Jamie McMurray Wins the 52nd Running of the Daytona 500 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 14, 2010)- Jamie McMurray held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. during a second attempt at a green-white-checkered flag finish to win the 52nd running of the Daytona 500...
Jamie McMurray Wins the 52nd Running of the Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 14, 2010)- Jamie McMurray held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. during a second attempt at a green-white-checkered flag finish to win the 52nd running of the Daytona 500 for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates in the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet. The win came in McMurray's first race back with owners Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates, making Ganassi the only team owner besides Roger Penske to win the Daytona 500, the Indy 500 and the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Sunday's race was long, lasting over six hours, with two red flag delays lasting two and a half hours to repair a pothole in the asphalt between turns one and two and two attempts at a green-white-checkered flag finish. McMurray spun his tires on the restart on Lap 207 but got a push down the front stretch and through the first turn from third-place finisher Greg Biffle. Securing the top spot from Kevin Harvick on the backstretch, McMurray led the final two laps.
The win delivered Chevrolet its 21st victory in the Daytona 500, a record among manufacturers.
Teammate Juan Pablo Montoya had a strong race car all night in the No. T42 arget Chevrolet. He led twice for a total of two laps and finished T10th.
This was McMurray's fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. It was also his second for the team after winning in his just his second career start at Charlotte (Fall, 2002) - setting a modern era record - when he replaced Sterling Marlin in the No. 40 car.
NASCAR heads out west next week to compete at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA.
Jamie McMurray: "It just means so much. You know, for me to be in the position that I was four or five months ago, to have Chip and Felix and Bass Pro Shops welcome me into their organization, it means a lot. It's a great way for me to be able to pay those guys back. I got a big run down the backstretch again. I looked in my mirror and saw the 88. I'll be honest, I was like, crap, this guy has won a lot of races here. His family has an incredible history here. You know, I believe everything happens for a reason. I just was like, I hope this isn't his turn to win the Daytona 500, I hope this is mine."
Kevin Manion (No. 1 Crew Chief): "It means an awful lot. This is one of only a few wins I hope this year. Being a two-time winner, this, for sure -- I told the guys in the team meeting today, this one you will never forget if we have the opportunity to win this. The rest of your life, you will never forget a win at Daytona, and especially the Daytona 500."
Chip Ganassi: "I'm just happy for the whole team. I'm happy for all the partners. I'm happy for Felix and Teresa, happy for every single person that's ever been a part of this team. They can take some stock in this win. It's really important. I'm really honored to be sitting up here representing all those people and all those teams of people."
Felix Sabates: "I've been trying for almost 25 years to find Victory Lane on the 500. Been a few times with Chip on the Rolex Series, Nationwide Series, but, like Chip said, it hasn't sunk in yet. I got this big ring. This was a helluva nice Valentine's Day present, Jamie, to us. He said today, I love you, brother. He must have loved me because it's Valentine's Day."