JGR's Busch, Truex top first Friday Daytona 500 practice

For the second time in the last four years, Joe Gibbs Racing's Denny Hamlin opened up a NASCAR Cup Series season by getting to victory lane at Daytona International Speedway.

The so-called "Super Bowl of NASCAR" saw a total of five wrecks in the final 20 laps, including one involving 21 cars, which knocked 10 cars out of the race. Duel winners Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano join Brad Keselowski as 8-1 co-favorites in the latest 2019 Daytona 500 odds. The oldest son of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs was 49. Check out the latest 2019 Daytona 500 odds below and then visit SportsLine to see the full projected Daytona 500 leaderboard from the model that crushed its NASCAR picks previous year.

There was no shortage of chaos in the 2019 Daytona 500 with several big crashes, including a massive 18-car pileup with nine laps remaining in the race.

"He's got two, I've got none, and that's just the way it goes sometimes", Busch said.

"We're desperately going to miss him the rest of our lives, but his legacy still lives on at Joe Gibbs Racing".

Hating on Sunday was Kyle Busch.

"The worst thing you want to do is put yourself in a bad position to have to bring a backup auto", Stewart, owner of Stewart-Hass Racing said.

"I'll take the blame for that one", he was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

Joe Gibbs Racing and Fox Sports paid tribute to J.D. Gibbs early in the race.

Florida-born Denny Hamlin won the race in his home state at the track in Daytona Beach, Florida. "It's the Daytona 500, you're going for the win". "When (Logano) did (make a move), I really just started hitting the brake and backing up and making sure I didn't get too big of a gap".

Busch won the 60-lap first stage of the race while Ryan Blaney, as he did a year ago, captured the second stage. "You just don't know". He actually led six of the 200 laps.

The crash, which occurred shortly after a restart, led to the 10th caution of Sunday's race.

William Byron and Alex Bowman were the youngest front row in race history but had little to show for it after the race. In 19 career races at Daytona, his average finish position is 17th, so there are far better values to win it all than the 8-1 premium he's commanding.

  • Steve Townsend