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2012 Daytona 500: Race Garners Impressive Ratings Despite Delays

It took a while to happen, but the Daytona 500 ended up being a pretty entertaining race, and I'm not just talking about the explosion and fire that involved Juan Pablo Montoya. Here are the ratings figures in as of this morning.

But if you were wondering what part of the race had the biggest draw, I think you might have some idea what it was.

The fire had the biggest draw, but it seems like those who turned in just because they got a text from their friends ended up sticking around and watching the race. Those ratings are pretty impressive considering that the race had to happen on a Monday night.

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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.