Top 5 reasons Jimmie Johnson won the Daytona 500
By DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency
|NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 race at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Feb. 24, 2013. (REUTERS/Doug Murray)
DAYTONA, FLA. - 1: The man they call "Five-Time" for his five consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championships avoided all the wrecks that took out many of the top racers on this day.
And at Daytona International Speedway that takes plenty of skill, luck and concentration.
Among those who were taken out by crashes: Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne.
Johnson’s skill as a diver was evident all day as he maneuvered the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet around the carnage on the 2.5 mile, high-banked oval.
It was most evident when he was racing for the win with Brad Keselowski, who had a banged up No. 2 Penske Racing Ford, that hurt his chances.
2: It is an accepted fact in the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage that Johnson’s crew chief, Chad Knaus, is the best in he business at getting the most out of a race car.