Daytona 500 Run Down: McMurray Wins, Earnhardt Back To Winning Ways?

Danielle hendersonCorrespondent IFebruary 16, 2010

DAYTONA , FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Time shot 8.59 pm Race fans leave the infield after the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2007 in Daytona, Florida. Just minutes after the completion of the NASCAR season's opening race, members of the 63 competing teams already began to dismantle their team's garage and equipment in preparation for travelling to the next race venue. The NASCAR Nextel Cup series season consists of 36 races running over 41 weeks in all parts of the United States; teams usually have five days or less to travel, setup the garages and prepare the cars for the next race. The grueling schedule only begins at the finish line; crew members start their own race to break down the team's garages and load the trucks with the equipment and the team's cars - most hit the road to the next race location within 4 hours after victory circle celebrations. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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If you tuned in for the Daytona 500 you know it was a wild show full of shockers.

The drivers put on a decent show all day long, we saw some come and go as well as come and stay.

One of the center points of the day was the large pot hole in the track. NASCAR flew to red flags to fix it. One of which lasted an hour and forty odd minutes.

Once they got the cars going we saw some intense racing. I'm talking three wide, beating and banging and even some bump drafting through the corners. Jeff Gordon, the one who suggested NASCAR out law bump drafting in the corners, even got in on the action.

Along with the on track action we had to have some pit road drama too. Scott Speed's crew chief, Jimmy Ellege elected to stay out on caution while most of the other teams pitted. They did well for about 20 laps but then sunk like a rock.

But the biggest shock of all was yet to come!

With the help of NASCAR's new 'three attempts at a green, white, checker rule', Dale Earnhardt Jr rocketed to the front taking a total of 19 positions in two G-W-C's. He squeezed places no other driver would dare try, well unless their name happened to be Earnhardt.

If the race would have went one more lap Earnhardt Jr. would have surely won.

Jamie McMurray, the eventual race winner was also a shock. With his new team Jamie McMurray was considered a black horse in Sunday's Daytona 500 but he paraded to the lead and won.


Congratulations to Jamie McMurray and the No. 1 team on their very first Daytona 500 win!