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Johnson overcomes odds, late rush to win 500

Updated: February 20, 2006, 3:22 PM ET
By Rupen Fofaria | Special to ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jimmie Johnson raced to make a statement on Sunday. Then he shouted for anyone within earshot to hear just in case his racing hadn't gotten the message across.

"We won the Daytona 500!" he yelled.

Johnson made the winning pass on his teammate, Brian Vickers, on lap 186 and held off charges from a half-dozen drivers over the final 43 miles of what turned out to be a 507.5-mile race. Casey Mears won a spirited battle with fellow Dodge driver Ryan Newman for ...

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