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Jimmie Johnson wins the Daytona 500

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.– Jimmie Johnson put the petal to the metal literally — to edge out Dale Earnhardt, Jr. during the last lap of the 2013 Daytona 500 Sunday afternoon to take the wave of the checkered flag.

Earnhardt, Jr. finished second, running out of steam as he tried to get past Johnson on the last lap at the Daytona International Speedway.

Danica Patrick finished eighth after staying in the top-10 drivers all day.  She made history at the race becoming the first woman driver to lead a lap under green.

It occurred following a Lap 90 caution for debris.

A six-car wreck on Lap 32 knocked contenders Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne out of the race.

It was the 55th running of NASCAR’s biggest race, coming on the heels of the Nationwide Series race Saturday, in which a massive wreck sent car and tire parts into the grandstand area injuring 28 people.

Results for the Daytona 500

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

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