Daytona 500: Denny Hamlin wins Duel two amid huge last-lap crash
|By Mark Glendenning||Friday, February 21st 2014, 03:16 GMT|
Denny Hamlin took the win amid a chaotic finish to the second of Thursday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Duel races at Daytona.
The earlier race had run its full 60 laps without incident, and for 59-and-a-half laps, it appeared that the follow-up was going to be similarly uneventful.
That ended when Jimmie Johnson ran out of fuel while running mid-pack and was tagged by Jamie McMurray.
The contact triggered a multi-car accident involving Martin Truex Jr, Michael Waltrip, David Ragan, and Clint Bowyer, whose car completed a full barrel-roll in the air before landing back on its wheels.
"I feel terrible," said Johnson. "To tear up that many racecars... I knew I was going to get run over if I ran out, and I did.
"The good thing is that everybody is fine, but I feel bad for tearing up so many racecars."
Prior to the crash, the race had been divided into two distinct parts.
During the first, proceedings were dictated by Brad Keselowski, however the Penske driver was forced to surrender his lead when he was penalised for speeding out of the pits.
That handed the advantage to Hamlin, who remained in command to cross the line ahead of Jeff Gordom and Kurt Busch.
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Finishing order after 60 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car 1. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Toyota 2. Jeff Gordon Hendrick Chevrolet 3. Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 4. Paul Menard Childress Chevrolet 5. Brian Scott Childress Chevrolet 6. Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Ford 7. Kyle Larson Ganassi Chevrolet 8. Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row Chevrolet 9. Landon Cassill Hillman Chevrolet 10. Clint Bowyer Waltrip Toyota 11. Jamie McMurray Ganassi Chevrolet 12. Terry Labonte Go FAS Ford 13. Bobby Labonte Hscott Chevrolet 14. Casey Mears Germain Chevrolet 15. Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Ford 16. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Chevrolet 17. David Ragan Front Row Ford 18. Michael Waltrip Waltrip Toyota 19. Ryan Truex BK Toyota 20. Justin Allgaier Hscott Chevrolet 21. Michael Annett Baldwin Chevrolet 22. Morgan Shepherd Shepherd Toyota 23. Eric McClure Front Row Ford 24. Brad Keselowski Penske Ford
Daytona 500 grid: Pos Driver Team/Car 1. Austin Dillon Childress Chevrolet 2. Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row Chevrolet 3. Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Toyota 4. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Toyota 5. Kasey Kahne Hendrick Chevrolet 6. Jeff Gordon Hendrick Chevrolet 7. Marcos Ambrose Petty Ford 8. Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 9. Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Chevrolet 10. Paul Menard Childress Chevrolet 11. Josh Wise Parsons Ford 12. Brian Scott Childress Chevrolet 13. Aric Almirola Petty Ford 14. Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Ford 15. AJ Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Chevrolet 16. Kyle Larson Ganassi Chevrolet 17. David Gilliland Front Row Ford 18. Landon Cassill Hillman Chevrolet 19. Ryan Newman Childress Chevrolet 20. Clint Bowyer Waltrip Toyota 21. Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 22. Jamie McMurray Ganassi Chevrolet 23. Cole Whitt Swan Toyota 24. Terry Labonte Go FAS Ford 25. Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Ford 26. Bobby Labonte Hscott Chevrolet 27. Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 28. Casey Mears Germain Chevrolet 29. Alex Bowman BK Toyota 30. Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Ford 31. Brian Vickers Waltrip Toyota 32. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Chevrolet 33. Brad Keselowski Penske Ford 34. Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Ford 35. Joey Logano Penske Ford 36. Michael Annett Baldwin Chevrolet 37. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Toyota 38. Kevin Harvick Childress Chevrolet 39. Reed Sorenson Baldwin Chevrolet 40. Justin Allgaier Hscott Chevrolet 41. Parker Kligerman Swan Toyota 42. Michael Waltrip Waltrip Toyota 43. David Ragan Front Row Ford