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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)

Only drivers registered for points in this series are shown



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Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Pepsi Chevrolet SS, advances to the Championship 4 with his sixth place finish Sunday, November 15, 2015 in the final round of the Eliminator 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase race at Phoenix International Raceway (renamed Jeff Gordon Raceway for the day to honor the four-time champion) in Avondale, Arizona. Gordon is joined with Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet SS  and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS to the Sprint Cup Series Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida next Sunday. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
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