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Daytona 500 dream finally comes true for Denny Hamlin

Daytona 500 dream finally comes true for Denny Hamlin

DAYTONA BEACH — Blink. That's the best way to visualize the winning margin for Denny Hamlin in the Daytona 500 Sunday afternoon.

Hamlin had just made a last-lap run on teammate Matt Kenseth, who got knocked back given the aerodynamic quirkiness of restrictor-plate racing. There only remained one man, one car left to beat: Martin Truex Jr.

Blink. Hamlin got him by 0.010 seconds, the closest margin in Daytona 500 history.

"Woo! How about that [bleep]," Hamlin said as he strutted into the media center at Daytona International Speedway, knocking down a microphone for ecstatic emphasis. "It's the pinnacle of my career!"

The euphoric rush was...

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