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Daytona 500 2012: 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 crashes in and of itself that appeared bone-jarring. It started only nine laps...

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