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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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.

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