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On Anniversary Of His Father's Death, Earnhardt Jr. Wins Daytona Qualifier

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Driving a car he believes is unbeatable, Dale Earnhardt Jr. added to his family legacy at Daytona International Speedway on the anniversary of his father's death.

Earnhardt won the first qualifying race Thursday night for the Daytona 500 to earn a starting spot on the second row for NASCAR's biggest event.

It was Earnhardt's 17th career win at Daytona International Speedway. The late Dale Earnhardt leads all drivers with 34 career victories at Daytona. He was killed on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.

"It's another win at Daytona for the Earnhardts, adding to the legacy," Earnhardt said in victory lane. "We're up here in...

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