As is usual in Super Speedway pack type racing things were pretty much uneventful in the early stages of the race. There was the occasional mishap including an early spin that took out race pole sitter rookie Chase Elliott. Fan favorite and predicted by many to win the race Dale Earnhardt Jr. also spun out and crashed on lap 184 ending his chances of winning the race.
The last 20 or so laps of the race was the usual frieght train with the JGR Toyota team in line on the bottom of the track with Logano and Kevin Harvick trying to make the top of the track work but it just wasn’t happening for them.
In the last lap though things got exciting as Denny Hamlin jumped to the top line of cars in front of Kevin Harvick, one of the better pushing drivers in this type of pack racing. Hamlin tried passing race leader and fellow JGR teammate Matt Kenseth but he threw a block on him moving up the track. Hamlin decided he needed to go so he bumped into Kenseth’s car moving it up the track and out of his way.
While this was going on Martin Truex Jr. moved into the lead but couldn’t hold off the charging Hamlin and it was door to door racing as they crossed the line in what was the closet finish ever to the Daytona 500 race at just 0.010 with Hamlin taking the win.
Truex Jr. finished second with Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards rounding out the top 5 finishers. It was also the first win in the Daytona 500 for car manufacturer Toyota.
NASCAR Week-1 Winners
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:
2/13 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway FOX 8 p.m. Winner- Denny Hamlin
2/14 DAYTONA 500 Qualifying at Daytona International Speedway FOX1 p.m. Pole Winner- Chase Elliott
2/18 Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway FS1 7 p.m. Winners: Race 1-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Race2- Kyle Busch
2/21DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway FOX 1 p.m. Winner Denny Hamlin
NASCAR XFINITY Series:
2/20 Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway FS1 3:30 p.m. Winner- Chase Elliott
Camping World Truck Series:
2/19 NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway FS1 7:30 p.m. Winner- Johnny Sauter