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Johnson was in class of his own

Updated: July 8, 2013, 1:57 AM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Never have I seen a restrictor-plate race so clearly over, so long before the end. Not for 23 years had I seen a car so dominant at Daytona, and that one didn't win.

No driver since Dale Earnhardt in the 1990 Daytona 500 has been as utterly overpowering as Jimmie Johnson was in Saturday night's Coke Zero 400. But Earnhardt made a blink-of-an-eye mistake within a mile of the checkered flag.

Johnson was flawless to the final second. And he knew it, couldn't ...

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