Daytona 500 Review
It’s been 23 years since Joe Gibbs Racing Team has won the the Daytona 500. Four drivers had the power to put an end to this prolonged stretch. So when Matt Kenseth took the white flag, Denny Hamlin was determined to help his teammate get to victory lane. But this move actually turned into Hamlin’s favor. It led to the closest finish in Nascar history. Here is FanPicks Daytona 500 Review final standing.
The decision to jump out of line to block charge from Kevin Harvick was beneficial for Hamlin. Harvick gave Hamlin the push to catch Kenseth from the outside lane. Kenseth lost steam trying to block, giving Hamlin the opportunity to wedge in between his Joe Gibbs teammate and Martin Truex Jr. As Kenseth started falling back, it came down between Hamlin and Truex in the last stretch. An amazing finish ensued, with both drivers side-by-side in a photo finish for the ages.
Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag by 0.010 seconds over Martin Truex Jr, giving him his first Daytona win in 10 tries. It puts an end to his JGR team drought, and gives Toyota a win for the first time in the Great American Race. In fact, Toyota took down the entire Podium, with Truex taking second place and Kyle Busch finishing third.
The JGR team planned this race perfectly with 3 of its 4 drivers finishing in the top 5. The only one outside of it, Matt Kenseth, ended in 14th position. He still led the race for 40 laps.
Pole winner, Chase Elliott, & fan favorite, Dale Earnhardt Jr, both finish in the back of the pack after their car took damages. Elliott spunned out of control and his front end of the car took a hit over a patch of grass. Earnhardt got into a similar accident after exiting the turn. He slid down and ended smashing the wall. A bitter disappointment for him, who was trying to win his third Daytona
All-and-all, this year’s Daytona 500 proved as exciting as ever and start the Nascar season with force.