DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Jamie McMurray has won the Daytona
500, holding off a hard-charging Dale Earnhardt Jr. over a wild,
two-lap sprint to the finish of NASCAR's version of the Super Bowl.
The race was stopped twice and delayed for more than two hours
because of a pothole at Daytona International Speedway, and the
setback nearly derailed the race. NASCAR struggled to patch the
hole, and drivers knew the pavement could tear at any time after
the final repair.
It meant they had to race hard the final 80 miles, and did they
Earnhardt drove from 10th to second over the final two laps, but
was unable to chase down McMurray, who won his fourth career Sprint