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2012 Daytona 500: Danica, Montoya & Co. Survive, and That’s What Counts

That 2012 Daytona 500 was postponed for 30 hours; coverage extended into the wee hours of Tuesday morning, and Matt Kenseth's triumph over Dale Earnhardt Jr, teammate Greg Biffle and the remainder of a depleted field was less than climactic. But that isn't the reason fans and drivers are ready for the young NASCAR season to move on to race No. 2 at Phoenix next week. No, the reason is that the 2012 version of Speedweeks was, in a word, horrifying. The tone was set more than a week ago in a Saturday night race under the lights. The Budweiser Shootout, the exhibition race which marks the prelude to the festivities of Speedweeks, consisted of three bone-jarring crashes.It started only nine laps in; David Ragan got into Paul Menard and tri...

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