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Posted (02/27/2012) -

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The beginning to the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season saw everything from rain to fire and soap subs. The 54th edition of the Daytona 500 ended 36 hours after the original scheduled start time on Sunday and at the checkers the Raybestos (engineered by Alcon) equipped No. 17 Ford of Matt Kenseth survived the elements and a last lap rally by Dale Earnhardt Jr to capture Roush’s historic 300th victory in the NASCAR.

 

The Raybestos equipped Roush Fenway Racing teams of Kenseth, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards dominated throughout Daytona Speedweeks. Edwards and Biffle claimed the front two starting spots for the season opener, and Kenseth earned Roush’s first Gatorade Duels victory in addition to Monday night’s Daytona 500 win.

 

After the first postponement in its 54 year history, the green flag finally waved on Monday night to begin the 2012 race season. With anxious drivers and fans the first caution quickly came out when a lap 2 incident involving Jimmie Johnson and Elliott Sadler collected a total of six cars.

 

The Raybestos equipped Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 team began the night from the 31st position but proved just how strong the car was early in the race. Denny Hamlin led a race-high 57 laps and helped Martin Truex earn the $200,000 bonus at halfway. Although Hamlin remained in the top five throughout the race, he didn’t have enough speed to contend with Kenseth.

 

On lap 160 of the scheduled 200, Juan Pablo Montoya caused a fiery wreck on the racetrack during a caution after a part failure caused him to lose control of his car and spin into a jet dryer that was clearing the track of debris. The 200 gallons of jet fuel exploded on impact spilling onto the speedway and ignited. After days of rain, the race was stopped for fire. With the red flag signaling the stopped race and bored drivers going on Twitter to post pictures, safety crews worked for just over two hours to get the track back in racing condition.

 

After extinguishing the flames, cleaning debris, and even washing the track off with a whole lot of Tide powdered laundry detergent, the race restarted just shy of Tuesday morning on the East coast. Dave Blaney pitted after the restart handing the lead back over to Kenseth for the final time with 37 laps remaining.

 

A couple more late race cautions set the stage for a green-white-checkered-flag finish. Even with Dale Earnhardt Jr pushing him the last lap, Greg Biffle couldn’t catch teammate Matt Kenseth. Kenseth captured his second Daytona 500 win just 0.21 seconds ahead of Earnhardt, who made a sling-shot move on Biffle in the last turn. Biffle, Hamlin and Jeff Burton rounded out the top five with Paul Menard, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, and Mark Martin finishing out the top ten.

Five of the top ten cars were equipped with Raybestos (engineered by Alcon) brakes. The Joe Gibbs Racing and Roush Fenway Racing cars were equipped with the Raybestos (engineered by Alcon) Superspeedway Package at Daytona International Speedway.  Alcon designs, manufactures and provides technical support for Raybestos branded calipers, rotors, hats and hardware for use with Raybestos racing friction in NASCAR competition.

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