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Dale Earnhardt Jr. appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated after Daytona 500 victory

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Just a few days after claiming his second Daytona 500 title, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will appear on a regional cover of Sports Illustrated. In the cover story, Lars Anderson examines a triumph that Dale Jr.'s girlfriend called the most significant of his career.

Earnhardt Jr. won the race after a weather delay that spanned upwards of six hours. His victory came a year after finishing second at the 2013 Daytona 500.

This week's cover is Earnhardt Jr.'s fifth and his first since 2008.

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Dale Jr. also visited SI Now's studio on Monday, just hours after finishing the rain-soaked race at Daytona International Speedway. On SI Now, Earnhardt Jr. described his familiarity with Daytona and how it helped him earn a victory.

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