2011 Daytona 500
For sports and non-sports fans alike, the 2011 Daytona 500 evokes awe and admiration. For it features the fastest drivers on the planet. These drivers scorch the tarmac with unbelievable speed and control. No wonder, this NASCAR event is one of the popular sports in the county for chronic speed-trippers.
About the Daytona 500
The NASCAR season is a fragmented series of races comprising of 36 individual races. The Daytona 500 is the first race of this event. Among the active drivers, Jamie McMurray and Jeff Gordon were tipped to be the favorites. Jeff has a strong reputation with three Daytona 500 victories under his belt.
Jamie McMurray was the current champion. Apart from Jeff Gordon, there were other contenders. One of them was Dale Earnhardt Jr. who won the pole.
A rookie surprises the 2011 Daytona 500 NASCAR event
In spite of having favorites, the classical underdog story came into play. Trevor Bayne, a rookie driver with the Wood Brothers’ #21 car pulled a surprise victory. Bayne is the youngest driver to win this event.
The historic Wood Brothers tasted yet another victory on the lighting fast circuits of Daytona 500. This is the fifth for them, and looks like the beginning of another stampede of victories.
Interestingly, the Wood Brothers has never won a race since 1976. The last time they won was with David Pearson. Bayne repeated that feat in another way by riding a retrofitted car that replicated some of the glory of Pearson’s dream win.
Bayne is just a couple of seasons old. In fact this was his second Sprint Cup. He not only stunned the event, but even displayed facets of a new racing star. By holding off the likes of Carl Edwards and Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bayne showed that he had nerves of steel. A novelty for an inexperienced driver.
The overtime win augured the beginning of the end for seasoned champions such as Gordon. A 20 year old Bayne showed the way, while the others (drivers) followed and followed.
Like a trail of fire, Bayne blazed away. He was in “Catch me if you can” mode. Analysts believe that Bayne drove with no fear. He wasn’t frightened of losing, neither was he afraid of winning.
Bayne’s reaction after the event
Bayne was not shocked or stunned. He was amazed at the feeling of winning a Daytona NASCAR event. With this win, Bayne breaks Gordon’s record of being the youngest driver to win the Daytona 500.