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Denny Hamlin wins the Sprint Unlimited, an exhibition race and prelude to the Daytona 500

Denny Hamlin wins the Sprint Unlimited, an exhibition race and prelude to the Daytona 500

Denny Hamlin was celebrating Saturday night when car owner Joe Gibbs reminded him in victory lane that his Sprint Unlimited triumph came in the preliminary, not the main event.

After all, Gibbs won three Super Bowls as a coach. But it has been 23 years since he has been in the Daytona 500 winner's circle, when Dale Jarrett prevailed in 1993.

"Has Joe mentioned he wants to win the 500 yet?" said Hamlin, who joined Gibbs late for the postrace news conference.

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