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Hendrick Motorsports triumphs in 66th Daytona 500 with William Byron securing victory

Posted : 20 February 2024

The 66th Daytona 500 on Monday concluded with a perfect script for Hendrick Motorsports. William Byron, the race leader, secured victory in the Great American Race at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. The race, delayed a day due to rain, ended in a four-lap shootout under caution on Presidents' Day.


As the day turned to night, Ross Chastain's move into the middle lane resulted in a wreck with second-place Austin Cindric, clearing the path for Byron to claim his first Daytona 500 win and Hendrick Motorsports' ninth, tying the organization for the all-time lead with Petty Enterprises.


Byron's triumph marked the 40th anniversary of Hendrick Motorsports' inaugural Cup Series start, which occurred in the Daytona 500. His teammate, Alex Bowman, finished second, securing a 1-2 finish for Hendrick Motorsports.


Despite an 18-car wreck initiated by Byron with nine laps remaining, he emerged victorious. Reflecting on the win, Byron expressed gratitude for the opportunities and the significance of the 40th anniversary. Bowman acknowledged the tight competition, stating that he believed Byron had the advantage and expressing appreciation for the opportunity to debate the outcome.


Christopher Bell, Corey LaJoie, and Bubba Wallace rounded out the top five in the race. Joey Logano, the pole winner who led a race-high 45 laps, finished 32nd after being involved in the largest wreck of the race. Jimmie Johnson, a seven-time Cup Series champion, faced early trouble when clipped by Carson Hocevar on Lap 5, finishing 28th.


The race featured intense moments, with Chase Elliott winning Stage 1 and Ryan Blaney claiming Stage 2. Despite challenges and wrecks, Byron's victory stood as a testament to the team's determination and success in the Daytona 500.


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