Feb 15

Matt Kenseth wins Daytona 500

Posted By:Brett Haynes "The Top Fan"  Tags:

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In a rain-shortened event, the 51st Daytona 500 went to Matt Kenseth in the #17 DeWalt car. He was out front when the weather went sour, and with the radar not showing any signs of clearing, the race was called. Kenseth was the 2000 NASCAR rookie of the year, and the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion. Matt and his wife Katie, who teared up following today's victory, have four cats, one of which is named after Lars Ulrich of Metallica.

Kenseth pulled off the improbable by winning after starting in 43rd - dead last - place to start the race. However, a big crash in lap 124 opened the door for Kenseth to take the lead at just the right time. The #17 car didn't win a year ago, so this victory is bigger than most 500 wins would be. As the night closed, Kenseth was drinched in a mixture of rain, sweat, Gatorade, and champagne.

#17 car owner Jack Rousch headed to Victory Lane for the first time after years and years of winning racing. "The Cat in the Hat" who always wears his signature Panama hat, has to be overjoyed at his first career Daytona 500 victory at the young age of 67. His company, Rousch Fenway Racing, based in Concord, NC employs over 2,000 people...

Kevin Harvick and his Chevrolet finished 2nd after winning the 500 in 2007...

Ryan Newman finished a disapionting 36th after winning the Daytona 500 a year ago...

18 year old driver, Joey Logano, finished dead last, after wrecking early in the race in his Home Depot #20 Toyota...

Jeff Gordon, a three-time Daytona 500 Champion, finished 13th. His last 500 win came back in 2005, and his last Cup Championship in 2001....

Tony Stewart, who is now a car owner as we go into the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit, finished 8th in the  #14 Office Depot car...

Jimmy Johnson, who is an unbelievable 3-time defending champion of the Sprint Cup Championship, finished 31st...

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 28th after being involved in a wreck....

This was the first rain-shortened Daytona 500 since 2003 when Michael Waltrip won the race... 

 

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