Michael McDowell managed among the fantastic upsets in the history of the Daytona 500, taking the checkered flag on Sunday after a disorderly race that consisted of a significant crash on the last lap.

McDowell’s triumph was not only his first taste of success in the “Great American Race,” but his first-ever NASCAR Cup series win at the 358 th time of asking.

” I just can’t believe it,” the No. 34 Ford motorist informed Fox Sports’ Jamie Little after the race. “Many years simply grinding it out hoping for an opportunity like this.

” Such an excellent way to get a very first victory. Daytona 500, are you joke me? […] We’re the Daytona 500 champs. I can not believe this.”

McDowell is only the eighth driver to record his first NASCAR Cup Series win in the sport’s greatest race and the very first since Trevor Bayne pulled off the feat in2011 Sunday’s win is likewise just the third for Front Row Motorsports and team owner Bob Jenkins in 1,081 starts.

McDowell’s triumph was made all the more exceptional by the truth he led just one lap– the last.

McDowell handled to avoid the turmoil and took the lead ahead of defending Cup Series champion Chase Elliott and Austin Dillon.

Elliott and McDowell were almost side-by-side entering the last corner, only for race officials to release the yellow flag to freeze the completing order on the 200 th and final lap.
Michael McDowell, chauffeur of the #34 Love’s Travel Stops Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series 63 rd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
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