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2011 Daytona 500: Ford Leads All Manufacturers, Earns 1-2-3 Finish

The Ford teams in the Sprint Cup Series had a decent week at Daytona International Speedway, but the team grabbed the crown jewel of Speedweeks with Trevor Bayne's victory in the 2011 Daytona 500.

Bayne drove his Ford to Victory Lane after holding off the Fords of Carl Edwards and David Gilliland on the final lap, giving the manufacturer a 1-2-3 finish to cap a fantastic day.

Ford's average finish was 12.4, best among all manufacturers, and it got a nice bonus in the form of an unknown becoming a star (Bayne) and a fan favorite finishing close enough to the top to earn a share of the spotlight (Edwards).

Another bonus, for every manufacturer not named Chevrolet? Five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was never a factor, as he wrecked his Chevy wrecked early on and finished 27th.

Manufacturer results from the Daytona 500:

  1. Ford: Best finish: First; Average finish: 12.4
  2. Chevrolet: Best finish: Sixth; Average finish: 21.9
  3. Dodge: Best finish: Fifth; Average finish: 22.3
  4. Toyota: Best finish: Fourth; Average finish: 22.7