(DAYTONA) — Jimmie Johnson’s domination at Daytona continued on Saturday night.
Johnson took home the victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400, becoming the first driver since Bobby Allison in 1982 to win both races in a season at Daytona.
“I don’t think I made a bad move tonight. I’m pretty proud of that,” Johnson said. “To tie anything that Bobby did is really special. I’m very proud of that. I’m going to take that home and savor it pretty well.”
The five-time NASCAR champion was the leader on the restart for a two-lap sprint to the finish in overtime. He held off third-place finisher Kevin Harvick and took the lead for good down the stretch. Harvick pulled far back enough that Tony Stewart was able to sneak in and take second place.
Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip rounded out the top five.
The race was stopped for almost nine minutes for a six-car accident with 11 laps remaining. It resumed with seven laps remaining to set up a wild finish.
Sprint Cup Series action shifts to New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 14.
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