Daytona 500 2012: Matt Kenseth Wins A Wild One

From postponement, to jet fuel fires on the tracks, the 2012 Daytona 500 was non-stop calamity.

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2012 Daytona 500 Results: Matt Kenseth Wins, Ryan Newman Finishes No. 21

The 2012 Daytona 500 didn't start on time and didn't go exactly as planned, but it turned out to be one heck of a race. Rain at the Daytona International Speedway delayed the scheduled Sunday start until Monday night, and when things finally did get going the race got bogged down by multiple crashes and a jet fuel-induced fire. With eight cars getting into accidents in just the first 25 laps of the race, it almost seems appropriate to say that Matt Kenseth escaped with his second Daytona 500 victory.

As for South Bend native Ryan Newman, he had a rocky road on the way to his finish in 21st place. It all started back on Lap 12, when he spun out due to a flat tire on the second turn but still managed to get his car to pit row and escape with minimal damage. However, once on pit row, he lost a left front tire and was hit from behind by A.J. Allmendinger, causing some damage to the rear end of his car.


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Here are the complete results for the 2012 Daytona 500:

  1. Matt Kenseth
  2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  3. Greg Biffle
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Jeff Burton
  6. Paul Menard
  7. Kevin Harvick
  8. Carl Edwards
  9. Joey Logano
  10. Mark Martin
  11. Clint Bowyer
  12. Martin Truex Jr.
  13. Marcos Ambrose
  14. Bobby Labonte
  15. Dave Blaney
  16. Tony Stewart
  17. Kyle Busch
  18. Terry Labonte
  19. Tony Raines
  20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  21. Ryan Newman
  22. Landon Cassill
  23. David Gilliland
  24. Regan Smith
  25. Casey Mears
  26. David Reutimann
  27. Elliott Sadler
  28. Joe Nemechek
  29. Kasey Kahne
  30. Michael McDowell
  31. Jamie McMurray
  32. Brad Keselowski
  33. Aric Almirola
  34. AJ Allmendinger
  35. Trevor Bayne
  36. Juan Pablo Montoya
  37. David Stremme
  38. Danica Patrick
  39. Kurt Busch
  40. Jeff Gordon
  41. Robby Gordon
  42. Jimmie Johnson
  43. David Ragan

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2012 Daytona 500: Ryan Newman Spins Out Early In The Race

The 2012 Daytona 500 is less than 10 laps old but there's been plenty of action already -- on the first lap, a six-car accident involved Jimmie Johnson and Danica Patrick, among others. Several laps later, Ryan Newman lost control of his car and spun out, though he did not hit any cars or walls.

It appeared as though he may have suffered a flat tire.

Unfortunately, Newman's luck did not improve after the spin.

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2012 Daytona 500: Race Start Time Pushed Back To 6 P.M. CT

NASCAR officials announced early Monday morning the newest start time for the 2012 Daytona 500: 6 p.m. CT. The race has been delayed multiple times thanks to persistent rains hitting the Daytona Beach area.

The projected 6 p.m. start on Monday will be the latest in the 53-year history of NASCAR's biggest race, but race officials have been unable to find a suitable window of time where the skies— and track— would be clear enough to start the race. Whenever the race does get underway, and certainly those involved hope sooner rather than later, it will be broadcast nationally on FOX.

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Daytona 500 2012: Race Officially Postponed

NASCAR fans will have to wait one more day for the start of the Daytona 500, as torrential rain throughout the day has led to the postponement of the race until tomorrow at noon. With the safety concerns that come with running on a damp track, NASCAR decided it would be best to officially postpone the race until tomorrow, although there is potential rain in the forecast.

This will be the first time that the Daytona 500 has been pushed back to a Monday start in the 53-year history of the race. The race has been shortened four times because of rainy weather, with the most recent being in 2009 when Michael Waltrip won the abbreviated race.

When the race finally begins, Carl Edwards will be on the pole, while Tony Stewart will start in the third position. Plenty of attention will be on Danica Patrick, who will start 29th.

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Daytona 500 2012: Starting Time Delayed By Rain

The 2012 Daytona 500 is not starting on time on Sunday afternoon due to rain, as discussed by SB Nation's Jeff Gluck. He says that the rain began around 10:30 a.m. this morning and hasn't stopped yet, with it takes roughly two hours for the track to dry out.

That means that NASCAR's announced start time of 1:29 p.m. EST won't be a reality, as the weather has to clear up before conditions on the track can even improve. This means that we likely won't have live racing for a while, but Gluck notes that Daytona is equipped with lights, so fans could be treated to a primetime finish for this year's Daytona 500.

Gluck also adds that the Daytona 500 has never been delayed by rain before in its 53-year history, but that could partially be explained by the race's unusually late date. This year's race was pushed back to avoid any conflicts with the Super Bowl.

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Daytona 500 2012: Start Time, TV Schedule And More

South Bend's Ryan Newman will have some ground to make up with the 2012 Daytona 500 gets underway, as he'll start the race in the middle of the pack at spot 18 on the starting grid. His position is, of course, not a death sentence, but with drivers like Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon ahead of him, he'll really have to work to move to the front of the pack.

He may also have to wait, along with the rest of the drivers, as the start time for Sunday's race may be up in the air. Heavy rains have been threatening Daytona for much of the morning, leading to speculation that the race could be pushed back to Sunday night or even Monday morning, the latter of which has never happened in the 53-year history of the race. NASCAR would likely be loathe to alter the start time of what is by far their biggest event of the year, but a safe, clean race is preferable to one that starts on time, if push comes to shove.

Race date/time: February 26, 2012, 12:00 p.m. CST

Location: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

TV: FOX

Radio: Motor Racing Network

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2012 Daytona 500: Ryan Newman Qualifies In No. 18 Position

Thursday was a big day for the vast majority of the field, as it's the two Gatorade Duels that decide the order of the field after the first row, which was set last Sunday. Ryan Newman competed in the second 60-lap Duel of the afternoon and finished ninth, which means that he'll be starting the 2012 Daytona 500 in the No. 18 spot.

Related: Daytona 500 2012: Starting Lineup For NASCAR's Biggest Race

Matt Kenseth won the Duel in which Newman participated, with Regan Smith, Jimmie Johnson, Elliot Sadler and Greg Biffle rounding out the top five. In the first Duel of the afternoon, Tony Stewart was victorious.

The 2012 Daytona 500 is set to begin at 12:00 p.m. CT on Sunday, Feb. 26. FOX will have the television coverage.

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Daytona 500 2012 Qualifying: Ryan Newman's Position Still Undecided After No. 17 Finish

The 2012 Daytona 500 qualifying event went down on Sunday afternoon, but South Bend native Ryan Newman's spot for the big race still isn't determined after he failed to finish high enough to win a placement.

Sunday's event only established the pole position and outside pole position, with the remainder of the lineup being determined by Thursday's Gatorade Duels. Carl Edwards took the top spot in the qualifying event and Greg Biffle placed second.

Newman finished No. 17 on Sunday, so his spot in the lineup will be determined later this week. He's already ensured of a spot in Daytona thanks to being in the top-35 in owner points, but he's likely looking to have a better starting position than last year when he started 21st.

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Daytona 500 2012 Qualifying: Ryan Newman Eighth In Starting Grid

South Bend native Ryan Newman will be eighth off the starting grid in Sunday's qualifying for next week's Daytona 500. The order for today's qualifying (12 p.m. CST, Fox) was determined by a random drawing, but Newman, who is in the top 35 in owner points, is already guaranteed a spot in the big race next Sunday.

But pole position is still up for grabs, and Newman will certainly be looking to improve on last year's starting position at No. 21. Only pole position and outside pole position will be determined based on today's speeds, with the rest of the order being determined by Thursday's Gatorade Duels. For a full explanation check out our earlier post on qualifying, and here's the full order of qualified drivers for Sunday's event:

  • Paul Menard
  • Jamie McMurray
  • Kurt Busch
  • Casey Mears
  • Carl Edwards
  • Joey Logano
  • Denny Hamlin
  • Ryan Newman
  • Greg Biffle
  • Marcos Ambrose
  • Tony Stewart
  • Danica Patrick
  • Brad Keselowski
  • Aric Almirola
  • Bobby Labonte
  • Jeff Gordon
  • Jeff Burton
  • Kevin Harvick
  • Juan Pablo Montoya
  • AJ Allmendinger
  • Elliott Sadler
  • Kyle Busch
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  • Jimmie Johnson
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • Landon Cassill
  • Martin Truex Jr.
  • Matt Kenseth
  • Regan Smith
  • Mark Martin
  • Kasey Kahne
  • Clint Bowyer
  • David Reutimann
  • David Ragan
  • David Gilliland
(via SB Nation)

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Daytona 500 2012 Qualifying: Start Time, TV Schedule And More

In 2011, South Bend-born Ryan Newman qualified for the Daytona 500 in the No. 21 position. He finished the race in 22nd place, and suffice to say will be putting a strong emphasis on improving his pole position for the 2012 Dayton 500, which will take place a week from now on February 26. If Newman finishes in one of the top two spots in today's qualifying, he'll be locked into the top of the grid come next Sunday, if not, he'll move onto the 2012 Gatorade Duels. Here's SB Nation's Jeff Gluck on the entire process:

What happens today? Officially, the Daytona 500 qualifying session only locks in two spots: The pole position and the outside pole position. But it will also allow three other drivers – who don't have a guaranteed spot in the 500 – to clinch a berth in the race based on their speed. The rest of the non-guaranteed drivers will have to rely on Thursday's Gatorade Duels to try and make the field. The Duels set the starting order for the Daytona 500, except for the two top spots decided today.

Race date/time: Sunday, February 19, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST

Location: Daytona Speedway, Daytona, Fla.

TV: Fox

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Daytona 500 2012 Preview: Ryan Newman Tries To Improve On Last Year's 22nd Place Finish

It's a big week for Newman and the rest of NASCAR

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