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Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins a Budweiser Duel in buildup to Daytona 500
Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins a Budweiser Duel in buildup to Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH — Dale Earnhardt Jr. wasted little time Thursday in establishing himself as the driver to beat in the upcoming Daytona 500. The reigning 500 champion began the opening Budweiser Duel alone on the back row, in 25th place, but needed fewer than 10 laps of the 60-lap race to move into contention. By the end, Earnhardt was in total command. The 40-year-old driver held off 24-year-old Joey Logano during a dramatic final lap to win in the Duel and become the first driver to go from last place to first in the Thursday night races. "We have had a great car all week," Earnhardt said. "I'm so glad to be able to get through the Duel in one piece because I...

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