Daytona 500 Rain Delay Causes a Lot of Confusion on Internet

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 23, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  Rain falls during a delay in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 23, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
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Severe storms have caused the 2014 Daytona 500 to be delayed less than one-fifth of the way into the race (through 37 laps), which has caused confusion among many people across the United States.

With the race being delayed, FOX decided to fill the broadcast down time by showing last year's Daytona 500. When Jimmie Johnson crossed the finish line, the Internet blew up with "breaking news":

UPDATE: Sunday, Feb. 23 at 9:53 p.m. ET

Fox News has apologized for their incorrect report:

--End of Update--

At the time of the delay, Johnson sat in 40th place.

Even espnW, via Deadspin's Timothy Burke, was fooled:

Danica Patrick was 34th when the race was delayed.

ESPN's Darren Rovell broke the bad news to everyone who thought they were watching a live event:

via @espnW via Deadspin.com

The storms caused a lot of confusion on the Internet, so now the world must wait out the weather to see who will win this year's running of the Daytona 500.

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