A serious pileup that injured 30 fans, and sent 14 to area hospitals on Saturday’s Nationwide Series race cast a somber pall over Sunday’s Daytona 500, but track officials and staff acted fast to prepare for the flagship race. The 2013 race marked the track debut of the Sprint Cup-spec Chevrolet SS sixth-gen race car, which was driven by winner Jimmie Johnson, as well as the closely-watched Danica Patrick.
The Chevrolet SS won six out of the top ten finish spots, with Ford taking two and Toyota and Dodge taking one spot each in the top ten. Johnson’s victory was especially meaningful after last year’s Daytona 500, in which Johnson only finished one lap of the flagship race.
Tony Stewart, who won Saturday’s Nationwide Series race, and also raced in the Daytona 500, was knocked out in a nine-car pileup on Lap 33 that also knocked Casey Kahne and Kevin Harvick out of contention. Season points leader Brad Keselowski was also involved in the accident, but was able to finish the race in fourth place.
Danica Patrick ended up finishing in eighth place, a female record for the Daytona 500, and a female second-best finish in NASCAR history, after Janet Guthrie’s sixth-place finish at the Volunteer 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in 1977. Patrick qualified for pole position at this year’s Daytona 500.
Source: Fox Sports