enny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 by 0.010 seconds on Sunday in the closest finish to the ‘Great American Race’ in its 58-year history.
The 35-year-old roared from fourth on the last lap of the 500-mile race to beat Martin Truex Jr, with Joe Gibbs Racing team-mate Matt Kenseth third.
It was the closest finish since the all-American stock car series NASCAR brought in electronic scoring in 1993.
“You couldn’t have written a better ending,” Hamlin said.
Hamlin, who won his first Daytona 500 at his 11th attempt, added: “I knew it was close, but I didn’t know we had won.”
Truex said: “I thought I could keep that foot or so. I lost it in the last second.”