What Michael McDowell saw that helped him win the Daytona 500 — his first NASCAR Cup win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It took Michael McDowell a full lap around the track in the early hours of Monday morning to understand that he was a Daytona 500 champion. That’s because NASCAR was still deliberating the finish of the race. “I didn’t know at all when the caution came out,” McDowell said of the last-lap yellow flag that NASCAR eventually deemed flew with McDowell in the lead for the win. “It was just so chaotic that I had no idea where the yellow came out and where I was at the time,” McDowell said. In the final lap of the Daytona 500, two former NASCAR Cup champions were leading the rac…

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