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.

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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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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