Jimmie Johnson makes history with convincing Coke Zero 400 win at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 06:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Dover White Chevrolet, sprays champagne in victory lane in celebration of winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JULY 06: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Dover White Chevrolet, sprays champagne in victory lane in celebration of winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH Fla. – Jimmie Johnson became only the fourth driver in NASCAR history to complete a season sweep at Daytona International Speedway by staging a dominating performance in Saturday nights Coke Zero 400. Johnson, who won the season opening Daytona 500, led 94 of the 160 laps in route to victory along the way surviving a green-white-checkered flag finish and an eight minute red flag period with less then ten laps to go.

Pole sitter Kyle Busch led the first 29 laps and while the front 15 settled into line, behind them a second line formed led by Johnson on the bottom. The bottom line tried to work their way forward but seemed to stall. It looked as though the top lane would be the fastest of the night as the field settled down.

The first caution came on lap 23 when Paul Menard’s Chevy imploded leaving a fiery trial down the frontstretch.  On the restart in lap 29 the bottom line suddenly took off and Johnson took over the top spot on the inside lane lap 32.  By lap 43 Johnson was solidly in front. MORE>>>

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