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Kenseth wins Daytona 500

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 | 12:08 a.m. CST; updated 9:35 p.m. CST, Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Matt Kenseth celebrates after winning the Daytona 500 early Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. It's Kenseth's second win in the race. He also won in 2009.

Matt Kenseth earned his second Daytona 500 title, winning the rain-delayed and accident-filled race that started Monday night and ended early Tuesday morning. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. edged Greg Biffle for second.

Columbia native Carl Edwards, after being sent to the back of the lead lap with 40 laps to go, finished eighth. Edwards started the race in the pole position.

Kenseth had Biffle, his Roush Fenway Racing teammate, lined up behind him on the final restart, and Biffle played the role of dutiful teammate for the two laps of overtime. Earnhardt pulled out behind Biffle as they closed in on the finish line but couldn't catch Kenseth.

It was an anticlimactic ending after rain postponed the race for the first time in its 54-year history from Sunday to Monday. Then came a frightening fire when Juan Pablo Montoya hit a safety truck, causing a two-hour delay.

Danica Patrick was involved in an accident just two laps into her Daytona 500 debut. She re-enterd the race several laps behind and finished 38th.


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