On a crazy day in Florida, Nascar driver Austin Cindric won the 64th running of the Daytona 500. Cindric is a rookie to the big circuit and won the race of his life Sunday.
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There were numerous wrecks throughout the race. Early on, Harrison Burton, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin were involved in a large wreck that saw Burton’s car flip over. It was an insane and intense scene.
During the final laps, a number of wrecks occurred. That prompted a bunch of restarts to the race’s final few laps. With so many of the sports big names already having wrecked out earlier in the race, it was some less familiar names that were in the running down the stretch.
That included the rookie Cindric, who is one of the very few rookies to ever to win the Daytona 500. He became the second youngest driver, age 23, to win the Daytona 500. Only Trevor Bane in 2011 was younger when he won. Cindric went off a +3100 odds won win the race, according to FanDuel.
It was that close … 👀
Austin Cindric (+3100) edges out Bubba Wallace and 𝗪𝗜𝗡𝗦 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗗𝗔𝗬𝗧𝗢𝗡𝗔 𝟱𝟬𝟬 😱#DAYTONA500 pic.twitter.com/WauKpbjUBO
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There were three wrecks during the final eight laps. It was the fourth time in the last five years that the Daytona 500 needed extra laps to find a winner.
On the final restart, Brad Keselowski looked to make a move late to pull out the victory, but it was all for naught. Bubba Wallace made a late move to the inside but just missed out on becoming the first ever black Daytona 500 winner. It is the second time Wallace has finished second in “The Great American Race.”
Wallace acknowledged after the race that the first time he finished second, he was happy but that this one is going to hurt.