After two hundred grueling laps and five hundred miles of racing, Team Chevy and Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson came roaring through the finish line to claim the checkered flag at the conclusion of this afternoon’s NASCAR Daytona 500. Meanwhile, people’s champion Danica Patrick, who made pole position and was in third at the final lap, finished 8th. It was the best finish by a woman ever in the Daytona 500, leapfrogging Janet Guthrie, who finished 11th in 1980.
Both Johnson and Patrick were driving Chevrolet SS stock cars, as was runner-up Dale Earnhardt Jr. Fifth-place Ryan Newman, seventh-place Regan Smith, and tenth-place J.J. Yeley, to round out the top 10, were also driving SS race cars. The pace car was also a Chevy SS, driven by none other than Mark Reuss, which officially goes on sale at the end of the year. The sport sedan was unveiled last weekend.