DAYTONA BEACH — Johnny Sauter won Friday's crash-filled NASCAR truck series opener at Daytona International Speedway, giving Chevrolet its first series victory at the famed track.
Sauter led on the final lap when the caution flag dropped after a harrowing wreck that sent Christopher Bell's truck flipping in the air. Bell's No. 4 Toyota flipped nearly 10 times but he got out and walked to a waiting ambulance. He was transported to a hospital for further evaluation.
The 100-lap NextEra Energy Resources 250 had two huge melees in the final 10 laps, the first one causing a red flag that lasted nearly 30 minutes.
Penalties defined: NASCAR beefed up its punishment system and will define specific behavioral offenses with predetermined penalties for three national series and the guidelines deal with on- and off-track issues. Among the sanctions, NASCAR will punish a competitor who takes premeditated action against a driver in the Chase for the Championship.