Denny Hamlin Wins First Daytona 500

Denny Hamlin edged out Martin Truex Jr. by less than a nose to score his first Daytona 500 on Sunday, giving team owner Joe Gibbs his first victory in 23 years. Hamlin managed to chase down teammate Matt Kenseth on the last lap, squeezing by and setting up a photo finish to pass Truex by about 4 feet—or .011 seconds—marking one of the closest finishes in the race’s history. In three of the past four years, the 35-year-old has finished in the top five. He also won the exhibition race last Saturday. “This was a team victory. My teammates did an amazing job all day working together, all the Toyotas,” Hamlin said.