A sequence of “Large Ones” marred the end of the Daytona 500, however they paved the best way for an emotional victory for Denny Hamlin and Joe Gibbs Racing.

Hamlin took the surface line for the time beyond regulation restart, bolted into the lead and held off a tough cost from JGR teammates Kyle Busch and Erik Jones, who completed second and third, respectively.

Hamlin took the No. 11 JGR Toyota to victory lane for his 32 profession NASCAR Cup victory, and his second win within the Daytona 500, and it was a storybook approach to honor the late J.D. Gibbs.

Gibbs, a co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing together with his father, legendary former NFL coach Joe Gibbs, died Jan. 11 after a four-year battle with a degenerative neurological illness. He was 49. NASCAR, its groups and Daytona Worldwide Speedway honored Gibbs on lap 11 of the Daytona 500.

After which Hamlin delivered the last word honor.

“J.D.’s title is on that automobile … he discovered Denny. That is emotional for all of us,” Joe Gibbs advised Fox. “I am emotionally shot … what occurred right here is actually unreal … I feel J.D. had the perfect view of all the things.”

“We’re desperately going to overlook him for the remainder of our lives, however his legacy lives on,” Hamlin mentioned.

General, the race featured a stunning variety of lead and place modifications, opposite to pre-race hypothesis. Earlier Speedweeks races at Daytona, together with the 2 Duels on Thursday, featured restricted passing and loads of single-file racing as automobiles took the excessive line across the speedway.

However the backside line on the two.5-mile observe got here in early within the Daytona 500, making issues attention-grabbing.

Whereas there have been 12 cautions, the drivers prevented the seemingly inevitable “Large One” till an 18-car melee broke out with 10 laps remaining in regulation.

The incident started when Paul Menard, who was drafting behind Matt DiBenedetto, acquired him sideways. DiBenedetto, operating fourth, then collected Menard, and the 2 drivers blocked a lot of the observe, gathering many entrance runners who had run extraordinarily nicely all day.

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Nobody was injured within the incident, which concerned 18 automobiles.

After a crimson flag, the drivers restarted with six laps remaining, and on the subsequent lap, hassle erupted once more when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. tried to dive between Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson, however hit each automobiles, taking out a number of drivers.

Then, after a restart with two laps remaining, Clint Bowyer and Michael McDowell bumped and picked up a number of different drivers, together with Chase Elliott and WIlliam Byron.

That arrange the time beyond regulation end, main to Hamlin’s emotional victory.

Rookie Ryan Preece had a terrific run, ending eighth in his sixth profession begin.

DiBenedetto additionally had a terrific run. The 27-year-old driver had led solely 23 mixed laps in his first 140 NASCAR Cup begins. However DiBenedetto led 49 laps within the Leavine Household Racing Toyota.

Byron additionally impressed, because the 21-year-old driver led 45 laps earlier than being concerned in that late crash.

Daytona 500 ending order

1. Denny Hamlin
2. Kyle Busch
three. Erik Jones
four. Joey Logano
5. Michael McDowell
6. Ty Dillon
7. Kyle Larson
eight. Ryan Preece
9. Jimmie Johnson
10. Ross Chastain
11. Alex Bowman
12. Brad Keselowski 
13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
14. Ryan Newman
15. Parker Kligerman
16. Austin Dillon
17. Chase Elliott
18. Corey LaJoie
19. B.J. McLeod
20. Clint Bowyer
21. William Byron
22. Jamie McMurray
23. Brendan Gaughan
24. Landon Cassill
25. Kurt Busch
26. Kevin Harvick
27. Tyler Reddick
28. Matt DiBenedetto
29. Paul Menard
30. David Ragan
31. Ryan Blaney
32. Aric Almirola
33. Daniel Suarez
34. Daniel Hemric
35. Martin Truex Jr.
36. Matt Tifft
37. Chris Buescher
38. Bubba Wallace
39. Cody Ware
40. Casey Mears

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