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Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Shot at History Ends in Crash

Quickly, a show of hands—how many people honestly thought that Dale Earnhardt Jr. was going to win the Daytona 500 on the 10th anniversary of his father's passing? Figures, too many to count. It isn't ironic at all that Dale Jr., NASCAR's most popular driver, simply cannot win. It has been 94 races since he last won. Jr., who had been running consistently with the top pack for most of the Daytona 500, raced his way from the 43rd spot to lead a total of nine laps. In the last 20 laps, Dale Jr. partnered up with fellow drafting mate, Tony Stewart; they were running in the top six when a caution took the race to a green-white-checkered finish. Then fate struck again for Dale Jr. A left low tire sent Jr. to the pits and with a four tire c...

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