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Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins 2014 Daytona 500

The biggest yearly day in NASCAR ended up being the longest day yesterday as the 2014 Daytona 500 took place. After a rain delay and a wreck with just seven laps to go, Dale Earnhardt Jr. emerged victorious on the same track his feather passed away on 13 years ago. Earnhardt has now won two Daytona 500’s, becoming the 11th man to do so.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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The rest of the top five finishers include Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson.

From NASCAR’s standpoint, it was a huge win-win for the sport as the world’s most popular driver won the most prestigious race. It’s comparable to when Michael Jordan won the NBA Championship or when Peyton Manning or Tom Brady won the Super Bowl.

Earnhardt even joined Twitter following his big win at Daytona. According to ESPN.com he already has 235,000 followers. Thousands more are sure to follow today and through the week I’m sure.

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