Gray Gaulding survived and thrived in Friday‘s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
No, the 22-year-old didn‘t win the Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola. Justin Haley claimed that honor. But Gaulding did score his second career top-five finish in 43 series starts. He was actually the runner-up, missing the checkered flag by .253 seconds. He even led two laps in just his second series start of the season.
“Kids dream about having a chance to win Daytona,” Gaulding said. “I‘ve been dreaming about this since I was 5 years old, writing about it in my kindergarten class.”
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Gaulding has raced on Daytona‘s historic 2.5-mile oval four times. His resume breaks down into 38th, 34th, eighth and second — in order from 2018 to present.
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