The NASCAR Cup Series caps off a weekend of historic racing at Daytona International Speedway where all three of the NASCAR series running the 3.61 mile road course race.

Thirty nine drivers will take to the track for the Go Bowling 235.

Kaz Grala is taking over the number three Richard Childress Racing car after driver Austin Dillon tested positive for the Covid-19 virus and will miss his first NASCAR Cup Series race.

In a pre-race interview, driver of the number six Roush Fenway Racing car, Ryan Newman noted that he did not remember leaving the track back in February after a horrific crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500.  He wanted to thank all of the workers who helped him after the crash but due to the Covid safety rules and social distancing it is not possible.  In lieu of a one on one with the workers, Newman is addressing them in a special message over the radio.

After dominating the races in Michigan last week and the new formula for setting the starting lineup, Kevin Harvick sits on the pole and will bring the field to green.  Denny Hamlin will start alongside on the front row.

With the current rules, the drivers have had no practice; but Kyle Busch was among the dozens of drivers who participated in the 2020 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in January.  Busch said that if invited, he would do the race again.

The starting lineup for the Go Bowling 235:
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Chase Elliott
Kurt Busch
Matt DiBenedetto
Kaz Grala – in for Austin Dillon
Jimmie Johnson
Clint Bowyer
William Byron
Ryan Newman
Christopher Bell
Matt Kenseth
Brad Keselowski
Tyler Reddick
Bubba Wallace
Erik Jones
Chris Buescher
Ryan Preece
Ty Dillon
Ryan Blaney
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Cole Custer
Alex Bowman
John Hunter Nemechek
Corey LaJoie
Michael McDowell
Daniel Suarez
JJ Yeley
Brennan Poole
Stanton Barrett
Quin Houff
Garrett Smithley
Timmy Hill
James Davison
Brendan Gaughan

While social distancing rules are in place, there are some fans in the stands to watch the first ever NASCAR Cup road course race at Daytona.

Stage one and two of the race are 15 laps each with stage three lasting 35 laps.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and go side by side before Denny Hamlin edges out for the lead.  Kyle Busch comes from fourth to pass Kevin Harvick and take second place.

Kyle Busch is on leader Denny Hamlin’s bumper and challenging for the lead.

The top five are Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Joey Logano.

Lap two, Denny Hamlin has a narrow lead on Kyle Busch with Kevin Harvick nearly four seconds back.

Kyle Busch passes Denny Hamlin for the lead.  Martin Truex Jr takes third.

Lap three, Denny Hamlin gets around Kyle Busch to retake the lead.

Lap four, Denny Hamlin has a lead of a second and a half on Kyle Busch with Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Chase Elliott rounding out the top five.

Kyle Busch is making an unscheduled trip down pit road with a tire issue.  With a course of nearly four miles, Busch will not lose a lap.  FOX pit reports state that the tire was severely damaged.

Brad Keselowski and Tyler Reddick both missed a chicane and have to make a stop and go penalty.  Drivers who do not make the stop and go, have to come down pit road for a pass through penalty.

Lap five, Denny Hamlin continues to lead the race; Martin Truex Jr is in second over two seconds back; Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.  Kyle Busch is back in 34th place after making his pit stop.

Lap seven, Martin Truex Jr has closed to with a second and a half on leader Denny Hamlin; Chase Elliott is in third over seven seconds back.

Lap eight, Denny Hamlin’s lead is down to under a second on Martin Truex Jr; Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr is running laps faster than leader Denny Hamlin.

Stunt car driver Stanton Barrett is off the track four laps down; the remainder of the field are on the lead lap.

Kyle Busch is moving up through the field and is in 28th after having to make a pit stop for a flat tire.

Martin Truex Jr passes Denny Hamlin for the lead on lap 10; Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin has a smoking tire rub and has to make a trip down pit road for a tire change.

Lap eleven, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Chase Elliott; Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick comes down pit road for service on lap 12.

Lap 13, Christopher Bell and Kurt Busch are among the drivers who make their pit stops just before pit road closes to end stage one.

Kyle Busch makes another trip down pit road reporting more tire issues.

Lap 13, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Chase Elliott.

Martin Truex Jr gives up the lead to Chase Elliott and makes a pit stop.

Chase Elliott is the leader with Joey Logano in second nearly eight seconds back; Jimmie Johnson is in third 13 seconds back.

Alex Bowman has a flat tire and is trying to make his way to pit road as the tire carcass comes off and lands on the track.

Chase Elliott wins stage one by nearly nine seconds.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chase Elliott
Matt DiBenedetto Logano
Jimmie Johnson
Clint Bowyer
Erik Jones
William Byron
Martin Truex Jr
Cole Custer
Ryan Preece

There are 37 cars on the lead lap.

Drivers come down pit road for service.  Drivers shut their engines off during a pit stop to save fuel; Martin Truex Jr’s car was slow to restart and cost him several spots on the track.  He will restart the race in 10th place.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 17 with Denny Hamlin alongside on the front row.  Joey Logano gets out in front from the inside lane and is getting a challenge from Denny Hamlin.  Hamlin takes the lead with Kevin Harvick right behind to take second.  Joey Logano has yet to make a pit stop.

Lap 18, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, and Martin Truex Jr.

Martin Truex Jr passes Kevin Harvick to take second on lap 19.

After having tire issues, Kyle Busch is back in the top 10.

Lap 20, the top five are Kenny Hamlin with Martin Truex Jr a half second back, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Ryan Blaney.

Lap 20, Denny Hamlin has a lead of less than half a second on Martin Truex Jr with Truex coming on fast; Kevin Harvick is in third over three seconds back.

A third of the way through the race, there are 37 cars on the lead lap with just one car – Stanton Barrett – off the track.

Lap 22, Martin Truex Jr has caught Denny Hamlin and challenging for the lead.  Martin Truex Jr passes Denny Hamlin and is the new leader.  Truex is pulling away from Hamlin and has pulled out to a one second lead.

Lap 23, Martin Truex Jr has a second and a half lead on Denny Hamlin; Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Stage one winner Chase Elliott has taken fifth place from Ryan Blaney; Kyle Busch is in seventh.

Lap 25, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Denny Hamlin; Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Kyle Busch has gotten off the course and has fallen to 13th.

Lap 27, Jimmie Johnson makes a pit stop.

The top five are Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick ,and Ryan Blaney.

More drivers make a trip down pit road for service including Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.

Lap 28, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly four seconds on Denny Hamlin; Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney, and William Byron round out the top five.

Leader Martin Truex Jr makes a pit stop and gives the lead over to Denny Hamlin.

Martin Truex Jr was caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.  With only two laps remaining in stage two, pit road is closed; as a result, Truex’s penalty will be at the back of the field on the restart.

Denny Hamlin wins stage two for his fifth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Denny Hamlin
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Preece
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch

Drivers come down pit road for service with Clint Bowyer winning the race off pit road with Denny Hamlin coming out second.

The skies are getting cloudy and dark with inclement weather less than 10 miles away.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 34 and gets out in front for the lead but is getting pressure from Kurt Busch.

After some contact from Christopher Bell, Kevin Harvick gets turned around and makes a run through the grass.  The track stays green and after the field moves through, Harvick gets moving again.

Chase Elliott has a lead of over a second on Kurt Busch with Michael McDowell in third three seconds back.  Martin Truex Jr is back in 28th place

Martin Truex Jr and Ty Dillon make contact; Truex now has a tire rub.

Lap 35, the top five are Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, Michael McDowell, Brad Keselowski, and Jimmie Johnson.

Kevin Harvick has to make a trip down pit road with flat spotted tires.

Chase Elliott has a lead of nearly three and a half seconds on Kurt Busch; Michael McDowell, Jimmie Johnson, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

JJ Yeley brought his car down, climbed out of the car, and collapsed from the heat.  He has been taken to the infield care center and Bayley Currey has taken over the driving duties of the number 27 car.  The drivers have cooler air being pumped into their helmets, but when the temperatures reach 140 degrees inside the cars, the temperature change isn’t that much different.

A member of Daniel Suarez’ pit crew has collapsed from heat exhaustion and has been taken to the care center.

Lap 36, the caution flag comes out for lightning in the area.

NASCAR will bring the drivers down pit road and red flag the race.  From the time a lightning strike is seen, there is a minimum of a 30 minute wait before the race can resume.  If more lightning is spotted before the time limit, the clock resets.

The drivers are out of their cars and being covered.

AT 5:13, NASCAR has called the drivers back to their cars and prepare to race again.  Should the rains come, the teams can run in the rain.  Each team has three sets of rain tires in their pits; the cars are equipped with a red brake light, a windshield wiper, and a defogger inside the car.

The engines have re-fired at 5:22pm.  There are 28 laps remaining in the race.

At 5:24pm NASCAR has pulled the red flag and displayed the yellow flag…and the skies appear to be clearing somewhat.  Reports are that the temperatures have dropped around 10 degrees and feel much cooler.

The 51 car of James Davison needed a push to get started.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service.  Matt Truex Jr is getting some damage repairs in his pit box.  Kevin Harvick is reporting a very loose condition and is getting numerous adjustments to his car.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart with 26 laps remaining in the race.  Chase Elliott and Kurt Busch go side by side before Elliott gets out in front.

The top five are Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, Michael McDowell, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski.  Jimmie Johnson gets around Michael McDowell for third.

Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Kurt Busch; Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, and Michael McDowell round out the top five.

Lap 41, Chase Elliott has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Kurt Busch; Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, and Michael McDowell round out the top five.  Clint Bowyer is challenging McDowell for fifth.

John Hunter Nemechek gets turned around on the course bu the track stays green.

Lap 42, Kyle Busch passes Jimmie Johnson for third and aims for brother Kurt’s bumper…and second place.

Chase Elliott has increased his lead to nearly four seconds over Kurt Busch.  Kurt and Kyle Busch battle for second place with Jimmie Johnson on their bumpers.

Lap 43, Kyle Busch takes second from brother Kurt.

Lap 43, Jimmie Johnson passes Kurt Busch for third.

Kevin Harvick gets turned around on the course but gets the car moving again and the track stays green.

Lap 44, Chase Elliott has checked out on the field and has a lead of five and a half seconds on Kyle Busch; Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Brad Keselowski missed the chicane and had to make a complete stop before continuing the race.

Lap 45, Brad Keselowski brings his car down pit road for service, he is at the edge of his window to make it to the end of the race.

Chase Elliott is “driving it like he stole it” with a six second lead on Kyle Busch; Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin passes Kurt Busch for fifth.

Joey Logano makes his pit stop.

Kevin Harvick makes his pit stop.

In road course racing, pitting under the green flag is better than pitting under the caution flag.

Lap 46, Chase Elliott continues to increase his lead on the field and now has a lead of nearly seven seconds on Kyle Busch; Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, nad Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Kurt Busch makes his pit stop and most drivers have entered the pit window to make the end of the race on a single load of fuel.

Lap 47, Chase Elliott is approaching an eight second lead on Kyle Busch; Jimmie Johnson gives up third place to make a pit stop.

Lap 48, the top five are Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and William Byron.

Lap 48, Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch make their pit stops.  Kyle Busch takes his car to the garage with a brake issue.  Busch’s team can make repairs to the car since it is a mechanical issue.

Lap 49, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kaz Grala, Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, and Alex Bowman.

Lap 50, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over nine seconds on Kaz Grala.With 15 laps remaining in the race, Martin Truex Jr makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Kaz Grala.  Truex returns to the track in 14th place.

Lap 51, the top five are Kaz Grala, Alex Bowman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Chase Elliott, and Cole Custer.

Leader Kaz Grala has yet to make his pit stop, this is his first NASCAR Cup start.

Lap 52, Kaz Grala has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Alex Bowman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Chase Elliott, and Ryan Preece round out the top five.

Chase Elliott has passed Ricky Stenhouse Jr for third.

Lap 53, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin battle for fourth with Denny Hamlin taking the spot.

Lap 54, leader Kaz Grala and Alex Bowman make their pit stops giving the lead over to Chase Elliott with Denny Hamlin nearly eleven seconds back in second; Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, and Michael McDowell round out the top five.

Kyle Busch has returned to the race six laps down.

With eleven laps to go, Chase Elliott has a 10 second lead on Denny Hamlin with Jimmie Johnson in third; Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin has closed the gap on leader Chase Elliott to under 10 seconds with eleven laps remaining in the race.

Ten to go, Chase Elliott has a lead of just under 10 seconds on Denny Hamlin with Jimmie Johnson in third over eleven seconds back.

Nine to go, Chase Elliott has a lead of nearly 10 seconds on Denny Hamlin; Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Christopher Bell gets off into the grass but gets the car moving again and the track stays green.

Eight laps to go, Chase Elliott has a lead of nearly 10 seconds on Denny Hamlin.

While Chase Elliott has a commanding lead on the field, drivers throughout the field continue to battle for position.

Six to go, Kenny Hamlin has closed the gap on leader Chase Elliot to nearly eight seconds; Jimmie Johnson is in third eleven seconds behind with 35 cars on the lead lap.

Kyle Busch brings out the caution flag with just five laps remaining in the race.  Both rear tires are blown out and gets into the wall.

The caution flag erased a huge lead for leader Chase Elliott and will bunch the field back up.

Kyle Busch makes it back to the garage.

Leaders stay out, but some of the drivers come down pit road for fresh tires.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart with Denny Hamlin alongside on the front row with just three laps remaining in the race.  Elliott gets out in front for the lead but Clint Bowyer give Denny Hamlin a push.  Chase Elliott is the leader with Denny Hamlin in second; Jimmie Johnson, Chris Buescher and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr gets around Chris Buescher for fourth.

Chase Elliott has a half second lead on Denny Hamlin.

Corey LaJoie spins out but get going again and the track stays green.

Two to go, Chase Elliott holds on to his half second lead on Denny Hamlin with Jimmie Johnson in third over two seconds back.

Chase Elliott takes the white flag with a half second lead on Denny Hamlin.

Ring the Sireeeen in Dawsonville!
Chase Elliott has won his third road course race in a row when he makes history as the inaugural winner of the Go Bowling 235 at Daytona International Speedway.

The unofficial results of the Go Bowling 235:
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Jimmie Johnson
Chris Buescher
Clint Bowyer
Kaz Grala
William Byron
Joey Logano
Michael McDowell
Eirk Jones
Alex Bowman
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch
Matt DiBenedetto
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Kevin Harvick
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Newman
Ty Dillon
Christopher Bell
Cole Custer
Ryan Preece
Aric Almirola
Bubba Wallace
Matt Kenseth
Daniel Suarez
Brennan Poole
Timmy Hill
James Davison
Ryan Blaney
Corey LaJoie
Quin Houff
JJ Yeley/Bayley Currey
John Hunter Nemechek
Garrett Smithley
Kyle Busch
Stanton Barrett
Brendan Gaughan