DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Chevrolet was hoping to make the 2018 NASCAR season better all around. They watched Toyota celebrate two championships, one in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the other in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In fact, in Cup competition, they were shut out of the Championship 4 at Homestead. Luckily, they had all four participants in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
But, that led to a frustrating start to the offseason. On the Cup side though, they were ready to roll out a new car. The new Camaro would be replacing the old SS. All the data they found was showing that this car would produce better results for 2018. If they could do better in Cup, remain the same in XFINITY Series competition, and stay with the Toyota’s in the Truck Series, then they’d been in good shape.
As they leave Daytona Speedweeks, they couldn’t be happier.
While the Clash was Ford dominated, the rest of the week went their way. They won the Daytona 500 pole with Alex Bowman, then won the second Duel last Thursday night with Chase Elliott. They’d also win the XFINITY Series pole with Daniel Hemric on Saturday morning too.
As far as the races this weekend, they had the best finishes you could have had.
In Friday night’s Truck Series season opener, Johnny Sauter won the NextEra Energy Resources 250 for the third time of his career in his No. 21 Chevrolet. But, Chevy’s took the top three finishing positions and four of the top five.
In Saturday’s XFINITY Series season opener, Tyler Reddick bested his JR Motorsports teammate of Elliott Sadler in the closest finish in NASCAR history. Both are Chevy drivers as the manufacturer had a 1-2 finish and five of the top seven finishers.
Then there was Sunday’s thrilling Daytona 500. Austin Dillon narrowly beat Darrell Wallace Jr. for another 1-2 Chevy result in the year’s biggest race. They had three of the top five finishers too.
So, if you count the second Duel on Thursday night, Chevrolet drivers won the final four races of Speedweeks and had the top three finishers in the Truck Series and the top two in both the XFINITY and Cup Series’.
Doesn’t get much better does it?