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Drive4COPD300 Results: James Buescher Scores First Career Win At Daytona

A massive last turn crash cleared the way for James Buescher to win the Drive4COPD 300. It is his first Nationwide Series victory. Buescher was 11th coming to the flag when the leaders crashed together coming through the last corner. Brad Keselowski finished second, ahead of Elliott Sadler who was trying to push Tony Stewart to his fith-straight win. Austin Dillon and rookie Tayler Malsam rounded out the top-five finishers.

Stewart had gone to the outside of a pair of tandems, one with Kurt and Kyle Busch, the other with Joey Logano and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kurt Busch tried to block, pinching Logano into Stewart. The entire lead group of cars piled together, clearing the way for Buescher to get the victory.

It is the second-straight day with a surprise winner. John King won Friday night's Camping World Truck Series race in his eighth-career start. Buescher was an afterthought in a race filled with stars like Stewart, the Busches, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., but all were involved in accidents. Stewart wound up eighth, Kurt Busch was 10th, Earnhardt Jr. was 15th, and Kyle Busch finished 18th after probably taking the hardest hit in the final accident.

Polesitter Danica Patrick finished 38th in her debut as a full-time NASCAR competitor after being spun by teammate Cole Whitt and hitting the turn three wall. Whitt later triggered another multi-car accident and was wrapped up in the melee in the last turn, ending a less-than-steller first race with his new JR Motorsports ride.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.