As much as there’s fierce competitiveness in NASCAR, there also comes a time when a brother helps another out. Like when Michael McDowell was doing his victory lap and donuts and then got stuck in the grass.
Fellow drivers, Ross Chastain and Tyler Reddick ran out to help the newly crowned Daytona 500 champion out of the wet grass. Because sometimes you just don’t mess with tradition, even if it’s not you that gets the crown.
The official Twitter account of NASCAR shares a clip of the video. The caption reads, “We all need a little help from our friends once in awhile. Thanks for stopping by @RossChastain and @TylerReddick. #DAYTONA500“
Chastain takes a tumble as he’s pushing the Ford Mustang, alongside Reddick. The track did receive a lot of rain on Sunday, delaying the race’s conclusion for close to six hours. Not only did they have to delay the race because of the weather, but there were several big crashes.
Michael McDowell Wins First Daytona 500
Not only did McDowell win one of the biggest races in motorsports, but he also picked up his first NASCAR Cup Series win. The 36-year-old from Phoenix, Arizona proved that all it takes is a little patience and luck to achieve a life-long goal.
Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano crashed on the final lap, leaving a path for McDowell to take the lead. He bested defending Cup Series champion Chase Elliott heading into the final turn. That’s when officials lifted the yellow caution flag, finalizing the positions.
What’s more, McDowell posted a video after the race, thanking his sponsors for their support.
“I can’t believe it. We are the Daytona 500 champion,” he said. “So thankful to everybody at Front Row, everybody back home at the shop, my guys, and especially thankful for Loves Travel Stop. Such a huge part of Front Row. To finally get them to victory lane, to get my first Cup victory, and to do it at the Daytona 500 — the Great American Race — it’s just unbelievable. Thank you (team owner) Bob Jenkins for giving me this opportunity and all of our partners. … It’s going to be a great year. We’re going to celebrate all year long.”
Rounding out the top 5 placings are Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, and Denny Hamlin.
The next NASCAR Cup Series race is set for Feb. 21 at the Daytona International Speedway. Instead of the oval course, the stock car drivers will be taking on the road course.
This year, the schedule takes the drivers and race teams to three new tracks. What’s more, NASCAR is expanding to six road courses and placing a dirt-track race on the calendar for the first time in more than 50 years.