Dale Earnhardt Daytona 500 Victory

Arguably the most talented driver in the history of NASCAR Cup Series racing, Dale Earnhardt won his seventh series championship in 1994. He is the only driver in NASCAR's history to win the rookie of the year award (1979) and the series championship (1980) in successive seasons. Earnhardt's hard-driving style earned him 76 series wins, $41,538,362 in career winnings and 25,706 laps led. He is the all-time race winner at Daytona International Speedway, with 29 wins in three different divisions. His emotional 1998 victory in the Daytona 500 came after years of late-race heartbreaks that kept him out of Victory Lane in the season-opening race. Earnhardt is a five-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association's Driver of the Year award (1980, '87, '90, '94, '86 -- co-winner with Tim Richmond). He is also a two time winner of the American Driver of the Year award (1987, '94). Dale Earnhardt tragically died in a last-lap wreck in the 2001 Daytona 500.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. survived the longest rain delay in Daytona 500 history and a spate of accidents to score a win at Daytona International Speedway and capture NASCAR's biggest race. Second was Denny Hamlin, followed by Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski. The race was rain delayed for more than 6 hours after heavy thunderstorms and a tornado warning hit the Central Florida area mid-afternoon. Early on, things looked good. Rookie Austin Dillon started from the pole in the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, the first appearance for that car number in a NASCAR Sprint Cup race since the death of Dale Earnhardt here in 2001.





1998 Daytona 500: Victory Lane celebration
Dale Earnhardt pulls into victory lane a champion of the Daytona 500 at long last, as CBS' Ken Squier is there for the interview. Track president John Graham presents Dale with the Harley J. Earl trophy for his victory.





2010 Subway Jalapeno 250 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins in the #3
Dale Earnhardt Jr. drives his dad's famous #3 car and goes on to win the 2010 Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona. This was going to be the last time Jr. was going to drive the 3 car. Tony Eury Jr. gives an emotional post-race interview moments after Jr. won. Credit goes to NASCAR and ESPN.




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