If you would have asked me two weeks ago who Trevor Bayne was, I would have told you I have no clue. Yesterday the whole racing world found out who he was after he won the Daytona 500. He became the youngest driver to ever win the Daytona 500 at 20 years old. The cool thing is, is he did it with one of the oldest teams in NASCAR and that is Wood Brothers Racing who hasn’t seen a win in 10 years.
I will go on record by saying that this was one of the greatest races I have ever watched. There were records set for lead changes, cautions and leaders. The race went 208 laps(520 mi) due to the NASCAR rules that allow the race to end under Green-White-Checkered and they gave it two attempts and at the end of the day the Cinderella story won.
Obviously the sentimental favorites didn’t fare to well. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Michael Waltrip and Kevin Harvick all were knocked out of the race at some point. The reason I mention those three is because it was the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s death at Daytona. Waltrip won the 500 that day driving and Earnhardt car, Kevin Harvick replaced Dale when he died and Jr. inherited all of his dads fans. Dale Jr. drove his heart out starting in dead last after wrecking his pole winning care in practice that made him go to a backup car.
This was the 2nd longest Daytona 500 but it was sure worth every minute of watching it. Trevor Bayne is only the 2nd driver to win the 500 in his first attempt. The other is Lee Petty who won the first won.
After watching the 500 yesterday I can definitely say I am excited about NASCAR again. I am going to try and watch every race this year and cover any exciting things that happen like yesterday. That was exciting and memorable.