Michael McDowell won the Daytona 500 on Monday morning (KST). A Ford driver benefited from a major accident during the closing stages of the Great American Race, the first race of the new season in the NASCAR Cup Series.
On the final lap, Joy Lugano was in the lead, with teammate Brad Kisilovsky behind. Keselowski received a boost against McDowell’s rear bumper and attempted to overtake Logano in the third corner. Lugano caught his teammate, but lost control of the wheel.
The result was a severe accident with a major fire. There were no injuries in the accident.
McDowell, who rides for the humble front-row motorsport sport that’s not usually a favorite, has managed to escape the misery. According to the race management, he was in the lead when the race was neutralized and thus was declared the winner.
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McDowell records the first victory at the highest level
In the opening stage, there was already a major accident involving nineteen cars, with a number of favorite cars losing their chances of winning. The race was then halted due to the approach of a large storm cloud. It took a few hours before I started driving again.
The 36-year-old McDowell, who despite his humble status as an expert at “super speed” like Daytona, scored his first ever record-breaking victory in his fourteenth season at NASCAR.
The Daytona 500 marks the start of the season in the Nascar Cup Series, the organization’s premier category and, along with the Indianapolis 500, is one of the most important motorsport events in the United States.