By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)
Jamie McMurray was the odd man out at Roush-Fenway Racing at the end of last season, well now he is the Daytona 500 champion. This marks the fourth time a Dale Earnhardt Incorporated car has won the Daytona 500 since 2001.
McMurray survived two green-white-checkered attempts (technically three if you count the original restart with three to go before overdrive was needed) and held off a fast charging Dale Earnhardt Jr. to take the ultimate prize.
Speaking of Dale Earnhardt Jr. he restarted 10th on the final green-white-checker, and somehow weaved and worked his way to a 2nd-place finish… 2009 is officially behind Earnhardt.
Greg Biffle finished third followed by Clint Bowyer, and the Michael Waltrip Racing duo of David Reutimann and Martin Truex Jr. finished fifth and sixth.
The importance of this victory was immediately felt by a very emotional Jamie McMurray in victory lane following the Great American Race.
It was an exciting finish to a Daytona 500 that appeared to be doomed after two lengthy red flags for a hole in the track. 2010 is off to an exciting start.