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Matt Kenseth Wins Bizarre Daytona 500

Brad Johnson 29 Feb 2012

Matt Kenseth has won his second Daytona 500 but the race will be remember as being one of the most bizarre in NASCAR history.

 

The race was due to take place on Sunday but severe rain did not subside until late in the evening and race officials postponed it until Monday and even then it was delayed further due to the weather. Eventually, almost 30 hours later than anticipated, the 2012 Daytona 500 got underway.

 

Ironically there was a huge pile-up involving half a dozen cars on the second lap but they were cleared out of the way and the race continued. That was until a freak accident caused a massive fuel fire that stopped the race for a total of two hours as safety workers first battled the fire then officials inspected the surface to ensure it was safe to race!

 

The accident happened when former Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya hit a jet drier they safety car was pushing igniting the 200 gallons of kerosene on board! This saw a huge fireball followed by the entire Turn 3 at the Dayton International Speedway being on fire for a considerable amount of time before it was extinguished. Thankfully there were no casualties though Montoya's car was a burned out wreck and his race was ended. Check out the video below for full coverage of the crash and ensuing fire.

 

 

When the race did resume it was Dave Blaney who lead but he had to pit for fuel and this gifted the lead to Kenseth. When the race was finally completed, some 36 hours later than expected, Kenseth said, “We had a really fast car and have fast cars in the past, and I figured out a way to mess it up. I am glad it all worked out.”

 

Kenseth, 39, won the Dayton 500 back in 2009 and this latest win was the 49th victory of his long and illustrious career. He is one of the sports top earners, having won almost $80 million so far and surely there is more to come.

 

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