Shake and Bake NASCAR Blog Cover Boy: Daytona 500 victory earns Dale Earnhardt Jr. a prime spot in Sports Illustrated After winning his 2nd career Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is getting his 5th career Sports Illustrated cover. Take a look. Jerry Markland / Getty Images North America By Josh Richter Feb 26, 2014 at 4:00p ET After winning his second career Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is getting his fifth career Sports Illustrated cover (and first since 2008). It's a regional cover, so those of you living in the East and Southeast will see it on shelves starting today. The rest of you can purchase it at SI.com. Take a look.