McDowell wins first Cup Series win at 2021 Daytona 500

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Love’s Travel Stops NASCAR Cup Series driver Michael McDowell was the unlikely winner of the 2021 Daytona 500 early Monday morning at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. McDowell was credited as the winner following a big wreck before the finish line.

The crash happened between Turn 3 and 4 at the track. Leader Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski got shuffled out due to the crash.

Love’s Travel Shops NASCAR Cup Series driver Michael McDowell celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the 2021 Daytona 500
Michael McDowell celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the 2021 Daytona 500 (Photo by NASCAR/Instagram)

Once the path cleared, McDowell was awarded the win. He was the leader when the caution flag went out.

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“So many years just grinding it out and hoping for an opportunity like this,” McDowell said. “Such a great way to get a first victory — a Daytona 500. Are you kidding me?”

McDowell is the eighth driver to secure their first career win in the Daytona 500. He secured his first win in his 358th start.

The race restarted at approximately 9 pm after nearly a six-hour rain delay. Right before the rain delay, there was a 16-car accident that happened on lap 15.

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This is Front Row Motorsports third win. David Ragan won at Talladega in 2013 following a long rain delay.

Chris Buescher won at Pocono in 2016 when the race was shortened due to fog. Then, McDowell won following a long rain delay early Monday morning.

Defending NASCAR Cup Series Champion Chase Elliott finished second in his NAPA Auto Parts entry. 2018 Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon was third in his Bass Pro Shops entry.

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