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1. Dale Earnhardt Dies in Daytona 500-It’s not just the most dramatic moment in NASCAR history — it’s one of the most dramatic in modern U.S. sports history. But perhaps his greatest legacy is this: his death sparked an ongoing safety revolution in NASCAR, and nobody has died in a NASCAR race since he did.


2. Tony Stewart Wins 2011 Championship on Final Race-Tony Stewart entered the final race hoping to win the championship since he trailed the leader Carl Edwards by just three points. However, he had to bag the final race to get the points to win the championship — a seemingly impossible feat. But that’s what he did.


3. Gordon and Johnson vie for Title After Plane Crash -A plane crash four weeks before the end of the 2004 season killed 10 people, including a handful of Hendrick Motorsports employees and their family members. Two Hendrick Motorsports drivers, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, were still in contention for the championship at the time of the crash.


4. Dozens of Fans Injured in 2013 Crash-More than 30 fans were hurt when a last-lap crash in a Nationwide Series race sent car parts hurtling into the stands at Daytona International Speedway in February.


5. Richard Petty / David Pearson crash in final seconds of 1976 Daytona 500: Pearson wins- David Pearson and Richard Petty trade paint while trying to win a race in the final seconds of the 1976 Daytona 500. Pearson won it by coaxing his heavily damaged No. 21 Wood Brothers Mercury across the finish line after a last-lap crash with his rival.


6. Dale Earnhardt Wins Daytona 500 after 19 Tries-One time, he hit a bird. Another time, he got a flat tire. Luck was definitely not on his side. When he finally won it in 1998, the most famous post-race celebration in the sport’s history ensued, with members of every team lining up to shake his hand as he drove by.


7. Wendell Scott is First (and Only) African American to Win a NASCAR Cup Race- 1963. A few hours after the race ended, NASCAR confirmed that not only did Scott take the checkered flag, but also he did it two laps ahead of the second-place finisher.


8. 1979 Daytona 500 Ends in Fist Fight-After a last-lap crash, Cale Yarborough got in a fistfight just off the track with the Allison brothers (Bobby and Donnie).


9. 1989: "The Icky Shuffle" - When most people think of winning Daytona after years of trying Dale Earnhardt comes to mind first. In 1989 Darrell Waltrip finally won his after seventeen years of trying. In victory lane Darrell imitated Cincinatti Bengals star Icky Woods, doing the "Icky Shuffle" and spiking his helmet.


10. Richard Petty Wins 200th Race with President Ronald Reagan in Attendance - In 1984, President Ronald Reagan gave the command, “Gentlemen, start your engines,” onboard the Air Force One via phone. 

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