DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — To paraphrase Darrell Waltrip, boogity, boogity, boogity, we’re back to racing again.
The 56th Daytona 500, delayed for a race record six hours, 22 minutes by stubborn rain and even two tornado warnings, is back underway.
Kyle Busch led the race when it was red-flagged after 38 of the scheduled 200 laps (500 miles) due to stubborn rain and two eventual tornado warnings. Busch began the restarted race under caution and at the front of the field, with Kasey Kahne alongside in second place. The field went green on Lap 46.
The red flag was preceded seven laps earlier after the second caution of the race on Lap 31, caused when Martin Truex Jr.‘s engine let go on his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet, and additional fluid was found down on the track.
After the first caution for Larson’s spin on Lap 23, the first round of pit stops featured drama for Matt Kensethas he was spun into his pit stall. The two-time Daytona 500 champion was facing the wrong direction after what appeared to be contact from Trevor Bayne.
Kurt Busch took the lead off the pit sequence, and exchanged the lead with Hamlin and Paul Menard on the Lap 27 restart. Brother Kyle took over the point several laps later.