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Jeff Gordon grabbed the lead from Dale Earnhardt Jr ., then held off Kurt Busch and Earnhardt in extra laps to win his third Daytona 500 Sunday.
Earnhardt, the defending champiion, came from as far back as 30th to grab a late lead, only to watch four-time series champion Gordon pass him seconds before a caution flag waved with three laps to go.
The race went three laps beyond the scheduled 200-lap distance, with Gordon hanging on over two final laps of green-flag racing to beat Busch by two car-lengths