The 2009 Daytona 500 was suspended after 152 of the scheduled 200 laps. Matt Kenseth, who led one green-flag lap, won his first Daytona 500 and his first race since winning at the final race of the 2007 season at Homestead.
The complete top 10:
1) Matt Kenseth
2) Kevin Harvick
3) AJ Allmendinger
4) Clint Bowyer
5) Elliott Sadler
6) David Ragan
7) Michael Waltrip
8) Tony Stewart
9) Reed Sorenson
10) Kurt Busch
Matt Kenseth is Praying For a Downpour
With 49 laps to go and the race under caution, the jet dryers are on the track. According to the chatter between drivers and crew, what started slowly is beginning to pick up. The teams seem prepared for a long stoppage.
And, Matt Kenseth, sitting in first, is quietly hoping like hell that NASCAR comes to its senses and sends everyone home. No, not the manner in which one wants to win his first 500, but, a win is a win is a win.
Give and Take Between Driver and Crew
Heading into the restart after the eighth caution, Jeff Gordon and his crew spent a great deal of time debating where Gordon stood on the grid. NASCAR showed him 13th, he and his people were convinced he was 12th.
That’s not uncommon, necessarily, but hearing how matter of fact Gordon is in dissecting who he passed and where he was when he passed that person at 185 miles per hour is interesting to say the least. You’d think the guy was driving the kids to school.
And the Weather is Going To Do What?
With the seventh caution of the day coming on Lap 138, teams are still anticipating rain. Spotters and crew chiefs are still reminding their drivers to keep digging for every spot, as the rain could come any minute.
And if it does come soon and a guy like Elliott Sadler, leading when the caution waved, wins this thing? It would have to rank as one of the great upsets and most intriguing stories to start a season with in a long time.