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Lap-by-Lap: Daytona

July 10, 2012, , NASCAR.com

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Lap 160 -- CHECKERED FLAG: Tony Stewart scoots free of the field with help from Kasey Kahne and takes the win as all heck breaks loose behind him coming off Turn 4. Involved in a huge accident are Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Terry Labonte, Aric Almirola, Jamie McMurray, Travis Kvapil and others.

Lap 159 -- Tony Stewart has help from Kasey Kahne, and they're challenging Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle to the inside.

Lap 158 -- One lap to go to the green at the flagstand. The field is entering Turn 3 now.

Lap 153 -- The accident appears to have been triggered when Denny Hamlin got out of shape entering the first turn.

Lap 152 -- YELLOW FLAG: There's a big wreck going into Turn 1. Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Trevor Bayne, David Gilliland, Juan Montoya, Marcos Ambrose, Dave Blaney, Clint Bowyer and several others are involved. This is the event's fifth caution.

Lap 151 -- Matt Kenseth pulls even with Tony Stewart for the race lead in Turn 3. He's got Greg Biffle shoving him hard.

Lap 150 -- Ten laps to go. Kyle Busch has been told to shut his fans off and go for it!

Lap 149 -- Matt Kenseth goes to a third line on the outside, with help from teammate Greg Biffle.

Lap 148 -- GREEN FLAG: Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are the top five on the restart. Hamlin isn't making any progress on the high side,

Lap 144 -- YELLOW FLAG: The race's fourth caution is out for Brad Keselowski's mishap on the backstretch.

Lap 143 -- Greg Biffle is still pushing Matt Kenseth, who is running in seventh place.

Lap 142 -- It's now Brad Keselowski at the front of the third lane of traffic on the outside of the track.

Lap 141 -- Matt Kenseth is going after Tony Stewart for the lead, but he doesn't have much help from teammate Greg Biffle.

Lap 140 -- Twenty laps to go. The field is stacked three wide several rows back. Wowser! Greg Biffle shoves Matt Kenseth clear of the fray.

Lap 139 -- Matt Kenseth is leading a third lane of traffic back in 10th place.

Lap 137 -- Tony Stewart is doing everything he can to hug the yellow line at the bottom of the track, so no one can go underneath him.

Lap 136 -- Juan Montoya has been trying to work the very highest line around the track for a good while tonight, but it's not working for him.

Lap 135 -- Casey Mears is rim riding the race track in Turns 3 and 4.

Lap 134 -- Jimmie Johnson and Bill Elliott are officially out of the race due to the accident less than 10 laps ago.

Lap 133 -- Clint Bowyer is now at the head of the outside line. He's shown in sixth place.

Lap 132 -- The intensity is noticeably picking up with less than 30 laps to go.

Lap 131 -- GREEN FLAG: The top five are Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and Marcos Ambrose. Greg Biffle has to start at the rear of the field for pitting too early. Stewart comes out on top in a scramble for the top spot.

Lap 127 -- The leaders are on pit road. Tony Stewart shoots out of his pit stall and very nearly spins out.

Lap 125 -- YELLOW FLAG: Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Regan Smith, Joey Logano, Michael Waltrip, Bill Elliott and others are involved in an accident off Turn 4. Greg Biffle had just pitted when the caution came out.

Lap 123 -- Matt Kenseth has dominated tonight, but don't give him the trophy just yet. To finish first, first you've got to finish!

Lap 120 -- Expect one more round of pit stops. Forty laps to go.

Lap 119 -- The first six or seven cars are single file.

Lap 117 -- There's a third line trying to form back in the pack.

Lap 116 -- The field flashes past the heavily damaged car of Sam Hornish Jr.

Lap 115 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. has dropped all the way back to 14th place, fourth in line on the outside.

Lap 113 -- Kyle Busch wants Denny Hamlin to stay with him in the draft, but so far, that's not happening enough to suit Busch.

Lap 112 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is dropping back on the outside.

Lap 110 -- Fifty laps to go. Brad Keselowski is in 15th place in his damaged race car.

Lap 109 -- Jimmie Johnson is back in the middle. A third line of traffic appears to be forming.

Lap 108 -- Jimmie Johnson tries the middle of the track, but he, too, sneaks back up top.

Lap 107 -- There's a report from Turn 3 that one of the cars is smoking. Race director David Hoots is asking inspectors to check.

Lap 106 -- Juan Montoya is caught in the middle for a brief second, but he's able to scoot to the high lane.

Lap 104 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is again at the head of the outside lane of traffic, and again, it doesn't appear to be working very well. Peddle harder, Junior!

Lap 103 -- After starting from the rear of the field, Tony Stewart is now in seventh place.

Lap 101 -- Kurt Busch won Friday's Nationwide Series with a damaged race car, but it doesn't look like he's going to be able to duplicate the feat this time around.

Lap 100 -- If this was Friday night's Nationwide Series race, Matt Kenseth would be your winner! Instead, there are sixty laps to go.

Lap 99 -- The field is stacked three wide back in the pack.

Lap 98 -- Carl Edwards is now side by side with Jeff Gordon for third place.

Lap 97 -- Carl Edwards very briefly gets a nose to the front of the field on the outside lane, but he can't maintain his momentum.

Lap 96 -- GREEN FLAG: Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards are the leaders on the restart. The scramble is to get to the inside line. There's contact in the field, but everybody maintains control. Kenseth is the leader at the end of the lap.

Lap 95 -- Denny Hamlin also sustained some light damage in the mishap, but he's not pitting.

Lap 92 -- Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart are on pit road. The hood goes up on Kahne's car.

Lap 91 -- YELLOW FLAG: Kurt Busch, Trevor Bayne, Bobby Labonte and others are involved in an accident in Turns 3 and 4. The race's second caution was triggered when Busch tried to squeeze through the middle of traffic.

Lap 90 -- The top five on the leaderboard are Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards.

Lap 89 -- The right-rear quarter is very loose on Brad Keselowski's car.

Lap 88 -- Brad Keselowski may be dragging a brace on the race track. Officials are still checking it out.

Lap 87 -- NASCAR officials are checking the damage on the right rear of Brad Keselowski's car.

Lap 86 -- GREEN FLAG: Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch are the leaders on the restart. Biffle doesn't get a very good start and can't slide down to help Kenseth.

Lap 83 -- Luckily, no one looks to have been injured in the pit road incident between Ryan Newman and Brad Keselowski.

Lap 82 -- The leaders are pitting under the yellow flag. Brad Keselowski and Ryan Newman make hard contact on pit road. The mishap was triggered when Newman and Jeff Gordon made contact, spinning Newman into Keselowski's car in its stall.

Lap 81 -- YELLOW FLAG: Sam Hornish Jr. has spun off Turn 2 after apparently blowing a tire. This is the event's first caution.

Lap 80 -- Halfway. Richard Childress Racing teammates Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard and Jeff Burton are on pit road.

Lap 79 -- The leaders are about to lap a small line of cars.

Lap 77 -- Pit stops should be taking place fairly soon.

Lap 76 -- NASCAR has given teams permission to use an extra person over the wall during pit stops to clean the windshield and assist the driver if needed.

Lap 75 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s charge on the outside has stalled out for the time being. He's listed in fifth place.

Lap 73 -- Paul Menard's car has developed a vibration in his seat while going through the turns.

Lap 72 -- Trevor Bayne swings high on the track in Turns 3 and 4, and gets gobbled up in the process.

Lap 70 -- Jamie McMurray is chugging along behind Dale Earnhardt Jr., and they're still moving the outside line to the front.

Lap 69 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is making up some ground on the leaders in the outside line. He's up to about fourth place.

Lap 67 -- Kurt Busch is right behind brother Kyle, who's running in sixth place, in the draft.

Lap 66 -- Brad Keselowski, David Ragan and Tony Stewart are running by themselves in 31st, 32nd and 33rd, respectively.

Lap 64 -- Leader Greg Biffle's first Cup victory came in the summer race here at Daytona in 2003.

Lap 63 -- Michael Waltrip is stuck in the middle of the pack, but he has Jimmie Johnson right behind him.

Lap 62 -- Kurt Busch and Jamie McMurray are side by side for seventh place.

Lap 60 -- TNT just showed Leonard Wood talking to a team member, and the guy replies, "Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Yes, sir." What else are you going to say to that kind of legend?

Lap 59 -- The top five are Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Lap 56 -- The last time around, cars were all over the place. How in the world did they not get tangled up?

Lap 55 -- Single file is out the window. There's a huge scramble in the top 10!

Lap 51 -- The first six cars are single file, with double-file racing further back in the field.

Lap 50 -- Matt Kenseth's car is overheating.

Lap 49 -- Greg Biffle has a big push from Matt Kenseth on the outside, and he takes the lead through Turns 1 and 2.

Lap 46 -- Matt Kenseth, who dominated early, is now sixth on the leaderboard.

Lap 45 -- After the cycle of stops, the top five are Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Lap 43 -- Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Bill Elliott, Trevor Bayne and others are on pit road.

Lap 42 -- Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Jamie McMurray and others are making their stops.

Lap 41 -- Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick and others are on pit road.

Lap 40 -- The first 10 cars are now single file. Kurt Busch is the first car to the outside.

Lap 38 -- There are four Daytona 500 victories amongst the top five right now.

Lap 37 -- The top five is currently Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Bill Elliott, Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman.

Lap 35 -- Sam Hornish Jr. has worked his way up to 19th place.

Lap 34 -- Look for pit stops in the next 10 laps or so.

Lap 33 -- From seventh and eighth place on back through most of the field, cars are running side by side as if they were on a parade lap.

Lap 31 -- Jeff Gordon is having an issue with his water temperature overheating.

Lap 29 -- Third-place Bill Elliott made his first start at Daytona on July 4 ... 1976.

Lap 27 -- Michael Waltrip and Brad Keselowski are the first two cars running side by side. They're in seventh and eighth place.

Lap 25 -- From Kyle Busch's audio, it sounds like someone has an open mic.

Lap 24 -- Kyle Busch is not able to hear his spotter. In-camera footage shows him trying to check his radio connections.

Lap 22 -- The first 14 cars are separated by less than a second.

Lap 21 -- Bill Elliott is in third place. If he could somehow manage to win ... holy cow. What a popular victory that would be!

Lap 20 -- The first eight cars are single file, all the way back to Kyle Busch.

Lap 19 -- We apologize for the technical difficulties. Matt Kenseth has been the leader since the green flag.

7:43 p.m. ET -- Race director David Hoots asks if the drivers are ready to participate. They are!

7:41 p.m. ET -- Florida State legend and two-time national champion football coach Bobby Bowden gives a new twist to the traditional pre-race command with a hearty, "Drivers, start your dad-gum engines!"

7:36 p.m. ET -- Sam Hornish Jr. has arrived at the race track.

7:33 p.m. ET -- Four Medal of Honor recipients are presented to the crowd. They are ordinary men who did extraordinary things.

7:23 p.m. ET -- Sam Hornish Jr.'s plane from Charlotte is scheduled to land in Daytona at 7:25 p.m. ET, with the command to fire engines scheduled to come at 7:41 p.m. ET. If for some reason Hornish doesn't make it here in time, Kenny Wallace will drive the No. 22 Penske Racing car.

7:15 p.m. ET -- Fifteen minutes until the start of the invocation and national anthem.

7:02 p.m. ET -- Bill Elliott just said on TNT's awesome "NASCAR Generations" segment that when he left pit road to make a qualifying lap that wound up at more than 210 mph, he didn't think he was coming back. Wow.

6:53 p.m. ET -- Tony Stewart was just presented a carburetor by TNT's studio crew. For the guy who has everything ...

6:39 p.m. ET -- For the full story on AJ Allmendinger, check out David Caraviello's story here.

6:38 p.m. ET -- AJ Allmendinger will not participate in Saturday night's race. Sam Hornish Jr. is reportedly making his way back to Daytona to drive Allmendinger's Penske Racing entry.

6:28 p.m. ET -- Tony Stewart had his qualifying effort disallowed when inspectors discovered an open cooling hose under the cockpit of his car. It's the same infraction found on Austin Dillon's entry prior to Friday's Nationwide Series event. Stewart starts 42nd in Saturday night's 43-car field.

10:14 a.m. ET -- Matt Kenseth collected the pole for Saturday's Sprint Cup race at Daytona with a lap of 192.386 mph. Ryan Newman was just a tick slower, and will start second. Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle and Jeff Gordon are third through fifth, while Bill Elliott, Casey Mears, AJ Allmendinger, Brad Keselowski and Marcos Ambrose round out the top 10.

Robert Richardson Jr. was the only driver who failed to qualify for the event.