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Number crunch: Daytona 500 ends with photo finish

Denny Hamlin celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016.
Denny Hamlin celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. The Associated Press

A statistical look at Sunday’s Daytona 500, which opened the Sprint Cup season:

.01: Seconds between when winner Denny Hamlin and runner-up Martin Truex Jr. crossed the finish line, the closest margin in the race’s history.

2.5: Miles around the tri-oval asphalt track.

3:10:25: Duration of the race.

6: Caution flags totaling 31 laps.

7: Finish by Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson. He earned 34 Sprint Cup points.

15: Drivers who held the lead.

20: Age of Chase Elliott, the youngest pole sitter in race history. He completed 160 laps before crashing.

40: Finish for Grass Valley’s Matt DiBenedetto, who crashed out after completing 91 laps.

45: Sprint Cup points awarded to Hamlin.

58: Daytona 500 races. The first was on Feb. 22, 1959, and won by Lee Petty.

68: Lead changes.

95: Laps led by Hamlin.

157.549: Hamlin’s average speed.

169: Laps completed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. before he crashed out. He held the lead twice for 15 total laps.

500: Miles for the race.

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Compiled by Noel Harris

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