Wild Night Ends with Matt Kenseth Winning the Daytona 500

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After being delayed, the Daytona 500 was a show of pure chaos before Matt Kenseth won the event for his second time.

For the first time, the Daytona 500 was postponed due to rain and when the race finally did start, it didn’t take long for the next obstacle in the marathon of an event. Just two laps into the race, a crash ensued that took multiple drivers out of the race.

The race was full of collisions that caused multiple stoppages. However, none was bigger than the crash that took place that caused a stoppage with about 40 laps to go.

Juan Pablo Montoya’s car encountered issues while he was driving under caution alone. The car spun and collided hard into a safety truck containing 200 gallons of kerosene. The jet fuel was flowing down the surface of Turn 3 at Daytona International Speedway as it caught fire after the initial explosion of the car colliding with the engine.

For Kenseth, it was a memorable win as he and the other drivers battled rain, fire, fog and much more in order to just complete the race.

Following Kenseth to a second place finish was Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle taking home third place.

The total time for the event from its original start time to the finish of the race was about 36 hours.

By: Brandon Williams Member of the Football Writers Association of America

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