Jul 6, 2013; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) celebrates winning the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson’s Historic Win


With a victory late Saturday night in the Coke Zero 400, driver Jimmie Johnson added another accomplishment to his already illustrious racing career: being the first driver since Bobby Allison in 1982 to complete a season sweep of Daytona races (he won the Daytona 500 back in February). Three other drivers have also accomplished the feat, including LeeRoy Yarbrough, Cale Yarborough, and Fireball Roberts.

The win was Johnson’s fourth victory of the season, putting him in a tie with Matt Kenseth for the series lead.

Tony Stewart, who won the Coke Zero 400 last year, finished second to Johnson. Stewart didn’t seem overly impressed with Johnson’s win when speaking to the media after the race:

These things are such a crap shoot that I guess it is impressive. They definitely had a fast car.

Johnson, on the other hand, was understandably joyful to be mentioned in the same breath as Bobby Allison:

Growing up in Southern California, I always watched Bobby Allison race. To do something that Bobby did is amazing.

The race wasn’t crash free, however. Danica Patrick got spun out at the finish line and collided with twelve other cars. It was a third crash to occur in the final twelve laps of the race.

[Source: USA Today]

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