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1993 daytona 500 AP Photo/David Graham
AP Photo/David Graham

Did you know that by the time the 1993 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season began, Dale Earnhardt had already won FIVE championships? Despite already establishing himself as one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history, one thing eluded The Intimidator: a Daytona 500 victory. Things were looking good for Earnhardt heading into the 1993 Daytona 500, but as fate would have it, another Dale would ride into Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway.

That day in Daytona Beach, Florida, Earnhardt was in a tightly-contested battle with none other than Dale Jarrett, who had only won a single Cup Series race entering the season. It was on the race’s final lap where the Joe Gibbs Racing driver would eventually pass Earnhardt’s Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet in a sequence that would famously become known as the “Dale and Dale Show.”

1993 Daytona 500

To make the situation even more iconic, Jarrett’s father, Ned, was in the broadcasting booth calling the race. Ned’s broadcasting team let him take over the last lap of the race, and the proud father famously called his son home.

“Come on, Dale! Go, buddy, go! All right, come on! I know he’s got it to the floorboard; he can’t do anymore! Come on! Take ‘er to the inside! Don’t let ’em get on the inside of you comin’ around this turn! Here he comes, Earnhardt; it’s the “Dale and Dale Show” as we come off Turn 4! You know who I’m pulling for, it’s Dale Jarrett. Bring her to the inside, Dale! Don’t let him get down there! He’s gonna make it! Dale Jarrett’s gonna win the Daytona 500!”

CBS was probably more than okay with Jarrett showing bias towards his son in that moment, and even Dale Earnhardt was fine with Ned Jarrett’s call.

Dale Jarrett went on to win three runnings of the Great American Race during his career, but none were more memorable than his first win. And, while Earnhardt finished second in that race, he eventually won his sixth NASCAR Cup Series title later that year. Not a bad consolation prize.

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1993 Daytona 500 Results

1. Dale Jarrett — Joe Gibbs Racing — No. 18 Chevrolet
2. Dale Earnhardt — Richard Childress Racing — No. 3 Chevrolet
3. Geoff Bodine — Bud Moore Engineering — No. 15 Ford
4. Hut Stricklin — Junior Johnson & Associates — No. 27 Ford
5. Jeff Gordon — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 24 Chevrolet
6. Mark Martin — Roush Racing — No. 6 Ford
7. Morgan Shepherd — Wood Brothers Racing — No. 21 Ford
8. Ken Schrader — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 25 Chevrolet
9. Sterling Marlin — Stavola Brothers Racing — No. 8 Ford
10. Wally Dallenbach Jr. — Roush Racing — No. 16 Ford
11. Terry Labonte — Hagan Racing — No. 14 Chevrolet
12. Rick Mast — Precision Products Racing — No. 1 Ford
13. Jimmy Spencer — Bobby Allison Motorsports — No. 12 Ford
14. Lake Speed — Speed Racing — No. 83 Ford
15. Ted Musgrave — RaDiUs Motorsports — No. 55 Ford
16. Michael Waltrip — Bahari Racing — No. 30 Pontiac
17. Brett Bodine — King Racing — No. 26 Ford
18. Darrell Waltrip — DarWal Inc. — No. 17 Chevrolet
19. Jim Sauter — Mueller Brothers Racing — No. 89 Ford
20. Bobby Labonte — Bill Davis Racing — No. 22 Ford
21. Harry Gant — Leo Jackson Motorsports — No. 33 Chevrolet
22. Phil Parsons — Larry Hedrick Motorsports — No. 41 Chevrolet
23. Kenny Wallace — SABCO Racing — No. 40 Pontiac
24. Chad Little — Melling Racing — No. 9 Ford
25. Jimmy Horton — Active Motorsports — No. 32 Chevrolet
26. Alan Kulwicki — AK Racing — No. 7 Ford
27. Bobby Hamilton — TriStar Motorsports — No. 68 Ford
28. Davey Allison — Robert Yates Racing — No. 28 Ford
29. Derrike Cope — Cale Yarborough Motorsports — No. 66 Ford
30. Ricky Rudd — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 5 Chevrolet
31. Kyle Petty — SABCO Racing — No. 42 Pontiac
32. Rusty Wallace — Penske Racing South — No. 2 Pontiac
33. Dave Marcis — Marcis Auto Racing — No. 71 Chevrolet
34. Rick Wilson — Petty Enterprises — No. 44 Pontiac
35. Bobby Hillin Jr. — Donlavey Racing — No. 90 Ford
36. Al Unser Jr. — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 46 Chevrolet
37. Ernie Irvan — Morgan-McClure Motorsports — No. 4 Chevrolet
38. Joe Ruttman — Moroso Racing — No. 20 Ford
39. Bill Elliott — Junior Johnson & Associates — No. 11 Ford
40. Jimmy Hensley — Means Racing — No. 52 Ford
41. Dick Trickle — Butch Mock Motorsports — No. 75 Ford

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This post was originally published on February 12, 2018.

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