Busch survives Daytona 500

However, the strategy for the 2017 Daytona 500 race of the team was to know when they would pit and who would know what needed to be done.

It just wasn't the kind of energy anybody can drink or that gets drivers to the finish line. If, however, you can get your auto repaired and are able to hit the minimum speed mandated by NASCAR for a given race, you're good.

Said Blaney, who was driving a back-up vehicle, "Well, it took longer to get going than I thought". It changes what the crew chiefs are thinking.

UPSETS: If drivers continue to be this aggressive for stage wins and top-10 finishes - the top 10 at the end of Stage 1 and Stage 2 are awarded points - get ready for some different names in victory lane.

In some sense, Busch's Daytona run was, much like his career as a whole, a battle for survival.

As such, "The Great American Race" ranked as the highest-rated/most-watched sports event of the weekend and the highest-rated/most-watched sports event since the NFL's Super Bowl on FOX on February 5.

But second was also where the run stopped.

Driver Kurt Busch on Sunday became the first driver in NASCAR Cup Series history to win the Daytona 500 while leading just the final lap of the race, per ESPN Stats & Info. Busch had a whopping 0-fer streak of his own.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. slammed into the wall and walked away unscathed, an early exit from the Daytona 500 that could be viewed as a positive step in his recovery process.

But this was the one for Smoke and The Outlaw.

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If it's possible for a retired driver to win the Daytona 500, then Tony Stewart defied time by helping to get his SHR team to the Harley J. Earl trophy for the first time.

One thing is certain, the new season has already begun with a lot of excitement, and a lot of drama. "It's time to race?' I guess it was still too early". "He definitely deserved that one for sure".

Decked in Monster gear and chugging a tall boy of the energy drink as he was flanked by scantily clad models and one of pro sports' top partiers, Kurt Busch celebrated the biggest win of his racing career.

Smoke never won his beloved Indianapolis 500, but had few other holes in his otherwise sterling resume. Busch's race-winning vehicle had noticeable damage as it crossed the finish line. He still had a fabulous rookie season, with more top-10 finishes than even series champion and Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson.

"Be very careful", Stewart deadpanned.

You would have probably laughed me out of the media. Do not look for NASCAR. you better hope there's a Good Samaritan behind you who is going to accept that block, because they have that lane and the right to it.

"I tell you, age and wisdom, they come together", said Kurt Busch. "The performace of this team has been incredible".

Stewart seemed at peace with retirement at Daytona and joked about the perks of shifting into an ownership role.

He worked as auto chief on the late Alan Kulwicki's 1992 championship team and was also the vehicle chief for Jeff Gordon during his 1998 and 2001 championship seasons. He talked wistfully about how much he would love to run the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Celebrating 20 years of flat out and five wide at their Track Reunion with two days of racing, March 25-26. The display also includes a huge chunk of infield sod on the car's hood, which flew up and landed there during Busch's post-race donut celebration in the grass.


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