18 February 2019 07:31

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Denny Hamlin cruises to 2nd Daytona 500 victory, honors late car owner J.D. Gibbs

It's the post-Watergate Seventies and two maverick G-Men (Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany) are going out on a limb by utilising the latest psychological research to get inside the heads of a motley assembly of real-life sociopathic murders – including the notorious "Co-Ed" butcher Ed Kemper, brought chillingly to live in an Emmy-nominated performance by Cameron Britton. Amy Polinsky accused her commentator husband Corey Graves of cheating on her with WWE superstar Carmella in a since-deleted Instagram post Polinsky also shared screenshots of a series of text message exchanges she had with Graves, whose real name is Matthew Polinsky (left). Wrecks cause late-race chaos, delays before Denny Hamlin wins Daytona 500 in OT – There have been eight Daytona 500s where only one car finished on the lead lap. After a series of late wrecks, it felt like the 61st running of NASCAR's season-opening — and biggest — race would be the ninth before things finally settled down at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday night with Denny Hamlin claiming his second Daytona 500. Nineteen cars in the 40-car field were able to complete the overtime period that stretched the race an extra 17.5 miles, but Sunday's chaos saw the fewest number of cars finish the Daytona 500 since 18 were left in 1985.

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Denny Hamlin wins Daytona 500 in 1-2-3 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing

"It's incredible to me how many times we were able to crash in the last 10 laps," said Jamie McMurray, a former Daytona 500 champion who was collected in the final wreck of the night. "Brains come unglued," said Kyle Busch, who finished second as he sought his first Daytona 500 win. "We were in a great spot to contend for the win and just all hell broke loose," said Byron, who finished 21st after he was knocked out for good on the final wreck. Johnson, who had a new crew chief (Kevin Meendering) atop his pit box, went two laps down as his fuel hose was left exposed and swayed like a bobblehead the rest of the race. "Getting those two laps back, working on the car multiple times, multiple crashes, for a first true race together as a group, a really, really brilliant day," Johnson said.


DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — Denny Hamlin held on to the lead after a two-lap restart to win his second Daytona 500 and beat Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Erik Jones to the finish. The win comes in the first Cup Series race after JGR co-founder J.D. Gibbs' death. Joe Gibbs called it the most emotional win and the biggest of his career in sports, including his two Super Bowl titles with the Washington Redskins. The victory also comes three years after Hamlin won his first Daytona 500. Coincidentally, Truex is now a Joe Gibbs Racing teammate of Hamlin's and was the only team car not to finish in the top three.

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Denny Hamlin (11) celebrates after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Hamlin's 2016 Daytona win was Wheeler's first race as his crew chief. Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sun., Feb. 17, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Getty — Denny Hamlin came to the Daytona 500 determined to honor his late car owner with a victory. Hamlin won NASCAR's biggest race for the second time in four years Sunday, leading JGR in a 1-2-3 sweep of the podium in overtime. J.D. Gibbs helped his father start the race team, ran it while Joe Gibbs was coaching the Washington Redskins, was a tire changer on the team's first Daytona 500 victory and the one who discovered Hamlin during a test session at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Kyle Busch and Erik Jones finished second and third as JGR became the second team in NASCAR history to sweep the Daytona 500 podium.

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But he reiterated the JGR and Toyota goal of working together to win the race and noted he didn't have much of a shot at beating Hamlin because the field had been decimated by a flurry of late accidents. Hamlin and Busch alternated as the leaders during the handful of late restarts, and the final rush to the checkered flag was a push to hold off Ford driver and reigning NASCAR champion Joey Logano. "As bad as I want to win it, it is pretty cool to think that the first race after his passing, to see those guys one, two, three, it just says he's up there watching and maybe gave (those) guys a little extra boost there at the end." The race featured eight drivers making their Daytona 500 debuts and rookie Ryan Preece, a short track racer from New England, was best in class with an eighth-place finish. Hamlin last year suffered through his first winless season in the Cup Series and made a crew chief change during the offseason. Hamlin's first Daytona 500 victory was in a photo finish against Martin Truex Jr. and the celebration was a blur.

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"I think I was so dumbfounded about everything that happened the first time with the photo finish and everything," Hamlin said.