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2013 Daytona 500 results: Jimmie Johnson takes home the victory

Jimmie Johnson started the race in 21st place but still came out on top at Daytona.

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Jimmie Johnson won the 2013 Daytona 500 on Sunday, holding off Dale Earnhardt Jr., who finished in second place. It's the second time that Johnson has won this event. He qualified in just 21st place, and led a total of 17 laps on the day.

Accidents knocked out notables like Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick. Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch suffered mechanical failures that knocked them from competition.

Danica Patrick made history by becoming the first female driver to take the pole at Daytona. She was also the first woman ever to lead a lap in the event, but her starting position wasn't enough to propel her to victory. Patrick finished in eighth place, which is also the highest a woman has ever finished at the Daytona 500.

Here's a look at the top 10 finishers:

1. Jimmie Johnson
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
3. Mark Martin
4. Brad Keselowski
5. Ryan Newman
6. Greg Biffle
7. Regan Smith
8. Danica Patrick
9. Michael McDowell
10. J.J. Yeley

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