2016 Daytona 500 Posts Historic Finish
The motorsport season has barely started, and it’s already a nail-biter. First, during the Rolex 24 at Daytona, there was a photo finish less than a second apart. Now, one of the most popular races of the NASCAR season—the Daytona 500—had the closest margin of difference between first and second place it has ever seen.
As the race came to a close, Denny Hamlin came out on top in a heart-stopping finish for the record books. The time between Hamlin’s car and that of second-place finisher Martin Truex Jr. was a mere .011 seconds. This is the closest finish NASCAR has seen since 1993, when the racing organization first started scoring races electronically.
VIDEO: See Denny Hamlin’s Historic Win
Throughout the race, a lot of the top names experienced some difficulties. Chase Elliott—the pole sitter and Jeff Gordon’s replacement—had a setback early on with a spinoff into the grass. Dale Earnhardt Jr. also had a spinoff late in the race, as he attempted to move to the front of the pack.
Overall, though, this was the type of race every NASCAR fan loves. It was a nail-biter through and through, which hopefully means that the 2016 season will end as excitingly as it began. Add the fact that the pace car was driven by John Cena and Gerard Butler was the event’s Grand Marshal, and 2016 will definitely be a great year for NASCAR fans. The cars will be back for the next race this season in Atlanta on Sunday, February 28th.
News Source: Yahoo! Autos