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Jimmie Johnson’s 12th place finish salvages rough night for Team Hendrick

Jimmie Johnson finished the race where he qualified and leaves Daytona sitting seventh in the driver standings.

It was not a good night for Hendrick Motorsports in Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway -- primarily due to drivers being involved in wrecks, not necessarily of their own doing:

  • Polesitter Dale Earnhardt Jr. was collected in a wreck and finished 32nd in what was his final Cup start at Daytona.
  • Chase Elliott wrecked and finished 22nd
  • Kasey Kahne, who at one point late led the race, also wrecked and finished 18th.

That left seven-time Cup champ Jimmie Johnson to carry the banner for HMS with a 12th-place finish.

Johnson is seventh in the Cup driver standings after Saturday’s race. He spoke about his finish and looking ahead to next Saturday’s race at Kentucky.