Rolex 24 at Daytona 2020 full coverage recap, results

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 58th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona featured a repeat winner with unprecedented performance.

Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10 Cadillac won the sports car endurance classic for the second consecutive year and by completing a record 833 laps, shattering the previous mark of 808 that was set in 2018.

That was one of the many storylines during a newsy weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

From Kyle Busch’s Rolex 24 debut to a historic “convergence” of sports cars that could link Daytona and Le Mans, you can revisit all the stories from the past week at Motorsports Talk below:

SUNDAY, JAN. 26

How Kyle Busch found happiness in sports cars over a month at Daytona

Full results of the race with class wins, fastest laps and leaders

Wayne Taylor Racing wins its second consecutive Rolex 24 at Daytona and third in four years

Kamui Kobayashi was in command with 90 minutes to go as Kyle Busch prepared for his last stint

–With four hours remaining, Kyle Busch’s team was out of the hunt as Joao Barbosa led in DPi

–Near halfway, it was Loic Duval in front as Kyle Busch completed his first double stint

SATURDAY, JAN. 25

–Eight-hour update: Scott Dixon leading for Wayne Taylor Racing

–O Canada! Why plaid has been rad for Pfaff Motorsports’ Porsche

–Kyle Busch was begging for more laps after his first stint in the No. 14 Lexus

–Helio Castroneves angry after getting wrecked in the Bus Stop by Harry Tincknell

–Olivier Pla leads at the four-hour mark

–Kyle Busch gets his marching orders for his first Rolex 24

–Ken Squier recalls the 1966 Rolex 24, sports cars at Daytona and Ken Miles’ career

FRIDAY, JAN. 24

–IMSA’s blockbuster “convergence” could signal a new Ford vs. Ferrari era, Jim France says

–In a sign of things to come, Wayne Taylor Racing’s Kamui Kobayashi had the fastest lap in final practice

A ‘crucial’ year for Hailie Deegan’s career begins at Daytona

THURSDAY, JAN. 23

Mazda takes the Rolex 24 pole for the second straight year as Ricky Taylor crashes hard in qualifying

The doctor who became a driver takes racing lessons from his son

–Wake up! How drivers alert working the graveyard shift at Daytona

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22

–Meet Nick Tandy, the sports car and Le Mans champion who loves NASCAR

–‘I’m not the top dog’: How a humble Kyle Busch approached his Rolex 24 debut

TUESDAY, JAN. 21

–DPi champion Dane Cameron discussed his career while visiting the NASCAR on NBC Podcast

–Why winning a watch is so special for Rolex 24 drivers

–With Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya, Team Penske’s odd couple also has been outstanding on the No. 6 Acura

MONDAY, JAN. 20

–A viewer’s guide to the Rolex 24 at Daytona 2020, here were five things to watch in the race

–Without neither sons behind the wheel for the first time in 10 years, Wayne Taylor understandably felt a void before the race

–The always outspoken Taylor also hasn’t been happy with IMSA’s direction on Balance of Performance

Heather Lyne, Dennis Erb Jr. make history in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series

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More than two decades in the making, the pairing of Heather Lyne and Dennis Erb Jr. produced a historical milestone in Dirt Late Model.

Last month, Erb and his long-time crew chief Lyne won their first World of Outlaws Late Model Championship and with this achievement, Lyne became the first female crew chief to win in a national late model series. Their journey together goes back 21 years and tells the story of hard work, persistence and belief in oneself.

After a career-best season with the World of Outlaws, Erb and Lyne secured the points championship at US 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo. with three races remaining in the season. The consistency and success of their season came down to pinpoint focus. Lyne and Erb are a team of two living out a David vs. Goliath tale. In order to be as successful as possible this year the duo knew they had to do as much as possible with the resources they had.

“It’s always a challenge when you only have two people, both at the racetrack and at the shop,” Lyne told NBC Sports. “I also work full time, so during the day, Dennis has to do a significant amount of work so that when I get down there I can start working and maintaining. It’s planning ahead. It’s having that system in place and making sure that you’re prepared ahead of time.

“When you have a problem at the track, making sure you have all that stuff ready so it’s a quick change and not a lengthy process to make a repair. We had zero DNFs in the World of Outlaws, we had only one DNF out of 96 races [combined among all series].”

Dennis Erb clinched his 2022 championship before the World of Outlaws World Finals. Jacy Norgaard – World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

Taming Time

This was not an easy feat. Between a full travel schedule and Lyne’s full-time job as an engineer, time comes at a premium. What they lack in time and resources they made up for in patience and planning.

“We buckled down, and we got all the equipment that we needed back, motors freshened, and things of that nature,” Lyne said about the mid-point of last season. “We were able to keep up with that. We just had a higher focus. I tried to reduce my hours at my day job as much as I possibly could while still maintaining what I need to get done at work. I got rid of a lot of the other distractions and got a more refined system in place at the shop.

“We did certain tasks on certain days so we had time to recover. We were on the road a little bit more, as opposed to coming home to the shop. So we had to be more prepared to stay out on those longer runs. It was just really staying on top of things a little more. It was a heightened sense.”

This was Lyne and Erb’s fourth full season with the Outlaws, but they’ve been on the road together for the last 21 seasons starting in 2001. Their partnership began with Lyne’s bravery. When one door closed, she was quick to open another. In 2001, Lyne’s dad was ready to stop racing. Her mother wanted to regain her weekends, but Lyne knew this was her life path and wasn’t prepared to lose it.

“I’ve always been a tomboy at heart,” Lyne said. “I watched racing with my dad. Growing up he watched NASCAR. In high school, I got tired of playing at the lake house, so I went to the local dirt track and fell in love with it. I just couldn’t get enough. It took a year for me to convince my dad to come to the track with me. He finally did and we sponsored a car that year, the following year he started to race limited cars. He ran hobby stocks and limited late models.”

At some point, Lyne and her father’s level of commitment drifted apart.

“He did it for about five years,” Lyne said. “And then my mom said: ‘I’m done racing. I want my weekends back. It’s just not fun anymore.’ I wasn’t ready to hang up my wenches and Dennis raced out of the same hometown so I, on a dare, went down and introduced myself; told him if you ever need any help, I’ll drill out rivets, I’ll help wash, whatever you need. Twenty-one years later here I am.”

Heather Lyne became the first female crew chief to secure a national touring late model championship in 2022. Paul Arch / World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

Breaking Through

Lyne entered a male-dominated job in a field that is also male-dominated – and where there were few examples of women creating these places for themselves. In this way, Lyne became a blueprint for other women as they strive to find a place for themselves in racing and in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) overall. She has her mother to thank for providing a strong role model, her father for sharing her passion, Erb for taking a chance on an unknow entity and most importantly herself.

“I was raised to believe that I can do anything, I want to do, as long as I put my heart and soul into it.” Lyne replied when asked about role models in the sport growing up. “My parents did not raise me to have that limitation. But from a racing role model perspective, I went in there completely green and just introduced myself to Dennis, the fact that he was brave enough to take that risk and bring a girl to the racetrack. Someone he didn’t know at all speaks volumes for him.”

Lyne and Erb have learned how to survive and succeed with each other on the road. They do this by leveraging decades of combined experience and an ability to adapt to the everchanging landscape of dirt late models. Next year the World of Outlaws visits nearly a dozen new tracks and Lyne sees it as an opportunity for continued success.

“I just want to do it again,” Lyne says going into next season, “I’m looking forward to the competition, I always do. I wouldn’t do it if I wasn’t competitively driven.

“There are some new tracks on the schedule that I’m looking forward to trying for the first time that I haven’t been to myself,” Lyne said of the 2023 season, “Dennis seems to do well on those first timers. We won out at Marion center, we finished second at Bloomsburg. We have a good solid notebook of information to tackle them over the last three years with these rocket race cars that we’re running. It’s good to have that information and leverage it to try some new things.”