Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, his second-career victory in the “Great American Race.” The No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was one of only three cars not involved in a wreck throughout the 207 laps.
It was a 1-2-3 sweep for JGR as teammates Kyle Busch in the No. 18 and Erik Jones in the No. 20 finished second and third, respectively. Hamlin led 30 laps en route to his 32nd Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win. It was the first time since Hendrick Motorsports in 1997 that a team swept the top three spots in the Daytona 500.
Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano finished in fourth followed by Michael McDowell, Ty Dillon, Kyle Larson, Ryan Preece, Jimmie Johnson and Ross Chastain rounding out the top 10.
It took two NASCAR Overtimes, two red flags and three big wrecks in the last 10 laps of the race for Hamlin to reach the finish line.
The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast
Nobody in The Redneck Fantasy League was riding shotgun at Daytona with the race winner, “The Delivernator”, Denny Hamlin. Therefore, this award goes back into the trophy case this week.
The Movers and The Shakers
This week we have a pair of ladies who racked up 45 points. Both ladies, Amber The Extremely Lucky Cheddar Head and Carole, aka Rudy, were riding shotgun this week with ol “Rowdy”, Kyle Busch. Both players begin this segment with a very nice start.
Likewise, Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff begins this segment off with a very cool 35 points. The Sheriff played a hunch and went out on a limb early in the season by selecting “Alex Bowman The Showman”. It appears that Bowman skated through all the carnage at Daytona with average damage for the day and crossed the finish line in 11th place, looking like a race car from Bristol!
Meanwhile, Lonna The Quilt Angel and Edie The Las Vegas Super Star went all in for “Young Money”, Kyle Larson. Both players had to endure all the carnage and wrecks that seemed to suck Young Money into throughout the race. For their endurance they put 33 points into their column this week.
Additionally, Bobby Blue Crush rolled out of the starting gate really nicely this week. Blue Crush put all his marbles into the marble sack of “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski and deposited 32 points into his 1st segment score.
Rounding out the top five weekly scorers is Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle. The Highly Opinionated One was solidly behind William Clyde Elliott, Jr., better known as Chase, for the Daytona race. Elliott was gathered up in a couple of the big crashes damaged his race car, but he kept plugging away, finishing 17th and rewarding her with 24 points.
Straight From The Crapper
As often happens at Daytona, there are several players who have miserable races with their drivers getting caught up in “The Big One” and winding up with very little to show for their efforts. It happened again this week with five players, Kathy The Church Forecloser, Snoopy Dawn, Jim, aka Chiefy, Linda B. The Cookie Mom, and our resident accountant, Dan The Numbers Cruncher, all scoring a microscopic 2 points from Martin Truex, Jr’s 35th place finish. This week we present “The Crappiest Pick of The Week” to these five players.
Additionally, these same five players own an equal share of “The Outhouse Award” for their prowess at picking winners!
Next week NASCAR rolls southwest from Charlotte on I-85 to Hampton, GA and the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!