February 17, 2019
Denny Hamlin wins 61st annual Daytona 500;
Ryan Preece Uses Masterful Driving To Finish 8th In Daytona 500 Debut
By Staff Report NASCAR.com w/RPR headline addition
Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, his second-career victory in the “Great American Race.” The No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was one of only three cars not involved in a wreck throughout the 207 laps.
It was a 1-2-3 sweep for JGR as teammates Kyle Busch in the No. 18 and Erik Jones in the No. 20 finished second and third, respectively. Hamlin led 30 laps en route to his 32nd Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win. It was the first time since Hendrick Motorsports in 1997 that a team swept the top three spots in the Daytona 500.
Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano finished in fourth followed by Michael McDowell, Ty Dillon, Kyle Larson, Ryan Preece, Jimmie Johnson and Ross Chastain rounding out the top 10.
It took NASCAR Overtime, two red flags and three big wrecks in the last 10 laps of the race for Hamlin to reach the finish line.
The ‘The Big One’ unfolded on Lap 189 when the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford of Paul Menard got into the back of Matt DiBenedetto in the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Toyota, spinning him and causing a domino-effect for the cars behind, leaving multiple drivers with no place to evade the incident on the inside and outside lanes.
Multiple cars were involved in the wreck that brought out the 10th caution of the night — Menard, DiBenedetto, Jones, Ryan Blaney, Matt Tifft, Daniel Suarez, Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, Aric Almirola, David Ragan, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Preece, Austin Dillon, Chris Buescher, Daniel Hemric, Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Johnson, William Byron, Ty Dillon, Logano and Larson.
Kyle Busch earned the Stage 1 victory, while Blaney won Stage 2.
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