Earnhardt wins his first Daytona 500
Feb. 15, 1998
Dale Earnhardt is first -- at last. The winner of seven Winston Cup championships, he was 0-for-19 at the Daytona 500. But that losing streak ends today when he wins NASCAR's most prestigious event before 185,000 screaming fans.
Halfway down pit road, Earnhardt, 46, rides 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 shouts before hugging crew chief Larry McReynolds. "We won it! We won it! We won it!"