20-year-old Bayne wins the Daytona 500

By: AP
By: AP

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (AP) -- Trevor Bayne, in just his second Sprint Cup Series start, pulled off a stunning victory in his first Daytona 500 on Sunday, becoming the youngest winner in the 53 years of the Great American Race.
Bayne, who turned 20 the day before the biggest race of his career, took the Wood Brothers back to Victory Lane for the first time since 2001.
As he crossed the line, Bayne screamed into his radio: "Are you kidding me?!"
The rookie had been great throughout Speedweeks in the No. 21 Ford, even proving his mettle by pushing four-time champion Jeff Gordon for most of a qualifying race.
With the win Bayne breaks Gordon's mark as the youngest winner in Daytona 500 history. Gordon was 26 when he won the 500 in 1997.
"I think it's very cool. Trevor's a good kid, and I love the Wood Brothers," Gordon said. "I'm really happy for him. And I think it's great for the sport. To have a young talent like that -- he's got that spark, you know?"
The victory for NASCAR pioneers Leonard and Glen Wood ended a 10-year-losing streak, and came the week of the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt's fatal accident on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.
That anniversary had everyone almost certain Sunday's win would go to Earnhardt Jr., the prodigal son, who shied away from the suggestion that the stars were lined up for a spectacular tribute to his father.
Bayne, whose official web site says "Coming Soon," never even allowed himself to daydream about such a magical finish.
"Our first 500, are you kidding me?" said Bayne, who needed directions to Victory Lane. "Wow. This is unbelievable."
The race had a record 74 lead changes among 22 drivers, and a record 16 cautions that wiped out many of the leaders, including Earnhardt Jr. on the first attempt at NASCAR's version of overtime. It put Bayne out front with a slew of unusual suspects.
David Ragan, winless in 147 career starts, was actually leading the field on NASCAR's first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish. But he was flagged for changing lanes before the starting line, then an accident that collected Earnhardt in the middle of the pack brought out the caution, and Bayne inherited the lead.
But he had two-time series champion Tony Stewart, now winless in 13 career Daytona 500s, lurking behind with veterans Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin and Kurt Busch, who had collected two previous wins over Speedweeks. All were chomping at the bit for their first Daytona 500 title, but Bayne never blinked, holding his gas pedal down wide open as he staved off every challenge over the two-lap final shootout.
"I've never been to a racetrack with this many people!" he yelled in Victory Lane.
Edwards wound up second in a Ford and was followed by David Gilliland, Labonte and Busch.
Juan Pablo Montoya was sixth, Regan Smith seventh, and Kyle Busch, Paul Menard and Martin rounded out the top 10.
Earnhardt Jr. wound up 24th.
The race was a battle of attrition, thanks to the dicey two-car tandem racing at nearly 200 mph that was the norm throughout Speedweeks.
Hendrick Motorsports had a rough start to the season as three of the team's four cars, including five-time defending Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, were involved in an early 14-car wreck.
Gordon, who started on the front row, and veteran Mark Martin also sustained damage in the melee.
Gordon questioned the aggressiveness of his fellow drivers, especially so early in the race.
"What I don't quite understand is why guys are doing it three-wide, three-deep running for 28th," he said.

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (AP) -- Results Sunday from the NASCAR Sprint Cup-Daytona 500 at the 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) Daytona International Speedway (start position in parentheses)
1. (32) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 208 laps, 108.2 rating, 47 points.
2. (22) Carl Edwards, Ford, 208, 91.9, 42.
3. (39) David Gilliland, Ford, 208, 74.5, 41.
4. (31) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 208, 86.4, 41.
5. (3) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 208, 116.3, 40.
6. (13) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 208, 88.8, 39.
7. (5) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 208, 116.5, 38.
8. (10) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 208, 89.3, 37.
9. (19) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 208, 98.2, 36.
10. (17) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 208, 83.7, 34.
11. (15) A J Allmendinger, Ford, 208, 79.3, 34.
12. (29) Bill Elliott, Chevrolet, 208, 64.4, 32.
13. (25) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 208, 99.7, 31.
14. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 208, 83.9, 31.
15. (43) Terry Labonte, Ford, 208, 67.6, 30.
16. (30) Robby Gordon, Dodge, 208, 79.8, 29.
17. (6) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 208, 113.2, 28.
18. (14) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 208, 78.8, 27.
19. (20) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 208, 84.5, 26.
20. (36) Steve Wallace, Toyota, 208, 58.8, 24.
21. (18) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 207, 73.4, 24.
22. (21) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 206, 100.9, 24.
23. (38) Joey Logano, Toyota, 206, 82.2, 21.
24. (1) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, accident, 202, 95.2, 21.
25. (11) Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 199, 78.2, 19.
26. (42) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, accident, 198, 65.2, 19.
27. (23) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 189, 42.6, 17.
28. (2) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 173, 51.5, 17.
29. (16) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, accident, 166, 77.7, 16.
30. (24) David Reutimann, Toyota, 164, 51.2, 14.
31. (27) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 160, 38.1, 13.
32. (40) Travis Kvapil, Ford, accident, 153, 45.4, 12.
33. (37) Andy Lally, Chevrolet, 149, 35.5, 11.
34. (9) Matt Kenseth, Ford, accident, 133, 44, 10.
35. (26) Greg Biffle, Ford, accident, 126, 48, 9.
36. (4) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, engine, 92, 82.6, 9.
37. (35) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 82, 33.6, 7.
38. (28) Robert Richardson Jr., Ford, accident, 45, 32, 6.
39. (41) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, accident, 29, 31.1, 5.
40. (8) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, accident, 28, 41, 4.
41. (12) Brian Keselowski, Dodge, accident, 28, 28.5, 3.
42. (7) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, engine, 22, 38.9, 3.
43. (33) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, engine, 10, 25.9, 1.
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Race Statistics
Average Speed of Race Winner: 130.326 mph (209.739 kph).
Time of Race: 3 hours, 59 minutes, 24 seconds.
Margin of Victory: 0.118 seconds.
Caution Flags: 16 for 60 laps.
Lead Changes: 74 among 22 drivers.
Lap Leaders: Ku.Busch 1; K.Harvick 2; Ku.Busch 3; A.Allmendinger 4; K.Harvick 5-8; A.Allmendinger 9; J.Gordon 10; A.Allmendinger 11-12; Bra.Keselowski 13-15; B.Labonte 16-17; P.Menard 18-21; J.Montoya 22-23; C.Bowyer 24-28; J.McMurray 29-36; P.Menard 37-39; Bra.Keselowski 40-45; D.Blaney 46-48; T.Labonte 49-50; Ku.Busch 51; P.Menard 52-53; C.Bowyer 54-57; J.Montoya 58-60; Ku.Busch 61-65; J.Burton 66-67; R.Smith 68-72; C.Bowyer 73-74; J.Burton 75-77; D.Earnhardt Jr. 78-80; J.McMurray 81-82; R.Newman 83-85; M.Truex Jr. 86-87; C.Bowyer 88-90; Ku.Busch 91-96; R.Newman 97; R.Gordon 98-99; M.Truex Jr. 100; J.McMurray 101; R.Newman 102-105; R.Gordon 106-110; Ku.Busch 111; C.Bowyer 112; Ku.Busch 113; C.Bowyer 114; Ku.Busch 115; M.Truex Jr. 116-117; Ku.Busch 118; P.Menard 119-120; Ky.Busch 121; M.Truex Jr. 122; Ky.Busch 123; M.Truex Jr. 124; Ky.Busch 125; M.Truex Jr. 126-128; C.Bowyer 129; M.Truex Jr. 130; C.Bowyer 131-140; M.Truex Jr. 141-146; Ku.Busch 147; D.Earnhardt Jr. 148-152; R.Newman 153-159; D.Earnhardt Jr. 160; R.Newman 161-163; D.Hamlin 164-170; R.Newman 171-175; D.Ragan 176; C.Bowyer 177-178; R.Newman 179-180; C.Bowyer 181; R.Newman 182-192; C.Bowyer 193; R.Smith 194-195; R.Newman 196; D.Ragan 197-202; T.Bayne 203-208.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): R.Newman, 9 times for 37 laps; C.Bowyer, 11 times for 31 laps; Ku.Busch, 10 times for 19 laps; M.Truex Jr., 8 times for 17 laps; P.Menard, 4 times for 11 laps; J.McMurray, 3 times for 11 laps; D.Earnhardt Jr., 3 times for 9 laps; Bra.Keselowski, 2 times for 9 laps; R.Smith, 2 times for 7 laps; D.Ragan, 2 times for 7 laps; R.Gordon, 2 times for 7 laps; D.Hamlin, 1 time for 7 laps; T.Bayne, 1 time for 6 laps; J.Montoya, 2 times for 5 laps; J.Burton, 2 times for 5 laps; K.Harvick, 2 times for 5 laps; A.Allmendinger, 3 times for 4 laps; Ky.Busch, 3 times for 3 laps; D.Blaney, 1 time for 3 laps; B.Labonte, 1 time for 2 laps; T.Labonte, 1 time for 2 laps; J.Gordon, 1 time for 1 lap.
Top 12 in Points: 1. C.Edwards, 42; 2. D.Gilliland, 41; 3. B.Labonte, 41; 4. Ku.Busch, 40; 5. J.Montoya, 39; 6. R.Smith, 38; 7. Ky.Busch, 37; 8. P.Menard, 36; 9. M.Martin, 34; 10. A.Allmendinger, 34; 11. B.Elliott, 32; 12. T.Stewart, 31.
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NASCAR Driver Rating Formula
A maximum of 150 points can be attained in a race.
The formula combines the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish.


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