February 16, 2009

Kenseth Wins Daytona

Congratulations, Matt Kenseth, Daytona 500 champion!From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Tears streamed like raindrops down Matt Kenseth's cheeks.That's where they met real raindrops, producing a strange, wonderful mix of water and salt, elation and disbelief.Kenseth never dared to dream about winning the Daytona 500. Not as a kid in his bedroom in smalltown Wisconsin. Not while playing with toy cars in the dirt or working on real cars in the garage.From the Associated Press:
Matt Kenseth has won the rain-shortened Daytona 500, taking over the lead two laps before NASCAR stopped the season-opening event.Coming off one of the worst seasons of his career, Kenseth's bad luck followed him into Daytona International Speedway. He wrecked his primary car, had to go to a backup and started Sunday's race in last place.But as rain closed in on the season-opening event, the field turned it up a notch — anticipating the race would not go the distance. Kenseth used a huge push from Kevin Harvick to pass Elliott Sadler with 54 laps to go. Caution came out moments later for an accident started by Paul Menard, and the rain that had been threatening all day finally arrived.Kenseth comments on the weather and his win:
"I'll take it," Kenseth said of his Daytona 380."I'm not going to think any less of the victory. A lot of races get won and lost like this. We raced almost 400 miles. We were in the right place at the right time. Had our car as fast as it needed to be."Of course, it's no less of a victory.It was an incredible feat to start the race in last place and finish the winner.

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