5-time Sprint Cup series champion Jimmie Johnson showed that he is still the man to beat in NASCAR as he won his 2nd Daytona 500 on Sunday. The win came in his 400th career start and 7 years from his initial Daytona win. In Johnson’s mine, the win was well past due.
"I've struck out a lot at these tracks, left with torn-up race cars. Today we had a clean day. I didn't doubt our ability to win, I was just frustrated with circumstances and plate racing. This will buy me a smile for I'm sure the rest of the year on the plate tracks."
Danica Patrick made history by starting on the pole for the 500...And added to her historic weekend by leading the race. Patrick was very comfortable at the front of the field.
"But I got a feeling there, once you're out in the car, I've been in these situations before, I felt really calm leading the field to the green. The front was the calmest place to be, so I thought as anything would go, I'm sure there were people behind me that were more nervous because up front is nice on these speedways."
For Dale Earnhardt Jr.....it was another good finish in Daytona..as for the 3rd year out of 4 he finished 2nd..but as Junior gave it his all trying to best his teammate Johnson in the last lap.
Once we come off of two, mashed the gas, got a run on Danica, side-drafted her a little bit. I don't know why them guys didn't pull down in front of me besides Jimmie, but we got through three and four with a pretty good run. Once we come to turn four, we kind of run out of steam, didn't have enough to get a run on Jimmie.
It was a tough weekend for Wisconsin drivers....Matt Kenseth made his debut for Joe Gibbs racing in the 20 car, only to suffer and engine failure and finish 37, as for paul menard he was involved in a late wreck with Travis Kvapil, Menard finished 21st, Kvapil 25th.