Mcdowell

Michael McDowell’s Daytona 500 win a popular one among drivers

Sometimes, as it turns out, nice guys do finish first.

Michael McDowell’s first NASCAR Cup Series win — which just so happened to come in the sport’s biggest race, Sunday’s 63rd annual Daytona 500 — was a popular one amongst his peers in the garage.

MORE: First-time winners in Daytona 500 | Surprise Daytona 500 winners

The driver of the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford, who began his Cup career in 2008 running 20 races for now-defunct Michael Waltrip Racing, finally landed in Victory Lane at NASCAR’s highest level in the 2021 running of The Great American Race. It was his 358th career start.

Long considered one of the most fan-friendly drivers and a well-respected competitor amongst his fellow racers that doesn’t ruffle feathers (well, except that one time), McDowell received plenty of praise for his landmark win on Twitter.

PHOTOS: McDowell’s win, Keselowski’s frustration