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Johnson wins Daytona 500 while Patrick finishes eighth

Associated Press

Publication: theday.com

Published February 24. 2013 5:00PM   Updated February 24. 2013 5:29PM

Daytona Beach, Fla. — Jimmie Johnson has won his second Daytona 500, racing past defending NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski on the final restart, while Danica Patrick finished eighth.

Johnson wasn’t challenged over the final six laps Sunday, adding another 500 title to go with his 2006 victory.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. made a late move to finish second, but didn't challenge his Hendrick Motorsports teammate for the victory. Mark Martin was third.

Patrick was third on the final lap, but faded in the flurry of late action. She became the first woman in history to lead laps in the Daytona 500, though, with her three laps out front.

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