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Matt Kenseth wins wild Daytona 500

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Tuesday 28th February, 2012 - 4:05pm

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Matt Kenseth celebrates his Daytona 500 win

Matt Kenseth has won his second Daytona 500 after surviving engine issues early to take the win in a ‘Green White Chequered’ finish.

Kenseth beat home Dale Earnhardt Jr with Rous Fenway team-mate Greg Biffle in third.

After a strong run over the first half of the race, Australia’s Marcos Ambrose finished 13th after a late race collision left him with a damaged front spoiler.

The race, which was delayed until Monday night after rain continued from Sunday through to the following afternoon, started in dramatic fashion when 5-time NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson was eliminated in an accident that also involved Danica Patrick, Trevor Bayne, Kurt Busch and David Ragan.

The race then settled down with Ambrose working with Biffle to stay in the front group.

Everything seemed set for a battle over the final 40 laps when Juan Pablo Montoya was involved in a bizarre high-speed accident with a jet-drying track vehicle under caution – Click Here for that story.

Then after a two hour delay to clean-up the damage from the Montoya incident, the two Fords of Kenseth and Biffle sat at the front, while Ambrose tried to work his way back forward as the race past midnight local time.

The Tasmanian’s hopes ended on lap #177 when he was sent spinning across the grass in an accident that involved team-mate Aric Almirola and Casey Mears. A broken front splitter dropped him off the lead lap and down in 28th.

Marcos Ambrose's pit crew go to work

However, two more major wrecks vaulted him back inside the top 15 as the race finished in overtime.

“It’s a shame, the Stanley Ford Fusion was much better than a 13th place finish,” said Ambrose.

“Our team was so quick this Speedweeks, I’m incredibly proud of Todd Parrott and all of the crew for their efforts.

“I think we have shown that we are a force to be reckoned with in 2012.”

Kenseth went from the front while Earnhardt Jr and Biffle tried to hook-up, but they could not beat him to the line.

The 2009 winner of the ‘Great American Race’ adding his second title.

“It feels good. 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 thankful everything worked out on the restarts and I am glad it all worked out,” said Kenseth.

“We had great horsepower.

“I have to thank Greg (Biffle). We worked together really good all day long. He had a really fast car all day as well.

“We had a lot of problems and almost ended up a lap down. These guys did a great job. They never panicked and I think they enjoyed their day more because they couldn’t hear me on the radio with my radio problems. My guys did a great job. I never dreamed we would be standing here tonight.”

2012 Unofficial Race Results : Daytona 500

FIN

ST

CAR

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

PTS/BNS

LAPS

STATUS

1 4 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Best Buy 47/1 202 Running
2 5 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard 42/0 202 Running
3 2 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 42/1 202 Running
4 31 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 42/2 202 Running
5 9 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 40/1 202 Running
6 37 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Peak / Menards 39/1 202 Running
7 13 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 37/0 202 Running
8 1 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 36/0 202 Running
9 12 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 36/1 202 Running
10 22 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 35/1 202 Running
11 30 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 33/0 202 Running
12 26 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 33/1 202 Running
13 7 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 31/0 202 Running
14 32 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kroger 30/0 202 Running
15 24 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 30/1 202 Running
16 3 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 29/1 202 Running
17 14 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s Brown 27/0 202 Running
18 43 32 Terry Labonte Ford C&J Energy 27/1 202 Running
19 41 26 Tony Raines Ford Front Row Motorsports 25/0 202 Running
20 21 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford Ford EcoBoost 0 202 Running
21 18 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army / Quicken Loans 23/0 202 Running
22 39 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King 22/0 202 Running
23 33 38 David Gilliland Ford MHP Power Pak Pudding 21/0 202 Running
24 6 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / CSX “Play it Safe” 21/1 200 Running
25 36 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 19/0 199 Running
26 38 93 David Reutimann Toyota Burger King 18/0 196 In Pit
27 10 33 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet General Mills / Kroger 0 196 Running
28 34 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 0 194 Running
29 20 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 15/0 189 In Pit
30 11 98 Michael McDowell Ford K-Love / Curb Records 14/0 189 Running
31 19 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats 13/0 188 In Pit
32 23 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 12/0 187 Running
33 27 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield “Helping Hungry Homes” 11/0 187 Running
34 15 22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 10/0 177 Running
35 40 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 0 164 Running
36 35 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 8/0 159 Running
37 42 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 7/0 156 Out of Race
38 29 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 0 138 Running
39 28 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet HendrickCars.com 5/0 113 Running
40 16 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 5/1 81 Out of Race
41 17 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Mapei / Menards / Speed Energy 3/0 25 Out of Race
42 8 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 2/0 1 Running
43 25 34 David Ragan Ford Scorpion Truck Bed Liners 1/0 1 Running

* Denotes Rookie

 

 

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