The Daytona 500 ran Monday night (Feb. 27) after being rescheduled twice due to heavy rains on Sunday. This 54th running of the race was peppered with bizarre occurrences on the way to Matt Kenseth taking the checkered flag, edging out Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s last-lap effort.
On the way to the victory, the race lasted almost six hours (the longest Daytona ever) and featured several crashes. On lap 2, Jimmie Johnson spun out and took David Ragan, Danica Patrick, Trevor Bayne and Kurt Busch with him.
Then during a caution flag around lap 160, Juan Pablo Montoya lost control and hit an equipment truck with a jet-powered dryer. The ensuing inferno lasted nearly 10 minutes and the repairs took nearly two hours.
And then welcome to the post-modern age, NASCAR. During all of this, driver Brad Keselowski was tweeting from his racecar:
- Fire! My view http://pic.twitter.com/RWn3xMn6
- No worries We stopped @LisShoe: @keselowski please! Don’t tweet and drive! Lol😉 ;)”
- Yup At least I’m not in the port-a-Jon @darrenrovell: @keselowski are u sitting in the car right now tweeting?”
- My pocket @zanestoddard: BK – Where’s that phone go when we’re green? “@keselowski: Fire! My view http://pic.twitter.com/RWn3xMn6
Wow. Now we may have seen it all.