Dale Earnhardt Wins The 500 Jack Durbin -Motorsport News International Dale Earnhardt has finally won the Daytona 500. Daytona International Speedway's all-time wins leader clearly had the dominant care today. Dales No.3 GM Goodwrench ...
Dale Earnhardt Wins The 500
Jack Durbin -Motorsport News International
Dale Earnhardt has finally won the Daytona 500. Daytona International Speedway's all-time wins leader clearly had the dominant care today. Dales No.3 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet led more than half the laps on the way to his first win in the "Great American Race."
Earnhardt's 59-race winless string, dating back to Atlanta in 1996 was broken in his 20th attempt to win the biggest race on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Bobby Labonte made it a race to the flag after John Andretti tapped Jimmny Spencer and tangled with Lake Speed on the Super Stretch with two laps to go. Jeremy Mayfield, Rusty Wallace, and Ken Schrader made up the rest of the top-five.
As Dale came down pit road toward Winners Circle, every crew member from every team were out to greet him. They lined up from the inspection area past the start finish line to touch the No. 3 car, to shake Dales hand or give him a high-five. Before he entered Victory lane, Earnhardt pulled on the grass and did several donuts on the Daytona 500 logo.
"Yes!, Yes!, Yes!" said Earnhardt as he exited his car. "Twenty years" "Man, can you believe it! Number one, got an awesome race car, but number two, thank the good Lord for a good day. This race car did everything. This is for all them fans and all them people who have been saying Dale this is your year. The Daytona 500 is ours. We won it, We won it. We won it. We got one heckva race team. We are going to win a championship this year."
It is fitting that Dale Earnhardt the all time wins leader at Daytona should win the race on NASCAR's Fiftieth Anniversary.