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Daytona has lights, meaning NASCAR could stretch the start of the race until late evening. Another Monday run is always a possibility.

“I like prime time,” 2012 Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski tweeted.

Broadcast partner Fox aired a replay of last year’s race, won by Jimmie Johnson. Plenty of fans on Twitter were confused and tweeted along as if the race was live. Deadspin ran some of them under the headline, “Scores Of Idiots Don’t Realize Fox Is Airing Last Year’s Daytona 500.”

Clint Bowyer tweeted “Congrats to @ Jimmie Johnson,” shortly after the No. 48 crossed the finish line.

Johnson responded, “I hear I won the @ Daytona500? Haha!”

As the day dragged into night, driver David Ragan left for a dinner run - in his firesuit.

Kyle Busch was atop the leaderboard when the race was red flagged. Martin Truex Jr. was the first driver out when his car blew an engine on lap 30. The race needed to hit 100 laps (halfway) to become official.

The Daytona 500 winner will be the first driver in the revamped Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field. Danica Patrick, last year’s Daytona pole winner, said at media day that chasing a win in severe weather could change race strategy.

“I can only imagine when there’s a dark cloud rolling in, potential rain, what we might see out there, who can get the win before it rains,” she said.