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SportsTalk Live: Scott Paddock recaps a wild Daytona 500 finish

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SportsTalk Live: Scott Paddock recaps a wild Daytona 500 finish

In one of the most exciting finishes in Daytona 500 history, Denny Hamlin needed a photo finish to slip past Martin Truex Jr.

CSN's NASCAR contributor Scott Paddock stopped by the SportsTalk Live studio on Monday to analyze the wild ending.

"The Joe Gibbs racers got together Saturday night and made a pact with with one another that they were going to hang together in the race and try to help one another out. And that's exactly what Denny Hamlin was trying to do when he went to block Kevin Harvick of Stewart Haas racing, who was coming up past his teammate, Matt Kenseth.

"Hamlin said he had no thought of winning the race, he was just tying to protect his teammate. But Harvick came with such a push that he got into the rear end of Denny Hamlin and started pushing him, and Kenseth then went up to block his teammate.

"Hamlin made a heck of a move and ended up taking the checkered flag."

See what else Paddock had to say about the race in the video above. 

Hamlin joined Paddock in August last year on the SportsTalk Live set. Check out that interview in the video below.

NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson tests positive for COVID-19, out indefinitely

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NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson tests positive for COVID-19, out indefinitely

NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19, Hendricks Motorsports announced Friday.

Johnson, a seven-time NASCAR Cup series champion, has not experienced any symptoms and was tested after his wife tested positive. He will miss Sunday's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Justin Allgaier will race in his place.

“My first priority is the health and safety of my loved ones and my teammates,” Johnson said in a statement. “I’ve never missed a race in my Cup career, but I know it’s going to be very hard to watch from the sidelines when I’m supposed to be out there competing. Although this situation is extremely disappointing, I’m going to come back ready to win races and put ourselves in playoff contention.”

Per NASCAR protocols in accordance with the CDC's guidelines, Johnson cannot return until he is symptom-free and has two negative coronavirus tests at least 24 hours apart. He also must be cleared by his physician before returning.

NASCAR has granted Johnson a playoff waiver. He is currently 12th in the standings.

FBI, NASCAR announce noose found in Bubba Wallace's garage not hate crime

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FBI, NASCAR announce noose found in Bubba Wallace's garage not hate crime

Following an FBI investigation, it has been determined that Bubba Wallace was not the victim of a hate crime when a noose was found in his Talladega garage on Sunday.

NASCAR made the announcement on Tuesday.

NASCAR and the FBI launched the investigation after the rope was found by one of Wallace’s crew members. ESPN reported that Wallace himself never saw the noose.

After its discovery, the entire NASCAR garage banded together in a show of solidarity against racism. NASCAR drivers and crew members walked the track and pushed Wallace’s car to the front of the starting grid before Monday's Geico 500.

In addition “#IStandWithBubba” was painted on the infield grass.

Wallace is NASCAR’s only Black driver.

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