The Daytona 500 started early Sunday afternoon and finished under the lights on prime-time TV. With the whole racing world watching, its favorite son didn't disappoint, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Great American Race for the second time in his career.
After completing 39 laps during the afternoon, the weather changed at Daytona, and rain started to set in. The race was delayed for over six hours, and FOX decided to air the 2013 Daytona 500 in the meantime. This would not only confuse some fans, but FOX News themselves believed Johnson had won back-to-back Daytona 500s.
Eventually the confusion settled down, and NASCAR went back to racing after the over six-hour delay finally ended.
Drivers were able to use up all of the track when they went back to racing under the lights, which split up the single-file tandem racing from earlier in the day.
As drivers used both the top and bottom lanes to gain position, we saw several different lead changes when the track cooled down during the night.
The first major wreck of the night happened at Lap 146 when Kevin Harvick made contact with Brian Scott. Danica Patrick, Michael Waltrip, Paul Menard, Austin Dillon and more were all involved.
Another major wreck started with only 38 laps to go. Rookie Austin Dillon coasted up into fellow rookie Kyle Larson, and several drivers were taken out in the wreck as Larson turned sideways.
On Lap 184, the caution flag came out again, but this time it was for Trevor Bayne who got loose, and went into the wall. Drivers started to save fuel in preparation for either more rain or a green-white checkered finish.
Of course at a track like Daytona, wrecks are everywhere, and with only eight laps to go, Dillon caused his second wreck of the night as he tapped into the back of his teammate Ryan Newman's No. 31 car. Several drivers in the pack of the back were taken out, and drivers went back to racing with only two laps to go.
Earnhardt Jr. started out in front, but he had to battle off drivers like Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski.
No one could stop Dale Jr., though, as he crossed the finish line with one final wreck of the night right behind him.
Junior Nation cheered in excitement as Dale Jr. drove into Victory Lane.
Make sure to join us here next week on Bleacher Report as we cover the NASCAR race at Phoenix live.
Winner of the 2014 Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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