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Petty, Earnhardt, Allison, Pearson…and McMurray: Will It Stick?

After battling a crumbling track and the most fiercely competitive Daytona 500 field in recent memory, the race came down to double overdrive. On the final lap, three drivers pulled ahead of a pack that was nearly overflowing the racing surface. Fifty-four drivers showed up at Daytona, and only one of them would cross that line first.

Jamie McMurray shed tears of joy in hallowed ground after rolling his Chevy into Daytona's Victory Circle, the same hallowed ground Earnhardt finally got to enjoy after 20 years of trying, King Richard visited seven times, and Pearson visited in his battered Mercury.

McMurray himself was battered. When he won in his second race, the NASCAR world expected the future of Chip Ganassi's young star t...

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