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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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