On This Date 2/14/1999
Jeff Gordon wins the Daytona 500 for the second time in three years, holding off reigning champion Dale Earnhardt. Gordon took the lead with 12 laps left, using a daring three-wide pass to take the lead from Rusty Wallace. Gordon needed to duck Ricky Rudd’s disabled car driving on the apron. On the last lap, Jeff Gordon needed to play defense as Earnhardt tried to make the pass but fell 0.128 seconds short as Gordon took the checkered flag.