Miraculously, no one was injured in the pile-up, as fans had their say on the carnage.
Joe Gibbs Racing and Fox Sports paid tribute to J.D. Gibbs early in the race.
Gibbs' favorite number was 11, the auto number Hamlin has driven for the team since 2005. "His legacy still lives on through Joe Gibbs Racing and proud to do this for them".
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Daniel Suarez (41) and Austin Dillon (3) collide between Turns 3 and 4 during the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway Sunday in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Logano was fourth, followed by Michael McDowell.
With just 10 laps to go, American driver Paul Menard triggered a multi-car wreck which stopped the race as crews quickly tried to clear the wreckage.
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Hamlin's first Daytona 500 victory was in a photo finish against Martin Truex Jr. and the celebration was a blur. It brought out a red flag that stopped the race for a lengthy cleanup.
"I just told him that my team doesn't pay me to push Joey Logano to a win", McDowell said.
"I love stock-car racing and NASCAR", said Earnhardt, who drove the pace vehicle on Sunday.
Blaney had one of the fastest cars in the 2018 season opener, leading a race-high 118 laps, winning a stage and finishing seventh. Indeed, the Duels were a showcase of Ford firepower, both qualifying races producing a 1-2-3 finish for their new auto as manufacturer teamwork reigned supreme.
The debate amongst drivers right now is whether or not the cars need to be against the wall because they are better poised to defend against the side draft while up there, or if drivers are choosing to run up against the wall because there is no incentive to mix it up until the final laps. Bowman finished 11th and Byron, the pole-sitter, was 21st. Hamlin was selling late-model parts and struck up a relationship with J.D., which turned into a test and, eventually, a ride in NASCAR's Cup Series.
But Kev claimed: "It wouldn't be the Daytona 500 without a huge crash!"
"I'll try and find other odd jobs each year as we go forward", Earnhardt said. "I'll use this to my advantage as much as I can". "That's why Jay Robinson kept me in it", Chastain said.
By the time the crash ended, 21 cars - more than half the field - were collected, including the No. 10 Ford of Tampa's Aric Almirola.