Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won the 56th running of NASCAR’s biggest racing event, the Daytona 500, after waiting out one of the longest weather delays in its history and avoiding involvement in a dramatic accident late in the race.
Second place went to Denny Hamlin, third and fourth place to drivers Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski.
The race was delayed for more than 6 hours as heavy thunderstorms pounded the area and a tornado warning was called for Central Florida during the mid-afternoon.
A crash, one of many during the event, happened on the 194th lap of 200 involving 7 cars. Earnhardt led for the last two laps after the restart. It is his second win of the prestigious event.
By Brian Ryer