Daytona 500 red-flagged at lap 160 after Juan Pablo Montoya crashes into jet dryer vehicle causing track fire
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DAYTONA BEACH -- The Daytona 500 race has been red-flagged at lap 160 the result of Juan Pablo Montoya crashing his car into a jet dryer vehicle during a caution lap and resuilting in a fire.
Lap 160 -- RED FLAG: The jet dryer and track are still in flames. Dave Blaney is the leader, with Landon Cassill in second place, Tony Raines third and David Gilliland fourth.
Lap 160 -- Juan Montoya's car has hit one of the jet dryers, and the truck is engulfed in flames in Turn 3.
Lap 159 -- The leaders are on pit road. Several take two tires only.
Lap 157 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 7: David Stremme blows an engine and then spins in front of a small pack of traffic. Fortunately, he is the only car involved.
Lap 154 -- Incredibly, the first 15 cars are separated by less than a second.
Lap 153 -- Elliott Sadler's car is very slow going into Turn 1.
Lap 151 -- Those first five cars are back in a nose-to-tail formation.
Lap 150 -- Fifty laps to go. The top five is currently Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle, Casey Mears and Kevin Harvick.
Lap 147 -- The intensity is picking up big time. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has moved into second place behind Matt Kenseth.
Lap 145 -- The single file up front is gone. Joey Logano begins the lap as the leader, but Matt Kenseth moves to the high side to take the advantage coming off the last corner.
Lap 143 -- Denny Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano shuffles into the lead.
Lap 142 -- Denny Hamlin is still the leader, but he's got company from Matt Kenseth and a big pack of traffic just behind him.
Lap 138 -- Denny Hamlin has taken over the lead from Greg Biffle.
Lap 136 -- Marcos Ambrose gets shuffled out of position to the high side.
Lap 134 -- The first 11 cars are single file, but they won't stay that way as the laps begin to wind down even more. Lap 133 -- Greg Biffle gets help from Denny Hamlin to take the lead from Mark Martin coming off Turn 4.
Lap 132 -- GREEN FLAG: Mark Martin, David Stremme and Tony Stewart are the leaders because they did not stop with most of the lead pack. Regan Smith is fourth. Let it rain now and give Martin the trophy!
Lap 131 -- The rest of the leaders are on pit road. Elliott Sadler pits again, and cars scramble to avoid him.
Lap 130 -- Although pit road is still closed, Jeff Burton gives up fourth place to take on fuel and tires. He will have to start from the rear of the field. Elliott Sadler also pits.
Lap 129 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 6: Just as Tony Stewart pits, the caution comes out for Clint Bowyer's stalled car in Turn 2. Stewart will more than likely assume the lead when the race goes back to green.
Lap 127 -- Clint Bowyer is off the pace big time. He was running in fifth place. He misses pit road, and is coasting around the apron of the track, reportedly out of gas. Lap 126 -- Aric Almirola is lurking back in sixth place. Could tonight be the night the No. 43 winds up back in Daytona's victory lane? Lap 124 -- Look for pit stops to be starting shortly. Lap 120 -- Denny Hamlin still holds the point, followed closely by Martin Truex Jr., Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton and Clint Bowyer. Lap 119 -- Tony Stewart is sandwiched between Brad Keselowski and a third car in traffic. Lap 116 -- The inside line has been the place to be tonight. at the moment, the first 10 cars are single file to the low side. Lap 112 -- Brad Keselowski is pulling the outside line even with fourth-place Jeff Burton. Lap 110 -- Carl Edwards reports that his fuel pressure seems to be fluctuating. He's currently in 21st place. Lap 108 -- The top five are currently Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton and Clint Bowyer. Lap 104 -- Denny Hamlin has Martin Truex Jr. just behind him in second place. Lap 101 -- In other news, the race is now official. Tony Stewart briefly takes the lead going down the backstretch, but Denny Hamlin jumps under him between Turns 3 and 4 to go to the top of the leaderboard. Lap 100 -- Halfway. Martin Truex Jr. gets a huge boost from Denny Hamlin to take the lead going into Turn 3, and scores the $200,000 bonus. He also led at the halfway point last year. Lap 98 -- Three laps from halfway, and there's a line of single-file traffic behind leader Greg Biffle. Lap 94 -- Greg Biffle is still the leader, but there's one heck of a show going on just behind him! Lap 93 -- The inside and outside lines are door to door, with Greg Biffle slightly out front going into Turn 1. Lap 92 -- GREEN FLAG: Martin Truex Jr., Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne are your leaders when the race pace quickens. Kasey Kahne is trying for a hole shot straight up the middle with help from teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. Lap 90 -- Elliott Sadler is on pit road, but don't look for many other takes with a $200,000 bonus up for grabs in 10 laps. Lap 89 -- Terry Labonte comes onto pit road after getting very briefly stuck in the wet grass of the trioval. Lap 88 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 5: Terry Labonte gets turned off the nose of Marcos Ambrose coming off Turn 4. Lap 87 -- Greg Biffle slips down in front of Terry Labonte, the two-time Cup champion, to retake the lead. Lap 86 -- GREEN FLAG: Terry Labonte is the leader after not pitting. Greg Biffle is to his outside in second place on the restart. Labonte holds the spot all the way around the track. Lap 85 -- Kevin Harvick and Paul Menard top off their fuel supplies. Lap 82 - The leaders are back on pit road. Lap 81 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 4: Jeff Gordon's engine detonates going into Turn 3. He briefly had flames trailing from behind his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Lap 78 -- Martin Truex Jr. had Denny Hamlin behind him for a moment, but Hamlin jumped up top to the lead the group on the high side. Lap 76 -- Martin Truex Jr. is leading the charge to the outside, and he takes the lead from Greg Biffle. Lap 74 -- Jeff Burton is back to sixth place, and he has Martin Truex Jr. to his outside. Lap 72 -- Greg Biffle, Marcos Ambrose, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano are single file up front. Lap 69 -- Matt Kenseth had a big problem on the stop, his car spouting a huge geyser of water. Lap 68 -- GREEN FLAG: Jeff Burton, Greg Biffle, Marcos Ambrose, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch are the leaders on the restart. The rest of the top 10 are Mark Martin, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Gordon, Jamie McMurray and Joey Logano. Ambrose has a front bumper full of Biffle as they charge into the lead in Turn 3. Lap 66 -- Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and several others pit, mostly for fuel only. Danica Patrick is back on the track. Lap 65 -- Remember folks, there's a $200,000 bonus up for grabs at the halfway point. How will that impact strategy now, if at all? Lap 64 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 3: There's debris being reported in Turn 2. Lap 63 -- Jeff Gordon wrestles the advantage away from Jeff Burton. Lap 62 -- Jeff Gordon is now the leader. Lap 61 -- Tony Stewart is on pit road, basically by himself. He had tried to stop earlier, but was blocked from entering pit lane. Lap 60 -- Jeff Gordon, Dave Blaney, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and others are pitting. Lap 59 -- Most of the rest of the leaders roll down pit road. Lap 58 -- Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, David Reutimann, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Joey Logano and a few others are getting fuel and tires. Lap 57 -- Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray and Juan Montoya are in for service. Lap 56 -- Clint Bowyer, Bobby Labonte and Michael McDowell are pitting. Lap 55 -- Leader Jeff Burton should be coming in for service in another three laps or so. Lap 54 -- Paul Menard and Denny Hamlin drop onto pit road. Menard was third, Hamlin seventh. Lap 51 -- Greg Biffle and Paul Menard are still tucked on the bumper of leader Jeff Burton. The first several cars in line are single file. Lap 49 -- Denny Hamlin is still at the head of the outside line, but he's dueling for sixth place at the moment. Lap 45 -- Denny Hamlin jumps out of line going into Turn 3, but he can't make the move for the lead stick just yet. Lap 44 -- The leaders are beginning to mix it up a little bit. Jeff Burton moves his way to the lead with help from Greg Biffle. Lap 39 -- There are currently 35 cars on the lead lap. Lap 38 -- There's a pack up front, split single- and double-file. Kevin Harvick leads another pack further back. Harvick is shown in 29th place, nearly six seconds behind the leader. Lap 37 -- Here comes Trevor Bayne down pit road. Lap 35 -- Aside from Denny Hamlin, any of the rest of the top six could be considered a surprise winner of the Daytona 500. Lap 33 -- It's now the first six cars in single file -- Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard, Regan Smith, Joey Logano, Jeff Burton and Marcos Ambrose. Lap 32 -- According to Fox's broadcast, the last 10 Daytona 500s have had 10 different winners. Lap 28 -- Trevor Bayne is about to return from the garage. He's currently shown in 39th place, 25 laps down. Lap 26 -- It appears that the frontrunners are content to log some laps for the time being. Lap 25 -- The top seven are Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard, Regan Smith, Joey Logano, Jeff Burton, Marcos Ambrose and Martin Truex Jr. Lap 23 -- Greg Biffle and Martin Truex Jr. are back running neck and neck in their battle for seventh place. Lap 21 -- Martin Truex Jr. and Greg Biffle were the first cars side by side, but Truex clears going into Turn 1. Lap 20 -- The first several cars in line are now single file, but they're all over each other further back in the field. Lap 19 -- Denny Hamlin has pulled clear of the field, and he has Paul Menard in tow. Lap 17 -- GREEN FLAG: Denny Hamlin and Paul Menard did not pit, and they are the leaders on the restart. Hamlin grabs the top spot in the scramble. Lap 14 -- The leaders are hitting pit road. It beats hitting each other! Whoops ... not so fast there. A.J. Allmendinger receives damage in a mishap on pit road and has to be pushed to the garage. Lap 13 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 2: Ryan Newman loops his car on the backstretch. He does not appear to have made contact with anything. Lap 12 -- Carl Edwards pushes Greg Biffle into the lead in Turn 3. Lap 11 -- Regan Smith -- the darkhorse! -- has picked his way to the front! He's now the leader. Lap 10 -- The entire field remains door to door, just like the pace laps. Lap 7 -- GREEN FLAG: Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth lead the field to the restart. Biffle clears for the lead coming back around to the stripe. Lap 5: All drivers have climbed from their cars unassisted. Lap 3 -- David Ragan and Trevor Bayne were also swept up into the accident. Lap 2 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 1: Wow. Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrck, Kurt Busch and others are involved in a crash going into Turn1. The wreck was triggered when Elliott Sadler shoved Johnson coming out of the trioval. Lap 1 -- GREEN FLAG: At long last, the race gets under way at 7:14 p.m. ET. The first few rows remain door to door through Turns 1 and 2. Jamie McMurray is off the pace, looking for a partner. Greg Biffle clears for the lead.
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