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Johnson 1st driver to sweep Daytona since 1982


By JENNA FRYER
AP Auto Racing Writer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Jimmie Johnson is the first driver in 31 years to sweep Daytona International Speedway.

The Daytona 500 winner became the first driver since Bobby Allison in 1982, and the fifth overall, to win both races in a season at Daytona.

The five-time NASCAR champion was the leader on the restart for a two-lap sprint to the finish in overtime Saturday night. He held off Kevin Harvick on the restart, and then pulled out front to a sizeable lead. Tony Stewart moved into second and may have been timing his attempt to make a pass for the lead when a caution in the middle of the pack froze the field.

Stewart was second, followed by Kevin Harvick in a Chevrolet sweep. Clint Bowyer was fourth in a Toyota.


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