The 2019 Daytona 500 was a rather quick race but things took a turn. Once things got to less than 10 to go, everyone felt like crashing in multiple incidents. But at the end, it was Denny Hamlin avoiding everything to win his second Daytona 500, cementing a Joe Gibbs Racing 1-2-3 finish and mark a touching tribute to J.D. Gibbs, who died over the offseason due to a neurological disease. The victory broke a winless streak that kept Hamlin winless in 2018.
After witnessing the previous Cup races, in addition to yesterday’s Xfinity Series race, there was fear that the Daytona 500 would be a rather dull affair where everyone would drive on the high side of the racetrack for the first 450 or so miles. Those fears subsided rather quickly when drivers were all too willing to race each other.