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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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