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Jamie McMurray wound up winning the Daytona 500, holding off Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final lap of a green-white-checkered finish.
Earnhardt has been among the track's biggest critics, often saying it was overdue for a new surface. During one of the two breaks caused by the pothole, Earnhardt reiterated his stance by saying there was about "2 1/2 miles of hole."
"It's so damn slick," he said. "It shouldn't be like this. It's 2010."
North American Testing Corp., which is owned by Daytona's parent company International Speedway Corp., plans to inspect the rest of the track again to ensure its integrity.
"All of our tracks are routinely assessed and that's an ongoing process that we have," Braniff said. "As you all know, any pavement has a finite life to it. We evaluate tracks all over the country and we continue to evaluate them, and we continue to evaluate Daytona International Speedway."
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