Beautiful day in Daytona

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. returns

Danica Patrick ready to roll

Fly-by in Daytona

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in trouble

Race marred by wrecks

More than a litte rubbin’

Daytona 500

Dangerous day in Daytona

Kurt Busch takes checkered flag

Busch makes history

Busch alone at the end

Celebration begins

Monster win for Busch

Racing immortality

Busch can’t believe it

Celebrating with Gronk

Spoils of victory

Race to remember

Oh, what a feeling

Daytona 500 In Pictures

In a crash-filled race, Kurt Busch managed to avoid all the trouble to win the Daytona 500. It took the veteran driver 16 tries to win the Great American race for the first time. He’s finished bridesmaid in the race three times. Busch passed Kyle Larson on the final lap to take the checkered flag. The race wasn’t pretty. There were eight caution flags totaling 40 laps and a 17-minute red flag. Busch, who won the 2004 NASCAR championship, provided a remarkable start to the relationship between Ford and Stewart-Haas, which was a Chevrolet stalwart until making a shock manufacturer switch for 2017.