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":
Whiff... pic.twitter.com/WrNti8cUJy— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) February 23, 2014
UPDATE: Sunday, Feb. 23 at 9:53 p.m. ET
Fox News has apologized for their incorrect report:
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Loooooooooool pic.twitter.com/aPw97IkGiX— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) February 23, 2014
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:
To the people live tweeting the Daytona 500 finish you just saw. This is a rain delay and that was last year.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) February 23, 2014
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.