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Austin Cindric Holds Off Bubba Wallace To Win Daytona 500

Happy 85th birthday to Roger Penske, courtesy of 23-year-old Austin Cindric.

Cindric (+2800) at BetUS held off Bubba Wallace (+2000) on the final lap to win The Daytona 500 on Sunday in Florida.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 20: Austin Cindric, driver of the #2 Discount Tire Ford, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Jared C. Tilton / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Cindric became the ninth driver to score his first Cup victory in the Great American Race.

For Penske, it was his fifth victory in the 500 with five different drivers.

The race went to overtime — meaning more than the scheduled 200 laps — after an incident took out leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and others on Lap 196.

The race had restarted with six laps left and Stenhouse Jr. (+3300) in the lead after a big accident.

And then there was another accident — the seventh caution — that took out Stenhouse on Lap 196.

Stenhouse has now not won in 164 races, last reaching Victory Lane at Daytona in July 2017.

That wreck left 25 out of the 40 cars in the race in some sort of incident during the running of the 500.

Big Accident with 10 Laps Left

An accident took out contenders with around 10 laps left as Kyle Larson had a ton of momentum and looked to bump-draft Kevin Harvick and spun the “4” car around. That brought out a red flag to clean up all the debris on the track.

Wreck with Less Than 50 To Go

There was a multi-car accident with less than 50 to go that damaged Martin Truex Jr., winner of the first two stages, and Joey Logano, who had been racing near the front all day.

Martin Truex Jr. Takes First 2 Stages

It is good for the points race and Martin Truex Jr. and the 19 car made the most of what they had in the opening two stages of the season. The second leg was exciting as Truex managed to outdrive Joey Logano and the 22 to the finish line to complete the sweep of the first two stages.

Scary Ride for Burton

The restrictor-plate races lead to tight pack racing and inevitably some type of crash. This Daytona 500 saw an incident happen near the end of Stage 1 and Harrison Burton went for a long and scary ride.

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