Hamlin pips Truex Jr. in photo finish at Daytona 500
Denny Hamlin made a daring last-lap move before racing Martin Truex Jr. side by side to the finish line in a thrilling end to the Daytona 500 on Sunday.
Hamlin crossed the line a mere 0.011 seconds in front of Truex - the closest finish in the history of the famous NASCAR event.
The victory is Hamlin's first in the Daytona 500, and the first for car manufacturer Toyota.
"This was a team victory," Hamlin told Fox Sports after the race. "This wouldn't be possible without Toyota's sticking together all race."
Hamlin led a race-high 95 laps in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, with the manufacturer leading for 156 of the 200 laps.
Remarkably, the race was almost completely incident free. There were five accidents in total, which were all minor incidents involving three or fewer cars.
Matt Kenseth led the way on the final lap, with Truex and Kyle Busch running second and third respectively, while Hamlin was down in fourth before the drama began.
Kevin Harvick, who was fifth, managed to give Hamlin a bump which sent the 35-year-old rocketing to the front. Kenseth tried to block Hamlin, but got a little loose, allowing his Joe Gibbs Racing team-mate to shoot to the inside between him and Truex and into the lead.
Hamlin and Truex then bumped a couple of times out of turn four as they headed to the finish line. Truex appeared to have the edge, but Hamlin managed to pull ahead and complete the thrilling photo finish.
"They don't get more crushing than that," Kenseth, who ended up finishing the race in 14th, told Fox Sports.
Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was slapped with a penalty when his pit crew leaped over the wall too soon on a late pit stop. Johnson was then sent to the rear of the field and finished 16th.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was running fifth when he spun out of the pack with 30 laps to go to finish 36th, meanwhile, pole-sitter Chase Elliott spun through the infield grass on lap 20 before later returning, only to complete 40 laps and finish in 37th.