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Daytona is the place where hearts are broken and legends are made. Sunday's race was an emotional one indeed. Jimmie Johnson became the 30th driver to put his name in the record books as a Daytona 500 winner. It was the fifth win in the last eight restrictor plate races for a Hendrick Motorsports team. The torch has been passed from Dale Earnhardt Inc. to Hendrick Motorsports when it comes to restrictor plate dominance. And the No. 48 crew battled through adversity. Johnson's crew chief, Chad Knaus, was sent home for failing a post-qualifying inspection, and the team rose to the occasion, winning the Great American Race without their leader. During the closing laps, I thought Casey Mears and Ryan Newman, who aren't teammates but drive Dodges, would team up and make a run for the win. Instead, they split the difference, running different lines, and Johnson liked seeing that in his rearview mirror. Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Brian Vickers, was also very impressive with a 7th-place finish. Another Hendrick driver, Jeff Gordon, had problems early with Tony Stewart when they got together. The three-time Daytona 500 winner never could get going again.
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