Denny Hamlin wins fiery Daytona 500; women make history in pit crew

Feb 19, 2019, 00:56
Denny Hamlin wins fiery Daytona 500; women make history in pit crew

Busch finished second in "The Great American Race", extending his winless streak to 14 in NASCAR's season opener, and sounded less than thrilled with the way Hamlin handled the final laps at Daytona International Speedway.

Hamlin, Busch and Erik Jones completed a 1-2-3 finish for Gibbs.

Michael McDowell was fifth in a Ford but aggravated Logano by not working with him in the two-lap overtime sprint to the finish.

JD Gibbs, who co-founded the team with his father, died last month after a degenerative neurological disease.

Chastain was one of eight Daytona 500 rookies in the field - and one of two in the top 10.

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The race was placed under a red flag after the wreck.

For that first win 26 years ago, Gibbs said no one knew what they were supposed to do after the race.

Brad Keselowski 8-1 Kevin Harvick 8-1 Joey Logano 8-1 Clint Bowyer 10-1 Denny Hamlin 10-1 Chase Elliott 12-1 Aric Almirola 12-1 Kyle Busch 16-1 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

"I'd much rather see a JGR vehicle in victory lane more than anybody else, so I felt like keeping our strength in numbers lined up was going to be the best we could be".

"It looked like he was trying to get to the middle, so I tried to get to the outside and just barely hooked him", Menard said during the stoppage.

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The official start of the NASCAR season is the Daytona 500, and the 2019 Daytona 500 has many different storylines that racing fans should keep an eye on.

Joe Gibbs Racing and Fox Sports paid tribute to Gibbs early in the race.

He may not spend much time on the Florida farm these days, but with good reason - the eighth-generation watermelon farmer was a 10th-place finisher in the Daytona 500.

Ty Dillon was sixth in the highest-finishing Chevrolet. He lost his ride for Chip Ganassi Racing's Xfinity team following an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on the program's primary sponsor, DC Solar. "It's the most emotional, and the biggest, win I've ever had in my life in anything". Six of the drivers involved had led laps Sunday.

William Byron and Alex Bowman were the youngest front row in race history but had little to show for it after the race.

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At 34 years of age and having spent the last seven seasons as a full-time driver on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Almirola is coming off the best season of his career.

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