• Feb 15, 2010
2010 Daytona 500 – Click above for high-res image gallery

After three hours, 47 minutes and 16 seconds of racing that saw 52 lead changes among 21 different drivers over a record 520 miles of Daytona 500 racing, Jamie McMurray emerged the winner. McMurray, piloting the Ganassi-Earnhardt-Sabates Racing No. 1 Chevrolet, led only the final two laps of the race, which is a record low for a Daytona 500 winner.
It's unreal... It's just unbelievable. I can't explain it. To be where I was last year (unemployed and without a team) and to have Chip [Ganassi] and Felix [Sabates] take a chance on me... It means a lot to me and what a way to pay them back... It's just very emotional.
For those keeping track, this was the 33-year-old McMurray's fourth career Cup win, and he narrowly beat out Dale Earnhardt Jr by just .119 seconds after passing him for the lead on lap 206. The rest of the top five was rounded out by Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer and David Reutimann.

Click past the break for more action from this weekend's race at Daytona International Speedway.

[Images: Getty]

Most of the exciting racing took place late in the day – four of the nine cautions came between laps 161 and 204, and three of those were in the final 13 laps. Perhaps the biggest non-racing news from the weekend was the apparently poor condition of Daytona International Speedway's paved surface, which was last resurfaced in 1978 and is already scheduled for a full paving job in 2011.

Racing had to be stopped twice – first on lap 123, then again on lap 161 – to repair a pesky pothole that appeared about 14 feet above the yellow out-of-bounds line... right in the highly trafficked racing line. Said track president Robin Braig:
We're always prepared for these types of issues and we had the proper materials and worked to repair it. The delay was caused by the unusually cold temperature. And it was in a dip in the track surface, so it couldn't have been in a worse spot. We're not sure whether we had pavement failure or perhaps a car dug into it and lifted the pavement out... The second patch held. We used Bondo. We found some, and sometimes that works, and it did. We mixed up many batches of Bondo.
This year's running of the historic race was also notable for being the first Daytona 500 to go into overtime due to NASCAR's new rule that allows up to three extra periods in an attempt to finish under green. In this instance, just two extensions were necessary to give fans a clear winner under race conditions.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      describe this race in a single word: "yawn"
      2 more words: "who cares"
      thank God the Pens were on!
      • 4 Years Ago
      except Kyle Busch doesn't use the brakes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah the silliest of all motorsports. But they are darn good at turning left!
      Why is this interesting? Nuke Daytona.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is NOT a Spoiler Alert: The Race ended some 18 hours ago, it was aired LIVE (as the event unfolded).

      Its only a SPOILER ALERT when the event is concluded, but not yet AIRED. This usually occurs when Fox hijacks F1 races and air them at 3:00p.m on Sunday, anywhere between 10 and 20 hours after the actual event. Anything you publish about the event prior to the initial airing, would be a SPOILER. Hence the need to issue a SPOILER ALERT. If the results have already been AIRED, There is nothing to spoil.
        • 4 Years Ago
        also the cars have spoilers :-D
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ adrenalnjunky

        you right you right... >>
        • 4 Years Ago
        hokie - actually they don't. they're still using rear wings until later this season, when they go back to spoilers :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Passing is not racing gentlemen. I'll give it to you, if you like a lot of passing, NASCAR wins but a pass in NASCAR is really not an event unless it's in the last handful of laps. A pass in F1 is significant precisely because it's so difficult. Comparing the two series is idiotic. They are completely different and serve very different perspectives of racing. Each to his own.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you watched the race, or even read a recap of the race, you'd know that McMurray did not pass Earnhardt Jr. for the win. McMurray was already at the front while Jr. charged from 10th to 2nd. Maybe making stuff up about two-wheeled racing works out for you, but you probably shouldn't alter the facts of such a prestigous race!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "52 lead changes among 21 different drivers" sounds like it was a pretty cool race. I like diversity in the top ranks of any sport.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's like what, a decade for F1. ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        52 lead changes among 21 drivers in one year would be a very exciting F1 season. Oh I forgot they turn right. Right turns are much harder and more exciting than passing someone.

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