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Late crash takes Junior out of Daytona 500

Updated: February 18, 2007, 11:10 PM ET
By and Marty Smith | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. never thought he had a real chance to win his second Daytona 500.

A chain-reaction crash on Lap 196 of the 200-lap event guaranteed he didn't.

"We were trying everything we could," said Earnhardt, who finished 32nd as a result of the crash. "The race wasn't over with, but we didn't bring enough bullets."

Earnhardt was good enough to hang around the top five to 10 cars, but never good enough to get to the front as he typically ...

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