|Matt Kenseth with the Harley J. Earl Trophy (Photo courtesy Getty Images)|
|Danica Patrick and Jimmie Johnson wreck on lap 2 (Photo courtesy Associated Press)|
The race was about 40 laps from the finish when Clint Bowyer's 5-Hour Energy Toyota ran out of gas. I guess there is no crash; you just stop on the track. Under the ensuing caution, something broke on Juan Pablo Montoya's car, and it sent him careening towards one of the jet dryers trying to dry the track. After being released from the infield care center, Montoya told reporters, "I told them when I left the pits something wasn't right and I felt a weird vibration when we were with the pack. ... I was going down the back straightaway. ... I got on the brakes to travel up and while I was telling the spotter to have a look on how the rear was moving, the car just turned right."
|Track workers try to contain the fire from a jet dryer (Photo courtesy US Presswire)|
After a two hour and five minute red flag delay, which included Tide, Brad Keselowski tweeting from inside the car, some famous Bondo, and a shuttle bus filled with crew members, the race was resumed with 40 laps to go.
|Brad Keselowski was tweeting during the red flag (Photo courtesy Brad Keselowski)|
Another crash on Lap 187 collected Jamie McMurray, Kasey Kahne, AJ Allmendinger, and Brad Keselowski. Then, Tony Stewart spun on lap 196 to set up a green-white-checkered finish. The crash collected Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, and 2011 Nationwide Champ Ricky Stenhouse Jr., among others.
When the race took the green flag, it was a mad dash to the finish. After taking the white flag, Greg Biffle and Dale Earnhardt Jr. hooked up behind Matt Kenseth and tried to make a move, but they could not catch him. Kenseth's Ford engine was just too much for them to handle, and he won his second Daytona 500. Even though his car was fast, it didn't mean Kenseth wasn't a little bit worried that he would be passed on the last lap. "The 16 had one of the strongest cars all week, and I think ours was right there, as well. Our car, for some reason, was a lot faster out front than it was in traffic. My car was one of the faster cars, so it was harder for some of the cars to push you and stay locked onto you. And we had enough speed once we took the white, I felt sort of OK about it, but I still thought they were going to get a run and pass me," Kenseth told reporters.
|Matt Kenseth beats Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle to the line (Photo courtesy Getty Images)|
|Mark Martin races with Dave Blaney (Photo courtesy SPEED)|