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Hendrick Motorsports’ Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins Daytona 500 After 9-Year Drought

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his second Daytona 500 on Sunday, setting a NASCAR record for the longest stretch between victories in the sport's preeminent race. Junior's first Daytona 500 triumph came back in 2004, and his nine-year drought between victories was one year longer than Cale Yarborough's. Sunday's rain-soaked win may have been the most satisfying in Earnhardt's career, after he finished second at the Daytona 500 in three of the previous four seasons. He also ended a 55-race winless streak that dated back to June 2012. An 11-time defending winner of NASCAR's Most Popular Driver Award, Earnhardt hasn't had the results to match his reputation in recent seasons. He always seems to be on the cusp but usually can't get over the hump. Sunda...

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