The long road
Carl Edwards leads the field at the start of the Daytona 500. The annual race was delayed more than 30 hours because of rain, but they eventually started in Monday night, Feb. 27, 2012 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Calm before the race
Danica Patrick prays with crew members next to her car. This was Patrick's first time competing in the race.
Terry Labonte's car (32) spins on the front stretch after an on track incident.
Stop and GoDaddy
Danica Patrick, in the No. 10 GoDaddy.com car, collides with David Ragan (34) and Jimmie Johnson (in the Lowe's car) as Kurt Busch tries to avoid the wreckage.
On the mend
Danica Patrick's crew members repair her car after the crash.
Fans try to take photos of driver Jeff Gordon in the garage area during the race.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. pits during the race.
Rubbin' is racin'
From the top, Mark Martin, Dave Blaney and David Reutimann go three-wide on the track. Blaney, 49, was in the race for the first time.
A jet dryer bursts into flames after being hit by Juan Pablo Montoya. His car locked up during a caution lap and veered into the track-drying truck carrying the jet dryer. It caused a delay of more than two hours.
Feeling hot, hot, hot
Emergency workers put out the jet dryer fire.
Keeping his cool
Juan Pablo Montoya walks from his car after colliding with the track-drying truck. Montoya was unhurt in the crash.
Break in the action
Race leader Dave Blaney, second from left, talks with Landon Cassill, left. Drivers had to wait more than two hours before they could resume racing.
Workers clean up the track after the jet-dryer fire.
Jamie McMurray (front left), Brad Keselowski (car No. 2), and Kasey Kahne (front middle) spin out after a crash.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. drafts Greg Biffle during the final laps of the Daytona 500.
How the race was won
Matt Kenseth takes the checkered flag after a two-lap overtime finish.
Twice as nice
Matt Kenseth celebrates his Daytona 500 win. It was the second time Kenseth, 39, has won the race.