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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Win Transforms 2014 Daytona 500 from Disaster to Delight

This is why real NASCAR fans don't bail out on the Daytona 500 just because there are tornado warnings and there's a record rain delay. This is why they hang in there for six hours, 22 minutes while the only engines rumbling are those of the Air Titan jet dryers. They do it because there's always a chance, no matter how small, that the man they've voted Most Popular Driver 11 years in a row might emerge from the pack and snatch racing's biggest gem. Dale Earnhardt Jr. did exactly that late Sunday night, winning the elusive second Daytona 500 title that some thought might never come his way. He also ended a 57-race winless streak in the Sprint Cup Series. Appropriately, Earnhardt took a victory ride down the homestretch headed the wrong way ...

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