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Earnhardt wins his first Daytona 500

Updated: February 15, 2006, 3:33 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Feb. 15, 1998

Dale Earnhardt is first -- at last. The winner of seven Winston Cup championships, he was 0-for-19 at the Daytona 500. But that losing streak ends today when he wins NASCAR's most prestigious event before 185,000 screaming fans.

Earnhardt leads five times for 107 of the 200 laps, but the victory isn't assured until John Andretti and Lake Speed tangle on lap 199 which brings out the caution lap. Earnhardt averages 172.7 mph and wins a record $1,059,105 as ...

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