Daytona International Speedway - Daytona Beach, FL
Sunday, February 23, TBA ET
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This is the second career Daytona 500 win for Kenseth. First driver to win multiple Daytona 500's since Jeff Gordon (2005).
CHECKERED FLAG - MATT KENSETH WINS!
WHITE FLAG: KENSETH LEADS, BIFFLE, JUNIOR BEHIND!
RESTART - Lap 200: Kenseth leads!
This caution officially means we are in overtime. This is the first of three possible green-white-checker attempts.
Radio chatter on Lap 197: No. 88 crew chief Steve Letarte: "Fuel is important, but not as important as those temps"
Stenhouse hit Stewart from behind, sending him for a spin to create the incident and the chain reaction afterwards.
CAUTION - Lap 196: Wreck on the frontstretch. Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, David Reutimann and others involved. Also, Dave Blaney.
Lap 195: Top 12 cars within a second of each other!
Lap 194: Kenseth and Biffle find each other, stay up front now!
RESTART - Lap 193: Kenseth leads, Biffle second.
Radio chatter on Lap 192: No. 88 spotter TJ Majors: "I dont know what's going to happen here but it's going to come down to a two car race" Dale Jr.: "I don't have any magical powers, they can push me or they can go around me. There's debris all over the apron down there"
Brad Keselowski has been evaluated and released from infield care center.
Drivers involved in the ninth caution: McMurray, Keselowski, Kahne, Stewart, Almirola, Smith, Edwards
McMurray was wiggling like crazy coming down the frontstretch, then he got hit by Logano to send him into a spin, Keselowski hits him hard and then the wall - chain reaction begins behind them.
CAUTION - Lap 187: Jamie McMurray gets spun on the frontstretch! Also involved is Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Regan Smith, Aric Almirola.
Lap 186: Top four are nose to tail - Kenseth, Biffle, Earnhardt and Hamlin.
Lap 183: Kenseth changes lanes and hooks up with teammate Biffle and keeps the lead!
RESTART - Lap 182: Matt Kenseth leads.
RESTART CALLED OFF - Lap 181
CAUTION - Lap 177: Marcos Ambrose, Casey Mears spin on the frontstretch grass nearing Turn 1. Crash started when Almirola hit Stenhouse in front of him and got loose - Mears tried to avoid him and hit Ambrose, sending both into a spin. Nobody hit the wall though, so they should be able to continue.
Lap 175: Kenseth leads with 25 laps to go in the Great American Race!
Lap 171: The low line leads, but drivers using high line - lead by Denny Hamlin - are charging fast.
Lap 170: Kenseth continues to lead, Biffle behind him. Top cars all single file for now.
All the drivers made it past the speedy dry in Turn 3 safely at full speed.
RESTART - Lap 166: Matt Kenseth leads. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick are your top three.
Lap 165: Dave Blaney pits from the lead. Other drivers join him on pit road.
Lap 164: Casey Mears slow in Turn 2 - he is going to get a push around - unsure what the issue is.
Radio chatter on Lap 162: Dale Earnhardt Jr. - "I think they're going to send us all through (the repaired patch in Turn 3) and see what happens" Crew chief Steve Letarte: "Leave it in 3rd gear if you're going to ride around."
Midnight - Lap 161: 39 laps in the Great American Race
11:58 p.m. ET: RED FLAG RESCINDED - 2 hours, 5 minutes 29 seconds for the red flag.
11:57 p.m. ET: Command to restart engines has happened!
11:48 p.m. ET: Lee Spencer tweet - "Asked Tommy Baldwin what a #Daytona500 win could mean to a little team such as TBR, he replied, 'I dont even know what it pays.'"
11:38 p.m. ET: Crew members were taken to the backstretch to help drivers back in their cars - Carl Edwards' and Kyle Busch's took tear offs off their windshield and will have to restart from the rear (unnaproved changes during red flag).
11:21 p.m. ET: Drivers ordered back to their cars!
11:15 p.m. ET: It is starting to drizzle right now at the track, updates coming shortly.
11:05 p.m. ET: The driver of the jet dryer, Duane Barnes, is resting comfortably and being observed at a local hospital.
10:59 p.m. ET: The jet dryer driver who was involved in the accident was evaluated at a local hospital. He is an employee at Michigan International Speedway, a sister track of Daytona. The tracks often share jet dryer equipment on race weekends to help in case of rain.
10:51 p.m. ET: NASCAR President Mike Helton tells NASCAR on FOX that they hope to go back racing in the next 30 minutes hopefully.
10:43 p.m. ET: Fans at the track are trying to start the wave during this delay - bonus points for creativity.
10:33 p.m. ET: Juan Pablo Montoya after the accident to NASCAR on FOX: "I left the pits and felt a really weird vibration and I came back in and checked the rear end and said it was okay and I got into the backstraight and we were are going fourth gear but wasn't going that fast. Every time i got on the gas I could feel the rear squeezing. When I was telling the spotter to have a look how the rear was moving the car justturned right."
10:29 p.m. ET: Tweet from NASCAR VP and Chief Communications Officer Brett Jewkes - "Situation in Turn 3 is being fully assessed. 1st concern is safety and 2nd is structural integrity of track, wall and fence."
10:25 p.m. ET: Drivers are out of their cars on the backstretch as track officials try to investigate the damage from the Montoya/Jet Dryer incident.
10:14 p.m. ET: NASCAR on FOX reports that the jet dryer driver has been taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation. Juan Pablo Montoya has been evaluated and released from infield care center.
10:13 p.m. ET: Track officials are slowly moving the jet dryer from the top of Turn 3. This is a slow process so they don't damage the track any further.
As we await word on repairs to the track after that bizarre incident, here's the top five: Dave Blaney, Landon Cassill, Tony Raines, David Gilliland (All did not pit) and Matt Kenseth.
NASCAR on FOX's Mike Joy reports that everybody is OK involved.
The jet dryer had a lot of jet fuel in it and that sparked the fire that blazed out of control for a while, but is now put out by the safety personnel at the track.
To recap what happened - Juan Pablo Montoya had a problem on pit road and said he picked up a vibration after his pit stop. He left pit road and was driving normally when he suddenly spun out of control and hit a jet dryer on the track that was out there clearning up debris.
Red flag is out for this very bizarre scene.
Juan Pablo Montoya spun out of control and he hit the jet dryer on track - causes a big fire.
Lap 160: WOW! Under caution, Juan Pablo Montoya wrecks his car. BIG FIRE! Montoya gets out of his car and he appears to be OK before the fire ignited.
Lots of radio chatter from crew chiefs telling drivers to save fuel as much as possible - going to be difficult as they all go flat out for the win over the next 60 laps.
Radio chatter on Lap 159: No. 88 crew chief Steve Letarte tells Dale Earnhardt Jr. "We’re good through 203-204" (Race is scheduled for 200 laps, but he's saying they are ready for three laps of overtime if needed).
Dave Blaney, Landon Cassill are top 2 right now - they did not pit.
Correction: Kenseth, Earnhardt Jr., Mears come out top three from the pits.
Lap 158: Pit road is open - and this could be the last round of pit stops tonight - all the leaders come in.
CAUTION 7 - Lap 156: David Stremme's engine blows up and spins.
Lap 147: Dale Earnhardt Jr. moves up to P2!
Lap 146: Biffle gives Kenseth a big push and shoves him to the lead!
Lap 144: Joey Logano to the lead!
Radio chatter on Lap 138: Tony Stewart: "Let Mark Martin know that I'm just try to get some air here"
Radio chatter on Lap 136: Tony Stewart says he was feeling a vibration but it's smooth on the top end
Lap 133: Hamlin pushes Biffle to the lead!
30 cars on lead lap at this point.
RESTART - Lap 132: Mark Martin, Stremme, Stewart (All did not pit), Smith and Biffle (did pit) are your top five.
Lap 130: Elliott Sadler almost causes a collision on pit road when he was slow looking for his pits. Team is under the hood - what has slowed him recently was a fuel pressure issue.
Lap 130: Pit road is open and the leaders all pit. Regan Smith comes out of the pits first!
Ryan Newman gets the free pass and will now be back on lead lap (he was two laps down earlier and got a free pass on last caution).
Radio chatter on Lap 129: Clint Bowyer - "(Expletive) it’s out of gas guys. What the (expletive) happened there? Where’s the (expletive) push truck?"
Tony Stewart, Mark Martin and Joey Logano pit right before the caution. Logano came out without pitting, Stewart and Martin completed their pit stops - so they will likely stay out and inherit lead.
CAUTION 6 - Lap 128: Clint Bowyer's car stops in Turn 2, puts this race under caution.
Lap 126: Clint Bowyer really slow coming off Turn 4. He tries to pit, but he misses pit road as drivers were passing him. He's out of gas.
Lap 124: The BK Racing cars of David Reutimann and Landon Cassill pit together under green flag conditions. This is the start of the green flag pit stop sequence.
Radio chatter on Lap 123: Tony Stewart is five laps from pitting.
Lap 119: Dale Jr. gets to the back bumper of his former driver Brad Keselowski (who drove for him in the Nationwide Series) - will they start moving to the front?
Lap 116: Elliott Sadler pits - he was told by NASCAR to pick up the pace a bit just a few laps ago according to NASCAR on FOX's Mike Joy.
Lap 115: Hamlin leads - top eight cars are single file - but big pack is right behind them.
NASCAR on FOX points out that the leader at halfway has not won the Daytona 500 since 1992.
Lap 102: Denny Hamlin charges to the lead!
Radio chatter on Lap 100: Dale Jr: "Truex is the man get the money -- get it!"
HALFWAY - Lap 100: Truex goes on the outside and comes to the lead! $200,000 for Truex and the No. 56 team.
Lap 98: 2 away from halfway and Biffle leads - will anybody challenge him for the top spot and the $200,000 halfway prize?
Lap 94: Biffle stays up front - but there are challengers behind him who want the lead at the halfway point for that $200,000 prize!
Lap 93: Dale Jr. gets left alone on the outside and the draft is passing him by.
Lap 92: Kasey Kahne and Dale Jr. charging to the front!
RESTART - Lap 91: Biffle, Ambrose are your top 2 on restart. Truex, Kyle Busch and Hamlin round out the top five.
Lap 90: Ryan Newman gets the free pass and will get one lap back.
Lap 89: Leaders stay out, but further back six cars pit - including Stenhouse and Smith.
Radio chatter on Lap 88: Dale Earnhardt Jr. "Oh man, who would turn the iceman around" Letarte: "That would be the Tasmanian Devil"
CAUTION 5 - Lap 88: Marcos Ambrose bumps Terry Labonte and sends him for a spin coming off Turn 4.
Lap 86: Biffle to the lead on the high side - Labonte below him - they are two- and three-wide after the restart!
RESTART - Lap 85: Terry Labonte leads!
Radio chatter on Lap 84: No. 88 crew chief Steve Letarte: "The only thing I heard was really no warning" Dale Earnhardt Jr.: "It sounds like oil there" Letarte: "Yeah, catastrophic failure." Earnhardt: "I haven’t had red on my gauges" Letarte: "Yeah, you’re doing a great job" Earnhardt: "The outside line has no where to go"
Lap 84: Terry Labonte did not pit and is your leader. Biffle second.
Lap 82: Leaders pit during this caution. Greg Biffle comes out first!
Jeff Gordon radio chatter: "I have a feel that the water pressure gauge wasnt working properly. I’m sorry guys we were having a good time, we were going to be good at the end"
Tony Raines will get the lucky dog free pass and get his lap back.
CAUTION 4 - Lap 81: WOW! Jeff Gordon's engine blew up entering Turn 3! He managed to wave out his window and signal to drivers that he was having problems - great job by him and others behind him.
Lap 80: Lots of teams talking about weather coming - things could get dicey if drivers race to the halfway (when the race becomes official) - on and there's that $200k on the line.
Lap 77: Truex to the lead!
Lap 76: Biffle leads, but now Martin Truex Jr. is charging on the high side!
Darrell Waltrip says: "The biggest surprise to me so far is how packed in these cars have remained."
Lap 72: Denny Hamlin runs a lap just north of 199 mph on this last lap.
Reminder: The leader of tonight's race at halfway will win $200,000 - so business could start picking up soon.
Lap 68: Greg Biffle powers to the lead! Marcos Ambrose behind him. Burton drops from lead to sixth.
RESTART - Lap 67: Jeff Burton leads.
Radio chatter on Lap 66: Addington: "The weather is hanging about 30 miles out." Stewart: "Just keep me updated if that changes"
Lap 66: A few more cars come down pit road - including Kevin Harvick. Joe Nemechek stalls on pit road and is now getting pushed to the garage.
Lap 65: Danica Patrick returns from the garage. She is 62 laps down.
Lap 65: Pit road is open and there are many takers - most are gas and go. Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart among those who pitted.
CAUTION 3 - Lap 63: Debris in Turn 2 is the official call. Landon Cassill gets the lucky dog free pass and will get a lap back.
The pit sequence is complete - Jeff Burton is your leader once again.
Radio chatter on Lap 61: Tony Stewart to crew chief Steve Addington: "Sorry about that bud, I just didn’t time it right"
Lap 60: Tony Stewart pits - FOX TV replays show that he tried to slow down and pit with cars on last lap but could not slow down in time. He will leave pits by himself - no drafting partners around.
Lap 59: Race leader Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and others pit - Tony Stewart to the top spot.
Lap 58: Jeff Burton leaves the pits first, followed by Biffle and Kenseth.
Lap 58: Race leader Jeff Burton and most of the leaders come in for their stops - Jeff Gordon to the point.
Lap 57: Logano, Truex, Kyle Busch, Stenhouse among those pitting.
Lap 56: Harvick, McMurray, Montoya, Newman among those pitting.
Lap 55: Clint Bowyer and Bobby Labonte among those pitting.
That is the start of this round of pit stops.
Lap 52: Paul Menard, Denny Hamlin and David Stremme pit under green.
Radio chatter on Lap 46: Alan Gustafson tells Jeff Gordon 12 laps until pit stops
Radio chatter on Lap 41: Allmendinger: "Sorry guys" Crew chief Todd Gordon: "It wasnt your fault. All good, all good"
Lap 41: Wow - Jeff Burton and Greg Biffle team up on the high side and take the lead!
Lap 39: AJ Allmendinger back out on track after lengthy stay in garage - 24 laps down.
Lap 36: Defending Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne returns to the racetrack.
Lap 35: Jimmie Johnson, David Ragan and Robby Gordon officially listed as out of the race.
Radio chatter on Lap 34: Brad Keselowski reports water 220, oil 255. Asks if teammate AJ Allmendinger will be able to get back out
Wondering why we've seen so many crashes during Daytona Speedweeks the last two weeks? Howard Comstock, SRT Motorsports Engineering, explains: “We’ve taken a lot of spoiler off these cars and it makes them more unstable, especially in the draft, and we’ve seen all the races here at Speedweek where just the smallest nudge at the wrong time can upset the cars and with less spoiler on the rear deck we’ve got less down force to keep ‘em stuck to the racetrack. ... You’re going to have to be careful that your buddies aren’t helping you too much, careful that you’re not trying to help somebody in front of you too much and get them spinning. Once you spin out the guy in front of you there’s a pretty good risk that you’re going to be involved in his crash.”
Radio chatter on Lap 30: Tony Stewart is asking for the crew to tighten the car up on the next stop
Lap 27: After a frantic start, drivers have settled in - for now.
Lap 26: Robby Gordon limps into the garage - he appears to be done with an engine failure. Tough luck for the driver/owner, who raced his way into the field on Thursday.
Radio chatter on Lap 25: Defending champion Tony Stewart reports his temps are 235, (water) 260 (oil)
Radio chatter on Lap 24: "two-wide bottom, two-wide all the way back," spotter Bob Jeffers. Tony Stewart asks to be told where lapped down cars are
Lap 20: Denny Hamlin leads as top six cars are single file. Behind them, two-wide battles
Lap 17: Denny Hamlin to the lead! 3-Wide for the lead up front as Hamlin edges Edwards (in middle) and Menard (low side)
FOX TV replays show that Allmendinger hit a runaway tire off Newman's car on pit road.
RESTART - Lap 16: Menard leads. David Gilliland restarts from tail end of lead lap (too fast on pit road).
Lap 15: All but two cars that had stayed out pit - Paul Menard and Denny Hamlin have not pitted and are your leaders.
Lap 15: AJ Allmendinger getting pushed backwards on pit road. Team was under the hood but now going into garage.
Lap 14: All the top cars come in to the pits - 8 cars further back stay out (including Aric Almirola, who will take lead)
Radio chatter on Lap 14: Newman: "Popped the left rear, must have been going down." 39 spotter: "Right sides look like they're going down too"
The 2008 Daytona 500 winner spun out coming off Turn 2 - appears to have had a tire going down.
CAUTION 2 - Lap 13: Ryan Newman spins on the backstretch
Lap 12: Biffle leads!
Lap 12: All five cars involved in the prior crash are in the garage right now.
Lap 11: Smith leads, cars two-by-two battling behind him
Lap 10: Regan Smith to the lead!
Kyle Busch radio chatter from NASCAR on FOX: "We just sat around for 36 hours and we wreck on lap 1?"
Lap 8: Top 3 cars are all Roush Fenway Racing - Biffle leads with Edwards behind him, Matt Kenseth to the right of them.
Jimmie Johnson on the NASCAR on FOX telecast: "I knew something was going to come along"
RESTART - Lap 7: Greg Biffle leads.
Radio chatter on Lap 6: David Ragan - "I cant wait to see who was the bonehead in that one"
Lap 5: Elliott Sadler reportedly apologizes for triggering wreck, according to NASCAR on FOX's Mike Joy
Six cars officially involved in wreck: Danica Patrick, Trevor Bayne, Elliott Sadler, David Ragan, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch.
Danica Patrick, Trevor Bayne go to the garage for repairs.
No. 48 crew chief Chad Knaus has called for the nose-cart to fix damage.
All drivers involved have climbed out of cars or driven to pits.
Elliott Sadler tapped Jimmie Johnson from behind to trigger big crash just past start/finish line. Big chain reaction happens afterwards as cars scrambled to avoid the spinning Johnson - David Ragan cannot and hits him in the passengers side door. Danica got bumped a few times.
CAUTION 1 - Lap 2: CRASH! Spin on the frontstretch includes multiple cars including Danica Patrick, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch and others.
Lap 1: Biffle gets push from Kenseth and leads Lap 1
Clean and clear through first 2 turns
GREEN FLAG! Carl Edwards leads the field at the start of tonight's 200 lap race.
One lap from racing - amazing crowd on hand for the first primetime Daytona 500. Hope you enjoy following along on FOX and here on FOXSports.com
Prerace radio chatter: Spotter TJ Majors is giving Dale Earnhardt Jr. directions to his pit stall...he has asked the team to put a light on the pit sign
5 drivers heading to rear for the start of the race: Danica Patrick, Paul Menard, David Gilliland, Juan Pablo Montoya (all switched to backup cars), Kurt Busch (engine change)
7:05 p.m. ET: Cars roll off pit road!
7:00 p.m.: Defending Daytona 500 winning owner Leonard Wood gives the command: "Lady and Gentlemen, start your engines!"
6:50 p.m. ET: Preparations are underway for the invocation and the anthem - we are going racing shortly!
Could we have a surprise winner tonight? FOXSports.com analyst and famed road racer Tommy Kendall shares his thoughts (WATCH)
The weather looks great 30 minutes before the scheduled start time, cars are out on pit road and we look set to start on time shortly after 7 p.m. ET.
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Monday morning: NASCAR announces that the race will be scheduled for 7 p.m. ET at Daytona International Speedway.
Sunday, 5:15 p.m. ET: NASCAR announces that the race will be postponed until Monday. It will be run Monday at noon ET. Coverage will be on FOX.
3:35 p.m. ET: After a lengthy rain delay, dryers are finally on track and the process of getting the 2.5-mile racetrack in race conditions is underway. It should take about 2 1/2 hours for the track to be race ready.
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