A Statement Win by Jimmie Johnson

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Jimmie Johnson claims he didn’t take any extra satisfaction beating Brad Keselowski for his second Daytona 500 win on Sunday.

Don’t believe it.

As competitive as those two drivers were throughout the final 10 races last year as they battled for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title — in a contest that wasn’t decided until the season-ending race at Homestead — Johnson must have been grinning inside his helmet as he passed the Blue Deuce for the lead with 10 laps to go and again when the pair lined up side by side for the final restart.

In the end, it was just Johnson doing what he does best — winning. He scored his 61st Cup victory in his 400th career start.

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