NASCAR Today ( Today’s 500 )
“Daytona 500! Wow! ” exclaimed 24-year old kid-turned champ Joey Logano after winning the Great American Race.
Outside of furious three-wide race for first place with twelve laps to go, it was business as usual with speeds over 200 mph and bumper to bumper action at the sun-soaked Daytona International Speedway. In the end Logano walked away with the biggest purse ($1.5M) in the sport’s most prestigious race.
Sunday’s race ended in a caution as several cars, including pole-sitter Jeff Gordon were involved in a pile up after the third turn spoiling what would have been the seventh Green-White-Checkered finish in the last eleven Dayton 500 races.
Six-time Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson relinquished his third different lead late as Clint Bowyer gave the No. 22 car a big push and Logano held off the field to earn his first Daytona 500 victory. Johnson finished the race in fifth place despite leading 40 laps.
Fan favorite and defending Daytona 500 champ Dale Earnhardt, Jr. had what many considered the best car all week but finished third.
In his 23rd and final Daytona 500 Jeff Gordon led the most laps with 87 in total, but finished 33rd.
Tony Stewart is now 0-for-17 in his career at the Daytona 500 after exiting following a four-car crash on Lap 42.
Prior to winning today, Joey Logano’s best Daytona 500 finish was 9th, he finished 11th last year.
Chevy engines dominated with six of the top ten finishers but Logano and tenth place finisher Greg Bifle were driving Fords. Denny Hamlin (4th) and Clint Bowyer (7th) have Toyotas.
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