Denny Hamlin Wins Daytona 500 by One-Hundredth of a Second Over Ryan Blaney, Scary Crash Hospitalizes Ryan Newman

By  //  February 17, 2020

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second-closest finish in Daytona 500 history

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – Denny Hamlin edged out Ryan Blaney to win the 62nd Daytona 500 in a photo finish that ended in a nasty crash on the final lap, hospitalizing driver Ryan Newman.

The finish was the second-closest finish in Daytona 500 history.

The win by Hamlin is his second-straight Daytona 500 win after taking the checkered flag last year, joining an elite group of drivers to repeat as a Daytona 500 winner.

Hamlin’s win makes him the first driver since Sterling Marlin (1995) to win “The Great American Race” in consecutive seasons.

Newman is in serious condition, but stable. His injuries are not life-threatening, according to his doctors.

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