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Kurt Busch wins crash-marred Daytona 500

Kurt Busch wins crash-marred Daytona 500

Once the carnage clears, historians will document the 2017 Daytona 500 by the pieces of sheet metal scattered throughout the iconic superspeedway.

Checkers, wreckers, and rubberneckers driving close to 200 miles an hour, causing all sorts of craziness at Daytona on Sunday afternoon.

From the chaos and the craziness emerged Kurt Busch: Maybe it was the extra kick from his sponsor, Monster Energy, or a little luck when his main rivals ran out of gas, or the fact that at 38, this wasn’t his first restrictor-plate rodeo. Maybe a little bit of everything.  

“Daytona is all about survival,” Busch said.  

His younger brother, Kyle, started...