Surprising racing fans and commentators alike, longtime fan favorite Kurt Busch squeezes to the front of the pack at the last lap to win the 59th annual Daytona 500. It capped a dramatic race under NASCAR's new rules, creating segment periods, which pushed drivers to keep racing aggressively though the usually relaxed middle laps.
FOX's Eben Brown has "FOX in the Fast Lane" from Daytona International Speedway in Florida:
New rules, new racing and a new champ were made at the Great American Race this year. That new champ is former cup winner Kurt Busch:
(FOX) "Kurt Bush has been the bridesmaid in the Daytona 500. Here they come off Turn 4 for the final time, from Las Vegas, the 2004 champion of the series, Kurt Busch!"
Seen across the nation on FOX. Busch never lead the pack on Sunday until the final lap, where he bested Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliot, the pole sitter who kept ahead for nearly 20 laps prior. It's big for Busch:
(Busch) "This place will challenge every emotion. And every day you wake up, when you're hear for speedweeks, you have a full tank of optimism."
And just as much for owner Tony Stewart. "Smoke" never took a driver title at Daytona:
(Stewart) "Well, if I knew all I had to do is retire to get it done, I would have retired a long time ago!"
Next, it's on to Atlanta.
With FOX in the Fast Lane at Daytona, I'm Eben Brown, FOX News.