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PHOTO GALLERY: Fire and rain at the Daytona 500

Monday, February 27, 2012 | 11:59 p.m. CST; updated 12:21 a.m. CST, Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., was postponed from Sunday to Monday evening due to rain. The race was red-flagged after Juan Pablo Montoya's car slewed sideways and struck a jet dryer, which burst into flames. Later, Matt Kenseth won the race. Columbia native Carl Edwards finished in eighth place.

Carl Edwards (99) and Greg Biffle (16) lead the field at the start of the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Monday.
Crew members push the car of driver Regan Smith to the starting grid before the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Monday.
Smoke billows from Jeff Gordon's car (24) as Dale Earnhardt Jr. drives past during the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Fans try to take photos of Jeff Gordon in the garage area during the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Fuel in a jet dryer burns after Juan Pablo Montoya's car slewed sideways and struck it during a caution period in the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Monday.
Workers clean up the track after Juan Pablo Montoya crashed into a jet dryer during the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Matt Kenseth celebrates after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., early Tuesday.

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