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Dale Earnhardt Jr: Where Things Stand With Driver No. 88 After Daytona

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was in contention to win the Daytona 500 all day long. At times he was the car to beat, and at the times when he wasn't, he was still never that far out of it. Then, in one lap, it all came to a crashing end. On lap 197, the caution flag waved for an accident involving Regan Smith. At the time, Earnhardt was running in the top five and working very effectively with longtime drafting partner, Tony Stewart. Then, while running laps behind the pace car, he thought he felt a tire going down and was forced to pit. That resulted in Earnhardt having to line up in the middle of the pack. That proved to be a costly flat tire. As the field made their first attempt at a green-white checkered finish, Robby Gordon's car got loose...

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