Matt Kenseth survives to win Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH Fla. – Matt Kenseth won the 54th running of the Daytona 500. A race that began on Monday and finished early Tuesday morning.

In a race that was delayed a day by rain for the first time in its storied history and featured a frightening and fiery crash with a piece of safety equipment, the 500 became a story of survival.

Among the favorites who didn’t survive was five time Cup champion and 2006 Daytona winner Jimmie Johnson.

After starting eighth Johnson was hit from behind by Elliott Sadler as the field raced towards turns one to start the second lap of 200. Johnson’s Chevy was turned front first into the wall. The crash caused a chain reaction behind him that took out last years Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne, along with David Ragan, Kurt Busch and Danica Patrick. MORE>>>

Matt Kenseth won the rain delayed Daytona 500 Monday Credit: Getty Images

 

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