#8 Casey Mears.
Next up we have the curious case of Casey Mears, who came to The Cup Series in 2003, but couldn’t capture his first win until 2007. Even worse is the fact that the race in question was a 160 lap summer race at Daytona International speedway where several incidents took out the races top contenders and paved the way for Mears to lead all of six laps before capturing the flag.
Another thing that made the win less impressive was the fact that he was racing for Hendrick Motorsports at the time, which was the same team owner that was took Jimmie Johnson to a championship only a year earlier. The victory secured Mear’s spot at Hendrick for another year, but he was eventually dumped by Mr. H in 2009 and moved to Richard Childress racing as result.
Unfortunately for Mears, he never got any better after the seat change and only captured four top-ten’s in his first season with RCR. In the end, Mears is an example of a driver that was at the right place at the right time and was able to benefit from a chaotic race at Daytona International Speedway to prolong his racing career for a few more years.