Kevin Harvick was touted to be 2011 Daytona 500 winner. But he exited the race on lap 22. An engine failure did him in. While his car went to the garage, he walked away to his team’s pit.
Blown motors are commonplace. Similar to Harvick, JJ Yeley had a failed engine during the eleventh lap of the race. But Harvick’s car’s engine failure was a dilemma. His car had the Earnhardt Childress Racing engine which is considered to be a very reliable engine. But not on this day.
Dale Earnhardt disappoints at the 2011 Daytona 500
By finishing 24th, Dale Earnhardt Jr. lost out on the opportunity to commemorate his legendary father’s tenth death anniversary weekend. For it was on this perilous race track that Dale Earnhardt Sr. lost his life. But the race belonged to someone else, and Jr. Earnhardt had to contend with the position he attained.
Luck was not on his side. He was slowed-down in a packed assortment of cars consisting of Ryan Newman and Martin Truex Jr. Even then, he was among the top 6 with ten laps to go. Yet, luck was not on his side again. His tire got cut when he had three more laps to go.
With a flat tire, Earnhardt had to lose time to get a new one replaced. As Earnhardt Jr. later expressed that he was indeed caught in a crappy situation. Somehow things didn’t fall into place on this day.
Trevor Bayne wins the 2011 Daytona 500
2011 Daytona 500 Winner Trevor Bayne pulled a surprise victory over favorites Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, and Kevin Harvick. And of course not to forget Dale Earnhardt Jr. His spirited driving won the hearts of thousands of spectators watching the event.
This win marks his first in this type of event. It also gives the Wood Brothers a win in some time. They pitted their #21 car and bestowed their confidence on the rookie driver. As Bayne later revealed that the car was like a rocket.
The driving theatrics of Bayne were remarkable. He was driving like any champion driver would. While he fought for getting the lead, he valiantly kept his lead intact. This feat marks as one of the greatest surprises of this NASCAR event, considering the winner was a rookie driver.
If things go well, the Wood Brothers may re-live some of their lost glory by way of Trevor Bayne, for this 20 year old can drive fast.