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.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more racing coverage, head over to NASCAR Ranting And Raving. For more on the Daytona 500, check out SB Nation NASCAR's extensive coverage.

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