Kenseth Wins Daytona 500 After Fire, Rain

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Driver Matt Kenseth won his second Daytona 500 in the early hours of Tuesday morning after a bizarre race that will certainly go down in NASCAR history.

Rain delayed the race Sunday for the first time in the "Great American Race's" 54-year history.

Then came a frightening fire Monday when Juan Pablo Montoya lost control of his car and hit a safety truck. The fire caused a two-hour delay.

"You would think after 65 years and running all the races that NASCAR has run, that you've seen about everything," NASCAR President Mike Helton told The Associated Press.

"You do think about, 'Oh, my gosh, if that can happen, what else can happen?'" he said.

During the final restart Monday night with NASCAR's first prime-time television audience, Kenseth held off Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to win the race for the second time in his career.

The problems started from the second lap of the race, when five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson was caught in an accident that also impacted Danica Patrick, ruining her Daytona 500 debut.

From there it was 25 lead changes among 13 drivers, 10 cautions, and that really big fire.

"The thing that comes into my mind is NASCAR just can't catch a break," Earnhardt said.

"We're trying to deliver, and we just have some unfortunate things happen, such as the rain delay potholes in the track a couple of years ago," he said. "We're a good sport, and we're trying to give a good product."

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