For sports and non-sports fans alike, the 2011 Daytona 500 evokes awe and admiration. For it features the fastest drivers on the planet. These drivers scorch the tarmac with unbelievable speed and control. No wonder, this NASCAR event is one of the popular sports in the county for chronic speed-trippers.
About the Daytona 500
The NASCAR season is a fragmented series of races comprising of 36 individual races. The Daytona 500 is the first race of this event. Among the active drivers, Jamie McMurray and Jeff Gordon were tipped to be the favorites. Jeff has a strong reputation with three Daytona 500 victories under his belt.
Jamie McMurray was the current champion. Apart from Jeff Gordon, there were other contenders. One of them was Dale Earnhardt Jr. who won the pole.
A rookie surprises the 2011 Daytona 500 NASCAR event
In spite of having favorites, the classical underdog story came into play. Trevor Bayne, a rookie driver with the Wood Brothers’ #21 car pulled a surprise victory. Bayne is the youngest driver to win this event.