Earnhardt had a successfull Speedweeks at Daytona in his first year driving the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
After winning his qualifying race, Earnhardt started third and finished a solid ninth.
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The 2009 rain-shortened Daytona 500 wasn't as kind to Earnhardt. After starting 14th, he finished 27th.
Earnhardt finished where he started in the 2010 Daytona 500, putting his No. 88 Chevy on the outside pole next to Hendrick Motorsports teammate Mark Martin and finishing second after a last-lap charge to the front.