For the fourth time since 2018, the Daytona 500 has ended in an overtime period.
For the first time since 2011, a rookie has made their way to the winner's circle at the Daytona International Speedway: Austin Cindric of Team Penske.
The rookie found himself leading the field after two crashes in the final six laps of the race.
Cindric, making just his eighth NASCAR Cup Series start, was able to hold off a savvy move from Bubba Wallace in the final stretch of the race.
As the No. 23 car pushed Penske teammate Ryan Blaney from behind, forcing the latter to the outside.
Cindric blocked his teammate and managed to keep Wallace from winning his second consecutive superspeedway race following last year's race at Talladega.
"I appreciate Ryan being a great teammate," Cindric said on the Fox telecast following the race. "Obviously he wants to win this one but I'm so pumped. ...
"I'm surrounded by great people, that's all there is to it.
I know there's going to be highs and lows being a rookie in a field of drivers this strong.
I'm just grateful for the opportunity. Excited for the climb the mountain ahead of us. ... But we're in the playoffs. That's one nice box to check."
Wallace, who ended up finishing second, bemoaned the fact the fact he couldn't win his second restrictor plate race:
"What could have been, right?" Wallace said.
"Man, I need to talk about some happy stuff here. Man, just dejected.