Following a restart, Paul Menard - running in 19th position - caused a 21-car pile-up when he clipped the right end of DiBenedetto's auto.
The list of those who were involved in the crash includes Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney, Chris Buescher, Austin Dillon, Matt DiBenedetto, Ty Dillon, Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones, Daniel Hemric, Kyle Larson, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman, David Ragan, Tyler Reddick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
A large wreck involving 21 cars occurred with 10 laps left in the Daytona 500 and resulted in a red flag with 9 laps to go. It was an unfortunate ending for DiBenedetto, who had led a career-high 49 laps on the day.
Hamlin won NASCAR's biggest race for the second time in four years Sunday, leading JGR in a 1-2-3 sweep of the podium in overtime.
As it typically does, the Daytona 500 lived up to the hype. J.D. Gibbs helped his father start the race team, ran it while his father was coaching the Washington Redskins, was a tire changer on the team's first Daytona 500 victory and helped discover Hamlin during a test session at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Gibbs, Joe Gibbs' eldest son who died last month after battling a degenerative neurological disease.
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On Sunday, Hamlin made sure the 2019 season would not end up the same way as the Joe Gibbs Racing driver won the 61st running of the Daytona 500.
"So, it's heartbreaking but it's really neat to lead that many laps, have that many things going and I'm so appreciative to all of my fans". This is the first time that I'm seeing it, and he just got to my right rear and was trying to push. "I don't know how it would have played out". Joey Logano, the 2015 Daytona 500 victor, passed Busch and looked to pressure Hamlin, who would not be denied.
"He meant a lot to me and it's hard for me not getting choked up because I've been choked up about 100 times about it", Hamlin said.
NASCAR's megawreck - otherwise known as "The Big One" - struck again in the Final Stage of the 2019 Daytona 500. Menard says "I'll take the blame for that one".
Logano was fourth, followed by Michael McDowell. Bowman finished 11th and Byron, the pole-sitter, was 21st. "This one lets me soak it in a little bit more".