The Pendleton Panther

Matt Kenseth wins Daytona 500

Posted on: February 18, 2009

daytona500start_000Matt Kenseth won the rain-shortened Daytona 500 on Sunday- 48 laps before the scheduled 200 laps were able to be completed. My favorite driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a tough day on the track and finished 27th. He was plagued with 1 lap pit penalties and on track pileups. When the rains came on lap 152 Matt Kenseth sat and awaited the final call from the race officials. When the race was finally called the teary eyed Kenseth said “I’ll take it.” His win was not how he expected it to be but to him it was still a dream come true. Though the final poll was finished with many new competitive drivers the race itself was a mixture of great drivers of today’s era fighting for the top spot. The best moment of the race for me was when Earnhardt Jr. made his way from the back of the pack and fought his way back to the front of the pack driving much like his father used to. A famous quote from the race came from the announcers early in the race. They were quoting Earnhardt Sr. – the great #3. The crew chief used to ask Dale if he wanted to lay back out of first for a bit to get a feel for where they’re at in the pack and Sr. would reply. “I ain’t going to because I don’t plan on racing there today Carl.” All he could see was first place. Although the Daytona 500 ended in a way not expected by many, it was still the great race it has always been.


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