After all the mayhem cleared in the wee hours of Sunday morning and fans, drivers and crews left Daytona International Speedway a few drivers could walk away with confidence boost.

 Mike Bliss, Scott Speed, Reed Sorenson, Steve Park, Kevin Conway and Robby Gordon all earned top 15 finishes. Leaving DIS with much needed finishes in seasons that have not gone as planned.

For Bliss and Park they are not normally in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series but each landed rides on Saturday night. Bliss finished ninth and Park finished a very impressive 13th.

Up until the wreck with 12 laps remaining that took out 20 cars and led to a red flag situation, these guys were riding around in the back. Sorenson was actually up front prior to the wreck after starting at the rear for going to a backup car.

For the Red Bull Racing duo of Speed and Sorenson both these teams needed to have a solid finish. After a hot start this season Speed has struggled. Speed finished 10th early Sunday morning, his first top 10 since Atlanta.

RBR needed a strong showing this weekend. When Brian Vickers announcement that due to health issues he would not be running again until next season; there has been more questions about this team than answers.  The 83 has not shown the consistency that earned them a Chase berth in 2009.

Sorenson is driving for a ride as Chicagoland marks the final race of his three race deal with RBR. His eighth place showing could change that.

Kevin Conway, the leading and really only rookie of the year contender finished 14t, after he bobbed, weaved and avoided the multiple late race wrecks. His 14th place was a career best finish and in case you didn’t know it only has two DNF’s this season.

He might not be contending for wins but he is doing what a rookie should do and that is to log laps and learn these tracks.

Robby Gordon is the last true driver/owner in NASCAR. Gordon builds and drives his own equipment. The team has struggled to find sponsorship for multiple races this season. Recently, there has been somewhat of a turnaround for them. After a second place finish at Infineon, Gordon was not in the car at New Hampshire, and actually had Bobby Labonte in the car.

This weekend he was back and while he didn’t have the car to win the race, he was in the right place at the right time and earned himself a 12th place finish.

Restrictor plate races are always a gamble and every driver going in knows the chances of them wrecking are greater than them winning. That’s what makes races like this exciting and we never know who will win or if there will be a few surprises when the checkered flag waves.

With all the talk of the contenders wrecking late in the race and Kevin Harvick winning the race, these six drivers turned in solid performances and were able to capitalize on everyone else’s misfortunes.

Some drivers talked about how it was luck they missed those wrecks or finished where they did.

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good and Saturday night was no different.