DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Through rain and wrecks, Dale Earnhardt Jr. ended the only drought that mattered.
NASCAR's most popular driver won the Daytona 500 for the second time, a decade after his first victory in the ``Great American Race.''
Earnhardt snapped a 55-race winless streak Sunday night that dated to 2012. It ended a streak of futility at Daytona International Speedway, where he finished second in three of the previous four 500s.
He radioed to his crew ``this is better than the first one,'' as he circled the track on his cool-down lap in his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
Rain stopped the race about 45 minutes after it began for a delay of more than six hours. When it resumed, Earnhardt dominated at the track where his father was killed in an accident on the last lap of the 2001 race.
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