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Pothole didn't spoil NASCAR's party

Updated: February 15, 2010, 3:11 AM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Block out those two hours and 20 minutes of Trackgate and the Daytona 500 was almost perfect.

A record 21 leaders. A double-overtime finish, the first time in NASCAR history.

And an uncanny sprint to the front by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the last two laps, falling one spot short of catching winner Jamie McMurray, who cried tears of joy in Victory Lane.

A dream of a day. And a nightmare couple of hours when NASCAR's world caved in.

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