By Kenneth E. Oquist
After rain postponements and a red flag issued due to a fire breaking out, Juan Pablo Montoya lost control and went careening into a jet dryer vehicle. This was a two hour and five minute delay. The track had to be cleaned and treated by a dilligent crew. On lap 2 Danica Patrick avoids a major crash, but gets dinged up enough to lose 62 laps. Jimmy Johnson crashes out of the race, as does last years winner Trevor Bayne. Kurt Busch and David Ragan also were involved. The $200,000 halfway bonus goes to Martin Truex, Jr. Jeff Gordon has an engine blow at lap 81 and was done for the race. David Stremme also had issues that dropped him back off the lead lap.
Finally, the last 40 laps are run. This proved to take a lot longer than one would think. Lap 188 brings yet another big fender-bender. Jamie McMurray’s tire goes down causing Kasey Kahne and others, including Carl Edwards, to get damaged, but he was able to continue and finish in the top 10. Also involved, Brad Keselowski and A.J. Almendinger could not finish the race. Yet another crash with 4 laps to go. Tony Stewart spins out from Joey Logano, along with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., with Kyle Busch also involved as well. Finally, they were able to run the last few laps green.
The Top 5:
1. Matt Kenseth
2. Dale Earhardt, Jr.
3. Greg Biffle
4. Denny Hamlin
5. Jeff Burton
Carl Edwards managed an eighth place finish. Tony Stewart only managed to finish 16th. So, finally, one of the most bizarre Daytona 500 races of all time is finally in the books. It must have been literally and figuratively exhausting for many. It will seem like a short week with the race at Phoenix already looming. I am not a weather man, but it most likely won’t rain.
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