DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, walks in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Daytona 500 2012: Matt Kenseth Takes Race, Carl Edwards Finishes 8th

Missouri's own Carl Edwards aims for a strong showing in Sunday's qualifying event.

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Daytona 500 Results: Matt Kenseth Is 2012 Winner, Carl Edwards Finished In 8th Place

After being postponed on Sunday due to rain, NASCAR's Great American Race at the Daytona International Speedway finally kicked off in prime time on Monday night. In an event filled with spills, thrills and yellow flags, Matt Kenseth Road into victory lane in the 2012 Daytona 500. Missouri native Carl Edwards grabbed pole position for the event, but couldn't stay at the front of the pack after that. At one point he slipped into the 20s around lap 50, but managed to battle his way back into the race and finished inside the top 10. His eighth place finish isn't quite what Edwards had been hoping for, but is still a very respectable result in a calamitous race.

The headline event from the night was undoubtedly a collision between Juan Pablo Montoya and a Jet-Dryer truck that produced a massive fire on the tracks. SB Nation's NASCAR blog, Nascar Ranting & Raving, explains the calamity:

While speeding down the back stretch to catch up with the field while under caution Montoya's car suddenly veered right and slid up the track colliding with the Jet-Dryer that was cleaning the track. Mechanical problems were to blame for Montoya's sudden change in direction. After the collision, which totaled Montoya's car, the Jet Dryer's ruptured fuel tank spewed its contents onto the racing surface where it ignited into a massive wall of fire. NASCAR's fire team were eventually able to get the situation under control but, the track was slightly damaged during the intense inferno.


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Here are the complete results for the 2012 Daytona 500:

  1. Matt Kenseth
  2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  3. Greg Biffle
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Jeff Burton
  6. Paul Menard
  7. Kevin Harvick
  8. Carl Edwards
  9. Joey Logano
  10. Mark Martin
  11. Clint Bowyer
  12. Martin Truex Jr.
  13. Marcos Ambrose
  14. Bobby Labonte
  15. Dave Blaney
  16. Tony Stewart
  17. Kyle Busch
  18. Terry Labonte
  19. Tony Raines
  20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  21. Ryan Newman
  22. Landon Cassill
  23. David Gilliland
  24. Regan Smith
  25. Casey Mears
  26. David Reutimann
  27. Elliott Sadler
  28. Joe Nemechek
  29. Kasey Kahne
  30. Michael McDowell
  31. Jamie McMurray
  32. Brad Keselowski
  33. Aric Almirola
  34. AJ Allmendinger
  35. Trevor Bayne
  36. Juan Pablo Montoya
  37. David Stremme
  38. Danica Patrick
  39. Kurt Busch
  40. Jeff Gordon
  41. Robby Gordon
  42. Jimmie Johnson
  43. David Ragan

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2012 Daytona 500: Carl Edwards Outside The Top 10 After 50 Laps

Carl Edwards landed the pole position during qualifying last weekend, but he has had trouble staying at the front of the pack in the early portions of the 2012 Daytona 500 so far. He had fallen down to 27th around lap 50, but as of lap 58 he has been able to climb back up to 14th place.

Related: 2012 Daytona 500 Qualifying: Carl Edwards Lands Top Pole Position

The race has been uneventful after some excitement in the first ten laps. Almost right at the start of the race, in fact, there was a six-car crash that involved Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick and Kurt Busch, among others. Ryan Newman spun out shortly thereafter to bring out caution No. 2, but things have settled down considerably since then.

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2012 Daytona 500: Race Moved To 6 P.M. Start Time

The 2012 Daytona 500 will be run under the lights. NASCAR announced early Monday morning that the race has been pushed back from a projected 12 p.m. CT start on Monday afternoon to 6 p.m. Monday thanks to rain that continues to hit the Daytona Beach area.

The 6 p.m. start on Monday will be by far the latest start for NASCAR's biggest race in the 53 year history of the Daytona 500, but NASCAR officials have not been able to find a suitable window of time where the skies would be clear enough to run the race.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of NASCAR and the 2012 Daytona 500, head over to Nascar Ranting & Raving. And for more racing coverage, visit SB Nation's NASCAR news hub.

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Daytona 500 2012: Race Officially Postponed Until Monday

Fans of NASCAR will have to wait a little bit longer for the 54th edition of the Daytona 500, as NASCAR officially postponed the race until Monday due to rain throughout the day. This marks the first time that the race will be run on a Monday, although there could be further delays if the weather continues to wreak havoc on the track.

When the race officially begins, Carl Edwards will be on the pole. Defending champion Tony Stewart will start third, while Jimmie Johnson will look to prove he is ready to compete for another championship when he starts in the eighth spot. Danica Patrick will have the attention of NASCAR fans, as she will start in the 29th spot in her first-ever Daytona 500 appearance.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of NASCAR and the 2012 Daytona 500, head over to Nascar Ranting & Raving. And for more racing coverage, visit SB Nation's NASCAR news hub.

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2012 Daytona 500: Rain Delays Start Time

Rain wil prevent the 2012 Daytona 500 from beginning on time, as SB Nation's Jeff Gluck reports. Gluck wrote less than an hour ago that rain, which started at roughly 10:30 p.m. EST, was still coming down at Daytona International Speedway.

Considering that the track takes roughly two hours to dry, NASCAR's scheduled starting time of 1:29 p.m. EST will prove to be far too early. Gluck reminds us that Daytona is equipped with lights, though, so fans could be treated to a primetime finish to this year's race.

Never before has the Daytona 500 been delayed in its 53-year history, so we're delving into some unusual territory here. Gluck notes that this year's race started unusually late compared to past races, though, as NASCAR wanted to avoid any possible conflicts with the Super Bowl.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more in-depth coverage of NASCAR and the 2012 Daytona 500, head over to Nascar Ranting & Raving. And for more racing coverage, visit SB Nation's NASCAR news hub.

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2012 Daytona 500: Start Time, TV Schedule And More

Columbia's Carl Edwards finished second in the Daytona 500 in 2011, and as he looks this year for a victory at NASCAR's most hollowed track, he'll start in pretty good position, having won pole position in last weekend's qualifying event. Starting first obviously doesn't guarantee that the driver will finish first, but's as good a position to be in as any.

When Edwards and the rest of the drivers actually get their engines going is currently up in the air, as heavy rain has been threatening Daytona Sunday morning, leading to speculation that the race could be pushed back to Sunday night or even Monday afternoon. In the 53-year history of the Daytona 500, the race has never taken place on Monday, but if the weather becomes extremely volatile, NASCAR officials may have no other option.

Race date/time: Sunday, February 26, 2012, 12:00 p.m. CST

TV: FOX

Radio: Motor Racing Network

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2012 Gatorade Duels Results: Carl Edwards Finishes 5th In Duel No. 1

Carl Edwards' position in the 2012 Daytona 500 has been secure since last Sunday -- he was the fastest qualifier that day and locked up the pole position. On Thursday afternoon, the Gatorade Duels -- a pair of 60-lap races -- were held to determine the order of the Daytona 500 field after the first row.

Related: Daytona 500 2012: Starting Lineup For NASCAR's Biggest Race

Edwards raced in the first Duel despite having little at stake and turned in a respectable fifth-place finish. Tony Stewart won that Duel, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Marcos Ambrose, Jeff Burton and then Edwards. Matt Kenseth was victorious in the second Duel. Stewart and Kenseth will start on the second row behind Edwards and Greg Biffle in Sunday's Daytona 500.

The 2012 Daytona 500 is set to start at 12:00 p.m. CT on Feb. 26.

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2012 Daytona 500 Qualifying: Carl Edwards Lands Top Pole Position

After placing second in last year's Daytona 500, Columbia native Carl Edwards will be starting this year's race in the pole position after finishing first in the qualifying event that occurred on Sunday afternoon. Only the pole position and outside pole position were determined on Sunday.

Edwards turned in a lap of 194.738 mph in the qualifier to take the top spot. Fellow Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle finished second in the event with a 194.087 mph speed, just behind Edwards' figure. Biffle will be in the second spot. Last year, Edwards qualified for the Daytona 500 in the No. 22 spot, but he managed to finish second in the race.

Here are the qualifying results – note: NOT the starting lineup – from Daytona 500 qualifying (non-guaranteed drivers 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
(via SB Nation)

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2012 Daytona 500 Qualifying: Carl Edwards Fifth In Today's Starting Grid

Carl Edwards will be fifth off the starting grid in Sunday's qualifying for the 2012 Daytona 500. The order for today's qualifying (12 p.m. CST, Fox) was determined by a random drawing, but Edwards, who is in the top 35 in owner points, is already guaranteed a spot in the big race next Sunday.

Edwards qualified in the No. 22 spot last year, but was able to finish second overall in the 2011 Daytona 500. Only pole position and outside pole position will be determined today, with the rest of the drivers sorting everything out on Thursday in the 2012 Gatorade Duels.

For a full explanation check out our earlier post on qualifying, and here's the full order of qualified drivers for Sunday's event:

  • Paul Menard
  • Jamie McMurray
  • Kurt Busch
  • Casey Mears
  • Carl Edwards
  • Joey Logano
  • Denny Hamlin
  • Ryan Newman
  • Greg Biffle
  • Marcos Ambrose
  • Tony Stewart
  • Danica Patrick
  • Brad Keselowski
  • Aric Almirola
  • Bobby Labonte
  • Jeff Gordon
  • Jeff Burton
  • Kevin Harvick
  • Juan Pablo Montoya
  • AJ Allmendinger
  • Elliott Sadler
  • Kyle Busch
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  • Jimmie Johnson
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • Landon Cassill
  • Martin Truex Jr.
  • Matt Kenseth
  • Regan Smith
  • Mark Martin
  • Kasey Kahne
  • Clint Bowyer
  • David Reutimann
  • David Ragan
  • David Gilliland

(via SB Nation)

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more in-depth coverage of NASCAR and the 2012 Daytona 500, head over to Nascar Ranting & Raving. And for more racing coverage, visit SB Nation's NASCAR news hub.


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

Missouri's own Carl Edwards aims for a strong showing in Sunday's qualifying event.

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