By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Denny Hamlin won his second Daytona 500 on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. This win snapped a long winless drought dating back to the 2017 Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina.
This is also his second Daytona 500 in four years. Most importantly, this win was dedicated to Joe Gibbs’ son J.D., who lost his life in January.
“I’m going to have a terrible hangover tomorrow, but I’m going to enjoy it the rest of my life,” Hamlin said to FOX Sports’ reporter Jamie Little.
J.D. was the fan, who found Hamlin and gave him his break in NASCAR. Plus, after the win, Hamlin pointed to J.D.’s sticker after the race when he was stopped on the grass.
Hamlin said after the race that this was a rookie crew for him. Chris Gabehart replaced former crew chief Mike Wheeler in the off-season.
Kyle Busch finished second behind his teammate. Busch — who has 51 career wins — has never won a Daytona 500 in his career.
Erik Jones — who is also part of Joe Gibbs Racing — finished third. Toyota was the top manufacturer, as all three finishers were Top 3.
Hamlin led 30 laps, while Busch led 37 laps.
Joey Logano was the first Ford to finish, as he finished fourth. Michael McDowell rounded out the Top 5 in his Ford.
Chevy did not have a finisher until No. 6 when Ty Dillon finished.