Saturday, July 6, 2013

Jimmie Johnson First Driver to Sweep Daytona Since Bobby Allison in 1982

Jimmie Johnson won his fourth race of the season, second at Daytona 
Jimmie Johnson backed up his Daytona 500 win earlier this year with a dominant performance in the return trip to Daytona to win the Coke Zero 400.

Johnson became the first driver to sweep the two Daytona races since Bobby Allison in 1982.

Johnson held off late chargers Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick for his fourth points win of the season. Clint Bowyer finished fourth, followed by Michael Waltrip and Kurt Busch.

Two crashed erupted on the final lap, with Carl Edwards getting turned around in Turn 2 and then Danica Patrick getting turned coming to the checkered flag. Patrick had been running in the lead draft and was headed for another top-10 finish at Daytona when she got hit and spun just short of the finish line.

Kasey Kahne and Marcos Ambrose were both in contention to win until Ambrose slammed into Kahne with just four laps remaining. Ambrose was going for the lead when he hit Johnson, bounced off his car and slammed into Kahne, sending Kahne's car spinning and crashing into the inside wall.

Ambrose also suffered damage to his car and had to pit.

Harvick and Stewart spent most of the race riding at the back of the track, but came on strong at the end, working their way to the front with about 30 laps remaining.

A big crash erupted with 11 laps remaining, taking out contenders Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin. Hamlin started the crash when he got loose on the bottom, spun across the track and slammed into the wall.

Kenseth and Gordon collided as AJ Allmendinger slammed into Hamlin’s car, lifting it off the ground. The crash led to red flag that lasted nearly nine minutes.

Hamlin, who missed four races earlier this year with a serious back injured, climbed from his car and appeared to be uninjured. He was checked and released from the infield care center. Hamlin had led earlier in the race, but also was involved in another crash on Lap 98.

Read More Here.....Sporting News

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