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Chad Boat Survives Daytona Debut for 24th Place Finish
Posted by: newsla on Feb 24, 2014 - 02:43 PM
Chad Boat Survives Daytona Debut for 24th Place Finish

Chad Boat showed tremendous poise and patience in his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. The 21-year old rookie safely qualified the No. 84 Billy Boat Motorsports Chevrolet into the 40 car field and would go on to survive a few different obstacles during the course of the DRIVE4COPD 300 to safely come home with a 24th-place finish in the season opening event.


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"Well there was a lot of good and bad to take away from today," stated Chad. "I am disappointed with the overall finish but feel I learned a lot that will help me to be better the next time I strap into the No. 84. I want to give a big thanks to Keen Parts and Front Row Tailgating for coming on board and sponsoring us in this debut race. And I can't thank the guys on this Billy Boat Motorsports team and my family enough. Today was a true blessing."

Boat would start the 120-lap event from the 40th position and would quickly move his way through the field. A minor encounter with a fellow competitor on pit road during an early pit stop didn't seem to deter the young driver as he would return to the track and push his No. 84 Chevrolet inside the top-10. A long green flag run would string the field out and present various drafting strategies over the course of the second half of the race. A late race tangle on the track again tested the poise of the rookie driver but that too didn't seem to faze Chad as he brought it home safely for a lead lap finish in his NASCAR debut.

"Our No. 84 Chevrolet was pretty solid out there today and it was just so tough to get through the field at times," added Boat. "We ran in the top-10 there in the early part of the race but got shuffled back a little there and it just seemed like we couldn't get it back. I am sure a lot of it was the learning process for me and I sure did learn a lot today."

While the NASCAR Nationwide Series moves onto Phoenix next week, Boat and his Billy Boat Motorsports team will next see the track on April 4th when the series visits the Texas Motor Speedway for the running of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300.

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