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 Juniorâ€™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 â€˜The Intimidatorâ€™ 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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