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Denny Hamlin wins closest Daytona 500 in history

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When the white flag flew at Sunday’s Daytona 500, Denny Hamlin was in fourth place seemingly boxed in by other contenders on his right. Somehow, he made it to the front to win the closest 500 in history. Hamlin’s edged Martin Truex, Jr. by one one-hundredth of a second, or about four inches. The top six finishers were all less than one-tenth of a second apart. As Hamlin pulled out of line, he surged toward leader Matt Kenseth, who tried…

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Jeff Gordon, others look for strong finish to make NASCAR Chase

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During the 36-race season, just a few on the NASCAR schedule arguably stand out as races more important than others. These are races where even the casual fan pays some attention. There is no doubt the Daytona 500 in February is the sport’s signature event. Few sports begin a season with their marquee event, but stock car racing has done that for more than half a century. Other tradition-rich races include the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, both races in Talladega,…

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