February 28, 2012 – Matt Kenseth Win the 2012 NASCAR Daytona 500: After rain delays and caution periods pushed the race from a scheduled Sunday start to a finish in the wee hours of Tuesday, the Daytona 500 wound up looking more like a drag race than a 500-mile contest of endurance and strategy.
With 20 laps left, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were among the front runners battling in what was beginning to look like an exciting run to the checkered flag. But with four laps to go another crash sent several cars spinning, including last year’s series champion, Tony Stewart.
After the smoke cleared, the remaining cars prepared for what NASCAR calls a ”green-white-checker” finish, which amounts to a two-lap sprint to end the race. When the green flag dropped Kenseth took the lead and kept it, although Earnhardt shot past Biffle into second place in the last turn. It looked like he could have made it interesting if he had another lap or two.
The race had earlier lost some of its thunder when a crash on the second lap knocked out five-time Nascar Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne and Danica Patrick–a hopeful who moved from the IndyCar series to take a full-season shot at Nascar.
The Master of Disaster