Another wild finish caps off the Duels.
Daytona Beach, Fla. – Denny Hamlin got to the checkered flag first in the second Budweiser Duel at the Daytona International Speedway Thursday evening while carnage ensued behind him.
From the outset, the field settled into a single-file line, only pulling out toward the end. Mayhem broke out on the final lap with a multi-car wreck occurring just short of the finish line.
The wreck started when Jimmie Johnson and Jamie McMurray came together while in a pack of cars. Clint Bowyer was immediately behind them and he ended up flying through the air before landing right-side up. Johnson’s car slowed when he ran out of gas.
After landing, Bowyer downshifted and drove across the finish line.
"It’s too bad to tear cars up like that," Bowyer said after getting out of the car unhurt. "That was one of the wildest flips I’ve ever had. I think we would have been just fine if I hadn’t hit the grass right here. Dammit!”
In all, seven cars were involved, including front-row qualifier Martin Truex Jr.
Second place went to Jeff Gordon with Kurt Busch third and Paul Menard fourth. Brian Scott took fifth.
Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne finished sixth ahead of rookie Kyle Larson, Truex, Landon Cassill and Bowyer.
Having already won the Sprint Unlimited earlier, Hamlin now has a chance to make history if he wins his third race of this Speedweeks, the Daytona 500, to make it a triple.