Dale Earnhardt Jr Drives Famous No. 3 To Victory In Daytona Nationwide Race

Dustin H.Correspondent IJuly 2, 2010

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 02:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #3 Wrangler Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway on July 2, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Dale Earnhardt Jr went back to victory lane on Friday night, driving the #3 Wrangler Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet made famous by his father, the late Dale Earnhardt, at Daytona International Speedway in the Subway Jalapeno 250. Dale Earnhardt Jr scored his 6th win in the Nationwide Series at Daytona, and first in Nascar since Michigan 2008, and his first Nationwide win since 2006. A very emotional win for Dale Jr and fans of the #3 around the world and the Nascar community. The stands were packed, and I believe everyone was a #3 fan tonight in Daytona.

Joey Logano finished second after the race finished under a green white checker.  Logano, in the #20 Sports Clips Camry, gave Dale Jr a shove on the restart and they pulled way, but Ricky Stenhouse Jr closed in and everyone tryed to make a last lap move, but it just didn't work out as Dale Jr would drive on to Daytona's victory lane. Dale Earnhardt Jr drove the #3 for one last time at Daytona tonight in the retro paint scheme to pay tribute to his father who was inducted into the Nascar Hall Of Fame this past May. Dale Earnhardt lost his life in a last lap crash at the 2001 Daytona 500.

Brad Keselowski, who started from pole in the first race for the new COT car in the Nationwide Series, put the #22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger on pole Friday in qualifying and came in as the points leader. He finished a strong fourth and will remain the points leader over Carl Edwards by 277 points going into Chicago.

Race Rundown

A tough night for some drivers at Daytona, as several drivers faced loose conditions in the new race cars. On Lap 7 the caution flew for an accident involving Jennifer Joe Cobb and Johnny Chapman. Michael Annett would get loose and spin off turn four, bringing out the second caution at Lap 32. A Lap 70 caution for debris set up a dash to the finish; and Dale Earnhardt Jr, who had a dominant car most of the night, especially the second half of the 100 lap race, was on his way to victory when a late race caution for Paul Menard cutting down a right front tire at Lap 95 sent up a green white checker. The top 9 cars stayed out while others came to pit road, but the restart was wild on the final lap as drivers tried to gain spots.  But nobody could get pass the #3 of Dale Jr, who went on to victory lane.

Results From Daytona International Speedway

Subway Jalapeno 250 Results From Daytona International Speedway.

  1. Dale Earnhardt Jr
  2. Joey Logano
  3. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Kevin Harvick
  6. Clint Bowyer
  7. Kyle Busch
  8. Ryan Newman
  9. Brian Ickler
  10. Steve Arpin

A great night of restrictor plate racing at Daytona. I thought the racing was great, I love the new look of the car and was very glad to see the #3 and Dale Earnhardt Jr back in victory lane at Daytona. The Nascar Nationwide Series will head to Chicagoland Speedway next Friday night with Brad Keselowski leading the points.