UPDATE 1: Pics of the finish and this year's winner added after the jump!
This year's Daytona 500 proved my theory that the last ten minutes of a NASCAR race is better than the hours that precede it. After a four-car crash with less than ten laps to go, the field started up after caution with just three laps to race. The top five cars in order were Mark Martin, Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, David Gilliland and Elliott Sadler. Mark Martin did a great job sticking to the bottom yellow line and holding off the field for about a lap and a half, but got loose enough at the end for a charging Kevin Harvick to make a move. It was a photo finish at the end, with Kevin Harvick edging out Mark Martin by a nose to become the winner of this year's Daytona 500.
We won't recap the highs and lows of the entire race here, but rather send you over to the NASCAR Channel at the AOL Sports Blog, which we just discovered has been live-blogging the race in real time. It's extremely interesting to read an entire race, but it looks like the AOL Sports Blog people found a way to do it.
Click on any pic below to view it in high-resolution. (all pics by Getty Images)