Kyle Busch was a big favorite to win Sunday’s Daytona 500, which is supposed to be the best endurance race in racing.

But when Busch took the green flag, he was pushing Joey Logano into the first turn, knowing his Kenseth-Erica Enders-Stevens Chevrolet was going to have a big challenge ahead if he could to catch Kevin Harvick’s Chevrolet.

During the inspection after the race, Logano’s car was hit with a series of penalties. He’ll be banned from future races for trying to steal the lead during the final stage.

Somehow, Logano managed to make up the ground and then all Hamlin had to do was to avoid contact, and he beat Busch by a half a second.

“It came down to talking with one another, talking to Kurt [Busch] and looking over at Harvick,” Hamlin said. “He was really holding the line. We were never going to be on the same bottom. They were holding the line and we were never going to be able to move all the way around to him.

“It was a really tight race. I think we had a pretty equal shot.”

It seemed like another Sunday of misfortune in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Former Cup champion Kurt Busch, who moved to racing in the Xfinity Series last year, was involved in a high-speed crash that sent him over the outside wall and into the catch fence.

He had to be taken by helicopter from the track to a hospital. His dog, Jaxson, reportedly had surgery to remove a tumor.

Track officials said all of the trucks and cars will be cleared off the course.

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