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Unofficial Results: Daytona 500

Jet dryers, rain showers, and giant wrecks… oh my! But when the smoke cleared from this year’s 36 Hours of… err, Daytona 500 the historic race left us with a familiar face on top. Here’s the unofficial Cup Series order of finish from Monday night:

*KEY:*
*- Led The Most Laps
(R) = Rookie of the Year Candidate
(I) = Ineligible to earn points

_Editor’s Note: Remember, some drivers will score zero points as they’re only allowed to accumulate them in one of NASCAR’s top three series: Sprint Cup, Nationwide, or Camping World Trucks._

*Sprint Cup Series Finishing Order*
*Daytona 500*
Pos Car No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Status Points Laps Led
*1* 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 202 Running 47 50
*2* 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevy 202 Running 42 0
*3* 16 Greg Biffle Ford 202 Running 42 44
*4* 11 Denny Hamlin* Toyota 202 Running 42 57
*5* 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 202 Running 40 24
*6* 27 Paul Menard Chevy 202 Running 39 2
*7* 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 202 Running 37 0
*8* 99 Carl Edwards Ford 202 Running 36 0
*9* 20 Joey Logano Toyota 202 Running 36 2
*10* 55 Mark Martin Toyota 202 Running 35 2
*11* 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 202 Running 33 0
*12* 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Toyota 202 Running 33 7
*13* 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 202 Running 31 0
*14* 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 202 Running 30 0
*15* 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 202 Running 30 6
*16* 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 202 Running 29 2
*17* 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 202 Running 27 0
*18* 32 Terry Labonte Ford 202 Running 27 3
*19* 26 Tony Raines Ford 202 Running 25 0
*20* 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (I) Ford 202 Running 0 0
*21* 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 202 Running 23 0
*22* 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 202 Running 22 0
*23* 38 David Gilliland Ford 201 Running 21 0
*24* 78 Regan Smith Chevy 200 Running 21 2
*25* 13 Casey Mears Ford 199 Running 19 0
*26* 93 David Reutimann Toyota 196 Accident 18 0
*27* 33 Elliott Sadler (I) Chevy 196 Running 0 0
*28* 87 Joe Nemechek (I) Toyota 194 Running 0 0
*29* 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 189 Accident 15 0
*30* 98 Michael McDowell Ford 189 Running 14 0
*31* 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 188 Accident 13 0
*32* 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 187 Accident 12 0
*33* 43 Aric Almirola Ford 187 Accident 11 0
*34* 22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge 177 Running 10 0
*35* 21 Trevor Bayne (I) Ford 164 Running 0 0
*36* 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 159 Accident 8 0
*37* 30 David Stremme Toyota 156 Engine 7 0
*38* 7 Danica Patrick (I) Chevy 138 Running 0 0
*39* 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 113 Running 5 0
*40* 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 81 Engine 5 1
*41* 7 Robby Gordon Dodge 25 Engine 3 0
*42* 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 1 Accident 2 0
*43* 34 David Ragan Ford 1 Accident 1 0

*2012 Championship Standings – With One Race Complete*
1) Matt Kenseth: 47
T2) Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: 42 (-5)
T2) Greg Biffle: 42 (-5)
T2) Denny Hamlin: 42 (-5)
5) Jeff Burton: 40 (-7)
6) Paul Menard: 39 (-8)
7) Kevin Harvick: 37 (-10)
T8) Carl Edwards: 36 (-11)
T8) Joey Logano: 36 (-11)
10) Mark Martin: 35 (-12)
T11) Clint Bowyer: 33 (-14)
T11) Martin Truex, Jr.: 33 (-14)

*Race Awards*
*3M Lap Leader:* Denny Hamlin, 57 Laps
*Coors Light Pole Award:* Carl Edwards (194.738 MPH)
*Mahle Clevite Engine Builder Of The Race:* Toyota Racing Development (No. 11 car)
*Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver Of The Race:* Paul Menard / Slugger Labbe
*American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award:* Bobby Labonte
*DirecTV Crew Chief Of The Race:* Jimmy Fennig (Crew Chief, Matt Kenseth)
*Mobil1 Oil Driver Of The Race:* Denny Hamlin
*USG Improving The Finish Award:* Denny Hamlin, +27 Spots

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