In 2016, he prevailed in the closest finish ever in the Daytona 500, and this Sunday Denny Hamlin won the race that will go down in history as the most chaotic. The weekend race featured two red-flags as well as three wrecks that totalled almost 40 minutes during the last laps in which top drivers competed during the extended race of 207 laps instead of 200 laps.
During the delays, the wave was revived by the sellout crowd. The fourteen drivers that were in the lead remained seated in their parked cars and had a chance to recharge during the chequered flag for the final push. The inside lane was held by Hamlin once the race resumed, right on his tail was Kyle Busch, seeking to win his first ever Great American Race. The 2015 winner, Joey Logano, passed Busch and put some pressure on the leader, but Hamlin held onto the lead.
Hamlin Wins Daytona 500
Even though the race was far more eventful, Hamlin had no hope of a photo-finish even close to the race in 2016 as he held off Martin Truex. Ahead of Busch, Hamlin race over the finish line and Erik Jones, the winner of the Coke Zero 400 Daytona race in 2018, ended in the third position. Hamlin, 38 years old, lives in Richmond and shared after the race how he enjoyed his victory in the Daytona 500.
Daytona 500 History & Name Changes
The Daytona 500 is the most prestigious of the races marked on the NASCAR calendar and the championship points equal to the Monster Energy Cup NASCAR series. The Daytona 500 race is known as The Great American Race and in 2019 takes place at the Daytona Beach in Florida in the United States. The first race ever took place in 1959 and the race distance is 800 km, and it takes place across 200 laps. The race started out as the Inaugural 500 Mile International in 1959, in 1960 the name changed to the Second Annual 500 Mile the name remained the same until it changed in 1991 to the Daytona 500 by STP until 1993. In 2001 the name changed to the Daytona 500 by Dodge and then to Daytona 500 by Toyota in 2007.
Records Set at the Daytona 500
The driver that holds the record for the most wins at the Daytona 500 is Richard Petty who won 7 races during his career. Petty Enterprises holds the record for the most team wins, totalling 9, while the manufacturer that won the most times is Chevrolet.
Daytona 500 Betting
One way for racing enthusiasts to remain part of the action is by placing bets on their favourites. Younger viewers and betters have massively increased over the two past seasons, and huge betting interest is taking place at online and Nevada based casinos. Another seven states now allow sports betting in the USA, and more racing fans can now place bets on races such as the NASCAR Daytona 500.