Thoughts After Daytona's Coke Zero 400

By jamesharris
Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmie Johnson picked up a Daytona sweep in front of a wreck that erupted on the final lap of the Coke Zero 400. The No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet also won the season opening Daytona 500, Johnson’s fourth win of the year, which ties him with Matt Kenseth for the series lead.

Johnson became the first driver in 31 years to win both the Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400 since Bobby Allison in 1982. He joins Fireball Roberts, Cale Yarborough and LeeRoy Yarbrough in the season sweep.

Personally, I was glad to see Tony Stewart take second as he was my top tip in my top 5 for the win. Kevin Harvick came in as I predicted, placing his Chevrolet in third. Both thought Johnson’s car untouchable once it got out in front – considering he led 94 of the 161 laps, Johnson was storming out front.

Another driver I am extremely glad finished well was Kurt Busch. I previously wrote about his consistent finishes and his possible inclusion for the Chase For The Sprint Cup, and his sixth place on Saturday means he falls into contention in 10th place overall.

Unfortunately, at a time when Danica Patrick looked to silence a few critics and mixing it up with the big boys in the closing laps, her No. 10 Chevrolet momentarily stumbled, taking out a handful of other cars. Although she finished a fair 14th overall, the Go Daddy! driver should’ve finished higher. This will no doubt spark off yet another debate over her skills as a racer.


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