First the rain caused the race to be delayed until Monday. Then more rain caused Monday’s race to be pushed to the evening. And when they finally got to racing, another delay brought the Daytona 500 to a halt. But this time it wasn’t the rain causing the delay. It was the fire!
With the race under caution following a crash with 40 laps to go, something broke on the car of Juan Pablo Montoya, causing him to lose control and crash into a safety truck that had been dragging a jet dryer with 200 gallons of kerosene around the track. And when you combine that much kerosene with even the slightest spark or something hot (like a NASCAR that has been flying around a track for hours), the end result is a whole lot of fire and a two hour delay.
Once the fire was put out and the mess was cleaned off the track, the race resumed. And 40 laps later it was Matt Kenseth taking the checkered flag for the second Daytona 500 victory of his career. Unfortunately for him, no one will remember the 2012 edition of “The Great American Race” for Kenseth’s performance. Instead, it will be remembered for all the mayhem that caused Kenseth to take the checkered flag 36 hours after the race was originally scheduled to start.
Here is a look at the Montoya’s fiery crash that delayed Kenseth’s victory by another two hours.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]