The 2021 Daytona 500 champion, Michael McDowell, took to social media on Monday afternoon to share a special message with his fans and followers.
McDowell was able to overcome weather delays, fiery crashes, and more to pull off the huge upset early on Monday morning. The driver of the No. 34 Ford Mustang for Front Row Motorsports, McDowell was a 100-1 underdog prior to the race beginning on Sunday afternoon.
It was the first time McDowell has won in his 358 Cup starts and it couldn’t have come in a bigger moment. It was without a doubt a special one to win for the journeyman driver and his team.
As such, McDowell took to Twitter to engage with his fans after the win. The Daytona International Speedway official Twitter account posted a video interview with him on Monday afternoon.
“A special message for the fans from the #DAYTONA500 Champion, @Mc_Driver @NASCAR | @Team_FRM”
“Hey everyone it’s Michael McDowell, your 2021 Daytona 500 champion,” he says in the video. “It was so great to have fans in the stands here at Daytona. We could feel the energy, it felt so good to perform in front of you guys.”
McDowell then goes on to thank all of his fans and supporters both at home and on social media.
“For all of your support, everybody at home that was watching, and on social media, thanks for all of the encouraging messages,” McDowell says. “We love the support and thank you guys.”
Denny Hamlin Comments on Michael McDowell Winning at Daytona
NASCAR’s Denny Hamlin also took to Twitter after the conclusion of Sunday night’s Daytona 500. Hamlin was disappointed that he couldn’t add on to his win streak, but he congratulated Michael McDowell on the win. And although the win was McDowell’s first, the popular driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry FedEx car says that no one should consider his victory a fluke.
“Win tonight was no fluke. Wasn’t a ‘anyone can win’ type of race. He’s up front time and time again at these SS races. Well earned and well deserved. Congrats!”
With a win for himself, Hamlin would have made history by becoming the first driver to win three consecutive Daytona 500s. And for a while, it was looking like Hamlin was going to coast into the history books. He was making things look easy, leading the race for the most laps (98).
“We were controlling the lines, controlling the pace – It was easy for a little while,” Hamlin said after the race. “But I knew it was all gonna be about that last pit stop if we didn’t have any other cautions.”
However, after falling behind, Hamlin was able to avoid the fiery, multi-car wreck on the last lap to ultimately finish in fifth place. Finishing ahead of him were Michael McDowell, Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, and Kevin Harvick, respectively.