Jimmie Johnson Wins The 2013 Daytona 500

Jimmie Johnson Wins Daytona 500Don’t get me wrong; I like Jimmie Johnson, but Dale Earnhardt, Jr just missed out on the win, and Jeff Gordon finished 20th.

This was Johnson’s second Daytona 500 win.

Last year, the five-time champ wrecked on Lap 2 of the Daytona 500. This year, making his 400th career start, Johnson outpaced the entire field and won convincingly, holding off challenges from Brad Keselowski and Greg Biffle. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second. Mark Martin came home third.

The 55th Daytona 500 made history days before the green flag flew. Danica Patrick delivered on a measure of the hype surrounding her by becoming the first woman to ever qualify for the pole in a Sprint Cup race. While she couldn’t initially capitalize on her leading position — Jeff Gordon passed her almost immediately — Patrick remained close to the front for most of the day. When she took the lead on Lap 90, she became the first woman ever to lead a lap under green at the Daytona 500. She entered the final lap in third place, and would go on to finish eighth.

An eighth place finish for Danica is nothing to sneeze at. That said, let’s see what she can do on the mile and a half tri-ovals. If she can succeed there, I’ll be more impressed.

This week’s Fantasy Stats are below the fold.

Whoo hoo! 10th place out of 11 teams! /dang

Daytona Stats

6 thoughts on “Jimmie Johnson Wins The 2013 Daytona 500

  1. Jim Scrummy

    I will eat crow in regards to Ms. Patrick. But as “Grand Master Wyatt” says…let’s see what she does on the 1.5ers and the short tracks. I will gladly eat crow if she makes it to the chase, which would be an accomplishment, until then, skeptical.

  2. Wyatt Earp Post author

    Jeffro – Dale, Jr knew that; just couldn’t catch him in time.

    Old NFO – I like how they’re trying to look more like production cars – like they did in the early days.

    Jim – Eh, much better than I fared this week. Even Kyle (Wonder Toast) could only manage 7th.

    Jim – Daytona (and Talladega) are almost always more luck than skill. If she can qualify and run well this week at Phoenix, I’ll be impressed.

    Roger – Kyle Busch killed me . . . again.


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