Denny Hamlin stayed ahead of three wrecks in the final 17 laps — including a massive 21-car wreck 10 laps from the originally scheduled finish — to hold on for an overtime win in Sunday’s 61st edition of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.
Hamlin won his second Great American Race in the last four years. In addition, it was a 1-2-3 Joe Gibbs Racing finish, as Kyle Busch ended up second, followed by Erik Jones. Joey Logano and Michael McDowell finished fourth and fifth.
“What happened here is really unreal,” Joe Gibbs said to Fox Sports after the race, referring to the memory of his son J.D., who passed away last month. “I’m emotionally shot …. I’m just saying, what happened here is really unreal. …. I think JD had the best view of everything.”
Added Hamlin to Fox, “The whole family, they’ve done so much for me over the course of my career. This one’s for JD. We’re desperately going to miss him for the rest of our lives. His legacy still lives on through Joe Gibbs Racing.”
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