McDowell takes advantage of a major crash in the closing stages and wins the Daytona 500 | NOW

Michael McDowell won the Daytona 500 in the night from Sunday to Monday (Dutch time). The Ford driver benefited from a major crash during the closing stages of ‘The Great American Race’.

In the last lap, Joey Logano was in the lead, with Penske teammate Brad Keselowski behind him. Keselowski received a heavy push on his rear bumper from McDowell and tried to pass Logano in Turn 3. Logano caught his teammate, but lost control. A heavy crash with a big conflagration – no injuries – was the result.

McDowell, who rides for the modest Front Row Motorsports and normally isn’t a favorite, managed to escape the misery. According to the race management, he was in the lead when the race was neutralized and was therefore declared the winner.

In the opening phase, there was already a major crash with nineteen cars, with a number of favorites losing their chances of winning. The race was then halted because a large storm cloud was approaching. It took a few hours before driving again.

36-year-old McDowell, who despite his humble status is an expert on ‘superspeedways’ like Daytona, recorded the first victory in his fourteenth NASCAR season.

The Daytona 500 was the start of the NASCAR season and, along with the Indianapolis 500, is one of the most important motorsport events in the United States.

For the app users: tap the tweet above for images of the crash in the closing lap of the Daytona 500.

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