Smiling from ear to ear, Daytona 500 champ Ryan Newman celebrated the biggest win of his career.
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Ryan Newman wins Daytona 500
Ryan Newman leaps on top of his vehicle to celebrate his first Daytona 500 victory.
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Tony Stewart leads mini-pack
Tony Stewart was in first place with a lap to go, but made a tactical mistake and was passed by the two Dodges on his tail.
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Ryan Newman gets the bump-draft from Kurt Busch.
With Tony Stewart sliding down to the inside line, Kurt Busch (2) stayed behind teammate Ryan Newman (12) and helped push him to the win.
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Newman first to the finish!
Ryan Newman crosses the finish line milli-seconds ahead of Kurt Busch in a race in which six of the top eight finishers were in Dodges.
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The victor's spoils
Ryan Newman enjoys a planned spinout after the race in the beautifully manicured infield, a customary tradition for the Daytona 500 champion.
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Daytona 500 Pit Row
Pit Row is a bustling area for drivers and their crews approximately 170 miles into the Daytona 500.
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Tony Stewart in the pits
''I don't think there's too many people that would take the white flag and like finishing third,'' a dejected Tony Stewart sighed at day's end. ''We tried to win the Daytona 500. That's all I can say. I just made the wrong decision on the backstretch.''
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...And they're off!
With the waving of the green flag, the 50th Daytona 500 starts without a hitch.
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Dale Earnhardt., Jr. and his Amp'd-up Chevy
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who finished 9th on Sunday, actually led the Daytona 500 three separate times -- and as late as Lap 172.
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Kyle Busch leads Ryan Newman at Lap 100
Kyle Busch, who finished fourth, enjoys a brief advantage over eventual champion Ryan Newman at Lap 100.
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David Ragan crashes into wall
David Ragan's dreams of capturing his first Daytona 500 title quickly evaporated after he hit the wall. Ragan finished 42nd.
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Tony Stewart, NASCAR's points champ in 2002 and '05, autographs the vehicle of three-time Daytona 500 winner Dale Jarrett, who will be retiring this year. Stewart ended up in third place, 13 slots higher than Jarrett.
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Jeff Gordon with daughter, Sofia
Jeff Gordon gets in a few minutes of family time with his young daughter, Sofia, prior to the Daytona 500. The three-time champion finished 39th.
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Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. morphs into race-intensity mode just moments before the Daytona 500 drivers start their engines.
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Dario Franchitti, a star on the IRL circuit for years, collects himself just moments before his first Daytona 500 (he would finish 33rd).
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Brooks and Dunn
Kix Brooks (of country music's Brooks and Dunn) entertains some of the 250,000-plus spectators at Daytona International Speedway.
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