Years of frustration finally added up to Earnhardt's Daytona 500 win

Dale Earnhardt had found just about every way there was to lose the Daytona 500. Then came 1998, and it finally all came together for the Man In Black, writes Ryan McGee.

Updated: January 28, 2008, 1:35 AM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

"Y'all mind if I take spin through your grass here?"

The voice that crackled over the radio and into NASCAR's race control box high atop Daytona International Speedway was unmistakably that of Dale Earnhardt. The same Dale Earnhardt who had just won the Daytona 500 … finally won the Daytona 500.

For two decades, racing's biggest star had failed miserably at winning NASCAR's biggest race. He'd lost by running out of gas, lost while leading in the final ...

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