Denny Hamlin honors late J.D. Gibbs with win in Daytona 500

Joey Logano

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Toyota driver Denny Hamlin won the 500 for the second time in four years, in an emotional victory for Joe Gibbs Racing. Though Busch won this race in 2017, he has not finished higher than 7th in the championship standings in the last five years.

Hamlin said he would soak up his win, and he said he knows he would have a hangover on Monday: "I'm going to hate tomorrow, but I'm going to love the rest of my life". The victory on Sunday was a fine tribute to JD Gibbs, who died last month after battling a degenerative neurological disease.

"The whole [Gibbs] family, they've done so much for me", Hamlin told reporters. "His legacy still lives on through Joe Gibbs Racing and proud to do this for them".

"Just unbelievable to be in this position".

"He meant a lot to me and it's hard for me not getting choked up because I've been choked up about 100 times about it", Hamlin said.

Hamlin said his immediate plan was to party heartily in Daytona Beach.

42 Chevrolet for driver Kyle Larson will drop to the rear of the field for Sunday's Daytona 500 because of a transmission change.

With less than 10 laps to go, Paul Menard and Matt DiBenedetto got tangled and caused the massive pile-up.

Busch had been hoping to win his first 500 in 14 starts and fill the biggest void on his racing resume.

"Was trying to make sure one of us gets to victory lane, first and foremost", Busch said. "It's awesome to see a JGR vehicle in Victory Lane for Joe and J.D. and everything that's kind have gone on this offseason". "I just thank the Lord for letting us be a part of this". Busch finished second, followed by another team, Erik Jones. Menard turned Matt DiBenedetto, who slammed into the wall and started a chain-reaction that collected more than two dozen cars. He actually led six of the 200 laps. It brought out a red flag that stopped the race during the cleanup.

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