NASCAR opened the season to heartache, misery, and excitement. Several fans were injured at the conclusion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series opener at Daytona on Saturday, but it didn’t stop the exhilaration many felt for the start of the Sprint Cup Series and the 55th Daytona 500.
The star-studded event began with Super Bowl champion Ray Lewis waving the green flag as the honorary starter for the race. Prior to the start, fans who watched from home were treated to somewhat of a “show” when Erin Andrews appeared to reject Rapper 50 Cent’s “friendly” kiss live on television. Other celebrities in attendance included Rapper T.I., comedian Drew Carey, and Actor James Franco.
Danica Patrick made history as the first female to ever lead a lap at the Daytona 500 and to finish in the top 10.
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