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2012 Daytona 500 Update: Matt Kenseth Leads With 50 Laps To Go

Matt Kenseth is your leader at the 2012 Daytona 500 with just 50 laps left to go. The pre-race favorite and 2009 winner has battled overheating issues all night, but jumped in front as things begin to heat up and get tense.

Two Joe Gibbs drivers, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin, battled in the top two spots before Kenseth took over as we hit the 150-lap mark. While weather delayed the race more than thirty hours from Sunday afternoon, it appears mother nature could add another disruption on Monday night and perhaps end this one early. A rain storm is approaching Daytona, but its traveling so slow that they may be able to sneak the race in and complete the final 200 laps before conditions change.

Click here for the latest weather update.

Everyone is keeping an eye on the radar, including he pole sitter who was heard over radio asking his crew chief to keep him up to speed. Via @Jeff_Gluck:

The pace is certainly going to pick up as we race to the finish.

For updates on the Daytona 500 today, keep it locked to the official SB Nation StoryStream. For updates on the go, follow SB Nation Motorsports Editor Jeff Gluck on Twitter. For all things NASCAR, head over to the SB Nation NASCAR hub page.

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