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William Byron Claims Daytona 500 Title
William Byron Claims Daytona 500 Title

William Byron Claims Daytona 500 Title

The Daytona 500 is now over after being postponed to Monday due to inclement weather on Sunday.

The 500-mile race in Daytona Beach, Florida, which started at 4 p.m. ET, was originally slated for 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. Hendrick Motorsport’s William Byron walked away with the Harley J. Earl trophy despite Denny Hamlin being the favorite to win – Hamlin is the only active driver with multiple victories.

With eight laps remaining, there was an 18-car wreck. Byron secured his first Daytona 500 after leading only the final four laps, and his teammate, Alex Bowman, finished second.

Last year, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. went home with the title.

This year, the race had a record purse of $28,035,991. Individual payouts haven’t been published since 2015 when Joey Logano won $1,586,503 for his first-place finish, so it’s unclear how much Byron received out of the sum this year.

Monday also featured a doubleheader due to the weather after the Xfinity Series was pushed from Saturday morning to 11 a.m. Monday. Austin Hill took home the trophy.

As of 1 p.m. ET Monday, the get-in price on for the Daytona 500 was $80 for Fanzone access tickets and $139 for the lower level.

The average ticket price for the event ended at $205 overall, and $136 for the day of the event.

The race aired on Fox and will continue to air on the provider through at least the 2031 race as part of the league’s new seven-year media deal reportedly worth $7.75 billion between Fox, NBC, TNT Sports and Amazon Prime Video.

The next NASCAR Cup Series will be at 3 p.m. ET on Feb. 25 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Fans looking to attend can get tickets here.