Johnson leads Hendrick one-two in Daytona 500

  • Monday 25th February, 2013 9:03am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
johnson 344x224 Johnson leads Hendrick one two in Daytona 500

Johnson celebrates on the infield

Having dominated much of NASCAR’s ‘Car of Tomorrow’ era, Jimmie Johnson opened his account with the new ‘Generation 6′ cars in spectacular fashion on Sunday, winning the 2013 Daytona 500.

Johnson led the field away from the last restart with six laps to go before holding off a late charge from team-mate Dale Earnhardt Jr, who had restarted back in eighth.

Mark Martin, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Newman completed the top five, with the frantic late two-wide action having come in stark contrast to much of the race’s calm, single-file running.

The victory is Johnson’s second success in the 500 and comes seven years after his first.

Pole-sitter Danica Patrick ran in the top five for much of the race but fell from third to eighth on the final lap.

Patrick made history regardless, recording the highest ever finish for a female driver having earlier become the first female to lead a green flag lap in the Great American Race and just the 13th to have led both the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500.

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Jimmie Johnson won his second Daytona 500 by beating home team-mate Dale Earnhardt Jr

Australian Marcos Ambrose took the last restart in 11th place but finished 18th after struggling to find a drafting partner.

The race featured two major wrecks, the first of which wiped out the Chevrolets of Kasey Kahne, Keven Harvick, Tony Stewart, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jamie McMurray and Kurt Busch early in the going. The incident had been triggered when Kyle Busch tagged the back of Kahne’s car through the tri-oval.

A second ‘big one’ later accounted for Trevor Bayne, Carl Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., David Gilliland, David Ragan and Austin Dillon – marking the fifth crash of Speedweeks for Edwards.

Keselowski took minor damage in both of the big accidents but went on to contend for the win regardless.

Joe Gibbs Racing appeared to be in the box seat for victory as the race entered its final quarter, with Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin leading the pack in the team’s three Toyotas.

Unrelated mechanical failures on the Kenseth and Busch cars within two laps of each other then spelled disaster for the Japanese marque’s assault.

The Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota of Martin Truex Jr also ran at the front until striking mechanical troubles late in the going.

The 2013 Sprint Cup Series continues next weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.

See below for the full Daytona 500 result

Pos

Driver # Car Start Laps Status Points

1

Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 9 200 Running 47/4

2

Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet 19 200 Running 42/0

3

Mark Martin 55 Toyota 14 200 Running 41/0

4

Brad Keselowski 2 Ford 15 200 Running 41/1

5

Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet 34 200 Running 40/1

6

Greg Biffle 16 Ford 5 200 Running 38/0

7

Regan Smith 51 Chevrolet 40 200 Running 0/0

8

Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet 1 200 Running 37/1

9

Michael McDowell 98 Ford 38 200 Running 35/0

10

J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet 41 200 Running 34/0

11

Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 10 200 Running 34/1

12

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford 28 200 Running 32/0

13

Aric Almirola 43 Ford 26 200 Running 31/0

14

Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota 35 200 Running 31/1

15

Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota 23 200 Running 29/0

16

David Reutimann 83 Toyota 42 200 Running 28/0

17

Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet 30 200 Running 27/0

18

Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford 24 200 Running 26/0

19

Joey Logano 22 Ford 21 200 Running 26/1

20

Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 2 200 Running 25/1

21

Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet 16 200 Running 24/1

22

Michael Waltrip 26 Toyota 29 200 Running 23/1

23

Scott Speed 95 Ford 31 200 Running 22/1

24

Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota 37 200 Running 20/0

25

Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota 43 199 Running 20/1

26

Terry Labonte 32 Ford 39 199 Running 18/0

27

Trevor Bayne 21 Ford 33 198 Running 0/0

28

Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet 11 195 Running 16/0

29

Casey Mears 13 Ford 17 181 Running 15/0

30

Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 18 176 Accident 14/0

31

Austin Dillon 33 Chevrolet 8 175 Running 0/0

32

Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet 20 161 Running 12/0

33

Carl Edwards 99 Ford 36 159 Running 11/0

34

Kyle Busch 18 Toyota 4 151 Engine 10/0

35

David Ragan 34 Ford 22 150 Accident 9/0

36

Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet 6 150 Running 8/0

37

Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota 12 149 Engine 9/2

38

David Gilliland 38 Ford 25 144 Accident 6/0

39

Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet 7 144 Running 5/0

40

Josh Wise 35 Ford 32 137 Accident 0/0

41

Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet 13 118 Running 3/0

42

Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 3 47 Accident 2/0

43

Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota 27 42 Engine 0/0

See below for the updated points standings

1 Jimmie Johnson 47
2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 42
3 Mark Martin 41
4 Brad Keselowski 41
5 Ryan Newman 40
6 Greg Biffle 38
7 Danica Patrick 37
8 Michael McDowell 35
9 J.J. Yeley 34
10 Clint Bowyer 34
11 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 32
12 Aric Almirola 31
13 Denny Hamlin 31
14 Bobby Labonte 29
15 David Reutimann 28
16 Dave Blaney 27
17 Marcos Ambrose 26
18 Joey Logano 26
19 Jeff Gordon 25
20 Paul Menard 24
21 Michael Waltrip 23
22 Scott Speed 22
23 Martin Truex Jr. 20
24 Travis Kvapil 20
25 Terry Labonte 18
26 Kurt Busch 16
27 Casey Mears 15
28 Jeff Burton 14
29 Jamie McMurray 12
30 Carl Edwards 11
31 Kyle Busch 10
32 David Ragan 9
33 Matt Kenseth 9
34 Kasey Kahne 8
35 David Gilliland 6
36 Juan Pablo Montoya 5
37 Josh Wise 4
38 Tony Stewart 3
39 Kevin Harvick 2
40 Regan Smith 0
41 Trevor Bayne 0
42 Austin Dillon 0
43 Joe Nemechek 0

See below for video of the Busch/Kayne incident

See below for video of the Trevor Bayne-induced multi-car wreck

See below for video of the final lap

See below for video of Jimmie Johnson in victory lane

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