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Montoya escapes Daytona inferno

As for the cause of the accident, Montoya could only think that it was related to the vibration he'd been experiencing that had brought him back into the pits.

"I did the pit stop and when I came out of the pits I felt a vibration in second gear. I told them I think either a transmission broke or something," he said. "I went to third gear and when I accelerated the vibration came back. I came back into the pits, they looked at everything tight and okay.

"I went again and I was in fourth gear. I wasn't even going that fast and it was moving and travelling a lot. It just felt really strange, as I was talking on the radio the car just turned right," he said. "Something fell in the rear of the car and the car just spun into the jet dryer."

He summed it up succinctly by adding: "It's not the way you want to finish the Daytona 500."

The red flag lasted for more than two hours and racing didn't resume until nearly midnight. In the meantime, track officials needed to check out the fire damage in turn 3 and also deal with the huge quantities of fuel that had seeped into the track surface - which they did with repeated rinses using laundry detergent.

That left the drivers once again in limbo, parked out on the backstretch of the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway tri-oval and with little else to do except stand around and chat "about everything but racing back here," as Carl Edwards put it. "Nothing for the television," Dale Earnhardt Jr. was quick to add.

But at least Brad Keselowski had come prepared: he'd stashed his mobile phone in his pocket before the race and was soon on Twitter, posting updates and even photos that he's taken of the fire from his car.

"They keep making fun of me for it, but I'm having a good time," Keselowski said of the other drivers' reactions to his addiction to social media. "Nobody else has a phone ... They should get one to see what's going on!"

"We were asking why Brad had his phone in his car," said Jamie McMurray. "Nobody could figure that out." Dave Blaney - who was the race leader under the red flag after not having pitted earlier - was even more bemused by the whole thing and was left wondering what "Twitter" was in the first place.

Once restarted, the race was eventually won by Matt Kenseth, who managed to hold off Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle to the line in a green-white-chequered finish.

Jimmie Johnson exited the race on lap 2 after being hit by Elliott Sadler. The accident also caught up the 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne, as well as David Ragan and Danica Patrick.




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