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Denny Hamlin won the Sprint Unlimited Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway. The exhibition race kicked off the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.
Hamlin had a grueling 2013 season as he suffered from a severe back injury that forced him to miss five races. He was unable to make up the points and finished a disappointing 23rd.
Hamlin hopes this season goes better than the last. According to Fox Sports, Hamlin said, “It's a great win, you love starting Speedweeks like this. In 2006, it kind of spring-boarded my career into a great year. (In) 2009, winning Homestead spring-boarded us into a great 2010 and a championship run. There’s no negatives that come out of a day like today."
The race was extremely entertaining and by the final lap there were only eight cars left racing. According to the Associated Press, that is the fewest amount since seven cars finished in 1981. The pace car caught on fire and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. crashed, ending the night for him and his girlfriend, Danica Patrick.