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Daytona 500 2012: Weird Daytona 500 Attracts Second-Highest Ratings in History

To say that 2012’s Daytona 500 was weird would be a huge understatement. The first sign that this 500 wouldn’t be a normal race came on Sunday when, for the first time in its history, the Daytona 500 was postponed to Monday. While the original Monday race was set to start at noon, it was soon moved to prime time on Monday night due to rain. The placement promised to bring in more viewers—ones that originally tuned into Fox to see new episodes of House and Alcatraz. But what they got was one of the weirdest races in NASCAR history. Daytona’s caution-filled day started with a wreck on Lap 2 that not only took five-time champion Jimmie Johnson out of the race, it also forced hyped driver Danica Patrick to the garage for...

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