Matt Kenseth led the most laps in the Daytona 500 -- but a third Harley J. Earl trophy wasn't meant to be in 2013.
After taking command at the point for the fourth time on Sunday afternoon, he led his 86th lap when he fell off the pace and turned over the lead to Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin.
"We're getting ready to blow up," said Kenseth, who initially thought it was a drive-train issue. "It's vibrating and smoking. Other than that, everything is good."
That's when JGR's fortune began to change. While Hamlin led the pack on Lap 151 and Kenseth's crew pushed the No. 20 Toyota into the garage, teammate Kyle Busch pulled on to pit road and the team immediately put the hood up. Three laps later, Busch followed Kenseth into the garage.
"Just broke something inside the motor," said Busch, who finished 34th. There (are) pieces that are supposed to stay together and they didn't stay together. I hate it for this whole team. These guys -- they do a great job and work too hard, ...