Auto racing: Johnson sweeps at Daytona; last was Allison in '82

2013-07-07T00:00:00Z Auto racing: Johnson sweeps at Daytona; last was Allison in '82The Associated Press The Associated Press
July 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Jimmie Johnson became the first driver in 31 years to sweep Daytona International Speedway, accomplishing the feat with a dominating run Saturday night for his fourth win of the season.

The Daytona 500 winner is the first driver since Bobby Allison in 1982, and the fifth overall, to win both races in a season at Daytona.

The five-time NASCAR champion was the leader on the restart for a two-lap sprint to the finish in overtime Saturday night. He held off Kevin Harvick on the restart, and then pulled out front to a sizeable lead. Tony Stewart moved into second and may have been timing his attempt to make a pass for the lead when a caution in the middle of the pack froze the field.

Stewart was second, followed by Harvick in a Chevrolet sweep.

Clint Bowyer was fourth and team co-owner Michael Waltrip fifth in a pair of Toyotas.

The race was stopped for almost nine minutes for a six-car accident with 11 laps remaining that included yet another vicious hit for Denny Hamlin. Hamlin's car inexplicably turned right and spun hard into the frontstretch wall. It then turned back into traffic, and Hamlin was tagged hard by AJ Allmendinger in a hit that caused his car to lift off the ground.

Both he and Allmendinger had to collect themselves after climbing from their wrecked cars, but both were evaluated and released from the infield care center.

Andretti team wins 1-2-3 start at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. - Andretti Autosport made it a 1-2-3 start - with local star Marco Andretti leading the way - to create quite a splash Saturday as the IndyCar Series returns to Pocono Raceway today for the first time since 1989.

IndyCar is using three-wide starts at Pocono, making it an all-Andretti front row on a track not far from where one of racing's greatest families has lived for decades. Pocono is considered a hometown track for the Andrettis, who hail from nearby Nazareth.

Andretti didn't just win the pole, he smashed the track record with a two-lap average speed of 221.273 mph.

Andretti teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe will start second and third.

Hamilton, Mercedes win Grand Prix pole

NUERBURGRING, Germany - Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes earned the pole position for today's German Grand Prix, edging Red Bull's three-time defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton set the fastest qualifying time Saturday of 1 minute, 29.398 seconds.

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