DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #17 Best Buy Ford, and Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Ford, lead the field on a restart during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 27, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

2012 Daytona 500: Matt Kenseth Wins 2nd Great American Race

The Daytona 500 went through multiple cautions and even one stoppage due to a jet fuel fire, but Matt Kenseth pulled out his second victory at the International Speedway.

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2012 Daytona 500 Results: Matt Kenseth Captures 2nd Race; Regan Smith Finishes In 24th Place

It took over three days to complete the 2012 Daytona 500, but we can call Matt Kenseth the winner of the 54th Great American Race. This is his second victory at the Daytona International Speedway, winning it in 2009. But his 2012 victory will probably be the more memorable win. With rain postponing the race from Sunday to a prime time slot on Monday and with double-digit cautions flags and a two-hour delay to repair the track following Juan Pablo Montoya's crash and the subsequent jet fuel-induced fire on Tuesday, Kenseth, the racers and fans may never see such a confluence of events like that at a race ever again.


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Denver's Furniture Row racing saw Regan Smith and the No. 78 car start out by maintaining a top-five spot for the first 50 laps, but he wound up finishing in 24th place. Though he was involved in a multi-car wreck with just 14 laps left in the race, Smith was able to have the damaged repaired and be back out on the course to finish the race.

Here are the results for the Daytona 500:

  1. Matt Kenseth
  2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  3. Greg Biffle
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Jeff Burton
  6. Paul Menard
  7. Kevin Harvick
  8. Carl Edwards
  9. Joey Logano
  10. Mark Martin
  11. Clint Bowyer
  12. Martin Truex Jr.
  13. Marcos Ambrose
  14. Bobby Labonte
  15. Dave Blaney
  16. Tony Stewart
  17. Kyle Busch
  18. Terry Labonte
  19. Tony Raines
  20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  21. Ryan Newman
  22. Landon Cassill
  23. David Gilliland
  24. Regan Smith
  25. Casey Mears
  26. David Reutimann
  27. Elliott Sadler
  28. Joe Nemechek
  29. Kasey Kahne
  30. Michael McDowell
  31. Jamie McMurray
  32. Brad Keselowski
  33. Aric Almirola
  34. AJ Allmendinger
  35. Trevor Bayne
  36. Juan Pablo Montoya
  37. David Stremme
  38. Danica Patrick
  39. Kurt Busch
  40. Jeff Gordon
  41. Robby Gordon
  42. Jimmie Johnson
  43. David Ragan

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2012 Daytona 500 Results: Matt Kenseth Captures Memorable, Strange Great American Race

The 2012 Daytona 500 took far longer to finish than many expected, but Matt Kenseth has won the 54th racing of the event. After a postponement on Sunday, Monday's prime time race went into a two hour delay after Juan Pablo Montoya crashed into a jet dryer and caused a jet fire fuel (video). The damage to the track was cleaned with Tide and repaired. It wasn't until 1:00 a.m. ET that Kenseth crossed the finish line and won his second Daytona 500 (2009 winner)


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On the final lap, Kenseth beat out Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle and it wasn't even close, as you can see below.


Furniture Row Racing's Regan Smith finished in 24th place. Stay tuned for a complete list of finishing order.

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2012 Daytona 500 Crash Video: Regan Smith Part Of Multi-Car Crash

Regan Smith won't win the Daytona 500 unless another multi-car crash happens, but the one that he was just involved in has forced him off the track. As we see in the video below, Smith is knotted in the middle group of racers when a crash involving Brad Keselowski. Smith's No. 78 car gets tangled up in it and is close to the grass before sliding deep into there. He then makes it back onto the track and heads into the pit.



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However, Furniture Row Racing promised that Smith would return and finish the race:

This crash happened with 14 laps to go.

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2012 Daytona 500 Update: Regan Smith In 18th Place Halfway Through Race

Furniture Row Racing's Regan Smith is in 18th place following Lap 100, the midpoint, of the 2012 Daytona 500. After starting off the race at No. 6 and staying within the top 5 for much of the first 50 laps of the race, Smith had fallen to the back of the pack at times.

There have already been several drivers eliminated due to early crashes. Danica Patrick, though, made it back to the race after she was involved in an accident that began with Jimmie Johnson, who didn't. Johnson was right behind Regan Smith when he spun out of control and caused a multi-car accident.

Jeff Gordon's engine blew toward the final third of the first 100 laps. Terry Labonte spun out of control several laps later, causing another caution on the race.

The current leader after Lap 100 is Martin Truex Jr, followed by Greg Biffle and Jeff Burton. The race is now considered official and can only be shortened, not postponed.

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2012 Daytona 500 Postponed Until Monday

Unfortunately, the 54th running of the Daytona 500 must wait until Monday. Precipitous rains all day on Sunday have made the track too dangerous to race on and more rain is expected. It will now start at 10:00 a.m. MT on Monday, reports SB Nation's Jeff Gluck.

However, the forecast for Monday is even worse with the potential for thunderstorms most of the day. If it can't get in then, Tuesday would appear to be an optimal day since rain is not in the forecast.

Denver's Furniture Row Racing has Regan Smith in the race, and he will start in the sixth spot whenever the race does start.

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