Austin Dillon drives No. 3 back to victory in Daytona 500

Austin Dillon drives No. 3 back to victory in Daytona 500

Almirola went from first to 11th as Dillon sailed off to the win in the No. 3 Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway. "A lot can happen in the next 50 years, but I think that will go down in history as one of the most popular wins with all the race teams because everyone knew how many times Dale was so close to winning in the race and the Daytona 500", Richard Childress, the owner of Dale's auto, said, per ESPN. It came 20 years after Earnhardt's only Daytona 500 victory, and in just the fifth appearance for the No. 3 in "The Great American Race" since Earnhardt's death.

'This is an awesome accomplishment and a monumental victory for the No. 3 team, ' said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. This one is for Dale Earnhardt and all those Earnhardt fans.

Dillon even replicated the slide Earnhardt did in 1998 and did a burnout in the shape of a 3 in the infield grass. Series rookie...returning a Richard Petty Motorsports auto to Daytona 500 contention...first African-American in the Daytona 500 since Wendell Scott in 1969.

"I was feeling the magic", said Busch, the defending race victor who was trying to become the fourth to go back-to-back in the Daytona 500. I just hugged him and said, 'Man, we got it.

It was an overtime finish totaling 207 laps, seven more than scheduled, as a late wreck made NASCAR re-rack the field for a final sprint to the finish.

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Blaney was the runner-up in the Daytona 500 a year ago and came back with a auto capable of winning.

"Amy (his wife) says when I'm home and don't have a lot of things to do, I just get up off the couch and pace around the house, and then sit back down on the couch and complain".

"I know Dale as good as anyone", Childress said. Joey Logano and Chris Buescher rounded out the top-five finishers in a wild 500-mile event.

Dillon picked up his first win on the Monster Energy NASCAR Series previous year in Charlotte.

"My heart is broken, but the beauty is we'll go to Atlanta and we've got an incredible race team here at Stewart-Haas Racing and we'll have another shot next week". I thought I was still gonna be OK, and somehow I got hooked.

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"I watched Dad try and try and try and seen the disappointment and seen the suffering and experienced it with him as part of the family", he said.

"For all the No. 3 fans that stuck with us and pull for Austin, I'm speechless", said Childress. The two bumped with Almirola spinning into the wall, while Dillon went on to take a comfortable win. I hate it for the No. 10 (Aric Almirola) guys.

Before the race, the Braves legend phoned Wallace to wish him luck.

NASCAR continues to have two stages to a race before the final finish after deeming it a success previous year, and with playoff points on the line, drivers race aggressively near the end of them.

Childress: The lucky penny the little girl gave him is still on the dash today.

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