Kurt Busch Wins The Daytona 500 Wreckathon
Kurt Busch won his first Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Kurt Busch had won a NASCAR Cup championship, 28 Cup races, had driven in the Indianapolis 500 but hand never won the Daytona 500. Until Sunday.
Busch took the lead on the final lap, held it and took the checkered flag in his No. 42 beaten-and-banged Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet.
“The more that I’ve run this race, the more that I’ve said throw caution to the wind, let her rip and just see how it works out and that’s what we did,” he said.
The victory came in the first race since SHR switched from Chevrolets to Fords.
The final lap was the only lap Busch led in winning the 59th 500 – the first under a three-stage format. That final lap was one of the few that was not marred by a big crash as the race saw the hopes of many of the biggest names in the sport involved in wrecks.
Ryan Blaney finished second in the famed No. 21 Wood Brothers car while AJ Allmendinger was third.
Suffering the biggest heartbreak was Chase Elliott, as he appeared set to take the win in the No. 24 Hendrick Chevy but ran out of gas with two laps to go. Read the full story »