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Dale finally conquers Daytona

Updated: May 18, 2006, 3:04 PM ET
By Mike Puma | Special to ESPN.com

Signature Race 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 led five times for 107 of the 200 laps, but the victory wasn't assured until lap 199 when the caution flag was brought out after John Andretti and Lake Speed tangled. Earnhardt averaged 172.712 mph and earned a record ...

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