'Days'tona 500 race is finally done - Kenseth wins marathon race

Feb 27, 2012; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series safety crews work to put out a fire from a jet drier that was hit by driver Juan Pablo Montoya (not pictured) under caution during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. The race is being run on Monday for the first time in the 54 year history of the race due to rain. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Rain, blown-up Jet Dryers and a melee of crashes couldn't keep Matt Kenseth out of victory lane in the 2012 edition of the Daytona 500.

After being postponed on Sunday for rain NASCAR finally dropped the green flag to start the 'Great American Race' nearly 30 hrs later at about 7:00 pm EST on Monday evening. The 2012 Daytona 500 would then last for nearly six hrs (about two hours longer than normal) finishing at about 1:00 am EST on Tuesday morning.

The reason for a nearly two hour delay in the racing activity on the track? An unfortunate accident involving the #42 Chevy driven by Juan Montoya and a NASCAR operated Jet Dryer. While speeding down the back stretch to catch up with the field while under caution Montoya's car suddenly veered right and slid up the track colliding with the Jet-Dryer that was cleaning the track. Mechanical problems were to blame for Montoya's sudden change in direction.

After the collision, which totaled Montoya's car, the Jet Dryer's ruptured fuel tank spewed its contents onto the racing surface where it ignited into a massive wall of fire. NASCAR's fire team were eventually able to get the situation under control but, the track was slightly damaged during the intense inferno.

NASCAR officials got the track repaired and finished the race where Matt Kenseth was able to hold off a hard charging Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a slightly less charging teammate, Greg Biffle.

Another big winner (of sorts) was Brad Keselowski who gained almost 100,000 new followers on Twitter. The Penske driver had his smart phone with him and was 'Tweeting' with fans and posting pictures throughout the lengthy red flag period. He even 'Tweeted' shortly after his late race wreck telling his fans "Nothing we could do there… Never saw the wreck till we were windshield deep". The Kez now has more than 200,000 followers on his Twitter account (@keselowski).

Complete finishing order after the jump.

CRAZY NASCAR FIRE DAYTONA 500 JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (via xHopexHD)


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Montoya's Jet-Dryer wrecked car is pushed back into the garage area by his crew. (Matt Weaver/ NASCAR Ranting and Raving).

Here are the results for the Daytona 500:

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Round 1
Race Results for the 54Th Annual Daytona 500 - Monday, February 27, 2012
Daytona International Speedway - Daytona Beach, FL - 2.5 Mile Paved
Total Race Length - 202 Laps - 505 Miles - Purse: $19,142,601
Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Pts Bns Driver Rating Winnings Status Tms Laps
1 4 17 Matt Kenseth Best Buy Ford 202 47 4 100.9 $1,589,387 Running 2 50
2 5 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet 202 42 99.5 $1,102,175 Running
3 2 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 202 42 1 126.2 $804,163 Running 8 44
4 31 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 202 42 2 124.7 $702,091 Running 3 57
5 9 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet 202 40 1 117.7 $559,550 Running 2 24
6 37 27 Paul Menard Menards/Peak Chevrolet 202 39 1 90.4 $427,900 Running 1 2
7 13 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 202 37 83.0 $415,261 Running
8 1 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 202 36 81.1 $403,466 Running
9 12 20 Joey Logano The Home Depot Toyota 202 36 1 104.4 $346,063 Running 1 2
10 22 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Toyota 202 35 1 90.5 $323,313 Running 1 2
11 30 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 202 33 91.6 $339,002 Running
12 26 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 202 33 1 106.7 $535,052 Running 2 7
13 7 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 202 31 93.8 $341,858 Running
14 32 47 Bobby Labonte Kroger Toyota 202 30 67.2 $331,196 Running
15 24 36 Dave Blaney Ollie's Bargain Outlet Chevrolet 202 30 1 70.2 $296,513 Running 1 6
16 3 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 202 29 1 82.6 $379,025 Running 1 2
17 14 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Brown Toyota 202 27 80.2 $341,821 Running
18 43 32 Terry Labonte C&J Energy Ford 202 27 1 63.6 $292,200 Running 1 3
19 41 26 Tony Raines Front Row Motorsports Ford 202 25 51.8 $292,763 Running
20 21 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(i) Ford EcoBoost Ford 202 0 64.9 $304,275 Running
21 18 39 Ryan Newman U.S. ARMY/Quicken Loans Chevrolet 202 23 64.5 $336,221 Running
22 39 83 Landon Cassill Burger King Toyota 202 22 59.2 $319,945 Running
23 33 38 David Gilliland MHP/Power Pak Pudding Ford 201 21 59.7 $309,133 Running
24 6 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row/CSX Play It Safe Chevrolet 200 21 1 79.0 $332,421 Running 1 2
25 36 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 199 19 64.0 $304,746 Running
26 38 93 David Reutimann Burger King Toyota 196 18 67.1 $309,335 Accident
27 10 33 Elliott Sadler(i) General Mills/Kroger Chevrolet 196 0 53.1 $305,788 Running
28 34 87 Joe Nemechek(i) AM FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota 194 0 37.5 $287,363 Running
29 20 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 189 15 68.4 $297,988 Accident
30 11 98 Michael McDowell No.98 KLOVE/Curb Records Ford Ford 189 14 52.4 $292,175 Running
31 19 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet 188 13 63.6 $318,608 Accident
32 23 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 187 12 73.3 $322,295 Accident
33 27 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Helping Hungry Homes Ford 187 11 72.8 $320,986 Accident
34 15 22 AJ Allmendinger Shell Pennzoil Dodge 177 10 45.1 $328,325 Running
35 40 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 164 0 37.6 $283,200 Running
36 35 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 159 8 53.9 $312,391 Accident
37 42 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 156 7 48.2 $282,075 Engine
38 29 10 Danica Patrick(i) GoDaddy.com Chevrolet 138 0 34.9 $281,715 Running
39 28 51 Kurt Busch Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet 113 5 26.7 $277,913 Running
40 16 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 81 5 1 67.9 $317,549 Engine 1 1
41 17 7 Robby Gordon MAPEI/Menards/SPEED Energy Dodge 25 3 30.5 $268,150 Engine
42 8 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 1 2 28.3 $327,149 Accident
43 25 34 David Ragan Scorpion Truck Bedliners Ford 1 1 25.9 $267,637 Accident
Race Comments: Before an estimated crowd of 140,000 (originally estimated at 180,000), Matt Kenseth won the Daytona 500, his 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory and second Daytona 500 win. To start the race, prior to the green flag the following cars dropped to the rear of the field for the reasons indicated: #27, 42, 10, 38 (backup car), #51 (engine change). The event was originally scheduled for Feb. 26.
Failed to Qualify: (6) 40, 23, 97, 37, 09, 49.
Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 36 Mins, 02 Secs. Average Speed: 140.256 MPH Margin of Victory: 0.210 Seconds
Caution Flags: 10 for 42 laps: Laps: 3-7 (#10, 21, 33, 34, 48, 51 accident frontstretch [None]); 14-16 (#39 spin turn 2 [None]); 65-67 (Debris [83]); 82-85 (Oil on track [26]); 89-91 (#9, 32 accident tri-oval [39]); 130-132 (#15 stopped on track [39]); 158-166 (#30 spin turn 3 [Red Flag: Lap 161, 2:05:29] [47]); 179-182 (#6, 9, 13, 43 accident frontstretch [15]); 189-193 (#1, 2, 5, 14, 43, 78, 99 accident frontstretch [15]); 198-200 (#6, 14, 18, 20, 36, 38, 39, 93 accident frontstretch [9]).
Lead Changes: 25 among 13 drivers: 0; G. Biffle 1-9; R. Smith 10-11; G. Biffle 12-14; P. Menard 15-16; D. Hamlin 17-40; J. Burton 41-57; J. Gordon 58; T. Stewart 59-60; J. Burton 61-67; G. Biffle 68-76; M. Truex Jr. 77-81; G. Biffle 82; T. Labonte 83-85; G. Biffle 86-99; M. Truex Jr. 100-101; D. Hamlin 102-129; G. Biffle 130; M. Martin 131-132; G. Biffle 133-138; D. Hamlin 139-143; J. Logano 144-145; M. Kenseth 146-157; G. Biffle 158; D. Blaney 159-164; M. Kenseth 165-202.
Top 12 Driver Points: (1) M. Kenseth 47;(2) D. Earnhardt Jr. 42;(3) G. Biffle 42;(4) D. Hamlin 42;(5) J. Burton 40;(6) P. Menard 39;(7) K. Harvick 37;(8) C. Edwards 36;(9) J. Logano 36;(10) M. Martin 35;(11) C. Bowyer 33;(12) M. Truex Jr. 33.
3M Lap Leader : Denny Hamlin, #11 57 Laps American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award : Bobby Labonte, #47
Coors Light Pole Award : Carl Edwards, #99 194.738 mph DIRECTV Crew Chief of the Race : Matt Kenseth, #17 crew chief Jimmy Fennig
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race : Toyota Racing Development (TRD), #11 Mobil 1 Oil Driver of the Race : Denny Hamlin, #11
Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver of the Race : Paul Menard, #27 R Labbe, .169 sec USG Improving the Finish : Denny Hamlin, #11 27 places
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series
Next Race: Mar. 4, 2012 - Phoenix International Raceway
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