Scottvoight's NASCAR Blog

February 7, 2011

Rain Shortened Daytona 500 Delivers Kenseth the Title

Filed under: NASCAR Articles — Scott Voight @ 2:56 pm

The 2009 Daytona was filled with drama, controversy and great racing. The 500 had fifty six teams try to qualify for 43 starting positions.

Matt Kenseth who finished the last season without a win, got this season off to a spectacular start. Kenseth racing from 39th starting position needed to lead only three quarters of a lap to win the race when rains began to fall.

Due to the size of the track the track would have taken hours to dry after the rains stopped and officials decided restarting a race after one o’clock am was not in the best interest of the fans.

Kyle Busch the clear favorite to win the race led 88 laps before becoming a victim of the 10 car wreck on lap 125, caused by Brian Vickers and Dale Earnhardt. Vickers and Earnhardt were battling to get back on the lead lap when Vickers blocked Earnhardt to the bottom of the track and out of bounds, this is a perfectly legal move; however, when Earnhardt tried to get back onto the track he caught Vickers rear bumper turning the car into the pack of cars around them causing the melee. There was much speculation if Earnhardt purposely wrecked Vickers in retaliation of a similar situation at Talladega last year.

Involved in the accident besides Busch who finished 41st, were last year’s champion Jimmie Johnson (31st), and runner up Carl Edwards. Others included two chase driver’s Earnhardt (27th), Denny Hamlin (26th) and perennial contenders (18th), Kurt Busch (10th), Vickers (39th), Jamie McMurray (37th), and Robby Gordon (34th).

Kevin Harvick finished second reversing the finish when Kenseth pushed him to victory two years ago. AJ Allmindinger finished third, his best finish since coming to NASCAR from the IRL.

Clint Bowyer finished fourth, Elliott Sadler fifth, David Ragan sixth, previous Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip seventh, Tony Stewart eighth, and Reed Sorensen ninth. Truex was 11th.

The event was seen by a packed house of 200,000 fans and a national television audience.

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