Until Sunday, Denny Hamlin hadn't won a NASCAR Cup Series race since September of 2017. His first outing with new crew chief Chris Gabehart sent the duo to Victory Lane and Hamlin is on the select list of drivers with multiple wins in "The Great American Race".
With just 10 laps to go in the 2019 Daytona 500, driver Paul Menard made an error and sparked a major multi-car wreck that impacted 21 drivers. Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will round out the top five. For Hamlin's entire Cup Series career, he's boasted the No. 11-also J.D.'s number-on both doors, and on Sunday, he wore his friend's name on the side of the auto in remembrance of the 49-year-old who lost his life to a degenerative neurological disease.
Ryan Preece battled a variety of factors in his bid to upset the traditional powers of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the closing stages of his first Daytona 500.Making his debut in the. It brought out a red flag that stopped the race to clean up the wreck.
"He's got two, I got none, but that's all part of it". "We are desperately going to miss him for the rest of our lives, but his legacy still lives on through Joe Gibbs Racing and we're proud to do this for them".
Busch led the way with a lap of 200.285 miles per hour (44.936 seconds). "He had offers for other people to put in it but he said he really thought if he kept me in it, he would make his money back".
"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".
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Were the refs bad? "I used to get into it with him steady", McHale said as the broadcast came back from commercial. Despite that run, everything feels just a bit off with the preseason favorite in the Eastern Conference.
It was his second victory in the race in four years, according The Associated Press. Let's break the race down in our Daytona 500 preview.
"It's awesome to see a JGR auto in Victory Lane for Joe and J.D. and everything that's kind have gone on this offseason". "As bad as I want to win it, it is pretty cool to think that the first race after his passing, to see those guys one, two, three, it just says he's up there watching and maybe gave (those) guys a little extra boost there at the end".
Ty Dillon was sixth in the highest-finishing Chevrolet.
A 21-car collision has marred the final stages of the Daytona 500, sidelining a number of key contenders and forcing the race to be suspended for almost 30 minutes as debris was cleaned up.
Jamie McMurray, the 2010 victor, led six laps and was in the mix until he was collected in one of the late accidents. Hendricks Motorsports teammates William Byron and Alex Bowman sit on the front row, though they're both still considered long shots at 40-1 and 30-1, respectively. In 19 career races at Daytona, his average finish position is 17th, so there are far better values to win it all than the 8-1 premium he's commanding.
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