The 24 hours of Daytona Part II seemed to be the theme of the 52nd annual Daytona 500.
After taking the green flag shortly after 1 PM ET, things were right on schedule with great racing, the lead changed over and over as the top drivers showed their horsepower.
But, just after the halfway mark the red flag was displayed when a part of the track came apart in turn one.
With Clint Bowyer in the lead, the cars were brought down pit road for over an hour as track officials worked to the fullest to repair the track and finish the race.
As the five o’clock hour began, cars were re-fired and sent back racing, but 39 laps later they were back under the yellow flag.
Once again NASCAR didn’t give up and worked to ensure that the biggest race of the year finished under the green flag. Thanks to the new green-white-checkered finish rules, that’s exactly what happened.
Following two of its three attempts and numerous lead changes again, Jamie McMurray picked up his first Daytona 500 win with new team Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. And coming home second was Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was 22nd at the first G/W/C and was tenth at the white flag lap.
With the Great American Race complete and everyone catching their breath, the 2010 NASCAR season has officially begun.
So, how did our Creatures start the first race of the year? Here’s a look at how it all shook out after a long day in Daytona.
James Broomhead (190) Jamie McMurray won (1)
Adam Heasley (175) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second (0)
Kara Martin (175) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second (0)
Rob Tiongson (132) Mark Martin finished 12th (0)
Ben Bomberger (126) Kyle Busch finished 14th (0)
Kelly Crandall (126) Kyle Busch finished 14th (0)
Misan Akuya (97) Tony Stewart finished 22nd (0)
Christopher Leone (97) Tony Stewart finished 22nd (0)
Dustin Parks (97) Tony Stewart finished 22nd (0)
Patti Rodisch (97) Tony Stewart finished 22nd (0)
Sal Sigala Jr. (97) Tony Stewart finished 22nd (0)
Billy Fellin (78) Kasey Kahne finished 30th (0)
David Yeazell (78) Kasey Kahne finished 30th (0)
NASCAR goes Hollywood next weekend with a West Coast party in Fontana, Calif. A week and a half of restrictor plate racing is history and now it is time to trade some paint and get to business.
Jamie McMurray will look to follow in former Roush-Fenway teammate Matt Kenseth’s steps by winning the first two races of the year.
California will also provide a better look at who will continue with their Daytona momentum at a track configuration that will matter over the next 35 races.
For all you Creatures, have your picks in for the Auto Club 500 by 7 PM ET on Thursday.