Dale Earnhardt Jr. fires up NASCAR season with Daytona 500 win
The venue is Daytona Beach, Florida and the event is the Daytona 500. Your winner is Dale Earnhardt Jr., and it couldn't have come at a better time.
The race was postponed for more than six hours with the rain. Finally, after not winning a race in 55 attempts, Earnhardt Jr. cuts the cake and is victorious. This is his second win at Daytona, a decade after his first victory.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. walks in some very big shoes after his late father Dale Sr., who died after a crash in the 2001 Daytona 500. Dale Jr. races for Hendrick Motorsports, he drives the No. 88 Chevrolet. He has an unbelievable fan base and they were all jacked up. Let's not forget like I said Dale Sr. was killed in 2001 at that same track in Daytona.
Everyone across the nation that knows NASCAR knew Dale Jr. was due. He's been so close so many times, and now he's done it again.
The Sprint Cup Series heads to Phoenix for a 3 p.m. race on March 2. The Earnhardt name goes with auto racing like pancakes go with syrup. What a way to kick the 2014 season off-- a six-hour rain delay, and "Little E" cutting the cake winning the Daytona 500.