DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Denny Hamlin gained the Daytona 500 for the second time in 4 years, main a 1-2-Three sweep for Joe Gibbs Racing.
The victory Sunday honored J.D. Gibbs, who died final month after battling a degenerative neurological illness. J.D. Gibbs co-founded the race staff together with his father and found Hamlin.
Hamlin drives the No. 11 — J.D. Gibbs’ quantity when he performed soccer — and his identify is on the Toyota. Hamlin stated when he arrived at Daytona Worldwide Speedway that each the 500 and this season had been devoted to J.D. Gibbs.
The race was stopped twice for almost 40 minutes for a flurry of late accidents — there have been 5 wrecks within the ultimate 20 laps of regulation — and solely 14 automobiles completed on the lead lap.
Hamlin final 12 months suffered via his first winless season within the Cup Sequence and made a crew chief change throughout the offseason. When he gained the 500 in 2016 it was his debut race with crew chief Mike Wheeler, and this victory got here in his first race with Chris Gabehart.