The Daytona Motor Speedway has a lot of memories and demons for Dale Earnhardt Jr. He was able to win his second Daytona 500 on Sunday night after a long rain delay on a day where his father’s No. 3 car was brought back to the track for the first time since his death 13 years ago. It was also the first time that Earnhardt Jr. has won “The Great American Race” in a decade.
The career of Earnhardt Jr. will always have a shadow behind it with his father. The key for the younger Earnhardt has always been trying to find a way to have his own identity. A second win in the Daytona 500 continues to build on his own legacy. It ended a 55-race losing streak for Earnhardt Jr. as well which stretched back to 2012.
With that monkey now off his back, there is no reason why Earnhardt Jr. can’t go out and have the best season of his entire career in 2014. At least he was actually the one who won the race as opposed to people believing Jimmie Johnson won again when Fox replayed last year’s race during the long weather delay.