Track: Daytona International Speedway
Car No: 88
Sponsor: National Guard
Organization: Hendrick Motorsports
Dale Earnhardt Jr. captured his second Daytona 500 victory at Daytona International Speedway. The victory, the 20th of Earnhardt Jr.'s career, came in dramatic fashion as he fended off all challengers in the late laps en route to his first victory since June 2012.
With the race only 38 laps old, rain halted the event for more than six hours. Earnhardt Jr. took the eventual restart 11th and methodically worked his way inside the top five and eventually the lead for the first time at lap 131.
Earnhardt Jr. maintained a stranglehold on a top-three running position down the stretch leading a race-high 54 laps as he battled alongside multiple perennial Chase contenders like Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth and Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson.
A pair of cautions in the last 20 laps forced Earnhardt Jr. to once again fight for the lead. On a final two-lap shootout, Earnhardt Jr. lined up next to Keselowski, and with help from Gordon, jumped to a quick lead. As Keselowski and eventual runner-up Denny Hamlin battled side by side on the final lap, Earnhardt Jr. extended his lead and cruised to the checkered flag.