NASCAR: Matt Kenseth named 2012 Daytona 500 winner, after delays due to rain and fire

By on Feb 28, 2012 in Racing, Sports, United States Comments

Updated: February 28, 2012 5:45 p.m.

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Matt Kenseth was named the 2012 Daytona 500 winner on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, after a series of delays due to heavy rain and incidents, including that of Juan Pablo Montoya’s crash on jet dryer that caused fire.

Matt Kenseth, showing his 2012 Daytona 500 trophy
Image Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

As featured at Fox Sports on Tuesday early morning, Matt Kenseth won the 500-mile race at the Daytona International Speedway, after the race was postponed for 2 hours, 5 minutes and 29 seconds on Monday while safety workers are fixing the area.

According to the report, Kenseth finished the NASCAR race and was followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle on the third place, while Denny Hamlin and Jeff Burton landed on the fourth and fifth place, respectively.

“We had a great horsepower, pretty unbelievable speed and it just came down to whoever was in the front at the end. They enjoyed their day more because they couldn’t hear me on the radio often.” Kenseth was quoted telling to reports after he won.

Apparently, Kenseth jumped back to lead in the final lap after he was pushed by Biffle, his Roush Fenway Racing teammate while Earnhardt is in the third; later took the white flag and won the what is now being considered as one of the most notable unusual races.

As reported earlier, Dave Blaney was leading the race when the car of Juan Pablo Montoya, who was trying to catch up with the rest, hit a safety truck loaded with fueled jet dryer and burst into flames.

Meanwhile, NASCAR was forced to postpone the race for more than 30 hours from Sunday to Monday, the first time in its 54-year history, due to continuous heavy rain pouring at the field.

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