Ford’s Bubba Wallace Achieves Photo FInish Victory in 2022 Daytona 500

Leo Sfikas
2 min readAug 25, 2022

Based in Chicago, Leo Sfikas led numerous auto dealerships to sustained revenue growth as a former general manager of the Currie Motors Auto Group. An automotive performance enthusiast, Leo Sfikas has a strong interest in car racing and marquee events such as the Daytona 500.

Held in February, the 64th running of the annual race kicked off the 2022 NASCAR season and started with Kyle Larson in the pole position alongside teammate Alex Bowman. Driving aggressively, Brad Keselowski took the lead in the first lap and only relinquished that position for a single lap over the next two dozen laps of Stage 1.

On Lap 63, Keselowski pushed Harrison Burton from behind, with the rookie driver getting loose off his bumper and flipping. This resulted in an eight-car wreck that also took William Byron, Alex Bowman, and 3-time Daytona champion Denny Hamlin out of the race. With Keselowski’s car undamaged, the driver regained the lead in the latter part of Stage 2, but was edged out by Martin Truex Jr., whose vehicle was damaged in a subsequent crash in Stage 3 involving Tyler Reddick.

At this point it was a Ford vs. Toyota battle for the lead between Bubba Wallace and Austin Cindric, with Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch assisting their respective teammates. In the final 10 laps there were two significant wrecks, including a third caused by Keselowski for the day, as he made an aggressive shove of leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. into a wall. With the final restart, Cindric made contact with Ford driver Blaney, which gave Bubba Wallace open track on the lower lane. The last five laps were neck and neck between the two competitors, with Bubba Wallace ultimately edging out Cindric in a photo finish that gave this year’s victory to the Ford Team.

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Leo Sfikas

Leo Sfikas — Former GM at Currie Motors Auto Group