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Roush Jr. wins at Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.

Jack Roush Jr. and Billy Johnson captured the BMW Performance 200 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season opener on Friday afternoon, the prelude to this weekend’s historic 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona.

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Roush and Johnson, who shared the wheel behind the No. 61 Roush Performance Mustang Boss 302 R, captured the 58-lap race edging the No. 48 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 and drivers Charles Putman and Charles Espenlaub.

“I love this track,” said Roush, the son of NASCAR team owner Jack Roush. “There is a lot of history. It’s a very special race to win. I can’t be happier.”

The No. 61 car took the lead during a pit stop cycle on Lap 41 with Johnson replacing Roush in the driver’s seat. Johnson led the final 18 laps on the 3.56-mile road course on the way to a 1.061-second win.

In the Sport Touring class, the No. 31 i-Moto Mazda Speed 3 with Pieree Kleinubing and Jayson Clunie, who started at the rear of the field, nipped the No. 10 Kinetic/Kia Racing Kia Forte Koup and drivers Andy Lally and Nic Jonsson at the start/finish line.

The margin of victory was .021 seconds.

Pole winner Shelby Blackstock, son of country music star Reba McIntrye, co-driver Jade Buford finished 10th overall in the No. 51 Roush Performance Mustang Boss 302 R.

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