Results of 59th Daytona 500: Kurt Busch wins, Blaney runner-up

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After finishing runner-up three different times there in his career (2003, 2005, 2008), Kurt Busch finally captured his first Daytona 500 in Sunday’s 59th edition of the “Great American Race.”

The 2004 NASCAR Cup champion led only one lap, but it was the most important lap — the final lap of the 200-lap event at the “World Center Of Racing.”

Ryan Blaney finished second, followed by A.J. Allmendinger, Aric Almirola and Paul Menard. Pole-sitter Chase Elliott led 39 laps but fell back late in the race to finish 14th.

Kevin Harvick led the most laps (50) and finished 22nd.

And Michael Waltrip, racing in his 30th Daytona 500 — and what he previously said will be the final race of his lengthy NASCAR Cup career — finished a respectable eighth place.

Also of note, Dale Earnhardt Jr., who missed the entire second half of last season due to a concussion, as well as 2016 NASCAR Cup champ Jimmie Johnson, both wrecked out and failed to finish.

Click here for the full results of the 2017 Daytona 500.

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