How the 60th annual Daytona 500 played out Sunday at Daytona International Speedway:
Winner: Austin Dillon won NASCAR’s most prestigious race, driving the No.3 to victory lane 20 years after Dale Earnhardt Sr. captured his lone Daytona 500 title in the same car. Dillon drives for grandfather Richard Childress, who was the team owner for Earnhardt during six of his record-tying seven Cup Series championships.
Dillon took the checkered flag in overtime when race leader Aric Almirola crashed after being pushed by Dillon while taking the white flag. The final lap was the only one Dillon led the entire race.
Dillon took the checkered flag in overtime when race leader Aric Almirola crashed after taking the white flag. The final lap was the only one Dillon led the entire race.
“I did what I had to do at the end; I hated for the 10 (Almirola’s Stewart-Haas Racing) guys,” Dillon said immediately after performing a series of burnouts. “It’s so awesome to take the 3 car back to victory lane 20 years after Earnhardt did it. “This is for Dale Sr. and all those Earnhardt fans. We’re going to keep kicking butt the rest of the year.”
Austin Dillon’s new title: DAYTONA 500 CHAMPION!!! pic.twitter.com/lZVwnAapgn
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Childress was visibly overcome with emotions during a TV interview with Fox.
“Being able to win with the 3 car 20 years after Dale won in ’98, is so special,” Childress said. “I can’t let the fans know enough how special this is.”
Darrell Wallace Jr., driving for seven-time series champion and seven-time Daytona 500 winner Richard Petty, finished second.
“I got so many emotions right now,” Wallace said. “All in all a great day. Just an incredible experience for me to be here. Thank you to The King (Petty) for giving me this opportunity. Hell of an ending for us tonight. P2 for my first Daytona 500, I’ll take it.”
Ryan Blaney + Kurt Busch = THE BIG ONE.
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Big One at the end: Defending Daytona 500 champion Kurt Busch tried to pass race leader Denny Hamlin with two laps to go but contact from behind by Ryan Blaney turned Busch, leading to a huge multi-car crash. Alex Bowman, Brendan Gaughan, Matt DiBenedetto and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were also invovled. The race then headed to overtime with Hamlin and Aric Almirola on the front row.