Feb 16 2009

Kenseth Wins Daytona 400

Matt Kenseth did something I don’t remember him being all last season, lucky, and another he had never done before today, win the Daytona 500. Matt Kenseth won the rain shortened 51st running of the Daytona 500 today, after passing Elliott Sadler on the very last green flag lap. I bet Elliott is kicking himself right now. This was also Jack Roush’s first Daytona 500 win in 20 years as an owner, in an article posted at Nascar.com, Roush and Kenseth both did not believe it would happen today.

One day before the Daytona 500, Matt Kenseth confided in his wife Katie that he was tired of no longer being a serious title contender on NASCAR’s premier series, and harbored no illusions about his chances in the sport’s biggest race. On the morning of the Daytona 500, Jack Roush woke up feeling pessimistic as always, those two decades of close calls and near misses on the big race track engrained in his bones. Source: At Daytona, rain washes a team’s pessimism away


How about Dale Jr.? He definitely took out Brian Vickers, and while this is certainly not fair to Brian Vickers, it does add something to the mix and can certainly make it more exciting. I don’t like the blocking myself, but it is necessary in today‚Äôs racing if you want to remain in front of the competition. It’s kind of funny how Darrell was saying that was wrong, I don’t care who it is, but then he lightened up on Jr. as the race went on. Ahh, Nascar.

Checkout the driver responses from Earnhardt and Vickers.

Here is how they finished:
1 43 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 190/5 152 Running
2 38 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 170/0 152 Running
3 20 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Valvoline 165/0 152 Running
4 22 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 160/0 152 Running
5 30 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley 160/5 152 Running
6 29 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 150/0 152 Running
7 25 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA 146/0 152 Running
8 37 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 147/5 152 Running
9 32 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge McDonald’s 138/0 152 Running
10 11 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 134/0 152 Running
11 1 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 135/5 152 Running
12 28 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 127/0 152 Running
13 3 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 129/5 152 Running
14 8 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 121/0 152 Running
15 23 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 118/0 152 Running
16 2 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Kellogg’s / Carquest 120/5 152 Running
17 21 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox 112/0 152 Running
18 16 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 109/0 152 Running
19 41 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Window World 106/0 152 Running
20 31 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 103/0 152 Running
21 36 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 100/0 152 Running
22 12 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com 102/5 152 Running
23 34 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft 94/0 152 Running
24 35 66 Terry Labonte Toyota Window World 91/0 152 Running
25 15 36 Scott Riggs Toyota Red Bank Outfitters 88/0 152 Running
26 10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 85/0 152 Running
27 14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 87/5 152 Running
28 26 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 79/0 152 Running
29 13 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 76/0 152 Running
30 9 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Guitar Hero 73/0 152 Running
31 5 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 70/0 152 Running
32 39 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 72/5 151 Running
33 24 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 64/0 151 Running
34 27 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam 61/0 151 Running
35 42 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 58/0 151 Running
36 40 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 55/0 150 Running
37 19 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 52/0 139 Running
38 17 98 Paul Menard Ford Quaker State / Menards 49/0 138 Accident
39 6 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 46/0 134 Accident
40 18 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota All Sport 43/0 126 Running
41 4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 50/10 123 Accident
42 33 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Golden Corral 37/0 90 Running
43 7 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 34/0 79 Accident

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