Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins Second Daytona 500 After 6 Hour Rain Delay
After countless hours of waiting, loads of impatient race fans got to witness Dale Earnhardt Jr. take home his second Daytona 500 victory. That is, if they stuck around for the 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay. Aka, the longest rain delay in Daytona 500 history.
Originally slated for 1PM, the race only managed 38 laps before officials had to bring it to a halt. Massive storms swept through the area and caused tornado warnings as well as soggy track conditions. It wasn’t until 8:30PM that NASCAR gave the all clear for the race to continue.
About as eventful as any other 500 race, we saw crashes, cautions, and plenty of lead changes before the checkered flag dropped. But at 11:18PM — 10 hours after the race originally started — Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his No. 88 Chevy SS were in the winner’s circle.
This win snapped a 55-race losing streak for Jr., as he and fellow racers battled to the finish line. Coming in second was Denny Hamlin, followed by Brad Keselowski, and teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson in fourth and fifth..
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