Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins 2014 Daytona 500
Published By: Tara ClemFebruary 24, 2014
Major drama ensued during the 2014 Daytona 500, and weather was a major forced to be reckoned with. A six hour rain delays brought the 500 to a rocky start, and the event was restarted under the caution flag. Even treacherous tornado warnings forced the grandstands to evacuate. A late multi-car wreck set up a shootout finish for the Daytona 500 on Sunday night. In a thrilling finish, Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the 2014 Daytona 500 in a shootout, holding off Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski.
This was a much needed victory for Earnhardt Jr, a decade after his other Daytona 500 victory and after a losing streak that dates to Michigan in the summer of 2012.
“I’ll never take this for granted man,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “We’re in the Chase. We don’t have to worry about that!”
In an unfortunate turn of events, Danica Patrick was taken away in an ambulance and sustained minor injuries after a brutal 13-car crash involving Michael Waltrip and several other drivers occurred on lap 146.
The crash began in turn four when the cars of Kevin Harvick and Brian Scott, who were dead in the middle of a pack, made contact. Their contact pushed Scott into Aric Almirola’s Ford, which sliced across the middle of the track and hit Danica Patrick’s Chevrolet. Patrick lost control and slammed hard into the outside wall as sliding cars spun down the frontstretch and onto the wet grass adjacent to the racing surface.
The crash resulted in the race’s third caution, the first since the event resumed after a six-hour rain delay.
Others involved in the wreck were Parker Kligerman, Paul Menard, Austin Dillon, David Gilliland, Kasey Kahne, Marcos Ambrose, Justin Allgaier, Josh Wise, Michael Waltrip.
The cleanup from the wreck left only a few laps left to decide the winner.
And then in classic Daytona thrilling history and shootout style, Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins 2014 Daytona 500