NASCAR’s Denny Hamlin Wins Exhibition Race At Daytona

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0  Updated at 7:48 am, February 16th, 2014 By: ABC Digital
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Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin took home the checkered flag in Saturday Night’s exhibition event, the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona. The 33-year-old won the race down the stretch, when he drove around Brad Keselowski and teammate Kyle Busch for the lead.

2013 was a tough year for Hamlin, who had a fractured vertebra in his back. He failed to qualify for the Chase for Sprint Cup championship for the first time in his career.

“It’s been a great start to Speedweeks obviously,” Hamlin said. “This is a very small part of what goes into this weekend, or these two weeks.  But obviously it feels good to have all the accomplishments that we’ve had in such a short amount of time.”

By the time Hamlin crossed the finish line, only eight of the 18-car field were left on the track. Six laps into the second segment, a nine-car accident occurred after Matt Kenseth cut in front of Joey Logano

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