Dale Earnhardt Jr Wins 2014 Daytona 500

JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Through rain and wrecks, Dale Earnhardt Jr. ended the only drought that mattered.

NASCAR’s most popular driver won the Daytona 500 for the second time, a decade after his first victory in the “Great American Race.”

Earnhardt snapped a 55-race winless streak Sunday night that dated to 2012. It ended a streak of futility at Daytona International Speedway, where he finished second in three of the previous four 500s.

He radioed to his crew “this is better than the first one,” as he circled the track on his cool-down lap in his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

Rain stopped the race about 45 minutes after it began for a delay of more than six hours. When it resumed, Earnhardt dominated at the track where his father was killed in an accident on the last lap of the 2001 race.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments

More From CBS Tampa

Hating Valentine’s Day? Goodwill Says Donate Your Ex’s StuffGoodwill stores in the Sarasota and Las Vegas areas have an anti-Valentine’s Day antidote. They’re asking people to donate their ex’s stuff with a “don’t hate, donate” campaign.
The CW Considers 6 Pilots for ’16-’17 Season‘Tis the season for new shows! The CW has ordered six pilots that will be considered for the ’16-’17 season pickups.

Listen Live