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In the end, Kevin Harvick passed Jamie McMurray in the tri-oval to take the win, snapping a race winless streak dating back to the Daytona At the end of the Cracker Barrel at Atlanta, it was a battle between a champion and a championship contender as Dale Earnhardt attempted to hold off Bobby Labonte’s No.

Labonte, having won at Rockingham two weeks before, was looking to add to his impressive Atlanta resume. However, he would have to go through the best in order to get the job done. Passing Earnhardt would be easier said than done.

Going into the third turn on the last lap, Labonte managed to move Earnhardt high, thus leaving the bottom lane open. The No. However, it was Earnhardt who won by a nose, taking his 75th career win. It was supposed to be Mark Martin’s day to shine. He finally had the Daytona in the bag, and it looked like he would finally be able to be crown a champion of the However, in racing, fate is fickle.

He held the lead all the way to the fourth and final turn. The two drag raced to the checkered while a big wreck happened behind them. Unfortunately for Martin, it was Harvick’s time to shine as he claimed the Daytona for his own.

With four laps to go, the battle for the leading spot heated up as Mike Skinner surpassed Jr. Back in the traffic, Earnhardt emerged from the 17th place position. With a little help from Kenny Wallace, Earnhardt was able to move into the middle with only 2 laps to go.

With Earnhardt and Wallace ruling the outside, Skinner and Jr. Although Dale Jarrett began on pole, Harvick was in the lead by the seventh lap with Jeff Gordon close behind. On lap 19, Gordon passed Harvick and led of the beginning laps. However, Dave Blaney took over to lead 70 of the next 75, but his run came to an end with to go when he discovered a loose rear wheel.

After spinning out of lap 3, Jerry Nadeau recovered and took the lead during lap Then with laps to go, five drivers tightly forged ahead to Nadeau and the number two spot Jarrett. With 6 laps left, Harvick shifted to the front of the pack with Gordon responding two laps later into the number two spot.

Going high, Harvick left the bottom wide open for Gordon; however, he was able to edge Gordon by. There was a fierce battle for the leading position during the initial laps. At 20 laps remaining, Dale Earnhardt was in third and passed Terry Labonte with 10 left. Then in the final lap, there was a pack battle behind the leaders. Daytona Beach became a center of racing after this, and Daytona International Speedway was built as a 2.

The first Daytona was held on February 22nd of that year and was won by Lee Petty in a close finish against Johnny Beauchamp. The race is also unique for its start time, around PM local time, which causes the race to begin in daylight but concludes after the sun has set. Busch and Craven were slipping and sliding all over the place as Dave Blaney was trying to run them down.

They banged doors all the way down to the finish line. Craven ended up winning the race by 0. Three weeks earlier , Earnhardt died in a last-lap crash during the Daytona However, Harvick took the lead and going into the final lap, Gordon was behind him in second place. About the author. About the Author More Articles By. Michael Massie. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email. Inline Feedbacks. May 4, pm.

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Labonte was then challenged for the next spot by Buddy Baker. More articles. This exciting race on a funky track is a fan favorite for a good reason.

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