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Jimmie Johnson completes Daytona sweep with Coke Zero 400 win

July 7, 2013 at 12:20 AM   |   Comments

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 7 (UPI) -- Jimmie Johnson became the first driver since 1982 to post a season's sweep at Daytona International Speedway Saturday, dominating the Coke Zero 400.

Johnson, who took the season-opening Daytona 500 in February, won the superspeedway's 400-mile event as well, leading 94 of 161 laps on his way to a 0.108-second victory over second-place finisher Tony Stewart.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver pulled off a Daytona sweep for the first time since Bobby Allison accomplished it 31 years ago.

His fourth win of the season came after an accident involving Hendrick teammate Kasey Kahne necessitated a two-lap overtime finish, during which Johnson pulled away from the pack.

Third place went to Kevin Harvick while Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip completed the Top 5.

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