Live updates from Coke Zero 400 NASCAR race, results at Daytona

It’s always the last few laps, and the inevitable crashes at Daytona International Speedway, that help determine who gets the checked flag.

But you have to race all 160 laps of the Coke Zero Sugar 400 (that’s miles) to get there. Sometimes you have race beyond that prescribed distance.

In 2021 the last few laps were actually eclipsed by overtime laps, and in overtime’s final lap Ryan Blaney emerged, winning as cars crashing behind him brought the race to an end.

The summer race at Daytona, long a Fourth of July tradition, is now a late-August thriller. It ends NASCAR’s regular season and in 2022 there are two racers — Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. — on the playoff bubble, sitting 15th and 16th in points, knowing only the top 16 drivers make the 10-race playoffs with a chance at the 2022 Cup Series championship.

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