Against The Odds: Hamlin Seeks Daytona 500 History

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Two-time defending Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin will be pursuing history when the 63rd running of The Great American Race kicks off at Daytona Int’l Speedway. “This is a big opportunity for us, for my team and for myself personally; I never would have imagined that we’d be in this position by any means, especially five years ago when we didn’t have any (Daytona 500 wins),” said Hamlin. In Hamlin’s estimation, winning the Daytona 500 is tougher than ever before. “I find the most pride in where we are right now because I think it’s harder than it has been in history,” said Hamlin of winning the Daytona 500. It is truly, in my mind, harder to win the Daytona 500 now because the field is closer. Hamlin is the oddsmakers’ favorite to win Sunday’s Daytona 500, coming in at 8-1 via BetOnline. “Just to be running at the end is pretty impressive in two straight (Daytona 500s),” Keselowski said.

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