Jimmie Johnson Dominates at Daytona [VIDEO]
Another dominating day by Jimmie Johnson. He became the first driver in 31 years to sweep both Cup races at Daytona in the same season by taking Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400. Johnson led 94 of 161 laps and nobody could catch him. He held off Kevin Harvick on a green, white, checkered finish. Tony Stewart looked like he was making a run for the lead when a wreck in the middle of the pack froze the field.
So for Johnson, he becomes the fifth driver to sweep the season series at Daytona and the first since Bobby Allison in 1982. He also joins Matt Kenseth with his fourth win of the season.
Stewart ended up second, with Harvick, Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip completing the Top 5.
Another tough day for Denny Hamlin. He was involved in two wrecks, the second one was similar to the one that put him on the sidelines for four weeks with a fractured vertebra in his lower back. He hit the outside wall, then was crushed by AJ Almendinger. Both were able to get out of their cars on their own, then later released from the infield care center.
So with the win Johnson increases his lead to 49 points over second place Clint Bowyer.
Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch both moved into the Top 10 while Joey Logano dropped from tenth to fifteenth.
Next week it’s the first of this season’s two stops at New Hampshire.