TORONTO, ONTARIO, Feb 20, 2019 – No other competition in NASCAR is as desired and worshiped as a season-opening Daytona 500. To win a Great American Race once solidifies your name in a story books, though to win it twice as Denny Hamlin did final Sunday, puts him in a category of usually 12 drivers who have doubled down and cowed a Daytona 500 dual times.
In further to Hamlin’s victory, Tundra motorist Austin Hill kicked off a NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series deteriorate with a win during Daytona Friday night. On Saturday, a long-awaited lapse of a Supra took core theatre in a NASCAR Xfinity Series where Brandon Jones finished third. All 3 drivers now lead their particular indicate standings after a initial NASCAR races of a season.
The Daytona 500 was a hotly contested conflict between Camry drivers who led over half of a competition laps – 116 (of 207). However, Hamlin used a late restart to take a lead for a final time to bind his second Daytona 500 victory, after also winning in 2016.
“I’m usually going to suffer it more,” pronounced Hamlin of his second Daytona 500 victory. “I mean, we consider we was so doubtful about all that happened a initial time with a print finish and everything. This one lets me soak it in a small bit more. I’m going to have a terrible hangover tomorrow, though I’m going to suffer it a rest of my life.”
Hamlin led twice for 30 laps to register Joe Gibbs Racing’s (JGR) 100th Camry Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) victory, and Toyota’s 125th Cup triumph. JGR drivers swept a top-three finishing spots in Sunday’s competition to symbol a sixth time Camry drivers have finished one-two-three in a Cup Series eventuality given 2007. Kyle Busch finished runner-up with Erik Jones in third.
Although JGR stole a show, all eyes were on Toyota’s newest team, Leavine Family Racing’s Matt DiBenedetto led a race-high 49 laps Sunday before being concerned in a late-race occurrence that relegated them to 28th.
Toyota’s long-awaited lapse of a mythological Supra, that has a fan-following that rivals those of NASCAR, done a lapse to a competition lane on Saturday in a NASCAR Xfinity Series. Jeffrey Earnhardt started on a outward of a front quarrel and led 29 laps (of 120) in a Supra, however it was JGR’s Brandon Jones who delivered a third-place outcome followed by Christopher Bell in sixth.
“The Supra was awesome,” pronounced Jones. “It looks great, it drives great. I’m really, unequivocally happy to be a partial of Toyota and to expostulate a Supra. we consider that it’s going to have a lot of success here in 2019. I’m looking brazen to saying what it unequivocally does during a mile-and-a-half track.”
The 2018 Truck Series championship group Hattori Racing Enterprises (HRE) done a motorist switch in a off-season, and their tough work and championship form has not wavered as new motorist Hill claimed a organization’s initial Daytona prize Friday night. Hill was in row all competition prolonged – heading 39 laps (of 111) – and when a margin dwindled to usually 9 vehicles on a lead lap, he was prepared to pounce to acquire his first-career NGOTS victory.
“I never would have suspicion in a million years I’d win during Daytona,” pronounced Hill. “We’ve had some success during Daytona before, though usually didn’t have a finishes we were looking for there during a end. We’d have something occur and to be means to come on house with Hattori Racing and start off a deteriorate like this, we consider there’s going to be a lot of good things to come for us.”
With a win, Hill has catapulted himself not usually in a unchanging deteriorate points lead, though also into a Playoffs come late Summer.
All 3 NASCAR array – MENCS, NXS and NGOTS – lapse to movement this weekend during Atlanta Motor Speedway for a second competition of a 2019 season.
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