Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Kenseth Holds Off Earnhardt Jr, Wins Second Daytona 500

Matt Kenseth wins his second Daytona 500 (Getty) 
Matt Kenseth won his second Daytona 500 that took more than 36 hours to complete due to bad weather and a fiery crash.

Kenseth held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle over a two-lap overtime to win the first postponed Daytona 500 in its 54 year existence early Tuesday morning.

Rain forced NASCAR to push the race to Monday afternoon, then Monday night.

Juan Pablo Montoya barreled into the back of a jet drier, igniting an on-track fire with 40 laps to go on Monday, which caused a two-hour delay.

Montoya was attempting to catch the pack during a caution when he went slamming toward the jet drier, which holds 200 gallons of jet kerosene.

Montoya got out of his car unscathed. The driver of the truck was helped out of his vehicle.

Drivers patiently waited on the track as firemen attempted to put out the fire and officials surveyed the damage.

The Sprint Cup Series moves to Phoenix International Raceway for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 on Mar. 4.

Daytona 500 Results

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