Junior at peace with Daytona 17 years after father's death

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Austin Dillon won the 2018 Daytona 500 Sunday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Fla.

Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500 on Sunday (February 18th), getting the victory while driving the iconic No. 3 Chevrolet that Dale Earnhardt drove for most of his career.

Earnhardt Sr.'s son, Dale Jr. also paid tribute by taking to social media with a message about his late father ahead of serving as Grand Marshal, wearing one of the more fitting t-shirts to ring in the game.

Especially for Earnhardt, who recalled how much relief he felt when he first won the Daytona 500 in 2004. From there, he edged out Darrell Wallace Jr. by 0.260 seconds to earn the victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season opener.

"I knew we were in a good spot", Dillon said.

"That was fun. Then just watching him drive down pit road, the congratulations he got, that's something I remember like it was yesterday". She said she was pulling for Patrick, 35, the only woman to start the Daytona 500 from the pole position and is the highest-finishing woman in the race's 60 years.

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

HollywoodLifers, who did you want to win the Daytona 500? I would never have this chance without the support of Dale and everyone involved with the No. 88 team.




In an interview after the race, Austin spoke about a penny that he was given by a new fan, a penny that made its way onto the dashboard of his winning auto today. "Just given him a Daytona 500 ring".

Denny Hamlin, the 2016 victor, finished third in a Toyota. "We are going to keep kicking butt the rest of the year!" Stenhouse would spin entering turn 3, collecting 8 front running cars.

"They nearly threw the idea out the window and I said, 'Come on, we've really got to have this, '" Jeffrey Earnhardt said about getting into racing.

"When he passed away here, I had two choices: I could hate this place for it, or it could become even more special to me and I could become even more connected to it because of that circumstance".

"We have to try our best to paint this picture for them and one of the greatest examples of this is when Daddy showed me the Ralph Earnhardt footage", Earnhardt said. Dillon was doing what has to be done to win at Daytona.

Patrick's finale: Patrick looked to be fully focused on the task at hand as she was introduced for the final NASCAR race of her career and the first half of the "Danica Double".

Dillon follows up on Kurt Busch's win in 2017 as the only drivers to win the race after leading exclusively on the final lap.

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

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