Aric Almirola grew up two hours from Daytona International Speedway, attended countless races as a kid and even “dreamed about what it would be like to have a chance to race at the highest level at this racetrack.”
The 54 annual Daytona 500 was anything but ordinary. There was rain, fire, soap suds and fog in this truly bizarre race. When it was all over, Matt Kenseth was the only sure thing.
Jimmie Johnson wasn’t the best all year. Not even close. When it mattered, though, he couldn’t be beat. For the fifth consecutive year.