Michael McDowell takes home Daytona 500 win in big upset

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Drivers take the green flag to start the NASCAR Daytona Clash auto race Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Michael McDowell came into the Daytona 500 with no wins in 358 career NASCAR starts.

Hard to say anyone had him picked to be a winner on the sport’s biggest stage.

He got the job done on a day of weather delays and a ton of rain, but not without a little help from his friends.

Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano were battling for the lead at the end, but a crash between both ended up catapulting McDowell (in third at the time) to victory lane.

This coming after a 5-hour weather delay kept the drivers off the track.

They eventually got back to racing just before 9 p.m. and McDowell crossed the finish line just after 12:15 a.m.

A long day and a long night ending in a long shot taking home the trophy.

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