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Trevor Bayne Wins 2011 Daytona 500

In what is being called one of the biggest upsets of NASCAR history, 20 year old Trevor Bayne won the 2011 Daytona 500 on Sunday. Bayne became the youngest driver to win the Daytona 500, holding off Carl Edwards to win. Amazingly, it was just Bayne's second-ever Sprint Cup race - and he's headed home a Daytona 500 champion.

Top 10 results and video come after the jump.

The full top ten results for the Daytona 500 are as follows:

  1. Trevor Bayne (Ford)
  2. Carl Edwards (Ford)
  3. David Gilliland (Ford)
  4. Bobby Labonte (Toyota)
  5. Kurt Busch (Dodge)
  6. Juan Pablo Montoya (Chevy)
  7. Regan Smith (Chevy)
  8. Kyle Busch (Toyota)
  9. Paul Menard (Chevy)
  10. Mark Martin (Chevy)
I'm not sure what Bayne's victory in the Daytona 500 speaks to: that Bayne is an excellent NASCAR driver, that the Daytona 500 can be won by anybody, that age doesn't matter when it comes to racing, or that these "upset" events just occur randomly. Now that Bayne has won, I'm fully expecting Eric T. Cartman to give the NASCAR community a run for their money at some point this season.

 

 

Maybe the upset win just means that Bayne was the best at going straight and turning left for one day - or maybe he just really knows a lot about brake fluid and all that. We'll find out later this summer.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.