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Dale Earnhardt Jr. beats Denny Hamlin across the finish line to win the Daytona 500 Sunday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. USA TODAY Sports

Earnhardt Jr. seized moment in Daytona 500


By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — In one crucially important respect, this was a different Dale Earnhardt Jr.

In another respect, this was the same Dale Earnhardt Jr. we have known since his childhood.

The “different” Dale Jr. was the one who raced in Sunday night’s marathon Daytona 500, talking control of the race after a 6-hour, 22-minute rain delay and staving off challenge after challenge until he took the checkered flag.

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