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By: Toby Christie – Follow on Twitter @Tobalical
Dale Earnhardt won a record seven Sprint Cup Series championships between 1980 and 1994, but one thing still lingered for the man in black — a Daytona 500 trophy. Earnhardt kept coming to Daytona year-in and year-out, only to find a new way to lose NASCAR’s most important race. Finally after 20 frustrating years, Earnhardt captured what had eluded him all his life — The Harley J. Earl trophy. There was no question as to what meant the most to Earnhardt in his career; it was the Daytona 500.
Five-time Sprint Cup Series champion, and 2006 Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson had a different opinion when he was asked what carries more weight during NASCAR Media day Thursday.
“There isn’t a single race larger than this one. The Daytona 500 is in the same sentence as the other major auto racing events around the world. When you think of Monoco, Le Mans, Daytona 500, Indy 500, those are the...