- Associated Press - Sunday, February 24, 2013

Jimmie Johnson has won the Daytona 500 for the second time.

Johnson held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. to become the 10th driver with multiple wins in “The Great American Race.”

Danica Patrick was running third heading to the final lap, but she dropped back to eighth as everyone jostled for position.

Still, it was the highest finish ever for a woman in NASCAR’s signature event.

Johnson, a five-time champion, also won the 500 in 2006. But he’s had some tough finishes in recent years, including a 42nd-place flameout in 2012.

_ Paul Newberry _ http://www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963

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RACE TO THE FINISH: The Daytona 500 is heading for a thrilling finish.

Jimmie Johnson leads and Danica Patrick is still in the mix after a late caution flag for debris on the track in turn two.

When the green flag came out with six laps to go, Johnson was followed by defending Cup champion Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer. Patrick is running sixth.

_ Paul Newberry _ http://www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963

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20 TO GO: Defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski leads the Daytona 500 with 20 laps to go.

He’s followed by Jimmie Johnson, Marcus Ambrose, Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin and Danica Patrick.

_ Paul Newberry _ http://www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963

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