John­son trig­gers wreck, then wins Clash at Day­tona

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DAY­TONA BEACH, Fla. — Jim­mie John­son trig­gered a wreck that wiped out nearly the en­tire 20-car field at Day­tona In­ter­na­tional Sped­way and zipped to the lead to win the rain-short­ened ex­hi­bi­tion Clash on Sun­day.

The seven-time Cup Series cham­pion failed to win a race for the first time in his ca­reer in 2018, but a dose of aggression put him back in vic­tory lane dur­ing the open­ing week­end of Speed­weeks.

John­son’s win capped a ban­ner day for Hen­drick Mo­tor­sports, in­clud­ing Wil­liam By­ron earn­ing the Day­tona 500 pole.

The cel­e­bra­tion at Day­tona comes with a caveat: the last Day­tona 500 pole-sit­ter to win the race was Dale Jar­rett in 2000, and John­son’s vic­tory doesn’t count in the of­fi­cial NASCAR record book.

Paul Me­nard led 51 laps and con­trolled the race, which was in­ter­rupted three times for rain. With more rain loom­ing, John­son dipped low and tried to sid­e­draft Me­nard as they bat­tled for the lead. But John­son turned Me­nard and started a chain-re­ac­tion ac­ci­dent that left cars side­ways and smok­ing be­hind the No. 48 Chevro­let.

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