The Daytona 500 is regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar, carrying by far the largest purse. Championship points awarded are equal to that of any other Sprint Cup race.
The world competition Sunday's 53rd running of the Daytona 500 held recently came with the result of Trevor Bayne as the winner. He had successfully educed David Pearson's trick on No. 21 Ford. Bayne made it to passed the Daytona International Speedway's finish line. That was his second crossing the line attempt. In 1959, rather similar event took place when Lee Petty won the inaugural competition.
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Event: NASCAR Sprint Cup 2012
Name: Daytona 500
Date: 26 February,2012
Time: 12:00 PM (NYSE:ET)
Previous Winner: Trevor Bayne
Venue: Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL
Length: 2.5 miles
However, Bayne is considered as the pioneer driver who won on his first attempt, in Daytona 500 competition. He brought McMurray together in his team, in the main purposed of reaching the fastest win; especially in the beginning of his NASCAR career. This was his effort after winning his second start in the series of NASCAR's Sprint Cup. On the different side, after pushing Edwards on the way the two last laps, David Gilliland finished the third laps.
On the fourth place at the same game, in which Bayne won, is placed by Bobby Labonte for JTG/Daugherty Racing. While Kurt Busch placed the fifth place; he was the winner of Budweiser Shootout the past Saturday. By winning the game, Bayne gave its 98th winning to Wood Brothers, since Buddy Baker in 1983 Firecracker 400. About his winning, Bayne stated that he could not believe it was not a dream.
The Daytona 500 will boast a record purse of more than $19 million for NASCAR's biggest race, and the race winner is guaranteed a minimum $1.4 million!
It was also announced Wednesday that a $200,000 bonus will be given to the driver leading at the halfway point of the race. If the race happens to be under caution at lap 100 (250 miles), the "Daytona 500 Mid-Race Leader Award" will not be automatically awarded. The award will be rolled over and paid to the driver leading the race at the completion of the fifth consecutive green flag lap following the caution.
Daytona president Joie Chitwood believes the bonus is incentive for drivers to race up front and not lay back in the Feb. 26 season-opening race.
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