The Daytona 500 is only two days away, and we’re counting down the days until the NASCAR season begins at Daytona International Speedway with memorable moments at the most prestigious race in the sport.
Mark Martin had been so close to winning the Daytona 500 on multiple occasions, but his ultimate heartbreak came at the 2007 running of the event.
Martin led for 26 laps, and he was the leader late in the race and looked to be well on his way to his first Daytona 500 win. It was his 23rd attempt, and he had seven finishes in the top 7.
However, on the last lap, Kevin Harvick made a late surge, and he was neck-and-neck with Martin. As Kyle Busch attempted to pass them, he got loose and spun out, and it started a chain reaction as a plethora of other drivers wrecked.
Clint Bowyer flipped and skidded across the finish line on his roof, and Jeff Gordon was also involved in a wreck.
Surprisingly, the caution flag didn’t come out, and Harvick beat Martin to the finish line by .002 seconds for his first career win at the Daytona 500.
Many felt like the caution flag should’ve been out, which might’ve helped Martin overcome Harvick’s late surge to win the race.
Martin raced at six more Daytona 500s, but he was never able to win. He finished third in his final appearance at the track in 2012.