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By A Nose: Hamlin Tops Truex At Daytona

Denny Hamlin (11) held off Martin Truex Jr. by .011 seconds to win Sunday's Daytona 500. (NASCAR photo)

The driver with the best car won Sunday’s 58th Daytona 500. But it’s the manner in which he won it that will be remembered in the glorious history of the race.

Earnhardt ‘The Man To Beat’ In The 500

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

There was a period early in Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s career where he could do little wrong on the restrictor plate tracks at Daytona and Talladega.

Johnson, Others Prepare Daytona Backups

Jimmie Johnson climbs aboard his backup car for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice on Friday afternoon at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (HHP/Tom Copeland Photo)

It was time to break out the backups for Sunday’s Daytona 500 as many of the top names in the race had to switch to backup cars after being involved in a crash in Thursday’s second Can-Am Duel qualifying race.

Open Drivers Relieved After Making The 500

Robert Richardson Jr. was able to qualify for his third Daytona 500 on Thursday evening. (NASCAR Photo)

In NASCAR’s new world of Chartered Teams guaranteed 36 starting positions in every race including Sunday’s 58th Daytona 500, and with Ryan Blaney and Matt DiBenedetto the two open drivers locked into the race based on qualifying speed, Thursday night’s Can-Am Duels at Daytona would only advance one driver out of each race into the 40-car starting lineup.

Big Names Score, Find Trouble During Duels

The field takes the green flag for the start of the second Can-Am Duel on Thursday night at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (NASCAR Photo)

It was a night where big names were the big stories at Daytona Int’l Speedway as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch were the winners of the two Can-Am Duel at Daytona qualifying races on Thursday night.

Busch Takes Duel Two As Big One Strikes

Kyle Busch (18) races alongside teammate Matt Kenseth during the second Can-Am Duel on Thursday at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (Todd Ridgeway Photo)

A massive crash on the final lap of Thursday night’s second Can-Am Duel at Daytona involved some of the favorites in Sunday’s 58th Daytona 500.

Earnhardt Reigns Supreme In First Duel

Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrates in victory lane after winning the first Can-Am Duel on Thursday at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (Dave Moulthrop Photo)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won Thursday’s first Can-Am Duel Daytona 500 qualifying race for the second straight year as he defeated Joey Logano’s Ford by just .184 of a second.

McDowell, Scott Lead Daytona Practices

Michael McDowell showed speed in Wednesday's first practice. (NASCAR photo)

In this new era of charter teams guaranteed 36 starting spots in every NASCAR Sprint Cup race, there isn’t much at stake in Thursday night’s two Can-Am Duels at Daytona.

McMurray Relishes Every Daytona Trip

Jamie McMurray has high hopes for this year's 500. (NASCAR photo)

Racing at Daytona Int’l Speedway has always been a big deal for Jamie McMurray, dating all the way back to when he was racing go-karts at the facility as a kid.

Logano Has Dreams Of A Daytona Repeat

Joey Logano celebrates in victory lane after winning the 57th annual Daytona 500. (Rich Iceland Photo)

It’s been said that winning the Daytona 500 changes a driver’s life forever. From that point forward he will always be known as a “Daytona 500 winner.”

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