The Daytona 500 fight between RFK and RCR ends in overtime chaos

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For many laps near the end, it appeared that the 2023 Daytona 500 would be a duel for the victory between Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Childress Racing.

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However, as is sometimes the case in superspeedway racing, none of the four cars involved reached Victory Lane, and just one, Chris Buescher, succeeded in finishing the race.

In the closing race, Buescher and teammate and owner Brad Keselowski took the lead of the race. They eventually led a combined 74 of the 212 laps, with Keselowski dominating the most (42).

Keselowski was still in the lead of a nine-car pack with five laps left in the race.

Kyle Busch took the lead on the outside lane of the track on lap 197 with the support of a few other Chevrolets.

When Daniel Suarez spun around Turn 4 on the following lap, a warning was issued, and the race entered its first two-lap overtime.

RCR teammates Busch and Austin Dillon began the second overtime on the front row with a strategy to determine who would win between them.

However, William Byron collided with Dillon after the resumption as they were approaching Turn 3, spinning him and causing another multi-car accident that forced the race into a second overtime.

Busch was sent back to the front of the pack, forcing Buescher and Keselowski to stop for fuel. In the second overtime, Buescher fought back to place fourth while Busch and Keselowski were both involved in a last-lap collision.

The RFK-RCR duel was a mere afterthought as Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who was leading at the time of the warning, was announced as winner.

“I was hoping to have a teammate restart where I could get down on the bottom and then when I got down on the bottom and get all locked up and (Byron) and (Dillon) and myself would all work together and push and go,” Busch said.

“Looked like it was kind of working but we got too much separation off of (Turn) 2 and I tried to back up to get to them. When they hit me, it got me really squirrely and Austin (Cindric) checked up and then it the accordion happens and everyone gets running over everybody.”

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