Sunday, February 21, 2016

Denny Hamlin Wins the Daytona 500

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 by .01 seconds over Martin Truex Jr. on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.

The finish was the closest in Daytona 500 history, decided by less than four inches.

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Hamlin took the white flag in fourth place, and he muscled his way up to the lead over the final lap.  After making contact with teammate Matt Kenseth in turn 4, Hamlin had enough momentum to get past Truex at the end.

“I can’t even figure out what I did, it all just came together,” Hamlin said.  “I don’t know where that came from, or what happened.”

Hamlin and his fellow Toyota Racing drivers ran up front for most of the race, and Hamlin said he wouldn’t have been able to win without that strategy.

“This was a team victory.  This wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for Toyotas sticking together all race long.  So happy to get this victory for Joe Gibbs Racing.”

Truex Jr. was the leader 20 feet from the finish line.  Truex said he thought he could hold off the run from Hamlin.

“I did all I thought I could do,” Truex said.  “He just drafted me and I should have run him up a little bit more, but I thought we were close enough to keep that foot or so.  We lost it at the last second.”

Unofficial results:
1. Denny Hamlin
2. Martin Truex Jr.
3. Kyle Busch
4. Kevin Harvick
5. Carl Edwards
6. Joey Logano
7. Kyle Larson
8. Regan Smith
9. Austin Dillon
10. Kurt Busch
11. Ryan Newman
12. Aric Almirola
13. Kasey Kahne
14. Matt Kenseth
15. Michael McDowell
16. Jimmie Johnson
17. Jamie McMurray
18. Paul Menard
19. Ryan Blaney
20. Brad Keselowski
21. AJ Allmendinger
22. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
23. Landon Cassill
24. Brian Scott
25. Ty Dillon
26. Brian Vickers
27. Michael Annett
28. Trevor Bayne
29. David Ragan
30. Michael Waltrip
31. Bobby Labonte
32. Casey Mears
33. Clint Bowyer
34. Greg Biffle
35. Danica Patrick
36. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
37. Chase Elliott
38. Robert Richardson
39. Chris Buescher
40. Matt DiBenedetto

Photo courtesy Sarah Crabill/Getty Images

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