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Who won 2024 Daytona 500? William Byron holds off Alex Bowman for wild finish after ‘big one’

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William Byron won the 2024 Daytona 500 on Monday by narrowly holding off Alex Bowman, giving Hendrick Motorsports a 1-2 finish in The Great American Race.

It was Byron’s first Daytona 500 win. His best finish before Monday was 21st. Byron, who succeeded Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Chevrolet in 2018, became the sixth Hendrick Motorsports driver to win the Daytona 500.

Byron, 26, led only four laps in the race that included a pair of wrecks in the late eight laps, including an 18-car pileup that accounted for “the big one.” The race ended under caution.

Feb 14, 2024; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver William Byron (24) speaks with reporters during media day at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Christopher Bell finished third, Corey LaJoie fourth A. J. Allmendinger fifth.

After a huge crash with eight laps to go, Ross Chastain was in the lead fending off Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski. When William Bowman tried to give teammate William Byron a push Byron spun out and ran into Keselowski, which set in motion a wreck that took out 17 cars at the end of the back straightaway.

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Chastain escaped by inches unscathed from only the second crash in the race, which brought out the red flag.

Drivers included in the pileup included 2023 Daytona 500 winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, Noah Gragson, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Chase Briscoe, Martin Truex Jr., Joe Logano, Todd Gilliand, Ryan Preece, Erik Jones, Tyler Reddick, Ty Gibbs, Anthony, Alfredo and Daniel Suarez.

After the restart, the green flag was waved with four laps to go. Ross Chastain was in the lead at that point.

Chastain made a move for the lead again before the white flag, starting the crash that gave Byron the victory.

Reach Mike Organ at 615-259-8021 or on X @MikeOrganWriter.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Who won 2024 Daytona 500? William Byron holds on for wild finish

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