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.”
Denny Hamlin earned his first DAYTONA 500 victory in the closest finish in the race's storied 58-year history, pushing his No. 11 FedEx Toyota ahead of Martin Truex Jr.'s Furniture Row Toyota at the finish line by one-hundredth of a second (0.010) – the closest finish since NASCAR introduced electronic timing and scoring in 1993.
Hamlin pulled out of line with a lap to go and chased down teammate Matt Kenseth. He staved off Kenseth's block, and wedged between Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr., stayed on the gas for a door-to-door dash to the checkered flag that ended in a photo finish with Truex.
It was the first DAYTONA 500 win for owner Joe Gibbs since Dale Jarrett’s victory in 1993. It also marked Toyota’s first DAYTONA 500 win in its 10th year in the Cup Series.
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