The excitement of the last few laps of the 2016 running of the Daytona 500 made up for the boredom of sitting through a couple of hours of speedway racing. Sure, there was some mind blowing 3 and 4 wide racing and a couple of crashes, but nothing to stir the soul. Until right at the end that it.
Denny Hamlin, who had run strong all race long, began his charge to the front at the beginning of the last lap, using the high groove to pass leader Matt Kenseth. When Kenseth attempted to block, the driver of the yellow Toyota instead ended up battling to keep his car straight. Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. battled to the finish, rubbing fenders most of the way, with Hamlin coming out on top by just six inches, a gap of 0.010 of a second!
This was Denny Hamlin’s first win at the Daytona 500 and also the first win for Toyota at the famed season opener.
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