McMurray savors wild ride of Daytona 500 victory

McMurray savors wild ride of Daytona 500 victory

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Jamie McMurray stands on his car after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/David Graham)

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on February 17, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 17 at 8:44 AM

NEW YORK (AP) - Jamie McMurray says he didn't even know about the pothole that caused the first delay at the Daytona 500 and required a pink goo filler.

McMurray overcame the two-hour pothole delay and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the final lap of a double-overtime sprint finish to win his first Daytona 500.

McMurray said Tuesday during a stop in New York that he thought it was a piece of rubber causing the delay, noting the track was shaded at that spot. The 36-year-old from Joplin, Mo., brushed off the two delays Sunday, using the down time to talk to his crew chief.

In a wild finish, McMurray outlasted 12-time Daytona winner Earnhardt.

McMurray made the rounds of talk shows before heading to Los Angeles for the Auto Club 500 on Sunday.

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