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McMurray savors wild ride of Daytona 500 victory

By: AP
By: AP
Jamie McMurray celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Jamie McMurray celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

NEW YORK (AP) - Jamie McMurray says he didn't even know about the pothole that caused the first delay at the Daytona 500 and
required a pink goo filler.

McMurray overcame the two-hour pothole delay and Dale Earnhardt
Jr. in the final lap of a double-overtime sprint finish to win his
first Daytona 500.

McMurray said Tuesday during a stop in New York that he thought
it was a piece of rubber causing the delay, noting the track was
shaded at that spot. The 36-year-old from Joplin, Mo., brushed off
the two delays Sunday, using the down time to talk to his crew
chief.

In a wild finish, McMurray outlasted 12-time Daytona winner
Earnhardt.

McMurray made the rounds of talk shows before heading to Los
Angeles for the Auto Club 500 on Sunday.


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