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Sport Johnson fails to finish following wreck in final Daytona 500

04:30  18 february  2020
04:30  18 february  2020 Source:   ap.org

Jimmie Johnson starts final season in defense of Clash win

  Jimmie Johnson starts final season in defense of Clash win DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jimmie Johnson‘s return to Daytona International Speedway has been understandably bittersweet. Though he‘s excited to get back into the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE to start a new NASCAR Cup season, Johnson must process the realization that the 2020 season will be his last as a full-time driver […]“Coming down here, I obviously know this is my last full-time season,” Johnson said on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. “So there were mixed emotions. But I‘m excited to start my final year.

Denny Hamlin won a crash-filled Daytona 500 on Monday following a rare postponement for rain after Ryan Newman wrecked on the final lap. Newman’s car flipped several times and crossed the finish line on its roof, engulfed in flames. He was removed from his car by EMTs and taken to a local hospital.

Johnson will then fall in line and start sixth Sunday, the two-time Daytona 500 champion still as respected as any driver in NASCAR - but far from the serious threat he once For those who know Johnson best, his drive to finish his final full season in NASCAR in championship style can't be beat.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson tugged at his baseball cap, walked to a golf cart and sat backward on the dash for a ride out of the Daytona garage. After a Speedweeks where Johnson was hailed by many of his peers as the greatest NASCAR driver of all time, Johnson's expected final Daytona 500 ended with the seven-time champion looking at a scoring pylon that ticked off laps without him.

Jimmie Johnson greets fans during driver introductions before the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/David Graham)© Provided by Associated Press Jimmie Johnson greets fans during driver introductions before the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/David Graham)

Joey Logano leads final Daytona 500 practice; Toyotas sit out

  Joey Logano leads final Daytona 500 practice; Toyotas sit out Joey Logano ended up fastest in the final warmup to Sunday’s Daytona 500. © Phelan M. Ebenhack Joey Logano (22) makes his way through Turn 4 during NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race qualifying at Daytona International Speedway Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) Logano, who won one of the two 500 qualifying races on Thursday night, led the way in the final pre-race practice session Saturday afternoon with an average speed of 200.516 mph, one of six cars to surpass the 200-mph mark.Kevin Harvick ended up second (200.512 mph) and Brad Keselowski third (200.

· Jimmie Johnson ’s final (?) Daytona 500 is obviously a story to watch. We’ll see whether his last scheduled run here fares better than some of the other big names who have left the sport in recent years. Dale Earnhardt Jr. wrecked and finished 37th in his last 500 , and Jeff Gordon finished 35th in

2020 Daytona 500 postponed until 4 p.m. ET on Monday — follow along with today’s action. Unfortunately, shortly before 7 p.m. ET, the race was officially postponed until Monday, as rain meant that drivers were only able to finish 20 laps on Sunday.

Johnson was collected in a late-race wreck at the Daytona 500, and his #OneFinalTime kickoff in the final full season of his NASCAR career ended with a 35th-place finish.

"It's been really a cool race to be a part of," Johnson said. "You only dream of racing in races like this as a kid."

Johnson, tied with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt with seven Cup Series titles, was trying to win for the first time in 96 races and had a strong No. 48 Chevrolet down the stretch.

His Chevy was parked on pit road following the multi-car wreck, and his crew furiously tried to repair it and at least have Johnson finish the race in the car. The time allotted to make the necessary repairs expired, and so did Johnson's chance of salvaging a better finish.

He finished well behind winner Denny Hamlin in a race marred by the fiery last-lap wreck that sent Ryan Newman to the hospital.

Is simply avoiding crashes the biggest key to winning the 2020 Daytona 500?

  Is simply avoiding crashes the biggest key to winning the 2020 Daytona 500? Crashing has intensified recently at Daytona and Talladega and there’s no reason to think it’ll take a respite on Sunday. Sunday’s race will be the first 500 at Daytona with the current set of rules governing races there and at Talladega. The cars will have much larger spoilers than they did for the 2019 Daytona 500. The 2019 Daytona 500 featured five crashes involving five or more cars including a 21-car melee with less than 10 scheduled laps to go and wrecks involving seven and eight cars respectively over the final 11 laps of the race.The trend continued at both Talladega races and the rain-shortened Daytona race with the current rules.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Denny Hamlin edged his teammates Kyle Busch and Erik Jones to reach the checkered flag first in a destruction-derby-style overtime finish of the 61st Daytona 500 , the crown jewel of Nascar’s Monster Energy Cup Series. Three multicar wrecks in the final 25 miles scrambled

Jimmie Johnson has won the 2013 Daytona 500 , narrowly holding off the hard-charging Dale Earnhardt Jr. to secure the win. Johnson led the way on the high side, holding off Greg Biffle and Danica Patrick as the drivers ticked off laps following the final caution of the day.

Johnson was long gone by the end, content that he knew he could still be competitive in the 48.

"It helps to always run good," Johnson said. "That competitive spirit still is very intense inside of me."

Johnson, the El Cajon, California, native, was celebrated throughout Speedweeks, and he tried his best to savor NASCAR's biggest race. Johnson walked to a meet-and-greet Sunday when his golf cart ride was scrapped because of tightened security spurred by President Donald Trump's arrival. Johnson paused when he saw the 22-foot high flagstand, where twice the checkered flag waved to declare him the Daytona 500 champion, and decided to climb up. Dressed in khakis and a black polo shirt, Johnson surveyed the empty track, where hours later he would make his expected final Daytona 500 start. He even left behind a keepsake: He autographed a white square and added an "LG" for Let's Go on the checkered start/finish line.

Ryan Newman's terrifying crash mars finish to Daytona 500 won by Denny Hamlin

  Ryan Newman's terrifying crash mars finish to Daytona 500 won by Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin won his second-straight Daytona 500, but the victory was subdued after Ryan Newman’s car flipped as they raced toward the checkered flag. About a football field from the finish, Newman led the race only to get turned by Ryan Blaney. As Newman’s car crashed behind them, Hamlin beat Blaney to the finish. Newman was blocking Blaney as they came to the finish line and got turned into the wall before the car went upside down. Here is the final lap of the Daytona 500 in which Ryan Newman's car was flipped at the line. We will continue to keep you updated on his status as we learn more. pic.twitter.

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Johnson is making his last Daytona 500 start. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Jimmie Johnson 's golf cart ride to a meet-and-greet was Win or lose, Johnson left behind a keepsake on the track: He autographed a white square and added an ''LG'' for Let's Go on the checkered start/ finish line.

"In the car, that's my space," Johnson said. "I'm perfectly happy and content with the decision I made. Maybe inside the car isn't highly emotional yet because it's still early in the year. It's just the first race of 38. I can tell you, there's been weight on my shoulders outside the car. Just in the car, you're trying to win."

Johnson was waved to the front of the field during Sunday's pace laps to raucous applause from a sold-out Daytona International Speedway. He was mobbed as he made his way through the garage by autograph seekers who wanted one more keepsake. He signed a woman's shirt, the bill of baseball caps and other memorabilia before he ducked in front of a row of haulers to avoid the crush.

Johnson was teased by WWE wrestler Sheamus, who asked him how he ate his sandwiches (the unrelated Jimmy John's) in the car. Hootie and the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker said he wanted to play the pre-race concert because it was Johnson's final Daytona 500.

Johnson made it a family affair with his wife and two young daughters before the race resumed Monday. His daughters hugged him, whispered advice and didn't want dad to go before the finished his final ride at Daytona.

NASCAR Wrecks 2020

  NASCAR Wrecks 2020 NASCAR Wrecks 2020

"The prerace stuff, the rainout, staying occupied today, there was a lot of wait in the activities outside of the car," Johnson said. "In the car, it's funny, you just go back to that place of being a competitor and trying to win. But the stuff surrounding it was definitely heavier."

Johnson won five straight championships from 2006 through 2010, and his 83 career victories are tied with Cale Yarborough for sixth all time. But he's mired in a 96-race losing streak spanning more than two years, and he had two crew chief changes last season.

Crew chief Cliff Daniels, starting his first full season, was in Johnson's ear on the radio before Monday's resume resumed: "Let's buckle down and finish this thing the way we wanted."

Johnson instead left waiting on another race to end the losing streak.

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a person riding a snowboard down the side of a road: NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman (6) wrecks during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2020.

Newman awake, speaking after horrific Daytona 500 crash .
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is awake and speaking with family and doctors a day after his horrific crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500. Roush Fenway Racing released an update on its driver Tuesday, about 20 hours after Newman's car slammed into the wall at nearly 200 mph, flipped, got T-boned by another car, flipped several more times and skidded to a halt in flames.Everyone watching feared the worst Monday night and had to wait nearly two hours to learn that Newman's injuries were not considered life-threatening.

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