Jimmie Johnson’s Daytona nightmare continues


Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, hits the wall outside of turn four after an incident in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on July 7, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Jimmie Johnson hoped to leave Daytona International Speedway Saturday night after a triumphant return.  Instead he left after a visit to the infield care center while his mangled Chevy left the track on the back of a tow truck.

The Coke Zero 400 was a scenario reminiscent of one that played out in February during the season opening Daytona 500. At least Johnson was able to complete more than one lap Saturday night. In this year’s Daytona 500 Johnson was swept up in a crash as the field raced towards turn one on the second lap; his Chevy was sent headlong into the outside wall and Johnson was done, scored 42 out of 43 cars.

Saturday night Johnson made it to lap 124. As the field came into turn 4 the leaders began to slow to enter the pits for green flag stops. Johnson was caught up in a chain reaction and sent headlong into the inside wall. Jeff Gordon, Regan Smith, Joey Logano, Michael Waltrip and Bill Elliott were among the others caught up in the ensuing melee. MORE>>>


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