DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #17 Best Buy Ford, leads Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Ford, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 27, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Daytona 500 2012: Matt Kenseth Takes Checkered Flag, Greg Biffle Finishes Third

Washington natives Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle were hoping to make noise at the tumultuous Daytona 500.

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Daytona 500 2012 Results: Matt Kenseth Wins His Second Daytona 500, Greg Biffle Comes In Third

After a multitude of weather delays, the 2012 Daytona 500 was held on Monday night. With the drivers and fans all grateful for the race to finally be underway, no one could have foreseen just what was in store for the 54th running of the Great American Race. The kickoff to the 2012 Sprint Cup season was marred by crashes, cautions and an on-track fire.

Greg Biffle had the outside pole for the race, while Kasey Kahne was in position No. 20 in the starting grid. Both Washington natives stayed in the race until the late going, despite a plethora of crashes and cautions, including a big wreck on just the second lap of the race that took out a handful of cars. Jimmie Johnson was involved in that crash and left the race early.

Favorite Jeff Gordon also left the race before it reached the halfway point, as his engine flamed out. The most noteworthy and frightening moment of the race came during a caution flag with 40 laps left to go. Juan Pablo Montoya was circling the track as trucks equipped with jet dryers cleared debris. Montoya's car broke and lunged to the right, slamming into one of the dryers. The jet fuel ignited and created an inferno. A red flag went up and a two-hour delay ensued, during which the fire was extinguished and the track repaired. Amazingly, there were no significant injuries during the night.

With just 12 laps to go, Kahne was involved in another big wreck, one that resulted in the ninth caution flag of the race. This last "Big One" took out seven cars, Including Kahne's. Kahne finished the race in 29th place as a result.

Although winning a spot in the front row rarely leads to a Daytona win, Biffle started the race in second place and was still in second place with 10 laps remaining. Biffle was making a play for the lead when yet another wreck took out a half-dozen cars with just a few laps left. As the white flag came out, Biffle and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. were chasing Matt Kenseth, but neither driver was able to catch the number 17.

Kenseth picked up his second career Daytona 500 victory and 22nd career win. Biffle settled for third place, behind Earnhardt, Jr.

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Daytona 500 2012: Juan Pablo Montoya Hits Jet Dryer, Fire May End Race [VIDEO]

The 2012 Daytona 500 is going to be a memorable one, that's for sure.

Start with the first Monday delay in the history of the race. Then, a crash on lap two put everyone on alert. And now Juan Pablo Montoya's crash with just 40 laps to go may have ended the race.

This was absolutely unreal. During a caution, Montoya somehow spun into a jet dryer on the back stretch. His car slid up the track, past one jet dryer and into the back of a second. And everything exploded into flames.

The track exploded into flames and this could very well end the race. There is significant damage to the asphalt as a result of the crash and the fire is just now out. It was an absolutely odd scene -- one I'm not sure we'll ever see again.

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Daytona 500 2012: Greg Biffle, Kasey Kahne In Hunt After 100 Laps [VIDEO]

100 laps in to the 2012 Daytona 500, Washington natives Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle are in great position and among the race leaders.

Biffle has made the most noise, leading for 35 laps so far, including the most recent ones before getting overtaken by Martin Truex, Jr. Biffle just missed out on the $200,000 bonus for the leader at Lap 100.

Still, with a speed of 198.076, he's been in the mix all night and should continue to be.

Kahne finds himself not too far behind. He's currently in fourteenth place, .8 seconds off the lead. He's been hovering the single-digits/low-teens all evening.

Tony Stewart, Jeff Burton and Denny Hamlin follow Truex and Biffle in the standings at the moment, though that's likely to change by the time I'm done writing this.

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Daytona 500 2012: New Start Time, TV Schedule And More

Update Monday AM: Start time has been changed, again.

Sunday's anticipated running of the 2012 Daytona 500 was met with some scattered showers...and then some more rain...and then some more. The start time kept getting pushed back further and further, with race officials saying it should get started any time now. Finally, and for the first time in history, it was announced that the Daytona 500 would be postponed to Monday at noon. All of the new television info and start times can be found below.

Greg Biffle of course won the outside pole at last Sunday's Qualifying, so he will have the No. 2 slot in the starting grid, setting the front row along with his teammate, Carl Edwards. Kasey Kahne will start right in the middle of the pack, slotting in at No. 20 as a result of this week's Duels.

Kahne finished in 25th place in last year's Daytona 500, while Biffle finished 35th.

What time is the Daytona 500 scheduled to start? After rain postponed the Great American Race for the first time in its 54-year history on Sunday, NASCAR announced a 12:01 p.m. EST start for today. But here's the problem: It's supposed to be raining at that time. SB Nation meteorologist Brian Neudorff believes the race is more likely to take place tonight than around midday – or perhaps even Tuesday.

Race name/distance: The Daytona 500 is NASCAR's greatest spectacle, most prestigious race and also its Sprint Cup Series season opener. NASCAR's Daytona races used to take place on the hard-packed sand of Daytona Beach itself, but this will be the 54th year of running 500 miles on the 2.5-mile high banks of Daytona International Speedway.

TV and radio: The race can be seen on FOX, with coverage beginning at noon EST. Every Sprint Cup race will be on FOX for the first part of the season. If you aren't near a TV, the radio broadcast can be found on your local Motor Racing Network (MRN) affiliate. Click here to see a list of stations where you can listen (or you can also listen online for free here). If you're looking for something more mobile, make sure to follow me (@jeff_gluck) on Twitter.

National anthem/celebrities: A local woman will sing the nation anthem today after Train's Pat Monahan did the honors on Sunday. Monahan left Daytona before the race was called, along with most of the other celebrities – including the co-grand marshals, Kate Upton and Jane Lynch. The only celebrity who is left is WWE wrestler John Cena, who was already the honorary starter but will add grand marshal duty to his activity list.

Tickets: There are plenty of tickets available, and you should be able to get your pick of seats today at Daytona International Speedway. If you're planning a last-minute trip, buy a frontstretch ticket and then just move to whatever seat you want (the grandstands will probably only be half full).

Weather: Neudorff, the unofficial NASCAR weatherman, is predicting rain throughout the day that will taper off in the evening. The track takes three hours to dry and the race usually lasts three hours and 45 minutes, so Daytona will need a seven-hour dry window sometime today; that might not happen.

Last time: In one of the greatest upsets ever, 20-year-old rookie Trevor Bayne stunned the racing world to win the 2011 Daytona 500. The Tennessee native was a virtual unknown entering last year's Speedweeks but beat Carl Edwards to the finish line to put himself into the history books as the youngest Daytona 500 winner ever.

Starting lineup: Here's the starting grid for today's Daytona 500.

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Daytona 500 Postponed, Kasey Kahne And Greg Biffle Wait Until Monday

The Daytona 500 is postponed until further notice. Rain has kept the contest from being played today and will be reset for Monday at 9 AM PT. The event can be seen on FOX.

Biffle of course won the outside pole at last Sunday's Qualifying, so he will have the No. 2 slot in the starting grid, setting the front row along with his teammate, Carl Edwards. Kasey Kahne will start right in the middle of the pack, slotting in at No. 20 as a result of this week's Duels. Kahne finished in 25th place in last year's Daytona 500, while Biffle finished 35th.

Kasey Kahne originates from Ecumclaw, Washington. Greg Biffle comes from Vancouver, Washington. Both of these regional stars will try and get their chance at winning the Daytona 500 tomorrow.

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Daytona 500: Race Start Delayed Due To Rain

Heavy rain is currently falling at Daytona International speedway, delaying the start of the 54th annual Daytona 500, and could possibly push the race all the way back into the night.

“We are prepared to turn on the lights if we have to,” said Joie Chitwood, president of Daytona International Speedway.

“Once we go through our standard pre-race schedule, we will make a call if weather is still an issue, which looks likely.”

The race is officially supposed to kick off 1:29 pm. ET (10:29 PT) but it takes approximately two hours to dry the track and rain is falling like dominos.

Once the race actually begins, Carl Edwards will be on the pole. Edwards’ teammate and Seattle native Greg Biffle will start on the outside of the front row.

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Daytona 500 2012: Start Time, TV Schedule And More

The green flag will finally drop on Sunday for the 2012 Daytona 500 as this year's Sprint Cup season officially kicks off. Two local drivers will be hoping for the prestigious win.

Greg Biffle of course won the outside pole at last Sunday's Qualifying, so he will have the No. 2 slot in the starting grid, setting the front row along with his teammate, Carl Edwards. Kasey Kahne will start right in the middle of the pack, slotting in at No. 20 as a result of this week's Duels.

Kahne finished in 25th place in last year's Daytona 500, while Biffle finished 35th.

What time does the Daytona 500 actually start? The Daytona 500 is listed as a 1 p.m. Eastern start time, but it's important to note the green flag won't actually fly until 1:29 p.m. So if you're looking to tune in just as the race is about to start, perhaps flip on your TV at 1:17 p.m. – that's when co-grand marshals Kate Upton (the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model) and Glee's Jane Lynch will give the command for drivers to fire their engines. WWE superstar John Cena will then wave the green flag at 1:29.

Race name/distance: The Daytona 500 is NASCAR's greatest spectacle, its most prestigious race and also the Sprint Cup Series season opener. NASCAR's Daytona races used to take place on the hard-packed sand of Daytona Beach itself, but this will be the 54th year of running 500 miles on the 2.5-mile high banks of Daytona International Speedway.

TV and radio: Today's race can be seen on FOX, with pre-race coverage beginning at noon EST. Every Sprint Cup race will be on FOX for the first part of the season. If you aren't near a TV, the radio broadcast can be found on your local Motor Racing Network (MRN) affiliate. Click here to see a list of stations where you can listen (or you can also listen online for free here). If you're looking for something more mobile, make sure to follow me (@jeff_gluck) on Twitter.

National anthem: Train's Pat Monahan will sing the national anthem today following a pre-race concert by rocker Lenny Kravitz. Country singer Martina McBride sang the anthem last season, and Harry Connick Jr. did the honors in 2010.

Tickets: The Daytona 500 is not a sellout. As of late this week, there were still tickets available for NASCAR's Super Bowl – mostly on the Daytona "Superstretch" (the backstretch), but also a few in Turn 1. If you're thinking about making a last-minute trip to the race, you may be able to pull it off with face-value tickets.

Weather: The unofficial NASCAR weatherman is concerned today's Daytona 500 may be the first Great American Race ever to be postponed. A system of rain showers is moving into north Florida around midday today, and there's a concern the showers may drop further south and affect the race. If the rain hits, there will not be any windows of dry weather in which to get the race completed. Even more concerning is the weatherman's prediction that Monday may not be any better.

Last time: In one of the greatest upsets ever, 20-year-old rookie Trevor Bayne stunned the racing world to win the 2011 Daytona 500. The Tennessee native was a virtual unknown entering last year's Speedweeks but beat Carl Edwards to the finish line to put himself into the history books as the youngest Daytona 500 winner ever.

Starting lineup: Here's the starting grid for today's Daytona 500.

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Daytona 500 2012 Qualifying Results: Greg Biffle Wins Outside Pole Position, Kasey Kahne Finishes 25th

The Daytona 500 Qualifying took place Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. The Qualifying determines the pole and outside pole positions for next week's race, and provides berths for four additional drivers. The Daytona 500 will kick off the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

Vancouver native Greg Biffle earned the outside pole position and will make up the front row with his teammate Carl Edwards, who topped Biffle's time by just one-tenth of a second to claim the pole position in next Sunday's Daytona 500. Although the pole and outside pole positions do not historically significantly improve the chances of winning the race, it makes for nice bragging rights for both Edwards and Biffle. Washington's other driver, Kasey Kahne, missed out on qualifying for either pole position, coming in at No. 25 in the qualifying laps.

The final grid will be determined in the duels later this week.

Here's the full list of how Qualifying finished, but this is not the starting lineup. Non-qualified drivers are in bold.

  1. Carl Edwards
  2. Greg Biffle
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  4. Marcos Ambrose
  5. Casey Mears
  6. Jeff Gordon
  7. Martin Truex Jr.
  8. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  9. Trevor Bayne * (clinched berth in Daytona 500)
  10. Tony Stewart
  11. Mark Martin
  12. Jimmie Johnson
  13. AJ Allmendinger
  14. Paul Menard
  15. David Ragan
  16. Matt Kenseth
  17. Ryan Newman
  18. AJ Allmendinger
  19. Brad Keselowski
  20. Kevin Harvick
  21. Joey Logano
  22. Clint Bowyer
  23. Jeff Burton
  24. Juan Pablo Montoya
  25. Kasey Kahne
  26. Tony Raines * (clinched berth in Daytona 500)
  27. David Stremme * (clinched berth in Daytona 500)
  28. Kyle Busch
  29. Jamie McMurray
  30. Danica Patrick
  31. Kenny Wallace
  32. Terry Labonte * (guaranteed spot via past champion's provisional)
  33. Dave Blaney
  34. Kurt Busch
  35. Elliott Sadler
  36. Michael Waltrip
  37. Joe Nemechek
  38. Denny Hamlin
  39. Regan Smith
  40. Michael McDowell
  41. Landon Cassill
  42. David Gilliland
  43. Bobby Labonte
  44. Bill Elliott
  45. Mike Wallace
  46. David Reutimann
  47. Robert Richardson Jr.
  48. Robby Gordon
  49. JJ Yeley

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Daytona 500 2012 Qualifying: Start Time, TV Schedule And More

Washington native Kasey Kahne saw his participation in the 2012 Budweiser Shootout come to an early end on Saturday night, as he was part of a big crash in Lap 8 of the exhibition race. His car was destroyed and he was unable to continue, but he was far from the only driver that was unable to finish the preseason event. Jeff Gorson, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and several others also saw their cars get destroyed and in fact only three cars in the entire race did not suffer major damage during the night.

Kahne will be right back in action on Sunday, as he participates in Qualifying for next week's Daytona 500, which will kick off the 2012 Sprint Cup season.

The Qualifying begins on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. PT and will be televised nationally on FOX. Kahne will have the 32nd slot during the Qualifying.

Here is the full Qualifying order:

1, No. 27, Paul Menard, Menards/Peak Chevrolet
2, No. 1, Jamie McMurray, Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet
3, No. 51, Kurt Busch, Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet
4, No. 13, Casey Mears, GEICO Ford
5, No. 99, Carl Edwards, Fastenal Ford
6, No. 20, Joey Logano, The Home Depot Toyota
7, No. 11, Denny Hamlin, FedEx Express Toyota
8, No. 39, Ryan Newman, U.S. ARMY/Quicken Loans Chevrolet
9, No. 16, Greg Biffle, 3M Ford
10, No. 9, Marcos Ambrose, Stanley Ford
11, No. 14, Tony Stewart, Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet
12, No. 10, Danica Patrick(i), GoDaddy.com Chevrolet
13, No. 2, Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite Dodge
14, No. 43, Aric Almirola, Smithfield Helping Hungry Homes Ford
15, No. 47, Bobby Labonte, Kroger Toyota
16, BLANK
17, No. 24, Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet
18, No. 31, Jeff Burton, Caterpillar Chevrolet
19, No. 29, Kevin Harvick, Budweiser Chevrolet
20, No. 42, Juan Pablo Montoya, Target Chevrolet
21, No. 22, AJ Allmendinger, Shell Pennzoil Dodge
22, No. 33, Elliott Sadler(i), General Mills/Kroger Chevrolet
23, No. 18, Kyle Busch, M&M's Brown Toyota
24, No. 6, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(i), Ford EcoBoost Ford
25, No. 48, Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Chevrolet
26, No. 88, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet
27, No. 83, Landon Cassill, Burger King Toyota
28, No. 56, Martin Truex Jr., NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
29, No. 17, Matt Kenseth, Best Buy Ford
30, No. 78, Regan Smith, Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
31, No. 55, Mark Martin, Aaron's Toyota
32, No. 5, Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance Chevrolet
33, No. 15, Clint Bowyer, 5-hour Energy Toyota
34, No. 93, David Reutimann, Burger King Toyota
35, No. 34, David Ragan, Scorpion Truck Bedliners Ford
36, No. 38, David Gilliland, MHP/Power Pak Pudding Ford
37, No. 97, * Bill Elliott, AM FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota
38, No. 87, * Joe Nemechek(i), AM FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota
39, No. 21, * Trevor Bayne(i), Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford
40, No. 40, * Michael Waltrip, Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
41, No. 09, * Kenny Wallace(i), American Ethanol Toyota
42, No. 36, * Dave Blaney, Ollie's Bargain Outlet Chevrolet
43, No. 26, * Tony Raines(i), Ford
44, No. 37, * Mike Wallace(i), Poynt.com Ford
45, No. 32, * Terry Labonte, C&J Energy Ford
46, No. 23, * Robert Richardson Jr.(i), North Texas Pipe Toyota
47, No. 49, * JJ Yeley, America Israel Racing Toyota
48, No. 7, * Robby Gordon, MAPEI/Menards/SPEED Energy Dodge
49, No. 30, * David Stremme, Inception Motorsports Toyota
50, No. 98, * Michael McDowell, No.98 KLOVE/Curb Records Ford Ford
* Required to qualify on time, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

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Budweiser Shootout 2012: Kasey Kahne Doesn't Make It Past Lap 8, Kyle Busch Wins Shootout

Kasey Kahne had an early night at the 2012 Budweiser Shootout exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night. The evening was marred by four huge crashes, the first of which wiped out Kahne's car in just the eighth lap of the race.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick also had their cars destroyed, but the scariest crash of the evening happened with just two laps to go, as Jeff Gordon traveled for 1,000 feet on his driver's side door after hitting the wall and rolled his car several times before it came to a stop on its roof. Gordon was able to walk away from the crash and seemed in good spirits following the race.

Kyle Busch avoided at least two incidents that looked like they would end in certain crashes, including being involved in the beginning of the crash that rolled Gordon. Busch not only survivded those scares, he picked up the win down the stretch as he passed Tony Stewart right at the finish line for the closest finish in the history of the Budweiser Shootout exhibition race.

Kahne will be right back out on the track at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, as he races in the Daytona 500 Qualifier for next week's Daytona 500 race that will kick off the 2012 Sprint Cup season.

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Budweiser Shootout 2012: Kasey Kahne's Car Destroyed On Lap 8 Crash

The NASCAR season is not yet underway, but the Daytona 500 Qualifying weekend already has its first crash. The annual Budweiser Shootout is a pre-season exhibition kickoff prior to the qualifiers on Sunday for next week's Daytona 500 and the start of the Sprint Cup season.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. took an early lead in the Shootout, but on Lap 8, the field of cars that was pack racing suffered a big crash that ended up scuttling several drivers from the race. David Ragan's nose accidentally turned the car of Paul Menard, sparking a chain reaction that also destroyed the cars of Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, Michael Waltrip and Matt Kenseth. Also sustaining damage in the crash were the cars of Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer and Tony Stewart.

Earnhardt Jr. kept his lead after the race restarted, with Kevin Harvick behind him.

For full updates and information on the Budweiser Shootout and the 2012 Daytona 500, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NASCAR hub.

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Budweiser Shootout 2012: Kasey Kahne Gets Back To Work In NASCAR Season Opener

The Budweiser Shootout takes place on Saturday evening to kick off the 2012 NASCAR season. Kasey Kahne is hoping for big things on Daytona 500 Qualifying weekend.

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