Richard Childress gets emotional talking Monday morning about the No. 3 winning the Daytona 500 with Dale Earnhardt, and now 20 years later, with his grandson Austin Dillon.
No pain, no gain? Austin Dillon and some members of his team got tattoos last night in celebration of the Daytona 500 win. Dillon says the tattoo won't be seen — it is on his posterior — and one of his crew members patted him on the butt this morning and it was a little painful. Crew chief Justin Alexander said he will get a tattoo if Dillon wins the Cup title.
The Daytona 500 winning No. 3 car of Austin Dillon has a new home — as part of a display for tours at Daytona International Speedway. The Richard Childress Racing team will have its picture taken by the car — and the blown tire from the burnout — later this morning.
Richard Childress in Victory Lane: "I don't know if people really understood how much pressure my grandson (Austin Dillon) felt when he took over that 3 car. I told the Dale Earnhardt fans to be patient, they'd get their payoff. I hope that's how they see this tonight. This is for them."
An emotional Darrell Wallace Jr. finished second in the Daytona 500 struggles to regain his composure after seeing his mother and sister after the race.
3, 43, 11 take top 3 in #Daytona500. If my gearhead nerd brain is correct, I believe those are also the top three winning car numbers in NASCAR history (though not in that order).
Austin Dillon wins the Daytona 500 as leader Aric Almirola is sent for a spin on the final lap. Darrell Wallace Jr. was second.
On the 17th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt's death, Austin Dillon wins the Daytona 500 in the number three car.
The running order as the Daytona 500 heads into its first overtime, which is a two-lap dash to the finish: Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, Chris Buescher, Austin Dillon, Paul Menard, Darrell Wallace Jr., Joey Logano, AJ Allmendinger, Ryan Blaney, Ryan Newman and Michael McDowell. Those are the only cars on the lead lap.
Battling Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney for the lead, Kurt Busch got turned with less than two laps remaining in the Daytona 500. Busch, Alex Bowman, Matt DiBenedetto had run in the top-10 for much of the second half of the race and ended up with crashed cars. Blaney suffered some frontend damage. The race will go to overtime.
There are 15 laps left in the Daytona 500, and Ryan Blaney remains the leader. His ability to block and prevent others from getting runs could be key for him to win the race. Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Alex Bowman and Denny Hamlin are in the top-5.
Ryan Blaney leads with 35 laps left in the Daytona 500. He has Penske teammate Joey Logano behind him in second. Denny Hamlin, Alex Bowman, Matt DiBenedetto and Darrell Wallace Jr., Ryan Newman, AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch and Chris Buescher are in the top-10. There are just 17 cars left on the lead lap in a race that has featured two multi-car accidents.
The car of Chase Elliott sits in the garage after his crash in the Daytona 500.
Danica Patrick's car is towed in the Daytona International Speedway garage as a crash ended her day on Lap 102 of the Daytona 500. She likely will finish 35th in her final NASCAR race.
Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick were among those involved in a crash with 98 laps left in the Daytona 500.
The wrecked car of Jimmie Johnson sits in the garage as his Daytona 500 ended on Lap 60 as he got caught up in a crash. Also knocked out of the race were Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones and Ty Dillon.
Jimmie Johnson, Daniel Suarez, William Byron and Erik Jones are involved in a wreck on the final lap of the opening stage of the Daytona 500. Kurt Busch captured the opening stage.
Kyle Busch has had two left rear flat tires, including one that caused him to crash on Lap 51. The team is trying to repair the rear bumper so he can continue in the Daytona 500. Also suffering damage were Jamie McMurray and DJ Kennington.
Denny Hamlin suffered an early 1-lap penalty for having his car serviced when he was outside the box. He overshot his pit, and the fueler engaged the fuel can before he had fully backed into his stall. He has plenty of time to get the lap back as the penalty comes on Lap 11 of the 200-lap event.
For the second year, NASCAR will divide races into stages and award regular-season points to the top-10 drivers and one playoff point -- a point that is carried through the third round of the playoffs -- to the winners of each of the first two stages. All drivers earn regular-season points at the end of the race, and the winner earns five playoff points. The first stage for the Daytona 500 ends at Lap 60, the second stage ends at Lap 120, and the race is scheduled to end on Lap 200.
Just prior to the Daytona 500, which will be her final NASCAR race, Danica Patrick, left, takes a photo with a fan who is dressed just like her.
The USAF Thunderbirds fly over Daytona International Speedway. The Daytona 500 is about to begin.
Can a rookie win the Daytona 500? It's happened once (Trevor Bayne, 2011). Making his first official start for Hendrick Motorsports, highly touted William Byron hopes to become the second, but he'll have to do it in a backup No. 24 car after crashing in Thursday's duel.
Alex Bowman is on the pole for the Daytona 500 today, the second time in his NASCAR Cup career he is on the pole. The replacement for Dale Earnhardt Jr. has 81 career Cup starts, but he competed in only three races – two in Xfinity (winning one) and one in trucks – while working as a Hendrick Motorsports and Chevrolet test and simulation driver.
At the Daytona 500 prerace drivers meeting, there were no questions about the yellow-line rule, which has forced NASCAR to make some controversial calls in the last week at Daytona. The only mention was in the driver instruction video, which is normal. Here is the rule as played in the video: