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Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Matt Kenseth’s Daytona 500 win? But there was a fire...and Danica Patrick...

There actually was an exciting finish to the Daytona 500 in the early hours of Tuesday morning, in spite of that fact that all anyone was talking about were the weather and the spectacular reminder that, in auto racing, things can catch fire and Danica Patrick’s first Sprint Cup race.

Approaching the finish line, Matt Kenseth held off Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was coming on strong. Kenseth got a push from his Roush Fenway teammate Greg Biffle and it was enough to give Kenseth his second Daytona victory since 2009.


Yes, Matt Kenseth won. (Jared C. Tilton / Getty Images for NASCAR)
“Awesome, man, awesome!” Kenseth screamed over the radio as he crossed the line ahead of Earnhardt, whose winless streak now stands at 130 races.

The Daytona 500 wasn’t without its bumps for Kenseth. He lost radio communication with his team at one point, his tachometer broke and his engine grew hot enough that water was spewing from under the hood.

“We had a lot of problems and almost ended up a lap down,” Kenseth said. “These guys did a great job. They never panicked, and I think they enjoyed their day more because they couldn’t hear me on the radio with my radio problems. My guys did a great job.”

Earnhardt just “never could get to Matt,” saying “I just pulled out to try to get the second spot.”

Kenseth, with Biffle’s assist, was just too much.

“We both had really fast rockets,” Kenseth said. “I think it just ended up as who was in front at the end.”

Not that many people are talking about that today.

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