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February 18, 2020

NASCAR: Denny Hamlin edges Ryan Blaney in Daytona 500

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Photo: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #47 Kroger Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

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Photo: Justin Allgaier, driver of the #7 BRANDT Chevrolet, Josh Williams, driver of the #92 Sleep Well/Harkin Construction Chevrolet, and Brandon Brown, driver of the #68 Larry’s Lemonade Chevrolet, during the running of the NASCAR Xfinity Series NASCAR Racing Experience 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Credit: C. Tilton/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., February 17, 2020 — With the car of Ryan Newman sliding upside-down trailing sparks behind him, Denny Hamlin joined elite company on Monday night in the second-closest finish in Daytona 500 history.

Hamlin beat Ryan Blaney to the finish line at Daytona International Speedway by .014 seconds, while the driver of the No. Eleven celebrated with a burnout on the infield grass. The emergency crew worked to extricate Newman from his No. 6 Ford, which came to rest on its roof at the end of the tri-oval.

Hamlin—unaware of Newman’s predicament when he started his burnout—went to a subsequent subdued Victory Lane celebration as the winner of two straight Daytona 500s and three of the last five. It tied him for third with Bobby Allison, Dale Jarrett and Jeff Gordon in the number of victories in the Great American Race.

• NASCAR Cup Series Race - 62nd Annual DAYTONA 500, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida. Sunday, February 16, 2020. Top 20:

  1. Denny Hamlin, Toyota
  2. Ryan Blaney, Ford
  3. Chris Buescher, Ford
  4. David Ragan, Ford
  5. Kevin Harvick, Ford
  6. Clint Bowyer, Ford
  7. Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet
  8. Corey LaJoie, Ford
  9. Ryan Newman, Ford
  10. Kyle Larson, Chevrolet
  11. John Hunter Nemechek, Ford
  12. Austin Dillon, Chevrolet
  13. Justin Haley, Chevrolet
  14. Michael McDowell, Ford
  15. Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet
  16. Brennan Poole, Chevrolet
  17. Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
  18. Erik Jones, Toyota
  19. Matt DiBenedetto, Ford
  20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet

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