Johnson Races to a Rare Daytona Sweep
Daytona Beach, Fla. — Jimmie Johnson became the first driver in 31 years to sweep Daytona International Speedway, accomplishing the feat with a dominating run Saturday night for his fourth win of the season.
The Daytona 500 winner is the first driver since Bobby Allison in 1982, and the fifth overall, to win both races in a season at Daytona.
“I don’t think I made a bad move tonight. I’m pretty proud of that,” Johnson said. “To tie anything that Bobby did is really special. I’m very proud of that. I’ve going to take that home and savor it pretty well.”
The five-time NASCAR champion was the leader on the restart for a two-lap sprint to the finish in overtime Saturday night. He held off Kevin Harvick on the restart, and then pulled out front to a sizeable lead. Tony Stewart moved into second and may have been timing his attempt to make a pass for the lead when a caution in the middle of the pack froze the field.
Stewart was second, followed by Kevin Harvick in a Chevrolet sweep.
Clint Bowyer was fourth and team co-owner Michael Waltrip fifth in a pair of Toyotas. Then came Kurt Busch, Jamie McMurray and Dale Earnhardt Jr. as Chevrolets took six of the top eight spots and seven of the top 10.
Casey Mears was ninth in a Ford, followed by Ryan Newman.
The race was stopped for almost nine minutes for a six-car accident with 11 laps remaining that included yet another vicious hit for Denny Hamlin.
Hamlin’s car inexplicably turned right and spun hard into the frontstretch wall. It then turned back into traffic and Hamlin was tagged hard by AJ Allmendinger in a hit that caused his car to lift off the ground.
Both he and Allmendinger had to collect themselves after climbing from their wrecked cars, but both were evaluated and released from the infield care center. Hamlin missed four races earlier this season with a compression fracture in a vertebra in his lower back, and took a hard hit last Sunday at Kentucky.
He tested Monday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but had to be evaluated by a doctor on site before he got in the car.
Also involved in the late accident with Hamlin and Allmendinger were Matt Kenseth, Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, and Jeff Gordon.
Wagner Leads Classic
White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. — Johnson Wagner shot a 6-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Greenbrier Classic.
Wagner was 14 under overall on the Old White TPC course in West Virginia. Jimmy Walker also shot a 64 and was second at 12 under.
Sweden’s Jonas Blixt was 10 under after shooting 67. Texas teenager Jordan Spieth and two others are 9 under.
Wagner entered the day one stroke behind Matt Every. Wagner had seven birdies and a bogey in his round.
No third-round leader has gone on to win the Greenbrier Classic, now in its fourth year.
Butler Hires Coach
Indianapolis — Butler found its next basketball coach the same place it usually does — inside the family.
Yesterday, the Bulldogs announced they were promoting recently hired assistant coach Brandon Miller as Brad Stevens’ replacement. The decision came three days after Stevens surprised everyone by taking the head job with the Boston Celtics.
But like Stevens and his predecessors Todd Lickliter and Thad Matta, the Bulldogs didn’t have to look far to find the next coach.
Only two candidates’ names were bandied about — Miller, a former Butler star who was just rehired by Stevens as an assistant coach in April, and Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan, another Butler alum and former Bulldog assistant.
Hawks Add 2
The Atlanta Hawks agreed to contracts with free-agent forwards Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll, continuing their makeover under general manager Danny Ferry.
Two people close to the negotiations confirmed the deals for Millsap and Carroll, who were teammates on the Utah Jazz last season.
The addition of Millsap and Carroll will help make up for the loss of Josh Smith, who agreed to a $54 million, four-year contract with the Detroit Pistons, according to a person familiar with the deal.
And Quarter Referee
Sao Paulo — Police said enraged spectators invaded a soccer field, stoned the referee to death and quartered his body after he stabbed a player to death.
The Public Safety Department of the state of Maranhao said in a statement that it all started when referee Otavio da Silva expelled player Josenir Abreu from a game last weekend. The two got into a fist fight, then Silva took out a knife and stabbed Abreu, who died on his way to the hospital.
The statement issued this week said Abreu’s friends and relatives immediately “rushed into the field, stoned the referee to death and quartered his body.”
Local news media said the spectators also decapitated Silva and stuck his head on a stake in the middle of the field.
Police have arrested one suspect.
Revs Blank Quakes
Foxborough, Mass. — Saer Sene and Dimitry Imbongo each scored their second goals of the season and the New England Revolution snapped a three-match winless stretch with a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.
New England (6-5-6) was winless in its last three outings (0-1-2) and snapped a five-match (0-4-1) winless streak against San Jose (5-9-6) before 13,732 at Gillette Stadium.
New England midfielder Lee Nguyen set up both goals, creating Sene’s goal in the 13th minute, a 25-yard blast from atop the penalty box area, then making a pass from atop the right corner of the penalty box to create Imbongo’s goal, a sliding touch, in the 78th minute.
New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth had to make just two saves for his eighth shutout of the season and faced just two corner kicks.