UPDATE: Matt Kenseth Wins The Daytona 500

A wild week of racing at Daytona has been capped by a memorable night in the first race of the Sprint Cup season.

Matt Kenseth led at the final restart and held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win the Daytona 500. Greg Biffle finished third, followed by Denny Hamlin and Jeff Burton.

It was quite a season-opening race that featured 10 cautions and a red flag that stopped the race for more than two hours with 40 laps remaining. Five-time Sprint Cup champ Jimmie Johnson and Danica Patrick were involved in a multi-car wreck on the second lap, bringing out the first caution flag of the night. Patrick was able to continue following repairs that cost her more than 60 laps. Johnson did not return, and Patrick finished 38th.

The ninth caution came out with 13 laps to go as Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray and Brad Keselowski were involved in a multi-car collision with Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart. Stewart was able to continue the race, only to be clipped in another wreck with four laps remaining. The last collision caused a two-lap restart to decide the race.

The race was red-flagged when Juan Pablo Montoya lost control of his car and slammed into one of the jet dryers brought out during the seventh caution. The truck and the track were engulfed in flames as fuel poured onto the track, halting the race at lap 160. Montoya was able to get out of his car without any help.

Thirteen drivers held the lead at some point by the time the race was stopped. One of the 13 was Jeff Gordon, who had to leave the race after 78 laps due to a blown engine. Martin Truex Jr. came away with a $200,000 bonus for leading at the midway point.

It's the first time the race has been held on a Monday as rain caused the event to be pushed back a day and a-half. The Daytona 500 ended about 36 hours after the scheduled start of the race.

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Matt Kenseth wins the Daytona 500 after a massive delay after a fiery explosion caused when Juan Pablo Montoya slammed into a jet drier under caution.

Montoya was driving well behind the rest of the field when something on his car broke and he started sliding out of control toward the jet drier, which holds 200 gallons of jet kerosene.

Montoya's No. 42 Chevrolet hammered the truck, setting off an explosion and sending fuel pouring onto the famed track.

Montoya got out unharmed. The driver of the jet drier had to be helped out of his truck.

Dave Blaney was leading at the time of the wreck, followed by Landon Cassill, Tony Raines and David Gilliland.

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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Feb 29, 2012 at 01:08 PM
    I hate the fact I was not able to finish watching the race, but glad Matt Kenseth won the race. FORD is an acronym for First On Race Day. MC Jamal, if you think the Daytona 500 is a redneck's superbowl, then you need to get educated. NASCAR has been a first class organization for years with people who do good things and charity work, while your NBA is full of thugs who care only about their street cred and how to make an extra dollar.
  • by Gunther on Feb 28, 2012 at 05:30 PM
    I love Dale Jr. and if you mess with me you mess with the whole trailer park!
  • by Ken Location: Rocky Mount on Feb 28, 2012 at 04:31 PM
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 04:05 PM
    i won enough money to git my toof fixed
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 11:41 AM
    I suspect that Dale Jr. is quickly on his way to becoming another Kyle Petty...nothing more than a famous father as a claim to fame, never actually winning any races. Sad.
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      by 45 with a bar on Feb 28, 2012 at 07:52 PM in reply to
      Kyle Patty was a fine race car driver! Whether he won tons of races or not, he has given back tremendous amounts to needy children. His work with the Victory Junction Gang should be a model to all professional athletes.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 at 02:37 AM in reply to 45 with a bar
        All of that is all well and good, but strictly speaking, as a driver, he just wasn't up to snuff...much like Earnhardt Jr. has been for quite a long time now. I see a bright [and imminent] future for Dale Jr. as an announcer.
  • by Cliff Location: Altoona, AL on Feb 28, 2012 at 10:09 AM
    I've Been Watching The Daytona 500 All Of My Life, And This Is The WORST ONE EVER!! JUST A HUGE DEMOLITON DERBY!!! EVEN THE JET DRYERS WERE WRECKED!! But It Was Still Great To Dale, Jr. Finshing Second And Matt Kenseth Winning!!
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      by JD on Feb 28, 2012 at 01:50 PM in reply to Cliff
      I'm I the only one that actually preferred the 2 car draft to this? At least there was frequent passing. Not ideal (only the last 20 laps really matter in with the tandem racing), but still more interesting.
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        by Cliff on Mar 1, 2012 at 09:30 AM in reply to JD
        Yes That's True, But There Were Also A Lot Of Needless Wrecks!!
  • by Steffanie Location: Williamston on Feb 28, 2012 at 09:57 AM
    It sucks that the race didn't start again till 12:00 and hope that he didn't a concution!!!!! He is blessed(:
  • by MC Jamal Location: mean streets on Feb 28, 2012 at 09:35 AM
    NASCAR that's some big news,finally got that red-neck super bowl out of the way.I don't even watch the stuff,but i would like to know about this hot chic Danica,but really you don't see no women in the NBA.
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      by Steffanie on Feb 28, 2012 at 10:08 AM in reply to MC Jamal
      Red-neck all the way bud
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      by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 12:28 PM in reply to MC Jamal
      They have the WNBA.
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      by hmmm on Feb 28, 2012 at 05:40 PM in reply to MC Jamal
      lets try this again being witn wouldnt post my other one. why is it ok to say redneck but if you mention any derogatory black terms it wont be posted? yea... thats real equality.....
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        by obamanot on Feb 29, 2012 at 05:01 AM in reply to hmmm
        It's called PC!
  • by Morgan on Feb 28, 2012 at 08:08 AM
    I was so mad. I love Dale Earnhardt jr. and he hasnt won a race in so long so i thought that he would have won but ill take 2nd i mean that puts him second in points for the season so good start for my driver.
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      by Annette on Feb 28, 2012 at 09:02 AM in reply to Morgan
      Jr. is one of the worst drivers out there. Hendrick has done everything to get him to victory! pumped money, switched crews & crew chiefs, forced JJ to shared a garage & then info w/ him. He should win every race b/c no one else on the track has had as much time, energy & resources as he has. He still can't win. I'm sick of him. The last race he won, was because Tony Eury Jr. can read a weather radar & left him out with rain coming. So sick of him.
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      by Ricky Bobby on Feb 28, 2012 at 09:09 AM in reply to Morgan
      If you aint first youre last...
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      by Steffanie on Feb 28, 2012 at 10:01 AM in reply to Morgan
      Exactly i thought him or either Danica Patrick would win but it was great that they had a chance to stretch their legs.
  • by john Location: farmville on Feb 28, 2012 at 06:48 AM
    let the trailer park fights begin
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