Victory comes after a rocky start and dramatic ending for one of the biggest sports competitions since the pandemic began.
In an accident on the fourteenth lap, 16 cars were removed from the 40-car line-up, removing driver Alex Bowman from the pole position where he started. Around 3 p.m., thunderstorms delayed the weather, forcing fans to seek shelter for part of the races following a lightning strike in the area.
As soon as the rain was clear, the track had to dry out before the racing drivers could start their engines. At around 9 p.m. the 500 mile race with a length of 500 miles had resumed.
On the final lap, several cars were taken out of service in an accident involving several cars.
About 30,000 fans were allowed to watch the race in person, far fewer than the normal 100,000 fans who are usually present. The number of fans has been limited to allow for greater social distancing.
This year, Bubba Wallace finished 23rd for the new racing team of Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.
“The Daytona 500 is the biggest race of the year and we have to start with a bang,” Wallace recently told CNN Sport’s Coy Wire.
NASCAR’s first Arab-American driver, 21-year-old Toni Breidinger, was also in the race.
“I’m honored and happy to be the first, but I don’t want to be the last,” Breidinger, who is of Lebanese descent, told CNN. “I hope I can pave the way for future Arab drivers too.”