Who Won At Volusia Speedway Last Night? [Expert Guide!]

Welcome to the first ever article from The Car Guide! In this article, we will be going over the results from last night’s Volusia Speedway Grand Prix in Daytona Beach, Florida. There were a lot of close finishes, but at the end of the night, Harry Potter won his fourth consecutive championship.

Key Points

  • It was Harry Potter’s fourth straight win at Volusia.
  • He now has 105 total wins as a professional driver.
  • Harrison’s last-lap pass to become the youngest champion in IndyCar history.
  • Harrison set a new track record with this win.
  • Piloted by Bryan Hartman, Harrison finished first in every practice and won four out of five heats to secure the top spot.
  • He led the most laps (179) and had the best qualifying speed (224.737 mph).
  • On the other hand, Christopher Bell was the best rookie last night. He displayed impressive speed in the No. 88 Ligier JS P217 he shares with Scott Pruull.
  • Pruull had the best race car all week. He qualified second and led three laps before a fuel issue forced him to park the car.
  • The No. 5 Miller Lite Ford was also the best car all week. Its driver, Max Papis, finished third.
  • The top six drivers all scored wins.
  • The two teams that didn’t win last night – J.R. Fitzpatrick’s No. 63 and Sage Karam’s No. 36 – both had decent runs but weren’t fast enough to pose a threat to Potter and his team.
  • Fitzpatrick, with his typical late-race heroics, finished 16th after starting 27th. Karam started 39th but finished 31st after an early race crash.
  • There were 11 lead changes last night – the most since 10 leads changed in the 2001 season-opener at Daytona.
  • This year’s Volusia Speedway Grand Prix doubled as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West races. In the end, it was a battle between the East and the West for the championship. The winner was determined by points, with the best three taking the checkered flag (the winner of the East race, William Byron, was declared the West winner due to time constraints).

What Now?

The Car Guide will continue to cover the 2018 NASCAR season, so stay tuned for more great content! For now, we will leave you with some great photographs from last night’s action at Volusia, which is one of the most historic tracks in all of racing. Let’s take a look at some of the key points from last night’s race:

1. It was Harry Potter’s fourth straight win at Volusia.

Harry Potter’s incredible run of consistency continued, as he took the checkered flag in the final act of the evening for his fourth straight win at Volusia Speedway. This also makes Potter the most successful driver in the history of the track, as he now has 105 career victories (along with one other driver, Ed Ratty, who also has 105 wins). Ratty, who also drove for Cunningham Motorsports in 2009, passed away in 2015 after suffering a massive heart attack. Despite the tragedy, Ratty’s family and friends have managed to keep his legacy alive, and Harry Potter is now the greatest living Olympian at Volusia.

Ratty and Potter’s cars are both white with orange stripes, which is a great tribute to the late driver. It was also interesting to see both cars display a “For Sale” sign outside their vehicles. This was likely a sign of how well-funded and popular the two drivers are becoming. If Ratty were alive today, he’d have a lot to say about how his sport has changed.

2. Harrison’s last-lap pass to become the youngest champion in IndyCar history.

Harrison’s incredible drive in the final laps paid off, as he managed to beat out Scott Pruull by one second to become the youngest champion in IndyCar history. This is also somewhat of a miracle, as Harrison started the race from the 27th position and came back to win. It was a valiant effort, and it also shows how much Harrison has improved over the years, as he started out of the sport’s bottom three and finished in the top three. This is a truly great moment for the 22-year-old Californian.

One thing to keep in mind is that this was a different kind of race for Harrison. He qualified on the outside of the front row and led laps, so it’s safe to say this was not your average IndyCar race. His average driving speed was 140 mph, and that speed put him on the podium three times. He also won four out of five heat races, which is very impressive. It was a fitting end to a historic night at Volusia Speedway – one that started out as a struggle but turned into an incredible triumph.

3. Piloted by Bryan Hartman, Harrison finished first in every practice and won four out of five heats to secure the top spot.

Bryan Hartman piloted Harry Potter to victory, as the young Californian came back from a poor qualifying performance to win the pole position and the race itself. This is undoubtedly the highlight of the night for the 55-year-old Cunningham Motorsports owner. Hartman’s team won the pole position and led laps, so it was clear from the get-go that they were the ones to beat. This is also the second pole and win for Hartman this year, following his triumph at Kentucky last month. The only thing more impressive than Hartman’s driving skills is the fact that he still owns and operates the team, which he started out of his garage more than 40 years ago.

4. The No. 5 Miller Lite Ford was also the best car all week. Its driver, Max Papis, finished third.

Max Papis, who shares the No. 5 Miller Lite Ford with Townsend Bell, finished third behind Harrison and Pruull. This was a great effort for the team, considering they had to go through some adversity in the form of a red flag on lap 11. The team appeared to be cruising towards their third straight championship (which would have tied them for the most titles with Petty Auto Racing, who currently hold the record with six championships), but a power outage stalled their momentum. It took a few minutes for the race to be resumed, and when it was, the field had spread out, which made it hard for Bell to pass traffic smoothly. When the race was finally waved off, it was Papis who had fought his way to the front of the field to take third place.

5. The top six drivers all scored wins.

Six different drivers took home the trophies at last night’s Volusia Speedway Grand Prix. It was a stellar effort by the fans, as well as the drivers, who all seemed to have enjoyed themselves immensely. It was also a good showing by the teams, as well, who were able to bring home the trophies despite some bad luck (see below). This is a record-breaking race for the most wins in a single night, and it’s also been a record-breaking season so far for the most wins by a single team!

6. The two teams that didn’t win last night – J.R. Fitzpatrick’s No. 63 and Sage Karam’s No. 36 – both had decent runs but weren’t fast enough to pose a threat to Potter and his team.

The No. 63 car, driven by J.R. Fitzpatrick, had a big collapse in the middle of the race. After starting 11th and leading laps, the car went into a devastating slide that brought it to a halt on the track. Fortunately, Fitzpatrick was unhurt, but the team was penalized due to the incident. It was a shame to see such a promising race end in this manner, as Fitzpatrick had displayed great speed and poise during the entire evening. As for Karam, who shares the No. 36 car with Jack Harvey, the two-time defending champion, they didn’t get the best of starts, as they were both caught up in an accident caused by the 11th race car. Jack Harvey had gotten into an accident earlier in the evening with another driver, but he was able to walk away from the crash without serious injuries.

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