What We Are Still Wondering
What was Michael McDowell doing?
At the end of the Daytona 500 the only Fords left with a chance to win the race were Joey Logano and Michael McDowell. So of course that means that the two of them worked together to push their way to the front? Well, not exactly. For some reason McDowell pushed Kyle Busch at the end of the race, essentially hanging Logano out to dry and finish in fourth behind the JGR trio. After the race Logano was outspoken about McDowell not pushing him to which McDowell made it known that he isn’t paid to push Logano and the Fords as a whole weren’t overly nice to him all weekend.
First off, what an amazing run for McDowell and his team this past weekend. Even without all of the wrecks, McDowell likely had himself a top-10 car this past weekend. That being said, one has to question McDowell’s mindset and comments following the race. McDowell likely isn’t going to be a championship contender this season but that doesn’t mean he won’t have other strong results. Calling out your manufacturer teammates and leaving one of them hung out to dry isn’t the best way to allow yourself to catch a break later on in the season. Yes, it’s one race and one decision but if it becomes a pattern it could make for some interesting results later down the line.
will kyle busch ever win the Daytona 500?
Kyle Busch has done pretty much everything that there is to do in the world of racing but he has never won the Daytona 500. In fact, in 28 starts at Daytona, Busch has only one once and that came during the summer race back in 2008. Busch has two top-three finishes in his last four Daytona 500 starts, but at this point in his career it’s not solid runs that he is looking for.
On Sunday Busch seemed to have the car to beat a couple of times. There was that long stretch where he seemed content to drive in second behind Michael McDowell, not worrying about needing to be in the lead at that point. Then with all of those restarts at the end of the race, it seemed like the king of NASCAR restarts would eventually take over the top spot. However, that never came to be and Busch once again came up short. Busch is now 0-15 when it comes to winning the Daytona 500. When it comes to a driver as good as him, it’s now only fair to question if instead of when.