It took 2 track delays, and 2 extra restarts at the end of the race to decide a winner at today’s Daytona 500. Jamie McMurray captured his 1st Daytona 500 victory today, the Super Bowl of Nascar. The delays though, marred what should have been one of the better 500 finishes in recent memory. Like many roads in your home area, a pothole developed in turn 1 of the oval and brought the race to a stop twice. This is not something a sport like NASCAR can have. Many people find racing on television to be rather boring, and when delays are brought into the picture, it does nothing but destroy ratings.

The most exciting part of the race naturally was the last few laps. With the race under caution with 3 laps remaining McMurray was in the lead with Greg Biffle and Martin Truex Jr. right behind him. After 2 crashes on consecutive laps, it led to the NASCAR version of overtime, a green-white finish. A green-white finish is a 2 lap sprint to the checkered flag. After a Bill Elliot crash on the first attempt at a green-white finish, the second attempt saw Dale Earnhardt Jr. come out of nowhere to move right behind McMurray as they charged around turn 2. With a half lap remaining, Junior was attempting to gain 10 spots on one lap. He fell one spot short as McMurray was able to hold off The Intimidator’s son for a thrilling victory. Congratulations to Jamie McMurray and his team for winning the Super Bowl of Nascar. If Dale Earnhardt Jr. can parlay his excellent finish into a successful season it will do NASCAR wonders. One can only hope he does well, because NASCAR is depending on it.