Hamlin wins second Daytona 500 in wreck-littered race

Tuesday, 19 Feb, 2019

"Let's go in there, '" Gibbs, the 78-year-old Super Bowl champion and former Washington Redskins coach, told For The Win on Monday.

"He's got two, I got none, but that's all part of it".

Joe Gibbs, JGR team owner and father to J.D., was the first to detail the significance of Hamlin's 32nd career Cup Series win.

The Smoke Room sends our thoughts and prayers to the Gibbs family during this time. It remains one of the most unexpected results in NASCAR history, although it ultimately proved to be little more than a flash in the pan.

The Daytona 500 has turned into a wreck-fest. Find out about the stock vehicle racing driver here!

"It is the most emotional and biggest win I've ever had in my life, in anything", Gibbs said.

The drivers obeyed and delivered an action-packed and wreck-filled running of "The Great American Race".

That was just one of five crashes that happened during the race, but obviously that one was the most intense and damaging.

Austin Dillon enters the afternoon as the defending race champion, while Joey Logano begins as the defending series champion.

A huge crash took out over half of the NASCAR Daytona 500 field, as 21 cars were involved in a massive collision.

By winning this race, Hamlin became the first driver to lock himself into this season's playoffs, which are not scheduled to get underway until the 27th race of the season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in mid-September. But here at restrictor plates, when you have guys like that up front, you try to work together as much as you can, and that situation kept presenting itself, and it just was what it was. "I mean, we were really one row in front of all the mayhem the entire time at the end".

The crash, which occurred shortly after a restart, led to the 10th caution of Sunday's race. He lost his ride for Chip Ganassi Racing's Xfinity team following an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on the program's primary sponsor, DC Solar. DiBenedetto led 45 laps and was in the mix for a victory all day until getting caught in a late accident that knocked him - and others - out of the race.

At 34 years of age and having spent the last seven seasons as a full-time driver on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Almirola is coming off the best season of his career. Denny also won the annual race back in 2016.