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Massive Fire Wins Daytona 500; Kenseth Takes Checkered Flag

 
Daytona 500 fire

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If you missed the Daytona 500 Monday night because you have jobs and stuff, here’s what you missed:

  • Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick and a handful of other drivers were involved in a crash on the second lap rendering them impotent for the final 198 laps.
  • There was a bunch of racing and crashes and cautions and breaks in the action.
  • With 40 laps to go, Juan Pablo Montoya’s car breaks as he’s flying around the track to catch up to the back of the pack during a caution. With his steering gone, he careens into the back of a jet-dryer safety truck filled with 200 gallons of jet fuel. And because we know everyone is safe and sound, we can safely say: Awesomeness ensued.
  • As the race wound down just shy of 1 a.m. EST, there were several more wrecks as drivers jockeyed for position.
  • Finally, after 493 years, Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle hot on his tail.

Two rain delays and several wrecks later, Kenseth and the NASCAR season are off to a great start.

But the real winner today is the fire-fighting safety crew at Daytona International Speedway. As rad as the fire was, their work was even more impressive. Good show, gentlemen.

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