Denny Hamlin edges out Martin Truex Jr. in closest Daytona 500 ever: Update
Update: It was simply great and racing lovers didn’t seem to have so good in a long, long time. Denny Hamlin won the closest Daytona 500 in history Sunday, rallying from fourth place on the final lap to beat Martin Truex Jr. in a photo finish by just one-hundredth of a second. It was a fitting finish for a driver who also led the most laps for the day, 95.
What Chase Elliott will be able to accomplish here tonight is something that will be known in coming few hours? But as he has done exceptionally well throughout the season no one is in any doubt that he remains on top of the line to win the race.
There is no denying the fact that not just he is hopeful of his chances tonight, there are many others who believe that he is going to do something big. Chase Elliott already has made history as the youngest driver to capture the pole for the Daytona 500, and he won the warmup race.
Nonetheless winning the warmup and winning the actual race are already two very different things. Everyone is wondering if the Rookie of the Year candidate will be able to win the actual Daytona 500? Elliott won the Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, edging Joey Logano for his first victory at NASCAR’s most famous track. It was the perfect prelude to the Daytona 500 on Sunday. Elliott will start that one on the pole â€” and with a lot tougher competition chasing him.
In the meantime there are some good words for the young racer. “I told Chase on the starting grid, ‘I’m not going to be helping you. Don’t help me,'” Earnhardt said. “‘Don’t worry about where I’m at. If I’m behind you in one of the lines, don’t jump in thinking you’re trying to help me. Do everything you can to keep the lead. Don’t give the lead up no matter what.
“‘I’m going to do what I need to do for me. You do what you need to do for you. You just got to be selfish.'” Elliott, part of a new youth group moving into NASCAR’s elite series, isn’t alone in having to prove his mettle during the biggest race of the year. Ryan Blaney has proven to be fearless in restrictor-plate races, but the 22-year-old had trouble getting other drivers to trust him enough to draft with him last fall at Talladega. Stay tuned for the latest updates.
Here’s the starting lineup for the 2016 Daytona 500:
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
Robert Richardson Jr.
Here’s how to watch the race, including how to watch online:
Date: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016
Start: 1 p.m. Eastern
Where: Daytona Speedway, Daytona, Fla.
Livestream: Fox Sports Go