Hamlin survives multiple late wrecks to win second Daytona 500

It had been an odd Speedweeks for Denny Hamlin.

Busch led the way with a lap of 200.285 miles per hour (44.936 seconds).

"It was cool because by the time we got there, Joe had already had his group there", Hamlin told For The Win on Monday morning at the champion's breakfast event.

Joey Logano and Michael McDowell rounded out the top-five. Busch settled for a runner-up spot and left Daytona International Speedway second-guessing everything that unfolded down the stretch.

"We really didn't have to do much to the vehicle honestly".

The track is expecting attendees from over 45 different countries to be on site on Sunday for "The Great American Race' and spectators from all 50 US States". He said he wanted to execute a similar deal with Logano on a previous restart, a request that was denied.

"Kind of amusing how it swaps back and forth a little bit, but it is what it is", Busch said.

The native of Chesterfield, Virginia, who was sponsored by FedEx Express, was the 2016 Daytona 500 champion; he won what was the closest finish in race history, barely edging Martin Truex Jr. Gibbs, Joe Gibbs' eldest son who died last month after battling a degenerative neurological disease.

He delivered with a storybook tribute for Joe Gibbs Racing. The team and the television network recognized Gibbs during the 11th lap of the race.

Gibbs' favorite number was 11, the auto number Hamlin has driven for the team since 2005.

Hamlin edged out his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch in overtime for his second career Daytona 500 win. Hamlin's charity had said it would donate $111 to the J.D. Gibbs Legacy Fund for each lap he led.

Hamlin predicted a long night of celebrating.

DiBenedetto, who held the lead for 49 laps in his first race for his new team, refused to blame Menard for the wreck.

"The Big One" came late in the Daytona 500. So the team leaves Daytona with plenty to celebrate.

In fact, JGR had the best day of anyone at the track with two of its Toyota Camrys also rounding out the top three.

"Certainly bittersweet", Busch said. That's something you typically don't see a lot of, where guys can move and pass by themselves.

"You know, it is what it is".


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