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2011 Daytona 500 Race Results: Trevor Bayne Wins A Thriller

Edit: If you're looking for this year's coverage, be sure to check out our 2012 Daytona 500 results StoryStream.

Improbably, unbelievably, 20-year-old Trevor Bayne has won the Daytona 500.

A kid who just left his teen years on Saturday won the Great American Race a day later, ushering in NASCAR's newest star. Amazingly, Bayne has no full-time ride and isn't even running for points in the Sprint Cup Series this year.

Somehow, Bayne sent the Wood Brothers' famous No. 21 car to Victory Lane, with a retro David Pearson paint scheme along for the ride.

Runnerup Carl Edwards' late charge – a push from third-place David Gilliland – was barely not enough to overtake Bayne.

There was a race record for both lead changes and caution flags resulted in one of the strangest Daytona 500s in the 53-year history of the "Great American Race."

The two-car drafts were prevalent throughout the race – as expected – and there were plenty of crashes because of it. Several star drivers were collected in early wrecks, leaving just a few solid contenders at the end.

Here are the full race results for the 2011 Daytona 500:

  1. Trevor Bayne
  2. Carl Edwards
  3. David Gilliland
  4. Bobby Labonte
  5. Kurt Busch
  6. Juan Pablo Montoya
  7. Regan Smith
  8. Kyle Busch
  9. Paul Menard
  10. Mark Martin
  11. AJ Allmendinger
  12. Bill Elliott
  13. Tony Stewart
  14. David Ragan
  15. Terry Labonte
  16. Robby Gordon
  17. Clint Bowyer
  18. Jamie McMurray
  19. Martin Truex Jr.
  20. Steve Wallace
  21. Denny Hamlin
  22. Ryan Newman
  23. Joey Logano
  24. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  25. Kasey Kahne
  26. Dave Blaney
  27. Jimmie Johnson
  28. Jeff Gordon
  29. Brad Keselowski
  30. David Reutimann
  31. Brian Vickers
  32. Travis Kvapil
  33. Andy Lally
  34. Matt Kenseth
  35. Greg Biffle
  36. Jeff Burton
  37. Marcos Ambrose
  38. Robert Richardson Jr.
  39. Joe Nemechek
  40. Michael Waltrip
  41. Brian Keselowski
  42. Kevin Harvick
  43. JJ Yeley