To celebrate, Dillon and several of his crew members pulled off their signature slide through the infield grass after Dillon had emerged from his auto and before he pulled his #3 Chevrolet into victory lane, which marked the first time since Dale Earnhardt won the 1998 Daytona 500 in his #3 Chevrolet that that had happened.
"It's the equivalent of a local hero winning the Super Bowl or the World Series, or something like that, and it's all here in your backyard", said Guy Grazies, a NASCAR fan. The latter is operating under a new business alliance with Richard Childress Racing. The museum's usually closed on Mondays, but phones rang almost nonstop, as eager fans called to get their hands on some winning merchandise. My boss, Tony Stewart, came in the infield care center and he gave me a big hug and he said, 'The good news is we have a whole lot more of this to look forward to'. Dillon received a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watch and black leather Champion's jacket, with jackets also given to Childress and Alexander. The margin of victory was 0.000 seconds, breaking the mark set by Butch Miller when he beat Mike Skinner by 0.001 seconds to win the Truck Series race July 15, 1995 at Colorado National Speedway. With AP Photos.Tyler Reddick took Dale Earnhardt Jr.to victory lane in a nail-biting opener to NASCAR's second-tier Xfinity Series.
Theoretically, we could have been going all night, trying to get a quote-unquote proper finish.
Dillon pointed out the only real damage to it was after he slide though the grass and did a burnout as part of a tribute to Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Then, it will be back to racing. And to have Austin Dillon bring out the No. 3, it was so appropriate that Richard's grandson bring it out and put it in victory lane. For those playing along at home, he's won fifty per cent of the sport's crown jewel events - with only the Southern 500 at Darlington and a Brickyard 400 win at Indianapolis to come - in less than a year.
Fans celebrated around town in Welcome too.
However, Patrick said of her journey on the NASCAR circuit: "I am grateful for everything".
"I'm in reasonably good shape and I have other things I'd like to do", he said.
"The (9) got loose and spun out in front of us all and got caught up in it", Keselowski said. And he was leading a single-file train around the high banks of Daytona International Speedway with just 11 laps to go.
When Truex ended his NASCAR media tour interview at Charlotte Motor Speedway in January, he spoke with ambiguity about his upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Series season.
"They've already proven themselves as a great team by making the playoffs the last two years", Truex said.
"Great job. They've been working so hard for this". The girl in me in obviously secretly cheering for her.