One of the sponsors of yesterday's Daytona 500 NASCAR race broadcast on Fox was the movie Noah - yeah, the same Noah who had to build an ark to get through the worst rain delay ever. Fitting, then, that this year's race would be halted after 38 laps due to severe rain and the threat of even more dire weather. The interruption lasted a little more than six hours, during which time Fox aired a replay of the 2013 race, along with a crawling caption along the bottom of the screen that read, "You are now watching coverage of last year's Daytona 500."

As it turns out, not everyone paid attention to the important caption. When Jimmie Johnson was shown crossing the line in first place - in last year's race - Twitter and the Internet blew up with stories about his win – even his own friends tweeted him congratulations. Johnson tried to correct the matter with tweets of his own like, "I hear I won the #Daytona500?" and "Haha! I also have friends confused and texting congratulations to me." It didn't help. The site ESPNW joined numerous Twitteratti in congratulating Danica Patrick on her eighth-place finish – which she achieved last year. Folks on Twitter also blasted Jeff Gordon – who didn't finish in the top five, as he did this year – and hoped Tony Stewart was alright racing on his recently mended leg.

Perhaps worst of all, even the people in charge of Fox New's Facebook page didn't read their own screens. After Johnson "won," the Fox News FB page was updated with "JUST IN: Jimme Johnson wins the Daytona 500 for the third time in his career." The mea culpa came not long after, someone sent in at the end of a blunderbuss to "sincerely apologize to our viewers and readers for this inaccurate report." It all came good in the end, though, as the race was completed last night under the lights. In the end, sentimental favorite Dale Earnhardt, Jr. took first place, ahead of Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski in third. Gordon didn't lead a single lap, but he finished fourth, and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top five.



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      carboy55
      • 10 Months Ago
      The garage is full of wrecked cars with Austin Dillon's paint on them.
      roller146
      • 10 Months Ago
      There goes Fox again, perpetuating stereotypes about the quality of its news. The reporters ARE as clueless as they appear.
      buskegm
      • 10 Months Ago
      Shows what kind of idiots they have working at Fox News and their Facebook page.
        1guyin10
        • 10 Months Ago
        @buskegm
        Probably using people that have never seen a race. Like putting Erin Andrews on pit road when she didn't even know who the drivers were. What a farce!
      SloopJohnB
      • 10 Months Ago
      Flash…Patrick and 'King' Petty to have grudge match, Tony Stewart to provide cars, 500mile race, trade cars at 250, first one to cross the finish line wins.
      kajohns1964
      • 10 Months Ago
      It isn't real NASCAR racing unless the cars have 427 or 426 painted on their hoods
        SloopJohnB
        • 10 Months Ago
        @kajohns1964
        It stopped being NASCAR when they went to common car tube skeletons with whoever's body slapped on. It was cool when guys like Grumpy Jenkins made a ⅞'ths car that wasn't caught for several races…the car was faster because it had less aero resistance...
      Tahoe
      • 10 Months Ago
      My first love was USAC and NASCAR stock car racing starting back in the 1960's. It's gotten worse over time, and I have slowly gone from watching all the races, to maybe 2-3 last year, to not even watching this years 500. It's over for me until they become relevant again. I now watch more racing than ever, and attend at least 5-6 races per year, but not NASCAR. I'll be at 2 United Sports Car events this year, and I sure hope the same powers to be don't screw that series up as well. Bottom line is I would rather watch 12 hours of Olympic Curling than watch 1 lap of any NASCAR race.
      Pj Taintz
      • 10 Months Ago
      lets be clear, the only people who though JJ won were not the nascar fans, it was the casual viewers. the NASCAR fans all knew it was rain delayed, twitter was funny though trying to explain to people that no, JJ did not win lol
      diffrunt
      • 10 Months Ago
      Just another bad joke in the world of imitation "stock" cars. Daytona got a lot of my money-----when they were racing real cars , tweaked, maybe , but still ''stock"
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 10 Months Ago
      Boy the idiots really rise to the top on Twitter.
      carguy1701
      • 10 Months Ago
      Good race. Win is gonna be a popular one. Still can't believe that people thought the replay was the real deal, though.
      Pj Taintz
      • 10 Months Ago
      I think this was one of the best races in YEARS, not just at daytona but in general. Its taken some time but it looks like we finally got the car package correct
      Ryan David Lee
      • 10 Months Ago
      What's a "rain delay" ?? Is that the time it takes to pit and change to wet tires.
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