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McDowell wins in fiery ending of Daytona 500

After a massive crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500, Michael McDowell emerged victorious in NASCAR's biggest race early Monday morning for his first career Cup Series win.


McDowell was in third position on the backstretch of the last lap when Team Penske teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski wrecked, which started a multi-car pileup. The 36-year-old McDowell drove past the crash to lead his only lap and earn his first career win in 14 seasons.


The top five was rounded out by Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, and Denny Hamlin. Hamlin was looking to become the first driver to win The Great American Race three years in a row.