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NASCAR

Feb 19 - 2020
Read Time 2 Min

Hamlin Drives to Third Daytona 500 Win

February 19, 2020, Denny Hamlin had the dominant car and drove to his third Daytona 500 victory in the last five years with a double-overtime win on Monday. Hamlin Drives to Third Daytona 500 Win
Denny Hamlin had the dominant car and drove to his third Daytona 500 victory in the last five years with a double-overtime win on Monday. It was also Toyota’s third win in the Great American Race and second-consecutive Daytona 500 victory.

Mother Nature won on Sunday after 20 laps with the Daytona 500 postponed to Monday. Hamlin went on to lead 79 of 209 laps on his way to his second consecutive season-opening victory in what was the second-closest finish in the race’s history.
February 19, 2020, Hamlin went on to lead 79 of 209 laps on his way to his second consecutive season-opening victory in what was the second-closest finish in the race’s history.

“I don’t even know what to say, so unexpected,” said Hamlin. “I knew they were going to come with a big run there. My job was to just make sure I didn’t put a block up where they would wreck me so I could make it to another corner. Proud of this whole FedEx team, Toyota, Coke, the Jordan brand. It’s great to have my girls here and the team celebrating back-to-back. I can’t even tell you what it means to me.”

Denny Hamlin
Hamlin was the only Toyota that remained unscathed throughout the race as Christopher Bell, Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr. all were involved in various incidents and Kyle Busch was forced to retire the race early due to issues with his car. 
February 19, 2020, Kyle Busch was forced to retire the race early due to issues with his car.

“Overall, it’s just a shame. I really hate it for all my guys. I really hate it for Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Busch. “You come off pit road after the final pit stop and you are leading the thing – it’s kind of your shot to win. All you have to do is make sure that you can keep everyone else behind you. We’ve been in that spot I don’t know how many times, and I guess we will just keep going down in history of finding new ways to lose it.”

Kyle Busch

The NASCAR Cup Series will race next at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, February 23.