Right Place at the Right Time
It was a Daytona 500 of waiting, as a five a half-hour rain delay had the drivers burning the midnight oil. Before the rain, there was a massive pile-up on lap 14, with 13 cars suffering significant damage. Michael McDowell escaped with minor damage as heavy rains brought the race to a halt for nearly six hours. There was cautious driving after the rains as there were few cautions, with drivers spending much of the race going in single file. Brad Keselowski made his move on the final lap and spun out leader Joe Longo causing another multiple car pile up. Out of the dust, Michael McDowell emerged to take the checkered flag. It was McDowell’s first career cup win in 14 years on the circuit.