Matt Kenseth

Truex forced to relive closest 2nd in Daytona 500 history

Martin Truex Jr. saw his Daytona 500 victory vanish in just a blink of an eye.

Eyes open. Eyes shut.

One-hundredth of a second, the time it takes lightning to strike the ground.

Truex might want to keep his eyes closed for a bit longer around Daytona. At the speedway, reminders are everywhere that Truex was edged by an eyelash at the finish line by Denny Hamlin in last year's race.

Hamlin stayed on the gas for a door-to-door dash to the checkered flag that ended in a photo finish with Truex. He beat Truex by 0.010 seconds, the closest finish in the history of the race.

One more step on the pedal, a tick of a faster pit stop, anything that could shaved...