NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O'Donnell said the sanctioning body was pleased with its first NASCAR Cup race with its new segment format. O'Donnell: "I thought the race had a flow. The stages played out exactly how they wanted them to. In the past you may have asked me questions of , 'Were you concerned the drivers got in a line all day long." You didn't see that. You saw two- (and) three-wide all day long. You saw drivers, when a stage came close to ending, pull out and try to win that stage. That's exactly what we wanted. Obviously we never want to see wrecks. But that's part of the sport, that's part of Daytona and that's part of the thrill of winning here if you can make it through."