NASCAR 2013: Daytona 500

February 24, 2013
by Lee

The racing season has opened with a flourish at the Daytona International Speedway. Today, as we do every February, we saw the 43 best drivers in NASCAR hit the track for the sports biggest race. We saw a little bit of everything in this race. In the end, it was Jimmie Johnson who led after the last caution to capture the checkered flag.

The race was not without some drama, especially at the beginning. An early caution in the race saw a number of top contenders including Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart wreck. The wreck ended their chance of winning the race. A couple of more wrecks during the race took other cars as well.

One observation I did have from the race was with last year’s Cup Champion Brad Keselowski. Keselowski caught small parts of two different accidents and still almost won the race today. In the end, Brad was not able to keep the lead over Johnson and ended up with a top 5 finish.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Danica Patrick (L), driver of the #34 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, talks with Cup Series Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (R), driver of the #17 Best Buy Ford, in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 21: Danica Patrick (L), driver of the #34 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, talks with Cup Series Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (R), driver of the #17 Best Buy Ford, in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

 

Danica Patrick also turned heads today with a very strong run on the 2.5 mile race track. Danica started the race as the first woman on the pole position for a Cup race. Danica followed that task up with being the first woman to lead a green flag lap in the Sprint Cup Series. To round out a fabulous day for Danica, she finished 8th as the highest finish for a woman in the Daytona 500.

We end the two week Speedweeks in Daytona and look forward to next week in Phoenix. We go from holding the throttle wide open to being able to adjust the car throughout the race. See you next week!

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