Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins Daytona 500, Full Results for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

56th Daytona 500

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the season opening Daytona 500 on Sunday. The win comes a decade after his first Daytona 500 victory.

On Sunday the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returned to action at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway. Austin Dillon led the field of 43 cars to the green flag and led the first laps in the return of the No. 3 Chevrolet to the Sprint Cup series.

The race would be red flagged for 6 hours 21 minutes and 40 seconds. After which Tony Stewart had car troubles and a crash took out a slew of drivers including Danica Patrick.

With less than ten laps to go Earnhardt Jr, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff  Gordon and Denny Hamlin all found themselves at the front of the field when a caution came out with six laps to go for a crash at the back of the field. Brad Keselowski also was closing in to go for the win.

Under caution Earnhardt Jr. collected debris on his grill opening. He tried to remove the debris by closing in on the pace car. The car did not overheat and a caution flag came out as Earnhardt Jr. came to the checkered flag.


The win should guarantee Earnhardt Jr. a spot in the season ending Chase, granted he remains in the top-30 in points.

Earnhardt Jr. is also reportedly going to be tweeting now. Michael Waltrip said that Earnhardt Jr. said he would get on Twitter if he won the Daytona 500 and that he was going to hold him to it. You can follow him @DaleJr

Full Unofficial Results for Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500

  1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Brad Keselowski
  4. Jeff Gordon
  5. Jimmie Johnson
  6. Matt Kenseth
  7. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  8. Greg Biffle
  9. Austin Dillon
  10. Casey Mears
  11. Joey Logano
  12. Landon Cassill
  13. Kevin Harvick
  14. Jamie McMurray
  15. Bobby Labonte
  16. Reed Sorenson
  17. Carl Edwards
  18. Marcos Ambrose
  19. Kyle Busch
  20. Terry Labonte
  21. Kurt Busch
  22. Ryan Newman
  23. Alex Bowman
  24. Josh Wise
  25. Brian Scott
  26. AJ Allmendinger
  27. Justin Allgaier
  28. Cole Whitt
  29. Parker Kligerman
  30. Brian Vickers
  31. Kasey Kahne
  32. Paul Menard
  33. Trevor Bayne
  34. David Ragan
  35. Tony Stewart
  36. David Gilliland
  37. Michael Annett
  38. Kyle Larson
  39. Aric Almirola
  40. Danica Patrick
  41. Michael Waltrip
  42. Clint Bowyer
  43. Martin Truex Jr.