Denny Hamlin wins the 2020 Daytona 500

By Scott Manning
Feb. 18, 2020

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Denny Hamlin, has won the 2020 Daytona 500. He joins Jeff Gordon, Bobby Allison and Dale Jarrett as exclusive members of the three timers Daytona club. Hamlin's victory did not come easy on the final lap of the race.

Hamlin was passed by Ryan Newman and Ryan Blaney, then coming off of turn four coming to the checkered flag Blaney tagged Newman sending him into the wall and into a shower of sparks. Newman was hit by Corey LaJoie while up side down.

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Extraction took several minutes, the Jaws of Life had to be used to cut Ryan Newman out of the car. The Latest report form Daytona is that Ryan Newman is in serious condition, but his injuries are not life threating. That is the best news to come out of this horrible wreck at Daytona.

Ryan Newman is in Halifax Hospital in Daytona and is receiving the best medical care possible. And that's what I know at this hour.

Race Winner Denny Hamlin was subdued in victory lane, Hamlin said this to reporters after the race.

" I'm happy we won the race but my thoughts are with Ryan Newman and I hope he's okay and we will be praying for him and his family.

Ryan Blaney said to reporters. " I feel bad about what I did. I wanted to bring Ford home 1-2 and have a great day. I did not mean top turn Ryan into the wall like I did. This is going to haunt me for a while."

Daytona 2020 is in the books, here are the final results.

1. Denny Hamlin

2. Ryan Blaney

3. Chris Buescher

4. David Ragan

5. Kevin Harvick

6.Clint Bowyer

7. Brendan Gaughan

8. Corey LaJoie

9. Ryan Newman

10. Kyle Larson

11. John Hunter-Nemechek

12. Austin Dillon

13. Justin Haley

14. Michael McDowell

15. Bubba Wallace

16. Brennan Poole

17. Chase Elliott

18. Erik Jones

19. Matt DiBenedetto

20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr

21. Christopher Bell

22. Aric Almirola

23. Joey Gase

24.Alex Bowman

25. Ross Chastain

26. Joey Logano

27. Timmy Hill

28. Tyler Reddick

29. Ryan Preece

30. Ty Dillon

31. Reed Sorenson

32. Martin Truex Jr.

33. Kurt Busch

34. Kyle Busch

35. Jimmie Johnson

36. Brad Keselowski

37. Cole Custer

38. B.J. McLeod

39. Quin Houff

40. William Byron

Here's my take..

It took over 24 hours, but we got the 2020 Daytona 500 in at last. We saw Denny Hamlin become a three time winner. We hope and pray that Ryan Newman makes a full recovery form his injuries after his bad crash at the finish. Everybody thought that the Toyota's would be an afterthought after the week they had. But Hamlin won in a Toyota. The Ford's swept positions 2-thru-6 in the final order with Brendan Gaughan being the highest Chevy finisher.

Ryan Newman, I repeat is in serious condition but his injuries are not life threating. That is excellent news considering the crash he went through. The Safety that is put into the Cup cars is the best I have seen in years. Ryan Newman would be dead if it wasn't for the safety put into these cars and the equipment that the drivers wear.

I hope and pray for a speedy recovery for Ryan Newman and I hope he will be back soon.

We're Praying for you Ryan..

Bottom Line..