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Team Interstate: Denny Wins the Daytona 500

February 22nd, 2016 by
Denny Hamlin won the 2016 Daytona 500 by the slimmest of margins. Copyright 2016 NKP.

Denny Hamlin won the 2016 Daytona 500 by the slimmest of margins. Copyright 2016 NKP.

Team Interstate opened its 25th anniversary season with a win in NASCAR’s biggest race when Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag in Sunday’s Daytona 500.

All four Team Interstate drivers ran inside the top five late in the race with an opportunity for a win, but in the end it was a bold last-lap move to the outside that propelled Denny and the No. 11 FedEx team to the win.

Watch the final lap here:

Denny edged Martin Truex Jr. at the line to earn the win in the closest Daytona 500 finish in the history of the event.

It was the first Daytona 500 victory for Joe Gibbs Racing since Dale Jarrett captured the organization’s first overall win at the race in 1993.

Denny’s teammates Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth finished third, fifth and 14th, respectively.

Team Interstate Results: 2016 Daytona 500

 

Team Celebrates at Steak ‘n Shake

After their first Daytona 500 win in 1993, Coach Joe Gibbs and members of the team took the trophy to a nearby Steak ‘n Shake. Sunday night, they renewed the tradition.

“We were down there, we had the trophy and the guys were in there,” Coach Joe Gibbs said Monday morning. “It was fun because they recognize you and then they all want to take pictures and everything.”

Learn how the tradition got started: Big win, mass confusion

Denny’s Childhood Dreams Come True

Your mother always told you to write down your dreams, right? Denny did that in elementary school, and being a good mom, Mary Lou Hamlin held on to his writing.

The letter reads:

“The Daytona 500

My wish is to win the Daytona 500. If I won the Daytona 500, I would like it to come true on February 17, 1998. My car would be red, white, blue and gold. Just like Bill Elliott’s car. If I do win the Daytona 500, I could win 1,000,000 dollars. My crew chief would be Gary Barden and my tire changer would be Ernie Elliott. The reason for all of this is because I love racing.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Daytona

  • No. 18 – Bobby Labonte – 23rd
  • No. 19 – Daniel Suarez – 8th
  • No. 20 – Erik Jones – 31st

Monster Energy Supercross

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • No. 28 – Weston Peick – 21st
  • No. 34 – Phil Nicoletti – 15th

This Week:

NASCAR and Supercross both travel to Atlanta.

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