Jimmy Johnson races away with Daytona 500 victory
Jimmie Johnson took home first place for the second time in his career at the 55th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the runner-up and Mark Martin finished in third.
“I really couldn’t have done much without the help of Mark Martin,” said Earnhardt in an article from the Orlando Sentinel. “We just didn’t have enough to get a run on Jimmie.”
Johnson took over the lead from Brad Keselowski on a restart with 19 laps left in the race. Keselowski ended up in fourth place.
Danica Patrick made history earlier this week becoming the first woman to win a pole in a Sprint Cup race and she put herself in the record book again on Sunday. Patrick became the first woman to lead the Daytona 500, pulling in front of the pack in lap 90 and staying there for two laps but eventually finished in eighth place.
According to USA Today Sports, pre-race favorites Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick were knocked out of the race in a multicar crash during the 34th lap. Other racers eliminated were Kasey Kahne, Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya.