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Race Recap | United Rentals 300

February 17, 2024

No. 16 Celsius Chevrolet Camaro

  • AJ Allmendinger qualified third for the United Rentals 300 at Daytona International Speedway.
  • In the opening laps, the bottom lane fell back putting the No. 16 in 13th place when the caution came out on lap 23. Allmendinger reported the rear of the car was moving around. After a pit stop for fuel, tires and a track bar adjustment, Allmendinger finished eighth in the opening stage.
  • Allmendinger restarted first for the second stage. The No. 16 was involved in a caution on lap 37 and suffered right side door damage. The team repaired the damage and Allmendinger went on to finish ninth in the stage.

“Took me a little bit to get used to the Xfinity car around a super speedway, espically after just being in the Cup car. I thought Alex [Yontz] did a great job making adjustments there and pit crew with the damage repair. From there, we lacked speed because of the damage. We fought hard the rest of the day. We got stage points, got a top 10 and started the season off with a decent finish. “

– AJ Allmendinger

No. 97 WeatherTech Chevrolet Camaro

  • Shane van Gisbergen qualified fifth in his NXS debut in the United Rentals 300 at Daytona International Speedway. 
  • By lap five, Van Gisbergen was scored in 15th. Riding and logging laps, SVG was scored in 19th by lap 15 and reported his was a tick loose trafficThe first caution of the evening waved on lap 24 with Van Gisbergen scored in 16th. Under the caution the WeatherTech team hit pit road for four tires, fuel and air pressure adjustment. Following the stop SVG restarted 14th and finished the stage in 13th. 
  • The No. 97 was involved in a multi-car accident on lap 30 while running inside the top 10. Van Gisbergen restarted 31st, one lap down, on lap 42 after fixing damage on pit road. The No. 97 team received the lucky dog following a multi-car wreck on the front stretch on lap 50. Van Gisbergen finished stage two in 17th.
  • The team restarted P8 and made a green-flag pit stop on lap 76 for fuel only from the 22nd position. Van Gisbergen cycled to 17th with 30 laps remaining in the race and continued on to 10th with 25 laps remaining. The No 97 restarted at the tail end of the longest line with 18 laps remaining. Van Gisbergen scored in 26th with a quick caution on lap 104. The No. 97 finished 12th in the United Rentals 300.

“Everything was pretty wild. Once I settled in I really enjoyed the flow of the race and had a great time tonight. I appreciate all the work from the guy and girls on this WeatherTech team. I think we learned a lot we can take with us next week in Atlanta.”

– Shane van Gisbergen

No. 10 Champion Container Chevrolet Camaro

  • Daniel Dye qualified 26th for the United Rentals 300 at Daytona International Speedway. 
  • Dye was able to make moves early on before being collect in a wreck on the back stretch. The damage the No. 10 suffered to the nose but was able to continue the race.
  • With damage, the No. 10 was able to race inside the top 12 and draft with his Kaulig Racing teammates. The No. 10 struggled with speed and ability to push other cars after the nose damage. Dye went on to finish 27th at Daytona.

“Our Champion Container No. 10 Kaulig Chevy was really fast and I felt comfortable from the start. Unfortunately just got caught up in a wreck early and that limited our ability to push but we still had good speed. The late wreck was obviously disappointing and ended our chance at a good finish. Can’t thank everyone enough for the hard work and effort and we’ll look forward to Texas.”

– Daniel Dye

No. 11 Alloy Employer Services Chevrolet Camaro

  • Josh Williams qualified 21st for the United Rentals 300 at Daytona International Speedway.
  • Williams settled into 23rd, single-file, by the third lap of the opening stage. The race’s first caution flew on lap 24, and the No. 11 Alloy Employer Services pit crew serviced the Chevy Camaro under caution. After a full-service stop, Williams restarted in 27th with one lap to go in stage one, finishing in 21st.
  • Williams took the second stage green flag as the seventh car in the outside line. On lap 37, he got collected in a large wreck, swerving to avoid a car before careening into the outside wall. Williams retired due to the damage and finished 34th.

“It’s unfortunate, and it’s frustrating that we got involved in other peoples’ mess. We’ve got 32 more to go though. Looking forward to next week.”

– Josh Williams



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