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Johnson wins second Daytona 500

Nathan Ham
Sports Writer
nham@civitasmedia.com

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Jimmie Johnson led the final seven laps of the Daytona 500, and held off a late charge from Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin to win his second career 500.


Brad Keselowski, who was involved in an accident earlier in the race, had battled his way back and was leading, until a caution with 10 laps left. Johnson, however, was ruled to be in front of Keselowski and was able to line up on the outside row, the preferred spot for anyone to be.


On the final lap, Earnhardt Jr. and Martin broke out of line and drove hard inside of Greg Biffle and Danica Patrick, moving into second and third place. However, Johnson was able to hold them off for the last 100 yards to get the win.


Matt Kenseth, who led the most laps of the day, quite possibly had the car to beat, but saw his day come to an end with an engine problem. The same can be said for teammate Kyle Busch who also saw his day cut short with equipment troubles.


The biggest wreck of the day happened on lap 34 when a trio of contenders were involved in a seven-car tangle when Busch got into Kasey Kahne and sent him into the wall, which collected Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart deeper in the field. Stewart will continue his search for his first ever Daytona 500 win next year. He has won 19 races at Daytona, but has yet to score the biggest win of all in 15 attempts at the 500.


Patrick, who made her much-anticipated Sprint Cup Daytona 500 debut, finished in eighth place, the highest finish ever for a woman in the event.


The Sprint Cup drivers will now turn their attention to the west coast at Phoenix International Raceway. The green flag will drop next Sunday at 3 p.m.


Final rundown:


1. Jimmie Johnson


2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.


3. Mark Martin


4. Brad Keselowski


5. Ryan Newman


6. Greg Biffle


7. Regan Smith


8. Danica Patrick


9. Michael McDowell


10. J.J. Yeley


11. Clint Bowyer


12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.


13. Aric Almirola


14. Denny Hamlin


15. Bobby Labonte


16. David Reutimann


17. Dave Blaney


18. Marcos Ambrose


19. Joey Logano


20. Jeff Gordon


21. Paul Menard


22. Michael Waltrip


23. Scott Speed


24. Martin Truex Jr.


25. Travis Kvapil


26. Terry Labonte


27. Trevor Bayne


28. Kurt Busch


29. Casey Mears


30. Jeff Burton


31. Austin Dillon


32. Jamie McMurray


33. Carl Edwards


34. Kyle Busch


35. David Ragan


36. Kasey Kahne


37. Matt Kenseth


38. David Gilliland


39. Juan Pablo Montoya


40. Josh Wise


41. Tony Stewart


42. Kevin Harvick


43. Joe Nemechek

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