Jimmie Johnson Holds off Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Win Daytona 500

Michael Guadalupe@The_GuadaFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2013

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The 2013 Daytona 500 started off the season with a bang.

From Danica Patrick leading laps and finishing in eighth place after racing around in the top 10 for most of the day, to the first point’s race debut of the Gen-6 car, the Daytona 500 was filled with excitement.

Jimmie Johnson would be the one in the end who managed to hold onto first place and won his second Daytona 500, and the seventh for Hendrick Motorsports.

We also saw two multi-car wrecks during the race, and favorites like Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick were knocked out of contention early on.

The Daytona 500 started off the NASCAR season the right way, and if it was a preview of what to expect, this year should be one of NASCAR’s best.

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