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Daytona Dreamin'

Updated: May 18, 2006, 2:48 PM ET
By Bob Carter | Special to ESPN.com

Signature Race February 15, 2004 - It took his father 20 attempts to win the big one. Dale Earnhardt Jr. snared the Daytona 500, NASCAR's most celebrated race, in his fifth try.

Racing three years to the week after Dale Sr. was killed in a last-lap crash at the 500, the 29-year-old made a decisive move reminiscent of his legendary namesake. His No. 8 Chevy swooped inside of Tony Stewart on the 181st of 200 laps at Daytona International Speedway, passed the lead car and sped ...

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