Photo-Finish at Daytona 500

Denny Hamlin barely beats Martin Truex Jr.
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 21, 2016 4:30 PM CST
Photo-Finish at Daytona 500
Denny Hamlin celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016.   (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

(Newser) – Denny Hamlin has won the Daytona 500, edging Martin Truex Jr. by inches at the finish line. It was the closest finish in the history of the event, the AP reports. Hamlin gave Toyota its first Daytona 500 victory and owner Joe Gibbs his first win in "The Great American Race" since 1993. Hamlin was running fourth on the final lap before making a strong move to the outside, nudging teammate Matt Kenseth and then powering by Truex. Hamlin became the first driver since Davey Allison in 1992 to win the Daytona 500 after leading at the halfway point. (Read more car race stories.)

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