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McMurray win puts Earnhardt name back in Daytona victory lane

By admin | February 15, 2010


By Richard Allen

Jamie McMurray won the 2010 Daytona 500. That is a fact that will be overshadowed by Danica, a pothole, an extended green/white/checker finish and Junior’s second place effort.

However, even with being overshadowed in some ways, the irony of the McMurray win cannot be lost. In crossing the finish line first he beat out Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Martin Truex, both of whom left the team he was driving for. He beat a slew of Roush Fenway Racing cars, a team which let him go as part of their off season downsizing. He won for an owner he once left to find greener pastures. And, he won for a sponsor that only seemed to take him as a last resort.

But none the less, Jamie McMurray will forever be known as the 2010 Daytona 500 champion.

One of the most interesting facets of the McMurray win was that the name Earnhardt was returned to the Daytona victory lane, albeit in a secondary way. The #1 car is owned by Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, which is the product of a merger between Dale Earnhadt, Inc. and Chip Ganassi Racing. Also, the car was powered by an Earnhardt Childress Racing engine.

Both of the merged entities appeared headed toward failure on their own but now may have a newfound resurgence with this win.

Dale Earnhardt, Sr. won just about every type of race there was to win at the Daytona International Speedway. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has also found himself in that hallowed victory lane on more than one occasion. Michael Waltrip also carried the DEI colors to victory lane there.

McMurray is perhaps as opposite from ‘The Intimidator’ as humanly possible. But still, his win replaced the name of one of the great legends of the sport indirectly to its rightful place, victory lane at Daytona.

Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.

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4 Responses to “McMurray win puts Earnhardt name back in Daytona victory lane”

  1. syd bean Says:
    February 16th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Teressa looks more and more each race that she was the one we all should have listened too. She was right about Jr afterall. Good win for the team.

  2. Ginger Says:
    February 16th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I am very happy for McMurray. He needed something good to happen to him and it did. He is representing Nascar and Chip well.

    Now to your reference between Earnhardt and the #1. Teresas has nothing whatsoever to do with the racing of EGR or the engine building of ECR. She is handy with some money, and the rest of the time she is hustling her deceased husband’s name around for more money. She has become an embarrassment to Nascar and embarrasses the memory of Dale to all who knew and loved him. The Earnhardt in EGR is Teresa which amounts to nothing.

  3. Richard Petersen Says:
    February 16th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Jamie McMurray and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing deserved to win that race. Earnhardt Childress Engines captured the first 11 sports. I wonder if that tell you something?

  4. Overra88ted Says:
    February 16th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Dale Earnhardt Sr. was smiling after the Daytona 500 was won by the DEI #1 car, that was sponsored by his long time friend at Bass Pro Shop. Terresa has every right to be proud of winning, as time has proven her right about Jr. Remember what Dale Sr. said about finishing 2nd, just the 1st loser. SWEET!

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