Cindric, in his first full season in Cup Collection, led the way in which on the beginning of the two-lap additional time following a crash involving Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Chris Buescher.
However because the final lap bought underway, he bought a giant shove out from Penske team-mate Ryan Blaney that took him clear of outdoor lane runner Brad Keselowski (RFK Ford).
Blaney then went to excessive aspect in an try to get round Cindric, however the rookie blocked his advance and edged Blaney’s Ford in direction of the wall.
As Blaney fell again, Cindric outran Wallace’s 23XI Racing Toyota to take his first Cup victory in NASCAR’s largest race, on staff proprietor Roger Penske’s 85th birthday.
Cindric is simply the fourth driver since 1994 to attain his first Cup victory within the Daytona 500 after 2021 winner Michael McDowell, Trevor Bayne (2011), Michael Waltrip (2001), and Sterling Marlin (1994).
The 23-year-old champion of the second-tier Xfinity Collection in 2020, who narrowly missed out on defending his title in a photo-finish within the 2021 Phoenix finale, mentioned: ”This makes up for dropping a championship within the final race I used to be in.
“I am surrounded by nice folks, that is all there may be to it.
“I do know there’s going to be highs and lows , being a rookie. I am simply grateful for the chance and excited to climb the mountain forward of us on the #2 staff.
“We’re within the playoffs – that is one field checked. My gosh, what an superior group of followers; what an superior race automotive. I am simply actually grateful.”
Cindric beat Wallace to the flag to win the Daytona 500
Photograph by: Jasen Vinlove / NKP / Motorsport Images
Chase Briscoe, who had been pushing Keselowski on the final lap earlier than mounting a late problem to the 2012 Cup champion’s outdoors, recovered from an early spin to complete third for Stewart-Haas Racing after getting a giant push from Kyle Busch.
Blaney ended up fourth over the road as SHR’s Aric Almirola – in his ultimate season within the Cup sequence – rounded out the top-five.
Busch was one other to get better from an early crash to complete sixth forward of McDowell, who began Stage three from the rear of the sector after a pitlane dashing penalty, and David Ragan.
Each McDowell and Ragan hit the wall onerous following the chequered flag, as a contact from Ragan unsettled Keselowski and punted him into McDowell, who was then fired into Ragan’s path.
Keselowski and Chase Elliott accomplished the highest 10, whereas 1997 Method 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve completed three laps down in 22nd together with his non-chartered Workforce Hezeberg Ford.
The race was the primary point-paying occasion for NASCAR’s Subsequent Era automotive, which appeared to have few hiccups. A pair groups suffered misplaced wheels with the brand new single lug nut configuration and some others had issue driving their vehicles away after struggling flat tyres.
The race had its traditional justifiable share of incidents, with a purple flag required to clear a multi-car wreck in Stage 1 that brought about rookie Harrison Burton to briefly go upside-down earlier than his Wooden Brothers Ford landed on its wheels once more.
The incident was attributable to Keselowski turning Burton round, additionally engulfing JGR Toyotas Busch, Denny Hamlin and Christopher Bell, Hendrick Chevrolets William Byron and Alex Bowman, plus Ross Chastain’s Trackhouse Chevrolet.
Cindric celebrates victory
Photograph by: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP / Motorsport Images
Final 12 months’s Cup sequence runner-up Martin Truex Jr, who had gained the primary Stage for JGR, additionally prevailed within the second Stage by beating 2015 Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano (Penske Ford) to the road.
However each drivers have been caught up in one other multi-car accident in Stage three, together with Kurt Busch, when Tyler Reddick spun on the frontstretch on lap 151.
Stenhouse had moved into the lead with assist from Buescher when the race was halted once more by one other wreck on lap 191, when Larson turned Harvick into the trail of Noah Gragson on the front-stretch. Amongst these additionally collected have been Erik Jones, Todd Gilliland and Elliott.
After NASCAR stopped the race for practically six minutes to clear the monitor of particles, a lot of the subject elected to pit. However Stenhouse stayed out and led the way in which when the race resumed on lap 195 till his race was ended by contact with Keselowski that introduced out one other warning and despatched the race right into a two-lap additional time.