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And The Winner Is.........
by B C,posted Feb 21 2011 3:51PM
If I had said the name Trevor Bayne to you a week ago, most of you would have answered, Who? In one of the biggest upsets in NASCAR history, the 53rd Daytona 500 has been won by 20 year old Trevor Bayne. This is Trevor's 2nd Sprint Cup race and 1st career win. The famed Wood Brothers Racing team won their 5th Daytona 500, 15th overall at Daytona and 98th Sprint Cup race. The last race the Wood Brothers won was with Elliot Sadler at Bristol in March of 2001. Trevor Bayne becomes the youngest winner of the Daytona 500 at 20 years and 1 day old. The win is Ford's 60th win for the manufacturer. #99-Edwards finished 2nd followed by #34-Gilliland [the best finish ever for Front Row Motorsports], #47-BLabonte, #22-Busch, #42-Montoya, #78-Smith [best career finish], #18-Busch, #27-Menard and #5-Martin [was 3 laps down at one point]. Pole sitter #88-Earnhardt Jr, wrecked late and finished 24th. 2010 Sprint Cup Champ, #48-Jimmie Johnson was involved in 'the big one' on lap 28 and finished 27th after the team made repairs, finishing 19 laps down. There were a record 74 lead changes among 22 record leaders with a record 16 cautions for 60 laps.
The Nationwide Series race gave us some great racing to watch with a crazy finish won by .007 seconds over second place finisher #33 Clint Boywer. The #4 Tony Stewart took the checkered flag for the win of the DriveForCOPD 300 at Daytona. It is the third closest finish in the history of the series and the closest ever at Daytona. It was Stewart's 4th Nationwide Series win in a row. #1-Landon Cassill finished third followed by #5-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #32-Reeed Sorenson, #30-Jason Leffler, #18-Kyle Busch, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, #99-Michael Waltrip, and #16-Trevor Bayne. There were 5 cautions for 23 laps and 35 lead changes among 8 leaders.
The Camping World Series gave us an emotional win ten years to the day that Michael Waltrip won his first Daytona 500 and loss of the greatest racer ever Dale Earnhardt. Michael Waltrip with the #15 on the side of his Toyota Tundra wins the race on a green-white-checker restart. Emotions were high and everyone was on the edge of this incredible finish. Rounding out the top ten were;#2 Elliot Sadler #92-Clay Rogers, #7-Miguel Paludo, #18-Kyle Busch, #10-Jennifer Jo Cobb, #1-Jeffrey Earnhardt, #4-Ricky Carmichael, #31-James Buescher, #88-Matt Crafton. There were about five trucks left with no damage following two major accidents with less than 25 laps remaining. The first occurred when #5-Travis Kvapil had a tire go down, got up into the wall, causing several trucks to get caught up in the wreck. The second "big one" happened with just 4 laps remaining. The #32 in the center lane was loose and turned, with many of the remaining trucks sustaining major damage. There were 8 lead changes among 7 drivers, with 6 caution flags for 24 laps.
Get ready for a trip to Phoenix international Raceway this coming weekend for the Subway Fresh Fit 500. This will be a 3:00pm start on Fox 45 with Mike Joy, Larry Mac Reynolds and Darryl Waltrip calling all the racing action. This will be a triple bill weekend with Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Series all running.
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