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February 24, 2014

Junior wins rain-delayed Daytona 500

Drivers had to sit through six hour-plus weather delay.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —

Then an accident farther back in the field involving former winners Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray brought out the caution and the win belonged to Earnhardt.
"We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart," Earnhardt said. "This is amazing. I can't believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn't happen twice, let alone once."
Hamlin was second in a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, followed by Keselowski in a Team Penske Ford.
Hendrick took fourth and fifth with Gordon and last year's race winner, Jimmie Johnson.
Meanwhile, Tony Stewart's night ended with more Daytona heartache.
Stewart made it 0 for 16 in the Daytona 500 after another failed effort Sunday in the No. 14 Chevrolet. In 18 seasons spanning NASCAR and IndyCar, Stewart has been able to cross most everything off his to-do list. He still has one big milestone to chase in winning the Daytona 500.
Stewart was forced to pit road around the halfway point with an engine problem, then later went to the garage with fuel cell issues. He sat in the car while his crew worked on the 14 and eventually returned to the race a whopping 27 laps down.
The three-time Cup champion drove in his first Sprint Cup points race for the first time since he broke two bones in his leg in an August sprint-car crash
He does have 19th victories at Daytona in all races at the track other than the 500. He has more wins at one of NASCAR's most famous tracks than everyone except Dale Earnhardt Sr. (34).
Earnhardt Sr. won the Daytona 500 in his 20th try. Stewart's wait will stretch out to at least 17.

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