Michael McDowell scores upset victory in Daytona 500 after fiery crash ends race under caution

Michael McDowell scores upset victory in Daytona 500 after fiery crash ends race under caution
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DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 14: Michael McDowell, driver of the #34 Love's Travel Stops Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series 63rd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2021 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Michael McDowell celebrates after winning the Daytona 500. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Michael McDowell is a Daytona 500 winner.

McDowell won the rain-delayed 2021 Daytona 500 after he bumped Brad Keselowski into Joey Logano as Keselowski went to make a potential race-winning move on his Team Penske teammate. 

As Keselowski and Logano collected a bunch of cars behind them, McDowell was ahead of Chase Elliott when NASCAR called a caution for the fiery wreck. The win is his first in the Cup Series and the first Daytona 500 win for Front Row Motorsports.

“My plan was to stick to [Keselowski],” McDowell said. “I knew he would go for a race-winning move and my plan was to let him make that move and then coming off of [Turn 4] try to get to his outside or inside. I knew I didn’t…



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