McDowell beats 100-1 odds for upset Daytona 500 victory

NASCAR Daytona 500 Auto Racing
Posted at 10:45 PM, Feb 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 00:57:29-05

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Michael McDowell won the Daytona 500 after Penske Racing teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski wrecked on the final lap.

It was McDowell's first victory in 358 Cup Series starts, a stunning upset in NASCAR's signature event. McDowell lead just one lap — the only that mattered.

McDowell was running third when Keselowski got a huge run on Logano. Keselowski tried to pass Logano on the low side, but Logano tried to block him and ended up crashing both of them.

Chase Elliott was second, followed by Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin.

Hamlin was trying to become the first in NASCAR history to win three consecutive Daytona 500s.

The race was delayed by rain for nearly six hours.