What they’re saying about Sunday’s stunning Daytona 500 finish
Michael McDowell pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the 63-year history of the Daytona 500 late Sunday. He became the 14th driver in NASCAR history to win his first race in the Daytona 500. — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) February 15, 2021"I don't feel like I made a mistake, but I can't drive everybody else's car. Michael McDowell and Front Row Motorsports have won the Daytona 500! — Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) February 15, 2021Why is Michael McDowell in victory lane for the Daytona 500 seeming like a total afterthought?mlive.com
Ready to retire? Kurt Busch leaves NASCAR fans guessing
“If you’re asking me if this is a retirement video, I’m leaving it open for interpretation,” Busch told The Associated Press on Saturday. Ad“Who gets to go and take a NASCAR car to Key West at 200 mph,” Busch asked. Gronkowski partied in victory lane when Busch won the 2017 Daytona 500 and the fellow Monster athlete says: “Don’t do it, man! Don’t retire!” Busch lives in South Florida near Vanilla Ice, the “Ice, Ice, Baby” rapper who pulls up next to the Chevy and gets caught up in smoke from a burnout. Whether this was a true retirement video, simply a marketing ploy for the energy drink or even a negotiating tactic for another contract remained unclear.
AP Was There: Earnhardt killed in 2001 Daytona 500 crash
“I guess someone got into Dale because Dale got into me and then we went up,” Schrader said. We’ve lost Dale Earnhardt,” Helton said. The death of Earnhardt left NASCAR reeling in the wake of a 2000 season in which three of its young stars were killed in separate accidents. All three died of the same type of head injuries that apparently killed Earnhardt. “The only reason I won this race is Dale Earnhardt,” Waltrip said.