Tony Stewart insisted that he is able to win the race “Daytona 500″, btu unfortunately he was involved in a five-car accident early in NASCAR’s season opener Sunday, sustaining enough damage to his No. 14 ChevrStewart olet that it ended his chances of winning the “Great American Race.”
Stewart said” Well, it’s just part of it, It’s not what we had planned.” He was hoping to end the losing streak after two tumultuous years, but he seemingly started the wreck on lap 41. Stewart moved up the track, got loose and triggered the minor mess. Stewart’s car turned right and slammed into the outside wall, damaging his right-front tire and steering.
Matt Kenseth, Michael Waltrip, Jamie McMurray and Ryan Blaney also were involved in the accident.
Joey Logano delivered the second Daytona 500 victory to the team owner Roger Penske, who owns 15 victories in the open-wheel Indianapolis 500 as well. “I can’t believe it,” said Logano, who grew up racing quarter-midget cars in Connecticut. “This is absolutely amazing.”
Harvick finished second and Earnhardt third.
“I can’t really put it into words,” said Logano, who collected $1.58 million for the victory in what is annually Nascar’s most prestigious race. “It’s something that you can’t describe. I keep reliving over and over again what it was like down the back straightaway when I came off of Turn 2 there, looking in the mirror, saw them crashing.
“Man, you have a split-second after the caution came out, you think about it: Did we win? Then straight chaos after that. An amazing feeling.”