Jimmie Johnson Wins 55th Daytona 500: Full Results, Analysis

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2013

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Jerry Markland/Getty Images

Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 car won the 2013 Daytona 500 after leading 17 laps Sunday, including the most important of them all. It was his second career win at Daytona. 

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished in second, Mark Martin finished in third place, Brad Keselowski came in fourth and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five.

Danica Patrick ended up in eighth place, the highest finishing spot for any female driver in the event’s history, and led five laps to cap off a very successful event for the second-year star.

Sunday’s race day started off with a spectacular pre-show featuring a performance from the Zac Brown Band. At the start of the race, James Franco gave the command for "Drivers and Danica" to start their engines.

Meanwhile, Erin Andrews dodged a kiss from rapper 50 Cent while looking to interview Patrick on pit row.

As the cars took the track and the green flag fell on the field, the outside lane, led by Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 car, took off fast once again. Patrick, the first female pole-sitter in NASCAR history, slid to the outside behind them and abandoned the low line.

Gordon led the first lap of the race.

The Great American Race had its fair share of accidents—as well as several lead changes, a few cautions for debris and plenty of hard racing—including a Lap 33 wreck involving huge stars and serious contenders including Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jamie McMurray and Brad Keselowski.

There was also another crash earlier on Lap 138 between Carl Edwards and Trevor Bayne.

The field used the caution to make a pit stop, but after coming back to the green flag once again, the real history was made. On Lap 90, Patrick and the No. 10 car took the lead and she became the first female in the history of the Daytona 500 to ever lead a lap (h/t NASCAR’s Twitter account):

As the race continued, Joe Gibbs Racing stars and serious contenders Matt Kenseth (Lap 150) and Kyle Busch (Lap 154) had catastrophic engine failures (something that plagued Toyota all afternoon) and were forced to the garage early. At one point, three Gibbs cars were running first, second and third.

That’s a bad day for any team, but especially for one as predominant as Gibbs racing.

On Lap 177, Jeff Burton smashed into the wall, bringing out the yellow flag and allowing the entire field to hit pit road. That evened the playing field for the final run toward the checkered flag.

After another caution came out on Lap 191, the field came to the green and finished the race with Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team stealing the show for the second time in his career.

It was a spectacular finish to another amazing Daytona 500.

Twitter Reaction

NASCAR’s official Twitter account offers a great view from the spotter’s stand at the drop of the green flag:

One of the wrecks took out a race favorite, Carl Edwards, and former 500 winner Trevor Bayne (h/t NASCAR):

Bleacher Report showed Danica Patrick breaking the barrier and becoming the first woman to lead a lap in a Daytona 500:

With the failure of the Toyota Racing Development’s (TRD), the Orange Cone diagnosed the problem (with tongue firmly in cheek):

ESPN brings the fans a photo of eighth-place finisher Patrick, who broke the record for the best finish for a woman at the Daytona 500:

Musician and NASCAR fan Darius Rucker congratulated race winner Jimmie Johnson after his huge Daytona 500 win:

Full Daytona 500 Results (via NASCAR.com)

1. Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 - Chevrolet

2. Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 88 - Chevrolet

3. Mark Martin, No. 55 - Toyota

4. Brad Keselowski, No. 2 - Ford

5. Ryan Newman, No. 39 - Chevrolet

6. Greg Biffle, No. 16 - Ford

7. Regan Smith, No. 51 - Chevrolet

8. Danica Patrick, No. 10 - Chevrolet

9. Michael McDowell, No. 98 - Ford

10. J.J. Yeley, No. 36 - Chevrolet

11. Clint Bowyer, No. 15 - Toyota

12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 17 - Ford

13. Aric Almirola, No. 43 – Ford

14. Denny Hamlin, No. 11 - Toyota

15. Bobby Labonte, No. 47 - Toyota

16. David Reutimann, No. 83 - Toyota

17. Dave Blaney, No. 7 - Chevrolet

18. Marcos Ambrose, No. 9 - Ford

19. Joey Logano, No. 22 - Ford

20. Jeff Gordon, No. 24 - Chevrolet

21. Paul Menard, No. 27 - Chevrolet

22. Michael Waltrip, No. 26 - Toyota

23. Scott Speed, No. 95 - Ford

24. Martin Truex Jr., No. 56 - Toyota

25. Travis Kvapil, No. 93 - Toyota

26. Terry Labonte, No. 32 - Ford

27. Trevor Bayne, No. 21 - Ford

28. Kurt Busch, No. 78 - Chevrolet

29. Casey Mears, No. 13 - Ford

30. Jeff Burton, No. 31 - Chevrolet

31. Austin Dillon, No. 33 - Chevrolet

32. Jamie McMurray, No. 1 - Chevrolet

33. Carl Edwards, No. 99 - Ford

34. Kyle Busch, No. 18 - Toyota

35. David Ragan, No. 34 - Ford

36. Kasey Kahne, No. 5 - Chevrolet

37. Matt Kenseth, No. 20 - Toyota

38. David Gilliland, No. 38 - Ford

39. Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 - Chevrolet

40. Josh Wise, No. 35 - Ford

41. Tony Stewart, No. 14 - Chevrolet

42. Kevin Harvick, No. 29 - Chevrolet

43. Joe Nemechek, No. 87 - Toyota


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