick teammate Bowman finishes second.

Lap 199/200: Crash coming to the white flag

Cindric and Chastain wreck just as they approach the start/finish line to begin the final lap. Byron may have already crossed the line when the caution came out, which would end the race under yellow.

Lap 196/200: Restart with 4 laps to go

Four laps to decide the winner. Ross Chastain restarts on the top line, Byron on the bottom.

Lap 192/200: Red flag lifted

The red flag has been lifted after roughly 15 minutes to clean up the mess. Those involved in the crash without terminal damage can now get to work on repairing them, though they’re still on the DVP and must complete repairs before it expires in order to stay in the race.

Lap 192/200: The Big One strikes

It was bound to happen eventually.

Chastain was frantically trying to defend his lead, jumpinmg from working with Byron on the inside up to block Logano, before ducking back inside to prevent an advance from Keselowski. Behind Keselowski, Byron got a push from Bowman that sent him sideways into Logano and the pack. Nineteen cars ultimately involved.

The red flag is out.

Lap 185/200: Chevrolets scramble for the lead

Although Chevrolet drivers were the last to pit, Ross Chastain ended the pit cycle as the leader. Bowties now lead all three lanes with Chastain in front of Trackhouse Racing partner Suárez and Hendrick allies Byron and Elliott.

Lap 180/200: Final stops begin

With 21 laps to go, the Toyotas begin the final wave of stops. Hamlin and Busch follow suit a lap later. Logano, Ragan, and Keselowski continued to lead the Fords before they all hit the pits as well.

Lap 160/200: Busch brushes the wall, Fords chug ahead

Busch narrowly averts disaster again after trying to merge into the outside line behind LaJoie and Bell, only to overshoot the very tight hole between them and tap the wall. While he avoided further damage, the outside line has fallen off the pace.

Meanwhile, an army of Fords led by Logano, Ragan, Keselowski, and Chase Briscoe steam to the front on the inside.

Lap 158/200: Hamlin vs. Busch

Despite the rash of mistakes on pit road, Kyle Busch refuses to give up. After holding off Corey LaJoie, he is now in a battle with former Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin for the lead with less than 50 laps to go.

Hamlin is seeking his fourth Daytona 500 win while Busch is still looking for his first.

Lap 134/200: Another pit road error for Busch’s team

After having to pit again for more fuel earlier in the day, Busch’s team was unable to tighten the left front wheel in time before he left his pit box, causing it to come loose. He was able to make it back to pit road to rectify the mistake.

Lap 130/200: Blaney steals Stage 2 win

Blaney went from pushing his Penske teammate Cindric to stealing the Stage 2 win. He spent much of the final laps working with Cindric on the inside line before giving enough of a push on the final lap for Cindric to clear Busch on the outside. Rather than continue with Cindric, Blaney pushed ahead on the inside while Cindric moved up in front of Busch. With the inside finding the most speed in the corners, Blaney had more than enough steam to win the drag race to the finish.

  1. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford
  2. (2) Austin Cindric, Ford
  3. (99) Daniel Suárez, Chevrolet
  4. (8) Kyle Busch, Chevrolet
  5. (45) Tyler Reddick, Toyota
  6. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet
  7. (23) Bubba Wallace, Toyota
  8. (47) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet
  9. (16) A.J. Allmedinger, Chevrolet
  10. (17) Chris Buescher, Ford

Lap 112/200: Next wave of stops

Leaders hit pit road under green. Berry gets spun by Nemechek coming to his pit box, while his Stewart-Haas teammate Preece receives a speeding penalty.

Lap 100/200: Gilliland leads at halfway

We’ve hit the triple-digit mark. Todd Gilliland, who did not lead a single lap in 2023, is at the front of the pack on the outside line with fellow Ford Logano behind him.

Martin Truex Jr. is trying to lead his own line on the inside.

Should rain somehow return to spoil the party, NASCAR has the right to end the race without another postponement.

Lap 70/200: Stage 2 begins

Josh Berry and Kyle Larson leads the field back to green.

McDowell’s team is still trying to diagnose his engine issue. Tyler Reddick and John Hunter Nemechek stalled during their stops while Kyle Busch’s team did not put enough fuel in his car and had to pit again to serve a safety violation, dropping him to the back of the order for the restart.

Lap 65/200: Elliott wins Stage 1

A very bizarre Stage 1 ends with Chase Elliott narrowly beating Hendrick teammate Kyle Larson to the finish. Elliott, pushed by Larson and Alex Bowman, took the lead from Kyle Busch on the final lap to earn ten bonus points and a playoff point that will come in handy when the regular season comes to an end.

David Ragan and Ryan Preece’s gamble to stretch their fuel failed and they finish the stage 29th and 30th.

  1. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
  2. (5) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet
  3. (1) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet
  4. (48) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet
  5. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet
  6.  (8) Kyle Busch, Chevrolet
  7. (7) Denny Hamlin, Toyota
  8. (23) Bubba Wallace, Toyota
  9. (19) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota
  10. (99) Daniel Suárez, Chevrolet

Lap 57/200: Non-Fords pit

With ten laps remaining in Stage 1, the Chevy cars hit pit road for their green-flag stops on lap 56. Bubba Wallace, who inherited the lead from Elliott, and the Toyotas followed suit with their own stops a lap later.

All stops under green have been fuel-only with plans of changing tyres during the stage break.

Lap 51/200: Fords lose the draft

After being at the front for the first 40 laps, Blaney and McDowell are sinking like rocks. They lost the draft with their Ford allies shortly after completing their stops and are now one lap down, forced to work together on the inside line while the leaders go by them on the outside. Blaney’s Penske teammates Cindric and Logano have also been lapped, as has fellow Ford Chris Buescher.

Chevys lead the way with Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch at the front.

Lap 41/200: Green-flag pit stops underway

The leaders have hit pit road for their first stops under green. The Penske trio of Blaney, Logano, and Austin Cindric were among the first to pit, opting to add fuel only, along with Bell and Daniel Hemric.

Lap 35/200: Fuel strategy already in play

A.J. Allmendinger, despite running 35th and alone without the help of the 34-car pack, was setting faster times than them and closing in on those in front of him. Although the fuel window is roughly 48 laps, many drivers have elected to take their feet off the pedal to conserve fuel.

The leaders, led by Blaney and Bell, saw this as the opportunity to zip ahead and build some distance between them and everyone else. That seemed to be a wake-up call for the rest of the field as they have since picked up the pace.

Lap 12/200: Back to green, Johnson and Dillon narrowly rejoin the race

Christopher Bell and Ryan Blaney lead the field back to the restart.

After extended stays on pit road making repairs, Johnson and Dillon are able to get back in the race before the Damaged Vehicle Policy expired on them. Johnson, who had the hood up on his car, avoided retirement by just three seconds, while Dillon returns with 12 seconds before the DVP clock ran out.

On the other hand, Burton, Hocevar, Grala are officially out of the race.

Lap 5/200: Crash

First crash of the season exiting Turn 4.

Harrison Burton was in the middle of a three-abreast run when Brad Keselowski tapped John Hunter Nemechek on the outside, shooting Nemechek down into Burton. Rookie Carson Hocevar had nowhere to go and was hit by Burton, sending them through the grass. Austin Dillon, Jimmie Johnson, Kaz Grala, Ryan Preece also involved.

Lap 1/200: Green Flag

The green flag is out and we are underway. Logano and McDowell lead the way with Logano on the outside line. Defending champion Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, William Byron, Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric, and Kaz Grala start at the rear; all but Grala were involved in crashes in the Duels, forcing them to switch to backup cars, whereas Grala underwent an engine change.

A total of 200 laps. Stage breaks will be at Laps 65 and 130.

Five minutes to starting command

Pre-race ceremonies have wrapped up, command and after a day of waiting, we are five minutes away from the command to fire engines. Fords start on the front row at the 500 for the first time since 2012, with 2015 winner and two-time series champion Joey Logano on the pole ahead of 2021 victor Michael McDowell. Toyotas lock out the second row behind them with Tyler Reddick and Christopher Bell, who won the Duels on Wednesday.

The top-10 starters for the 2024 Daytona 500

  1. (22) Joey Logano, Ford
  2. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford
  3. (45) Tyler Reddick, Toyota
  4. (20) Christopher Bell, Toyota
  5. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
  6. (2) Austin Cindric, Ford
  7. (48) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet
  8. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota
  9. (77) Carson Hocevar, Chevrolet
  10. (42) John Hunter Nemechek, Toyota

Who is the Grand Marshal for 2024 Daytona 500?

One of the most important jobs ahead of the Daytona 500 has been handed to Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Before the green flag flies all drivers must first be given a command to hit the track, and that job falls to the Grand Marshal, who also delivers the four most important words in motorsports: “Drivers, start your engines.”

What time does the 2024 Daytona 500 start?

The race is scheduled to begin at 4pm ET at the Daytona International Speedway and following the pre-race ceremonies, the green flag is expected around 4:30 pm ET.

It’s race day!

Daytona 500 postponed to Monday

Ah that’s a shame but we thought this might be coming. Due to rain, the Daytona 500 has been pushed back to Monday at 4pm ET, 9pm UK time

It’s just the third time in Daytona 500 history that NASCAR’s biggest race has been postponed. With that being the case, join us from around 8pm UK time tomorrow when we build up to the race. Fingers crossed for clear skies!

Where to watch 2024 Daytona 500 on TV

FOX will be broadcasting the Daytona 500 live, allowing viewers to experience the excitement from the comfort of their homes. FOX has been a long-standing partner of NASCAR, providing comprehensive coverage of its events, including the Daytona 500. Ensure your cable package includes FOX to not miss out on the live action.

Where to watch 2024 Daytona 500 on Streaming

For those who prefer streaming, the race will also be available on various platforms. While specific streaming services offering live coverage for NASCAR events are typically accessible through platforms like FOX Sports AppfuboTV (which offers a free trial), and other services that carry FOX. These options provide flexibility for fans to watch the race live on different devices, including smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs.

Where to listen to 2024 Daytona 500 on Radio

If you’re on the move, the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will offer live radio broadcasts of the Daytona 500. These platforms are perfect for fans who prefer listening to the race’s live commentary while driving or unable to watch the TV broadcast.

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