Michael McDowell won the Daytona 500 on Monday morning (Dutch time). The Ford driver took advantage of a major accident during the final stages of The Great American Race, the first race of the new NASCAR Cup Series season.
In the last lap, Joey Logano was in the lead, with Penske teammate Brad Keselowski behind him. Keselowski received a firm push against his rear bumper from McDowell and tried to pass Logano on turn 3. Logano grabbed his teammate but lost control of the wheel.
A serious accident with a big fire was the result. There were no injuries in the accident.
McDowell, who rides for modest Front Row Motorsports and is normally not a favorite, has managed to escape misery. According to the race direction, he was in the lead when the race was neutralized and was therefore declared the winner.
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McDowell records first win at top level
In the opening phase, there had already been a major crash involving nineteen cars, with a number of favorites losing their chances of winning. The race was then interrupted because a large storm cloud was approaching. It took a few hours before I could get back on the road.
McDowell, 36, who despite his humble status is an expert on “ superspeedways ” like Daytona, recorded the first top-level victory in his fourteenth season in NASCAR.
The Daytona 500 marks the start of the NASCAR Cup Series season, the organization’s first class, and, along with the Indianapolis 500, is one of the most important motorsport events in the United States.