DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Johnny Sauter just squeaked under the white flag before a late wreck to capture the NextEra Energy Resources 250 race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night under caution.
Sauter's No. 98 Curb Records Toyota crossed the line before Jeff Agnew's No. 27 Mike Hillman Racing Chevrolet went into the wall bringing out the final caution of the evening.
Kyle Busch finished in second place, with Ron Hornaday Jr. in third.
It was an eventful night with five of the six cautions coming in the final 50 laps of the race.
A fiery crash on Lap 92 brought out the fifth caution as the No. 30 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet of Ryan Truex spun out and took out the No. 17 Part Plus Toyota of Timothy Peters, along with three other trucks in Turn 3, to set up the wild finish.
Todd Bodine was in second after the restart but quickly fell to the back of the field before moving his way to an 11th-place finish.
The first half of the race was relatively smooth, but that all changed on Lap 53 when German Quirga's No. 77 Net 10 Wireless Toyota got caught up with Brendan Gaughan's No. 62 South Point Chevy and the No. 14 Fight for Life Chevy of Brennan Newberry in Turn 3. That wreck caused a chain reaction, which took out several other cars in the middle of the pack and sent out the second caution of the evening.
Newberry started the race on the pole before falling back into the pack and eventually getting knocked out of the race.
Thirteen cars were involved in the melee that kept the race under caution for five laps.
A few moments later, the third caution came out on Lap 62 after Jason White's No. 93 Bubble Chevrolet was sent into the wall in Turn 4 and out of the race.
There were six leaders and 12 lead changes in the 250-mile 100-lap race.
James Buescher, who won the series championship last year, started in the seventh row at 21st. There hasn't been a repeat champion in the history of the series.
John King, who won this race last year, finished 20th after starting the race in the 21st spot.