DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jimmie Johnson won the Daytona 500 . . . last year.
Viewers tuning in to watch this year's race were treated to a replay of Johnson's victory at Daytona International Speedway. With this year's race mired in a weather delay, Fox Sports officials made the decision to rerun the 2013 Daytona 500 as filler.
Some people, however, were unable to tell the difference and confusion reigned when they took to social media sites. "Congratulations Jimmie Johnson," some tweeted while others gave props to drivers such as Danica Patrick, who finished eighth last year.
"Danica Patrick finishes 8th in Daytona. Wonder what Richard Petty will say about the woman who 'cain't race,'" someone else mistakenly tweeted.
Johnson apparently began receiving congratulatory messages Sunday evening on the year-old feat as well.
"I hear I won the #Daytona500? Haha!" Johnson tweeted. "I also have friends confused and texting congratulations to me. #2013Replay"
Tough 500 for Truex
Martin Truex Jr.'s Speedweeks started with so much promise, but the optimism quickly faded to disappointment. Truex qualified second for Sunday's Daytona 500, but a wreck in Thursday's Budweiser Duels forced the Furniture Row driver to the back of the pack for the start of the race. Thirty-four laps into the race, his day ended after the No. 78 Chevrolet blew an engine, sending Truex to the garages for good.
"It's a tough break for the team," Truex told Fox Sports from the garage. "The car was superfast today."
"I went to bed last night thinking this was probably my best shot at winning the Daytona 500."
Sinise feels right at home
Gary Sinise is known for his iconic role as Lt. Dan Taylor in the movie "Forrest Gump," and he said it opened the door for future endeavors for the actor.
"I've been blessed to have a nice television and movie career and sometimes there are great, great perks," Sinise said about his opportunity on being the official starter for Sunday's race. "It's a blessing to be able to work in a field where I actually enjoy my job and do some good with the success that I've had."
It's the perfect venue for Sinise to raise awareness of his charitable foundations, which help out the military and their families.
"There is no more patriotic veterans support than NASCAR fans," added Sinise. "It's right in my wheelhouse."
Recording artist Aloe Blacc sang the national anthem prior to the start of the race, and his rendition was greeted with a warm response.
That was in stark contrast to the reaction the band Madison Rising received for its bizarre rock 'n' roll version of the Star-Spangled Banner before Saturday's Nationwide Race. That version was widely panned and even deemed unpatriotic.
Said Blacc of signing the nation's song, which he called a great piece of art: "It's a challenge if you start too high ... I don't want to mess this one up, not on this stage."