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Matt Kenseth emerged as the winner of the rain-delayed and fire-interrupted Daytona 500, just ahead of fan favourite Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Matt Kenseth kept a cool head as well as surviving early problems with his water cooling unit. He endured a two hour red flag for a huge on-track fire and then came up victorious in a late green-white-chequered finish to make it to victory lane after midnight on an unprecedented rain-delayed Monday night running of the Daytona 500 under floodlights.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his duel with Greg Biffle for second place, just over two-tenths of a second back from Kenseth, who claimed his second Daytona 500 win and his 22nd career victory in Sprint Cup in 437 races. The win delivered his team, Roush Fenway Racing, its 300th Sprint Cup victory after a race that saw 25 lead changes among 13 drivers, and ten cautions - including one really big fire.

Danica Patrick was involved in a multi-car accident on lap 2 sparked when Elliott Sadler got into the back of Jimmie Johnson that also involved David Ragan, Kurt Busch and Trevor Bayne. Johnson and Ragan were out on the spot while Patrick limped back to the pits and returned to the race later on, 64 laps down.

The race had a two-hour red flag after Juan Montoya's car broke and spun into a jet dryer under caution, igniting a huge explosion and on-track blaze. Fortunately both Montoya and the jet dryer vehicle driver escaped the inferno with minimal injuries.

Race results

1. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 202 laps 03:02:15s (47/1 pts)
2. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 202 laps + 0.210s (42/0 pts)
3. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 202 laps + 0.258s (42/1 pts)
4. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 202 laps + 0.613s (42/2 pts)
5. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 202 laps + 0.771s (40/1 pts)
6. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 202 laps + 0.999s (39/1 pts)
7. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 202 laps + 1.031s (37/0 pts)
8. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 202 laps + 1.141s (36/0 pts)
9. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 202 laps + 1.151s (36/1 pts)
10. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 202 laps + 1.166s (35/1 pts)
11. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 202 laps + 1.249s (33/0 pts)
12. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 202 laps + 1.261s (33/1 pts)
13. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 202 laps + 1.345s (31/0 pts)
14. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 202 laps + 1.380s (30/0 pts)
15. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 202 laps + 1.474s (30/1 pts)
16. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 202 laps + 1.516s (29/1 pts)
17. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 202 laps + 1.644s (27/0 pts)
18. #32 Terry Labonte Ford 202 laps + 1.894s (27/1 pts)
19. #26 Tony Raines Ford 202 laps + 2.050s (25/0 pts)
20. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 202 laps + 5.054s (0pts)
21. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 202 laps + 6.382s (23/0 pts)
22. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 202 laps + 22.939s (22/0 pts)
23. #38 David Gilliland Ford 201 laps + 1 lap (21/0 pts)
24. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 200 laps + 2 laps (21/1 pts)
25. #13 Casey Mears Ford 199 laps + 3 laps (19/0 pts)
26. #93 David Reutimann Toyota 196 laps Accident (18/0 pts)
27. #33 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 196 laps + 6 laps (0pts)
28. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 194 laps + 8 laps (0pts)
29. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 189 laps Accident (15/0 pts)
30. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 189 laps + 13 laps (14/0 pts)
31. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 188 laps Accident (13/0 pts)
32. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 187 laps Accident (12/0 pts)
33. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 187 laps Accident (11/0 pts)
34. #22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge 177 laps + 25 laps (10/0 pts)
35. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 164 laps + 38 laps (0pts)
36. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 159 laps Accident (8/0 pts)
37. #30 David Stremme Toyota 156 laps Engine (7/0 pts)
38. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 138 laps + 64 laps (0pts)
39. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 113 laps + 89 laps (5/0 pts)
40. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 81 laps Engine (5/1 pts)
41. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 25 laps Engine (3/0 pts)
42. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 1 laps Accident (2/0 pts)
43. #34 David Ragan Ford 1 laps Accident (1/0 pts)

Sprint Cup championship standings

1. Matt Kenseth 47 pts
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 42 pts (- 5 pts)
3. Greg Biffle 42 pts (- 5 pts)
4. Denny Hamlin 42 pts (- 5 pts)
5. Jeff Burton 40 pts (- 7 pts)
6. Paul Menard 39 pts (- 8 pts)
7. Kevin Harvick 37 pts (- 10 pts)
8. Carl Edwards 36 pts (- 11 pts)
9. Joey Logano 36 pts (- 11 pts)
10. Mark Martin 35 pts (- 12 pts)
11. Clint Bowyer 33 pts (- 14 pts)
12. Martin Truex Jr. 33 pts (- 14 pts)
13. Marcos Ambrose 31 pts (- 16 pts)
14. Bobby Labonte 30 pts (- 17 pts)
15. Dave Blaney 30 pts (- 17 pts)
16. Tony Stewart 29 pts (- 18 pts)
17. Kyle Busch 27 pts (- 20 pts)
18. Terry Labonte 27 pts (- 20 pts)
19. Tony Raines 25 pts (- 22 pts)
20. Ryan Newman 23 pts (- 24 pts)
21. Landon Cassill 22 pts (- 25 pts)
22. David Gilliland 21 pts (- 26 pts)
23. Regan Smith 21 pts (- 26 pts)
24. Casey Mears 19 pts (- 28 pts)
25. David Reutimann 18 pts (- 29 pts)
26. Kasey Kahne 15 pts (- 32 pts)
27. Michael McDowell 14 pts (- 33 pts)
28. Jamie McMurray 13 pts (- 34 pts)
29. Brad Keselowski 12 pts (- 35 pts)
30. Aric Almirola 11 pts (- 36 pts)
31. A.J. Allmendinger 10 pts (- 37 pts)
32. Juan Montoya 8 pts (- 39 pts)
33. David Stremme 7 pts (- 40 pts)
34. Kurt Busch 5 pts (- 42 pts)
35. Jeff Gordon 5 pts (- 42 pts)
36. Robby Gordon 3 pts (- 44 pts)
37. Jimmie Johnson 2 pts (- 45 pts)
38. David Ragan 1 pts (- 46 pts)

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. makes a move to pass Greg Biffle on the final lap of the Daytona 500, but does not have enough speed to catch winner Matt Kenseth. [Picture Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Imags]
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Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images via Getty Images)
Regan Smith, interim driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS finishes in sixteenth place in the Daytona 500 Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by HHP/Harold Hinson for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS finishes in fifth place, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS finishes in 33rd place in the Daytona 500 Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Gordon, who led for 87 laps,  was involved in a multi-car incident on the last lap. (Photo by HHP/Harold Hinson for Chevy Racing)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS races to a third place finish with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS who finishes in fifth place in the Daytona 500 Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by HHP/Alan Marler for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS pulls into his pit on his way to a second place finish in the Daytona 500 Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by HHP/Harold Hinson for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Percision Chevrolet, lead the field during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, and Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, race three-wide during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, takes the yellow and chequered flags to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, poses with the The Harley J. Earl Trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, applies the winner`s decal in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Smoke pours from the #2 Miller Lite Ford, driven by Brad Keselowski, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, lead the field to the green flag for the running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Robert Reiners/Getty Images)

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