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The Daytona 500 is complete, and Matt Kenseth ended up doing work. After multiple delays and plenty of other issues in-race, Kenseth was the one who got the checkered flag first and won it all in the end.
The two racers related close to the Bay Area didn't fare too well. A.J. Allmendinger got into a pit row accident that knocked his radiator out. This caused him a lot of delay issues, and Allmendinger finished in the bottom 10 at 34th. Jeff Gordon also didn't finish too well either after his engine blew up, going 40th overall out of 43 racers. So not too many victories for the Bay Area here, although if you were watching the whole thing, all the crashes might have made it worth it. Kind of.
The 2012 Daytona 500 has been filled with unexpected happenings going through the entire race week and it looks like it might end with the unexpected. At turn three of Lap 160, Juan Pablo Montoya went into a slide and crashed into a jet dryer. As the video shows, flames erupted.
As you can see from this GIF, the fuel resulted in a wall of flames along the track. The fire has since been put out, but the flames created quite a bit of damage in the turn. Montoya's car was put out as well and he looks to be OK.
Here is one more GIF of the insanity:
Dave Blaney had the race lead when the crash happened and if they do not restart the race, he will take home the abbreviated title. Landon Cassill is sitting in second place, Tony Raines in third and David Gililand in third and Matt Kenseth in fourth.
The Bay Area is having a rough go of it in the 2012 Daytona 500. Early on, A.J. Allmendinger got into a tough pit row accident when he hit Ryan Newman. Now, three-time Daytona 500 champion Jeff Gordon is headed to the garage after he blew his engine. That would seem to end his chances at winning his fourth Daytona 500.
Gordon started the race in the No. 16 position but had climbed into the top ten following a couple of accidents. He took a brief lead when the front of the pack went into pit row, but he quickly lost that lead after one lap when he made his own pit stop. The FOX analysts said that Gordon was not particularly pleased with his car through the first third of the race as he felt it was not quite fast enough. Now that won't really matter as his night appears to be done.
Here is a gif of flames shooting out from Jeff Gordon's #24 car as his engine blows on Lap 81.
The 2012 Daytona 500 is off to an ugly start with the Jimmie Johnson accident on lap two highlighting (or low-lighting as the case may be) the race thus far. Following that accident Ryan Newman blew a tire and spun out a few laps later. Newman went into pit row to change his tire, and upon beginning to exit he created problems for Los Gatos-native A.J. Allmendinger.
As Newman went to leave pit row, he had some additional tire problems and had to hit the brakes. Allmendinger was looking to exit pit row at the same time and rear-ended Newman. He suffered fairly significant damage which sent him to the garage to get his care fixed up. According to a PR person on Allmendinger's twitter account, the accident knocked the radiator out. He has a chance to return if they can get his car cleaned up, but he joins a host of other drivers losing significant laps on the race. At this rate, last car standing might be the winner!
Here is some video of the accident that cost Allmendinger:
After more than 24 hours of delay, the 2012 Daytona 500 is off to a wild start. The second lap saw Jimmie Johnson and Danica Patrick prominently involved in an accident after Elliott Sadler nudged up on Johnson. Johnson swerved into a couple cars and had his car get totaled. Patrick took a hit and ended up in the grass but recovered enough to avoid any subsequent hit. The car is being looked over and if she does get back in the race she will lose a lot of laps.
Johnson's departure takes one out of the early top ten after an eight place start in the race. He has struggled a bit at Daytona in recent years and will see his struggles continue. For Bay Area representatives Jeff Gordon and A.J. Allmendinger, it gives them a chance to move up a bit and removes a major competitor from the race. Through five laps, Allmendinger and Gordon are 13th and 14th, respectively.
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. It has now been postponed again to 7:00pm ET. All of the new television info and start times can be found below.
The Bay Area will be represented by Los Gatos-native A.J. Allmendinger and Vallejo-born Jeff Gordon, sitting in the No. 15 and No. 16 positions, respectively. Allmendinger is looking to get the season off to a strong start and continue his ascent in NASCAR, while Jeff Gordon is looking for his fourth career Daytona 500 victory.
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 7:00 p.m. 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. John Cena was scheduled to signal the racers to start their engines, but he has to be in Portland, Oregon for Monday Night Raw. No word on the new honorary starter.
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.
In an unprecedented move, the 2012 Daytona 500 will be postponed due to rain and rescheduled for a noon ET start time on Monday. Although the race has been shortened due to rain in the past, this is the first postponement in the 54-year history of the race. The race is set to start at noon on Monday, but the weather remains a bit iffy for Monday as well, potentially creating all sorts of havoc.
This is the ninth time rain has played any sort of havoc with the race. The most recent was in 2009 when the race was shortened to 152 laps (380 miles). In 2003 the race was shortened to only 109 laps (272.5 miles) due to rain.
According to SB Nation contributor and meteorologist Brian Neudorff, the rain could continue Monday afternoon, leading to the possibility of a Monday evening race. It is also worth noting that the race is a week later than normal this year. The race was bumped back due to the possibility of an 18-game NFL schedule pushing the Super Bowl into mid-February. If the race had been run like normal, it would have been last weekend when it was warm and sunny in Daytona Beach. One more thing to blame on the NFL lockout!
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 with more expected ahead.
Once the race actually begins, Carl Edwards will be on the pole. Bay Area native Jeff Gordon and A.J. Allmendinger will be starting in the grid right next to one another, setting up in the 16th and 15th spot respectfully.
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The 2012 Daytona 500 is finally and at hand, and if the weather can hold off for a few hours, we could have one heck of a race on Sunday. Carl Edwards holds pole position while Greg Biffle will join him on the front line of the race. The Bay Area is represented by Los Gatos-native A.J. Allmendinger in the No. 15 position and Vallejo-born Jeff Gordon next to him in the No. 16 position.
Allmendinger is aiming for his first career NASCAR victory. He finished 11th at last year's Daytona 500 and a career best third in the 2009 Daytona 500. Gordon is looking for his fourth Daytona 500 victory and career win No. 86. He finished 28th in last year's Daytona 500 following a day filled with big-name crashes. Prior to that he had a pair of top ten finishes, and lost won at Daytona in 2005.
Here is a breakdown of the entire starting grid for the 2012 Daytona 500:
Race day has finally arrived as the 2012 Daytona 500 is only a few hours from the green flag flying. The Bay Area will be represented by Los Gatos-native A.J. Allmendinger and Vallejo-born Jeff Gordon, sitting in the No. 15 and No. 16 positions, respectively. Allmendinger is looking to get the season off to a strong start and continue his ascent in NASCAR, while Jeff Gordon is looking for his fourth career Daytona 500 victory. Here is the complete starting grid for Sunday's race.
The pre-race broadcast gets started at 9:00 a.m. PT on FOX, with race coverage starting at 10:00 a.m. The race coverage starts with a host of honorary festivities with the green flag finally flying at approximately 10:29 a.m. PT. The pre-race festivities include the National Anthem by Train's Pat Monahan, which follows a pre-race concert starring Lenny Kravitz.
If you are at your computer but away from a television during the race, make sure to swing by NASCAR.com for all their online tools on race day. NASCAR provides some of the best online support for its races among any major sport in America, or even the world for that matter.
The big concern for today's race is weather, as there is rain in the forecast. Nobody really knows exactly when the showers will depart the area. The biggest concern would be a postponement, but the more realistic concern is the race getting started and then being cut relatively short due to the weather. A postponement would be an issue not only because of the unprecedented delay, but also the fact that Monday's weather forecast is not looking much better. We will keep a close eye on these developments.
The 2012 Daytona 500 lineup is officially set as qualifying and the Gatorade Duels determined the 43-car order. Carl Edwards claimed the pole and Greg Biffle claimed spot number two in last weekend's qualifying, while the remaining 41 spots were determined during Thursday's Gatorade Duels. Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth won the two duels to claim spots three and four.
Los Gatos-resident A.J. Allmendinger and Vallejo-born Jeff Gordon finished in eighth place in their respective Duels, which means they will start the race side-by-side in the No. 15 and No. 16 positions, respectively. This is the second straight year Allmendinger will start in the No. 15 spot at Daytona. Gordon started last year's race second to Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Here is the starting lineup for the 2012 Daytona 500:
The 2012 Daytona 500 gets going at 9:00 a.m. PT on FOX. You can learn plenty more about the race at SB Nation NASCAR's Daytona 500 stream. Head to NASCAR Ranting and Raving for more in-depth discussion.
A few days after the front line of the Daytona 500 was established with Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle, the rest of the starting lineup will be determined in Thursday's 2012 Gatorade Duels. The two races will feature eligible drivers split in two and battling for their spots in the lineup for Sunday's Daytona 500. it gets going at 11:19 am PT on SPEED.
39 drivers, including Jeff Gordon and A.J. Allmendinger have secured spots in Sunday's race. They have a couple of options when they hit the track. They can play it safe to avoid wrecking their primary car before Sunday's race or they can play it aggressive to get used to the race conditions. Gordon has indicated he plans on getting aggressive so he can better prepare for Sunday's race. He will be starting in the third position in Duel No. 2. A.J. Allmendinger is starting tenth in the first duel.
There are two spots in each Duel for drivers who have not yet qualified for the Daytona 500. They will be as aggressive as anybody, which should make for an interesting day of racing. With a mix of conservative and aggressive strategies, it will be interesting to see if it leads to any trouble on the track throughout the day.
One night after being in the most terrifying crash of his career and walking away without a scratch, Jeff Gordon was back behind the wheel for the Daytona 500 Qualifying on Sunday. If he was still feeling any effects from the crash, it certainly didn't show, as he finished sixth in the qualifying and didn't miss out on the pole positions by much.
PaddockTalk collected some comments from Gordon regarding his crash and his performance in the qualifier.
Oh, I was having a lot of fun right up until that crash happened last night. And as safe as these cars are, and with the Hendrick carbon-fiber seat that we put in the car, I'm pretty amazed how I feel today considering. Yeah, we were certainly hoping for a little bit more. The Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet...we gave it our best effort. The wind is howling out there pretty good and we'll see where we end up with that. The wind can help you. But the wind is not going to help you by two or two and a half tenths; that lap Carl (Edwards) put up there is really spectacular.
Gordon had a lot of praise for the safety changes that NASCAR has put in place over the last decade.
Yeah, we’ve definitely made huge strides. That’s the first time I’ve been upside down and you always worry about when you’re rolling like that, what it’s going to be like. And that was the easiest part of the entire event. The big hit into the wall was much more severe; and that is a true testament to the safer barrier and the Hans device and the structure of the cars and the seatbelts that we’re running. It’s pretty impressive. I hate that it happened altogether, but we sure were having fun up until that point.
It certainly does say a lot about the level of effectiveness in the current safety equipment that Gordon was able to walk away from the crash at all, let alone be in such high spirits and racing again right afterward.
Carl Edwards has gotten off to a great start of his 2012 Spring Cup campaign, earning himself the pole position at Daytona 500 qualifying on Sunday, setting himself up nicely on NASCAR's biggest stage.
Edwards worked his #99 Ford the top speed of 194.738 mph and best lap time of 46.22 seconds to take the Pole, while Greg Biffle will join him in the fron row in the No. 2 position, running a 46.37 second lap time at 194.087 mph in his # 16 Ford.
As for the Bay Area contingency, Jeff Gordon and his #24 Chevrolet finished in sixth position after running a 46.44 second lap time at 193.803 mph, while A.J. Allmendinger finished 18th after running a 46.6 second lap time in his # 22 Ford.
Here's the full list of how Qualifying finished, but this is not the starting lineup. Non-qualified drivers are in bold.
Jeff Gordon suffered a devastating and frightening crash in the 2012 Budweiser Shootout on Saturday, easily the worst crash of his career. Luckily, he was able to walk away from the wreck without sustaining any injuries and is now preparing to race in the Daytona 500 Qualifying on Sunday. The qualifiers will determine the starting grid for next Sunday's Daytona 500, which kicks off the 2012 Sprint Cup season.
The Qualifying begins on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. PT and will be televised nationally on FOX. Gordon will have be 17th in the order, while fellow Bay Area native A.J. Allmendinger will have slot No. 21.
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
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
The 2012 Budweiser Shootout had four significant crashes throughout the race on Saturday night. The last crash was the most terrifying, as Jeff Gordon was involved in a multiple-car crash with just two laps remaining in the pre-season race at the Daytona International Speedway. Gordon was in third place when Kyle Busch spun out, sending Gordon sideways before running into the wall, sliding for a long ways on its side and roof before rolling and coming to a rest upside-down. It was the worst crash of Gordon's career, but Busch was able to keep his car from being destroyed and stayed in the race.
The emergency crew responded as the caution flag came out, but Gordon immediately radioed his pit crew to let them know he was all right. Gordon was removed from the car and able to walk away from the crash. He is not believed to have been injured in the crash.
Kyle Busch managed to pick 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. A.J. Allmendinger finished the race in 12th place.
Gordon is scheduled to 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.
Los Gatos native Jeff Gordon returns to the track in 2012 looking to get into victory lane at the Daytona 500. For more on the Great American Race, check out SB Nation NASCAR's Dayton 500 stream, as well as NASCAR Ranting & Raving.
Vallejo-born Jeff Gordon returns to the track in 2012 looking to return to victory lane at the Daytona 500. For more on the Great American Race, check out SB Nation NASCAR's Dayton 500 stream, as well as NASCAR Ranting & Raving.