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Years After Dale Earnhardt Sr., Austin Dillon Wins 2018 Daytona 500

22 February, 2018, 01:01 | Author: John Swanson
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. stars in Goodyear’s new TV commercial “Make a Name,” underscoring the power of a name and highlighting the relationship between Goodyear and the NASCAR legend

"My heart is broken". Absolutely it will. So if you're still not prepared for the first Earnhardt-less 500 since 1979, give it a watch. Bunching up the field gave a chance for others to challenge him.

In 2015, Dillon was involved in a major crash at Daytona that threw his auto into the catch fence.

The two-time Daytona 500 victor retired last season and was back at the track in a much different role.

ABOVE VIDEO: All of the crashes from the 2018 Daytona 500. "I can't let the fans know enough how special this is". There was not a lot of phenomenal racing, yet people go back and say this is one of the all-time greatest races.

McReynolds: The auto gets back to the garage area and no Dale.

Busch flat: On lap 30, Kyle Busch's left rear tire went flat, and he dropped from 5th to 38th to get the tire changed.

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"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. And I thought that was an omen.

"Right now I just want to thank the good Lord above". I just got caught in a Bermuda Triangle it seemed like when Hamlin blocked us.

A very literal trip down memory lane, the minute-long spot encapsulates the iconic wheelman's relationship with his even more iconic father, charting his gradual evolution from son to successor to peer against the backdrop of Jim Croce's "I Got a Name". "It is disappointing for this Lowes team and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports for all the work they put into it", Johnson said. Earnhardt won seven NASCAR cup championships and 76 cup races during his career, including the 1998 Daytona 500. He was collected in the crash that began when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. tried to block Ryan Blaney, and the cars behind them had to avoid Stenhouse's moves. He returns to the Speedway as the Grand Marshal of the 60 running of the DAYTONA 500, representing his first appearance at the Great American Race since retiring in 2017.

One of the sport's greatest drivers had won everything else during Daytona Speedweeks but the sport's biggest race until February 15, 1998.

Many fans were irate after the event, claiming Dillon bumped Almirola as a cheap shot.

There were a number of unheralded drivers who posted surprising results in the Daytona 500.

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Virginia native Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Chris Buescher rounded out the top five finishers. McDowell and Marks are both one-car-team wonders that about made their season with their strong finishes. The 49-year-old hit the outside wall head-on and died shortly after he was taken to the hospital.

Wallace, from Mobile, Alabama, received a telephone call from Hank Aaron before the race and Lewis Hamilton, the four-time Formula One world champion and only black driver in that series, tweeted his support to Wallace.

Almirola, who was credited with an 11th-place finish, was in a backup auto after he wrecked in his qualifying race on Thursday.

"Twenty years ago he was in Victory Lane".

After the last lap wreck, Almirola was forced to settle for eleventh.

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