NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 Open Race Thread | Updated with Final Race Results

All eyes will be on JR Motorsports driver Danica Patrick as she looks to improve on last year's performance in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Danica talks to Dale Earnhardt Jr. about the No.7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet in the Garage during practice at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com

Update 3:55 p.m. EST: Landon Cassill shoves Tony Stewart to a photo-finish victory over Clint Bowyer. The margin of victory is 7/1,000ths of a second.

 

Update 4:55 p.m. EST: Landon Cassill is the first Nationwide Series points leader under the new NASCAR points-paying system. Reed Sorenson, Jason Leffler, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Trevor Bayne round out the top-five.
1 -- Landon Cassill 41
2 -- Reed Sorenson 39 -2
3 -- Jason Leffler 38 -3
4 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 36 -5
5 -- Trevor Bayne 35 -6
6 -- Mike Bliss 31 -10
7 -- Danica Patrick 31 -10
8 -- Joe Nemechek 29 -12
9 -- Jeremy Clements 28 -13
10 -- Bobby Santos 27 -14
11 -- Aric Almirola 25 -16
12 -- Steve Wallace 24 -17
13 -- Shelby Howard 22 -19
14 -- Donnie Neuenberger 21 -20
15 -- Patrick Sheltra 20 -21
16 -- Derrike Cope 19 -22
17 -- Morgan Shepherd 18 -23
18 -- Justin Allgaier 17 -24
19 -- Kenny Wallace 16 -25
20 -- Josh Wise 13 -28
21 -- Robert Richardson Jr. 12 -29
22 -- Eric McClure 11 -30
23 -- Brian Scott 10 -31
24 -- Scott Wimmer 9 -32
25 -- Sam Hornish Jr. 8 -33
26 -- Mike Wallace 8 -33
27 -- Elliott Sadler 6 -35
28 -- Michael Annett 5 -36
29 -- Jeff Green 4 -37
30 -- Kevin Lepage 3 -38
31 -- J.R. Fitzpatrick 2 -39
32 -- Kelly Bires 1 -40
33 -- Tony Stewart 0 -41
34 -- Clint Bowyer 0 -41
35 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. 0 -41
36 -- Kyle Busch 0 -41
37 -- Michael Waltrip 0 -41
38 -- Kasey Kahne 0 -41
39 -- Joey Logano 0 -41
40 -- Todd Bodine 0 -41
41 -- David Starr 0 -41
42 -- Carl Edwards 0 -41
43 -- Brad Keselowski 0 -41

* Denotes Rookie

 

The excitement of this weekend just keeps growing with each event, next up the Nationwide Series where we will see a few more of the Cup drivers involved.

I haven't been this excited to the start of a Nationwide season in a long time, with the changes to the cars, and to who can exactly run for a Championship this should make for one interesting year for this long over-looked series.

If you want the most complete run down of who is driving what car and more then check out NASCAR RnR's very own Troy J.'s comprehensive NASCAR Nationwide Series pre-race report!

Starting line-up for today's event can be found here (via nascar.com). 

I'll see you all on the other side, in the comment area of course.

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