Joe Gibbs Continues Dominance: Hamlin and Busch take First and Second in Daytona

Alexander RiveroContributor IJuly 4, 2008

After a first, second, and third showing in last week's Nationwide race at New Hampshire, Joe Gibbs racing continues its dominance into Daytona. Last week Tony Stewart took the checkered flag followed by Denny Hamlin and of course Kyle Busch.

Tonight showing at Daytona was no different. Denny Hamlin took the green-white-checkered followed by friend and teammate, Kyle Busch. Which begs the question: Can anyone stop Joe Gibbs from completely dominating the sport?

Hamlin drove so well at Daytona that even Dale Jr. was taken by surprise, "I thought Tony was in the 20 all night, I didn't know Denny was in it so congratulations, Denny." The confusion was perhaps because Denny was driving the colors that Stewart normally runs in.

Earnhardt was also quoted as saying "It was hard to beat those guys, Kyle and Tony were both really fast." Dale finished third in tonight's race.

The Joe Gibbs #20 car is unbeaten in restricter plate racing. It has won twice at Daytona and once at Talladega driven both by Denny Hamlin and Tony Stewart. Saturday night is the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway.

Will Joe Gibbs Toyota's continue to trump the competition? Or will teams like Hendrick and Roush take the spotlight? If nothing else, it will be a memorable night in Daytona.