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* Photo by Mark J Rebilas, US Presswire, printed in USA Today.comWhat a way to start the year, folks!  There's a REASON fans and drivers alike love Daytona.  There were 74 lead changes, 22 different leaders and a whopping 16 cautions brought out during the 200 laps.  But, the biggest surprising record-breaker was the winner, Trevor Bayne.  Driving the #21 for the Wood Brothers, Trevor became the youngest driver to ever win the Daytona 500, besting previous record holder Jeff Gordon by more than 5 years.  In fact, Trevor just turned 20 on Februray 19th (the day before the race).

Trevor's amazing skills as a "pusher" in the "it takes two to tango" duets going on all day were first made evident in the Budweiser Shootout on the Sunday before.  Trevor didn't even toss his name into the Rookie of the Year pot because he is only driving a limited race schedule for the year in Sprint Cup due to the financial constraints the Wood Brothers have fallen upon in the last several years.  Although, from what I understand, thanks to the win on Sunday, the Wood Brothers have talked about adding a couple more Sprint Cup races to Trevor's schedule this year.  This was definitely a boost in the arm they needed!

Even with the changes NASCAR employed after seeing speeds in excess of 200mph at the Budweiser Shootout, half of the record-breaking caution flags flew in the first half of the race.  The "big one" came out at Lap 29, taking out 15 cars, including such racing bigwigs as Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers (in his return after his incredibly scary health problems last year) and five-time series winner Jimmie Johnson. 

On the first Green-White Checker attempt, Robbie Gordon got loose, saved his car from hitting anybody and ended up being the catalyst for a late race crash when he tried to get back into line.  Ryan Newman, Dale Jr and Martin Truex Jr got caught up in that one, dashing their hopes of winning the race.  With the second Green-White-Checker attempt, the more experienced Carl Edwards looked like he might be the one to overtake Trevor Bayne but the kid won out, making it seem like easy work to win NASCAR's biggest race of the year.

Amazing!  The next race will be held at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 3pm EST on Fox.  What a fantastic start to what may just be an amazing year.

Top Five Finishes at 2011 Daytona 500:

1. Trevor Bayne (#21)
2. Carl Edwards (#99)
3. Travis Kvapil (#34)
4. Bobby Labonte (#47)
5. Kurt Busch (#22)

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Hi Heather,

Interesting post, almost seems like (if I was a little paranoid), that is you had a team with a good driver and one to act like a Kamikaze driver, to take out half the field, any one can win a race or even the championship.

have aPfanntastic Week.

 

Feb 21, 2011 06:51 PM #1
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the adrenaline rush can never be beaten...but we can never escape the consequences of our actions. Trevor, who won the championship, can also most likely end up in a coffin. He's the youngest to have won the race, but he could also have been the youngest to die.

I admire your passion and excitement for the Daytona race, maybe its just me...but risking one's life for entertainment and money...(shrugging)...

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I thought it was really exciting! I was rooting for Bobby Labonte because I heard he had a new car and new sponsor. But in the middle after hearing about Trevor I thought, wouldn't that be something if he won? They'd take notice then! And he did!

Yeah, they do take a risk, but so do boxers, and football players, and people getting on planes to go to Vegas...I don't choose to risk my own life in such ventures, but can't help but watch those who do every once in a while.

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Wow, Peter and Linda.  I'm glad I'm not paranoid.  :)

James - Fortunately, NASCAR has advanced their safety precautions so much so since (unfortunately) Dale Earnhardt's untimely passing 10 years ago that we have yet to see someone NOT walk away from a wreck.  Yes, wrecks DO happen, but they also train very heavily for this and have TONS of safety equipment around them all the time.

Lynda - It was an amazing race.  But, I wouldn't expect anything less from a Daytona 500 race.  You make an excellent point about the risks that boxers and football players take every time they play.  While racing can be hard on the body, NASCAR hasn't had a death or even a serious career-ending injury since Dale Sr's death 10 years ago.  I think that says a lot about how serious they take the safety of the drivers.

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Interesting that the 3 Daytona winners * Michael * SMOKE and Trevor are not RUNNING for points in the race/series that they won.....I like that the 2 Buschs are leading Cup points coming into LV

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Speaking of Bobby Labonte, who came in fourth, his brother, Terry, was a roommate of mine in Fall 1973 at Texas A&M University. He eventually quit school and went into racing full time, being named one of NASCAR’s 50-greatest drivers in 1998.

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