Dale finally conquers Daytona
Feb. 15, 1998 -- Dale Earnhardt was first -- at last. The winner of seven Winston Cup championships, he was 0-for-19 at the Daytona 500. But that losing streak ended today when he won NASCAR's most prestigious event before 185,000 screaming fans.
Earnhardt savored his triumph. He took a slow drive to Victory Lane, shaking hands and slapping high fives with dozens of crewmen from competing teams who lined pit road at Daytona International.
Halfway down pit road, Earnhardt, 46, rode his black No. 3 Chevrolet onto the tri-oval grass, between the pit lane and the front straight, etching a number three in the grass with a couple of joyous donuts.
"Yes! Yes! Yes!" Earnhardt shouted before hugging crew chief Larry McReynolds. "We won it! We won it! We won it!"
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