Hamlin's No.11 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet made him the fifth driver to win a Shootout in his first try and the first rookie to win it in the 28-year history of the event.
"All I wanted to do was just gain respect from these guys for the '500' and hopefully we did that," Hamlin said. "I had good help, Jimmie gave me a great push down the back straight-away and Tony pushed me the entire race."
The Shootout counts as a preseason race before the Daytona 500 next Sunday.
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