NASCAR history: 7 most unexpected wins ever

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There have been a few upsets in NASCAR races where strategy, skill, but also sheer luck have determined the ultimate winner. Every one of these races is a tribute to the fact that anyone can take the checkered flag on any given day.

Here are seven of the most unexpected wins everyone including fans and analysts, did not see coming.

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7. Chris Buescher—2016 Pocono 400

NASCAR: Bass Pro Shops Night Race
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6. Brad Keselowski—2009 Talladega 500

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Ford EcoBoost 400
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5. Michael McDowell—2021 Daytona 500

Feb 14, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Michael McDowell (34) celebrates winning the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Justin Haley — 2019 Coke Zero Sugar 400

Justin Haley no. 11 celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Wawa 250, Saturday August 28, 2021 at Daytona International Speedway.

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 3. Greg Sacks—1985 Firecracker 400 (Daytona)

NASCAR: Daytona 500 Media Day
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2. Derrike Cope — 1990 Daytona 500

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1. Trevor Bayne — 2011 Daytona 500

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