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Daytona 500 TV Ratings Are Out: Sports World Reacts

NASCAR's Daytona 500 on Sunday in 2022.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 20: Austin Cindric, driver of the #2 Discount Tire Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The Daytona 500 went almost head-to-head with the NBA All-Star game this past Sunday. Based on the ratings, it looks like NASCAR won the day.

According to Michael Mulvihill, the executive vice president at Fox Sports, the Daytona 500 beat the NBA All-Star Game by a whopping 41-percent. Mulvihill called that the highest gap between the two events in the last five years.

Rookie Austin Cindric claimed victory in a photo finish over Bubba Wallace to win his first ever NASCAR Cup Series race. The Daytona 500 also featured some incredible (and terrifying) moments during the event.

As you can imagine, NASCAR fans are feeling pretty proud this afternoon. Most of them are taking the opportunity to rip the NBA and mock it for being a failure.

General sports fans are surprised but not too surprised given the differences between the two events:

It probably helped the Daytona 500 ratings that it didn't go up against the NBA playoffs. All-star games in most sports have been seeing declining ratings, while the Daytona 500 is the first NASCAR event of the year.

We'll see if NASCAR events can keep up the momentum against the NBA in more events later this year.

But for now, it's a big win for NASCAR supporters and they have the right to thump their chests over it.

Will the NASCAR ratings this year outdo the NBA playoffs later this year?