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