Results (starting pos.) from Daytona International Speedway
1. (9) Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 88 Chevrolet SS
14. (22) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonalds Chevrolet SS
38. (16) Kyle Larson, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
STRONG RUN FOR MCDONALD’S TEAM DAMPENED BY FINAL LAP CRASH IN RAIN DELAYED DAYTONA 500
Daytona Beach, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2014) – The 2014 Daytona 500 provided lots of drama for fans that were brave enough to weather the 10 hours it took to complete the “Great American Race”, including a more than six-hour rain delay. Jamie McMurray piloted the McDonald’s Chevy to a 14th place finish after being involved in a last-lap crash less than one-half mile from the finish line.
Following the Budweiser Duel qualifying race on Thursday evening, the No. 1 McDonald’s team had to prepare the back-up car for the Daytona 500. Feeling confident in knowing the back-up was the race winning machine from the 2013 Fall Talladega race, McMurray and team decided to race with caution for at least the first fuel segment. When rains covered the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway (DIS) on lap 38 of 200, crews would wait more than six hours before getting the track dried and back to racing conditions.
After the restart McMurray would race the No. 1 McDonald’s Chevy among the lead pack narrowly avoiding two major wrecks that collected nearly a dozen cars, putting himself in position to battle among the top-10 to the finish line. The races next-to-last caution would set the stage for a two-lap shootout to the finish. Coming off turn four, McMurray was collected by another car in an accident that would force the race to end under caution as the heavily damaged No. 1 McDonald’s Chevy powered across the finish line for a 14th place finish.
“We had a pretty good McDonald’s Chevy tonight, commented McMurray. “We were fortunate enough to miss a few wrecks early in the race and put ourselves in position for what we hoped would be a top-10 finish. Unfortunately we got involved in the last wreck of the day coming to the checkered flag. Not the way we wanted to finish, but we will take the top-15 and head to Phoenix looking to build momentum.”
- The 2014 Daytona 500 was McMurray’s 12th start in the “Great American Race”
- McMurray has a total of 23 career NSCS starts at Daytona International Speedway including two victories (2007 Coke Zero 400 & 2010 Daytona 500), three top-five and four top-ten finishes
- The red flag for rain in the Daytona 500 officially lasted six hours 21 minutes.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head to Phoenix International Raceway next week for the The Profit on CNBC 500 on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 3 p.m. ET. FOX and MRN affiliated radio stations will have live coverage.