DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart or Joey Logano. It doesn't matter who's behind the wheel of the No. 20 Toyota, it always seems to end up in Victory Lane.
Hamlin held off Busch on Friday night at Daytona International Speedway to extend Joe Gibbs Racing's dominance in the Nationwide Series, driving the No. 20 to its ninth victory of the season.
The car is so stout, third-place finisher Dale Earnhardt Jr. had no idea who was behind the wheel and repeatedly congratulated Stewart on the win.
Stewart, who drove the car to a win last week in New Hampshire, took Friday night off and Earnhardt eventually figured out it was Hamlin who raced to his third series win of the season.
"You can take that several different ways," Hamlin said of Earnhardt's mistake. "You could take it as I was driving a lot like Tony, which is a compliment in my eyes. If I was driving like Tony on a superspeedway, that's pretty dang good, so I'll take it."
To get this win, Hamlin knew he'd have to earn it - even with the best car in the field.
"Just because you are in the 20 car at Daytona doesn't mean it's an automatic win," Hamlin said. "The best car rarely wins. It was going to be up to me to make it happen. When you've got a car as good as I did, it gives me some options on the racetrack. When you don't have that, it makes it a lot tougher."
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