Cup Series Recap: 2023 Coke Zero Sugar 400 (Daytona International Speedway)

Chris Buescher clinched victory after climbing from 11th to 1st in a dramatic race. Despite a late-race incident affecting Chase Briscoe, Buescher's consistent performance, marked by a net gain rating of 4.95, secured the win.

Cup Series Recap: 2023 Coke Zero Sugar 400 (Daytona International Speedway)

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Chris Buescher emerged victorious after a wild race, climbing from an 11th starting position to first. His average running position was 9.82, and his net gain rating stood at 4.95, highlighting consistent progress throughout the race. Buescher took the lead on Lap 162 and held it to secure the win. Brad Keselowski, finishing second, started from 12th and maintained an average running position of 16.16, showing a net gain rating of 2, which contributed significantly to his finish, even if his ARP doesn't fully reflect it.

Chase Briscoe led a significant portion of the laps but finished 30th due to an incident on Lap 157. His average running position of 9.76 indicates that he was competitive throughout much of the race. The late caution rendered his ARP less meaningful, as he was involved in an accident that forced him out of contention. Kevin Harvick also had impressive stats, leading laps from 148 to 161 but ultimately finished 9th, reflecting well in his average running position of 9.91 and a solid net gain rating of 4.13.

The bonanza of incidents included a major accident on Lap 96 involving multiple cars, including Denny Hamlin, Austin Cindric, and Ty Gibbs. This affected the placements of drivers such as Hamlin, who, despite leading laps earlier, finished 26th. Corey LaJoie, with the poorest net gain rating of -6.42 among running cars, highlights a tough day on the track. The race showed a clear separation of performances where drivers like Buescher and Keselowski capitalized on late-race opportunities, while others saw their efforts spoiled by the late-race incidents.

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