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Junior finishes 2nd after late charge at Daytona

Updated: February 25, 2013, 3:24 AM ET
Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. sat on the podium between Mark Martin and Danica Patrick.

He was right in the middle, for sure, but far from center stage at Daytona -- again.

Earnhardt used a last-lap charge Sunday to finish second in the Daytona 500 for the third time in the last four years, another runner-up performance that left NASCAR's most popular driver clamoring to get back to Victory Lane at one of auto racing's showcase events.

"It's like a drug, I assume," ...

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