This past February, after Denny Hamlin edged Martin Truex Jr. by .010 seconds in the closest finish in DAYTONA 500 history, it got us thinking about other epic DAYTONA 500 finishes. Join us over the next few weeks as we highlight the five closest finishes in 58 years of “The Great American Race.”
Coming in at second-closest is the 2007 DAYTONA 500 – the 49th running of ”The Great American Race”, which saw Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Chevrolet team give owner Richard Childress his second DAYTONA 500 victory and first since Dale Earnhardt’s 1998 triumph.
Harvick, who had won the previous day’s season-opening NASCAR XFINITY Series race, started 34th and led only four laps in the race.
In fact, on the final green-white-checkered restart, Harvick started all the way back in seventh. At the beginning of the final lap, fan-favorite Mark Martin led the field. Martin, who was starting a partial Sprint Cup Series schedule in 2007 in the No. 01 Chevrolet for Ginn Racing, was seeking his first DAYTONA 500 victory in his 23rd start.
As the cars hit the backstretch, Harvick made his move, working his way to the front of the pack with the drafting help of Matt Kenseth. Nose-for-nose out of Turn 3, Harvick nipped Martin at the start/finish line by merely .020 seconds, the closest DAYTONA 500 finish since the famous photo finish in the inaugural race.
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