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Cope's dream of a lifetime only served to extend Intimidator's misery

Dale Earnhardt was supposed to win the 1990 Daytona 500. His loss -- and Derrike Cope's amazing win -- still makes for one of the greatest moments in Daytona history, writes Ryan McGee.

Updated: January 21, 2008, 10:58 AM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

Richard Childress still has the tire up at the shop.

Honestly, it looks more like a wig from a cheap witch costume than a Goodyear Eagle, with long strands of black rubber hanging off one side. But even now, nearly 20 years later, Childress gets that sour feeling in the pit of his stomach every time he strolls by it.

"We figured out about a dozen ways to lose the Daytona 500," says the man who comes to this year's event as the defending-team winner. "But 1990 was ...

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