Dale Earnhardt Jr. has found the Winner’s Circle at Daytona several times. He won the elusive Daytona 500 trophy for the first time in 2004.
Ten years later he added a second 500 trophy with a 2014 victory. He has also had success in Daytona’s summer race, the Coke Zero 400.
A Daytona 500 victory is significant for any driver given the magnitude of the race. However, a 2016 victory for Earnhardt Jr. would be even more special. It is the 15th anniversary of the race since Dale Earnhardt passed away after crashing into a wall. Earnhardt Jr. won the Can-Am race earlier in the race week.
While it would be difficult to compare to Earnhardt Jr.’s emotional victory at Daytona in 2001, a Daytona 500 victory on the anniversary of his father’s death would make for a special moment for him and the Earnhardt family.