John­son sets off crash, wins Clash

Houston Chronicle - - FOR THE RECORD | ETC. -

Jim­mie John­son trig­gered a wreck that wiped out nearly the en­tire field at Day­tona and zipped to the lead to win the rain-short­ened ex­hi­bi­tion Clash.

The seven-time Cup Se­ries cham­pion failed to win a race last sea­son for the first time in his ca­reer, but a dose of ag­gres­sion put him back in Vic­tory Lane in the first week­end of Speed­weeks. Paul Me­nard led 51 laps and con­trolled the race in­ter­rupted mul­ti­ple times for rain. With more rain loom­ing, John­son dipped low and tried to side-draft 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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