On This Date in Sports February 15, 1998: Dale Finally Wins the Daytona 500

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After 20 years of bad breaks and near misses, Dale Earnhardt finally won the Daytona 500. Earnhardt, considered one of the giants of Stock Car racing, had won seven NASCAR season championships and every other major race, including the Firecracker 400 at Daytona. Still, he had never won the season-opening “Great American Race.” After finally capturing the checkered flag, Earnhardt celebrated with a donut in the infield.

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