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Daytona 500 2012 Results: After A Wild Night, Matt Kenseth Wins The Great American Race

Six hours after it started, in one of the most amazing and wild NASCAR races you will ever see, Matt Kenseth was crowned the 2012 Daytona 500 winner. It was a green-white-checkered finish, the sixth time in the last seven full Daytona 500 races. Kenseth was the first driver to repeat as Daytona 500 champion since Jeff Gordon in 2005. It was his 22nd career win. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished second and Greg Biffle finished third. Video of the finish below:

It was a green-white-checkered finish after a big multi-car wreck with Tony Stewart and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. prompted at caution on lap 197. Video of the multi-car wreck:


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After the race was postponed more than 30 hours due to inclement weather, it was delayed nearly another two hours after one of the most bizarre crashes you will ever see in motorsports. Juan Pablo Montoya crashed into the back of a jet dryer, creating an instant fireball and explosion that set the track on fire. Two hours of track work and repairs were done while the drivers congregated on the back stretch under a red flag.

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Photographs by cstreet.us, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.