The NASCAR world had to wait quite a while for it, but it was worth it. The 2014 Daytona 500 was delayed for over six hours under the red flag and was then restarted under the caution flag and then an even longer wait finally ended for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Exactly 10 years after his last Daytona 500 victory, Dale Jr. held off Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski to get his first victory in almost two years.
Multiple crashes virtually knocked out several racers, including Danica Patrick, Michael Waltrip, Ryan Newman and Austin Dillon, among others, which left the final few laps as a shootout for the checkered flag. After finishing second in the three of the last four runs at Daytona, Dale Jr. wouldn’t be denied again.
Naturally, the son of the legendary Dale Earnhardt, Sr. let everyone know his excitement toward the new rules of the Sprint Cup Format, which definitely helped him tremendously on Sunday and was the icing on the cake to the big day for him at Daytona. He immediately yelled that he’ll never take the win for granted, followed by, “We’re in the Chase. We don’t have to worry about that!”
Many fans also had more to worry about than the weather as FOX decided to run a replay of the 2013 Daytona 500 during the long delay, which led multiple outlets, including ESPN, to report last year’s results as news this afternoon. So just in case you were duped by faulty and frankly, foolish reports, Jimmie Johnson did not win again. You read the first paragraph of this article correctly: Dale Jr. won the 2014 Daytona 500.