Daytona, FL (March 9, 2019) – Another race weekend held promise of a first-time victory for Chase Sexton, but the GEICO Honda rider again had to settle for a podium finish, this time at the historic Daytona International Speedway. Sexton’s day started well with the fastest overall qualifying time in the 250SX division, and then he nailed the holeshot in his heat race. Unfortunately, one turn later he went down in a sand turn, and found himself way back. He salvaged a fourth and headed to the main event with the eighth gate pick, not ideal with a start that heavily favored the inside.
Sexton managed to maneuver into fourth early and then into second by lap four. However, while he was able to match some of the lap times of race leader Austin Forkner, he couldn’t make up enough ground to challenge for the lead. He finished in second.
“It was a pretty good start for the gate position I had, I went and got the holeshot in the heat race and then fell by myself in the first corner,” said Sexton. “I made some good passes and I think I was in about fifth—Justin [Cooper] made a mistake and I got around him, Austin was probably about four seconds in front of me and it just stayed there for the rest of the race. Track was gnarly, it was easy to make mistakes—Austin rode well and he didn’t make any mistakes. All in all, it was a pretty good race.”
Sexton is now tied with Cooper for second in the season 250SX East standings, 23 off of the lead. He returns to action this weekend in Indianapolis.