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Daytona 500 Replay Leads Many To Think Johnson Won

Since NASCAR's season opener was delayed for several hours due to severe weather, Fox aired a replay of last year's race when Jimmie Johnson won and a lot of fans on Twitter thought it was live.

Posted on February 23, 2014, at 8:16 p.m. ET

During Sunday's season opener, severe rain shut the race down at the International Speedway after 38 out of the 200 laps had been completed.

AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning in the area.

Daytona 500, with 38 laps to go, threatened by severe weather in the area. Tornado warning in effect until 5:15pm ET

Al Roker@alroker

Daytona 500, with 38 laps to go, threatened by severe weather in the area. Tornado warning in effect until 5:15pm ET

11:39 AM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

NASCAR fans attempted to stay dry at the track or left in their cars.

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AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack
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Current situation, hunkered down underneath the grandstands at the #Daytona500. #lightning #thunder #TornadoWarning

Doug T.@deltatango72

Current situation, hunkered down underneath the grandstands at the #Daytona500. #lightning #thunder #TornadoWarning

10:34 AM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Because of the delay, Fox aired a replay of last year's race, when Jimmie Johnson won. Many fans on Twitter didn't understand and tweeted along as if the race was live.

woooo Jimmie Johnson wins #Daytona500 YES YES YES YES YES

Anon@thebluenexus

woooo Jimmie Johnson wins #Daytona500 YES YES YES YES YES

12:41 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Jimmie Johnson wins Daytona 500 once again

I barley watch nascar but when Jimmie Johnson wins I hate it so much

Devon DiGiacomo@DiGiacomo_LB52

I barley watch nascar but when Jimmie Johnson wins I hate it so much

12:42 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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So many people congratulated Jimmie Johnson that he tweeted about it:

I hear I won the #Daytona500? Haha! I also have friends confused and texting congratulations to me. #2013Replay

Jimmie Johnson@JimmieJohnson

I hear I won the #Daytona500? Haha!

I also have friends confused and texting congratulations to me.

#2013Replay

01:05 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And even Fox News was confused about the win:

Fox News reports Jimmie Johnson wins the Daytona 500 for the 3rd time, uh that was last year current race is in a weather delay. Lol

Bill Stout@pastchief32

Fox News reports Jimmie Johnson wins the Daytona 500 for the 3rd time, uh that was last year current race is in a weather delay. Lol

12:50 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Daytona 500 has been delayed for potholes, fires, and weather over the last five years. The race needs to hit 100 laps to become official.

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In 2009 Matt Kenseth won a rain-shortened Daytona 500. The next year the Daytona 500 was interrupted for more than two hours because of a pothole in the track.

Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel / MCT

In 2012 rain shut down the race and then later that night Juan Pablo Montoya slammed into a jet dryer, igniting a fire that caused another delay.

Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel / MCT

UPDATED — Feb. 23, 11:25 p.m. ET: NASCAR used the Air Titan, a system designed to reduce track drying time, and resumed the race after about six hours of delays.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Dayton 500 after the long rain delay.

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