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Associated Press Jimmie Johnson sends grass flying as he celebrates winning the Daytona 500 on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Johnson wins at Daytona; Patrick eighth

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A big first for Danica Patrick, but an even bigger second for Jimmie Johnson.

Patrick made history up front at the Daytona 500 Sunday, only to see Johnson make a late push ahead of her and reclaim his spot at the top of his sport.

It was the second Daytona 500 victory for Johnson, a five-time NASCAR champion who first won “The Great American Race” in 2006.

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