Kenseth finishes eighth at extended Daytona 500Wisconsin Sports
- Matt Kenseth of Cambridge staged a late rally to finish eighth at yesterday’s Daytona-500.
DAYTONA, Fla. - Matt Kenseth of Cambridge staged a late rally to finish eighth at yesterday’s Daytona-500.
He said he struggled until the 124th-of-200 laps – when his team installed a new set of front shock absorbers. A couple of accidents allowed Kenseth to get close near the end, to finish in the Top-10 after winning at Daytona a year ago.
Paul Menard of Eau Claire finished 13th. Travis Kvapil of Janesville got into a late crash and finished 29th. Jamie McMurray won his first Daytona-500.
NASCAR’s “Great American Race” dragged on for more than six hours yesterday – mainly because of two delays to fix a 9-by-15-inch pothole that emerged twice on the second turn. Track officials will try to determine whether the cars or the surface itself caused the pothole. Recent rains didn’t help. The Daytona track has not been re-surfaced since 1978 – but drivers have opposed a new surface, saying it would take away some of its racing advantages.