The greatest finishes in Daytona 500 history

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The 'NASCAR Race Hub' crew takes a look back at some of the greatest and closest finishes in Daytona 500 history.

- We have to start at the beginning, right? OK. So, 1959, let's set the stage. The first Daytona 500, the guys actually had to wait till Wednesday before they figured out who won this race. That's how close it was.

Take a look. Three-wide coming to the checkers. Lee Petty, Johnny Beauchamp, Joe Weatherly. Guess how much they-- they got for the win. Guess how much Lee Petty got for the win.

BOBBY LABONTE: $500.

SHANNON SPAKE: $19,000 for the win.

ADAM ALEXANDER: Wow.

BOBBY LABONTE: Wow.

ADAM ALEXANDER: What do you think they did--

SHANNON SPAKE: Yeah.

ADAM ALEXANDER: You would've taken that, wouldn't you?

SHANNON SPAKE: You got the photo, too.

ADAM ALEXANDER: OK. So you had one Petty. I've got another. You had Lee, I've got Richard. This is 1976. Richard, of course, in the 43. Looks like he's going to win it. That's Pearson back there in the 21, right?

SHANNON SPAKE: Yeah.

ADAM ALEXANDER: But what happens in the tri-oval grass? Petty's stuck! Don't look now. Here comes David Pearson, right of your screen. He's going to win this thing, his only win ever in the history of the great American race. That was a spectacular finish in 1976.

- I might have run across that finish line. Come on!

- Now, that was--

- Push the car!

- --many years ago. Let's fast forward, 2007. Oh, what a finish--

- Yes.

- --between Kevin Harvick and Mark Martin.

NARRATOR: 2007.

LARRY MCREYNOLDS: It's going to be a drag race all the way back to the start-finish line! No caution! They're side by side right to the line!

MIKE JOY: Mark crash. Here they come. Checkered flag, Harvick! Kevin Harvick wins the Daytona 500.

LARRY MCREYNOLDS: What was the margin of victory for Kevin Harvick? Unofficially, 0.02 of a second. I thought Mark had him. I thought he was going to hold him. And Mark Martin, a bridesmaid once again.

- That's not nice, Larry McReynolds. So, if you said--

- Salt in those wounds.

- Yes.

- If you said wow after 2007, then you were likely left speechless after 2016. Check it out.

NARRATOR: 2016.

MIKE JOY: Here they come to the line. This is the finish of the Daytona 500.

DARRELL WALTRIP: Come on--

MIKE JOY: Side by side, bouncing off each other.

JEFF GORDON: Unbelievable! I think it was Denny Hamlin.

MIKE JOY: I have it as Hamlin.

DARRELL WALTRIP: Hamlin by an inch.

JEFF GORDON: I've got chills up my spine. That was amazing!

DARRELL WALTRIP: Oh, baby!

MIKE JOY: Let's have a look, folks, at this near photo finish. The first Daytona 500 was decided in a photo finish.

DARRELL WALTRIP: Look at that.

JEFF GORDON: Wow.

MIKE JOY: Inches. About four inches separated Denny Hamlin from Martin Truex.