10 years after his Daytona 500 win, Michael Waltrip wins at Daytona

Nick Bromberg

10 years to the day after Michael Waltrip won the Daytona 500 -- and 10 years to the day after Dale Earnhardt was killed in that last lap crash -- Waltrip visited victory lane at Daytona again, winning the NextEra Energy 250 Camping World Truck Series race Friday night after a last lap pass of Elliott Sadler.

Sadler and Waltrip broke away from the pack over the last two laps in one of those now-familiar two vehicle drafts, with Waltrip pushing Sadler until the two entered the trioval approaching the checkered flag. Waltrip faked Sadler to the inside and pulled to the outside as Sadler defended the inside, completing the pass as the two drag raced to the finish line.

However, it wasn't without some controversy. On the penultimate lap, somewhere between the start finish line and turns three and four, part of Waltrip's spoiler broke, leaving the passenger-side half leaning backwards over the bumper of the truck. (Here's where Tony Kornheiser jumps in)

And as we all know, the resistance that a spoiler provides can help increase downforce, but it also decreases speed. Did it have anything to do with Waltrip being able to complete the pass on Sadler because his truck probably had more top-end speed as a result? We'll never know.

What we also don't know is if the malfunction will lead to a loss of points or other penalty. It's doubtful that NASCAR will rescind the win, but don't be surprised if there are penalties announced on Tuesday.

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