Dillon honored at Daytona 500 champions breakfast

Austin Dillon celebrates winning the 2018 Daytona 500

Austin Dillon celebrates winning the 2018 Daytona 500

"It's what it is when you're at Daytona", he said. The 27-year-old is Childress' grandson.

Seven-time Cup Series champion and two-time Daytona 500 victor Jimmie Johnson wrecked for the third time in a week when he was caught in a nine-car crash right before the end of the first stage.

The final scoring tower showed the No. 3 on top, then the No. 43 - two of the most seminal numbers in NASCAR.

"It's an unbelievable win", Childress said Monday. Bubba Wallace was second, followed by Denny Hamlin. When told about Hamilton's well-wishes, Wallace admitted to "fan-girling out". His finish was the highest of any black driver in the 500 since Wendell Scott was 13th in 1966.

IndyCar has put rules into effect that do, in fact, penalize a driver for intentionally blocking a faster vehicle and with the carnage that took place Sunday afternoon maybe that's something NASCAR officials might consider.

Wallace sparred with 2016 victor Denny Hamlin on the final lap, then criticized Hamlin afterward.

Almirola was leading on the final lap when Austin Dillon got a big run on the outside. He wrecked Kurt Busch, the defending race victor, trying to reclaim his lead and the contact damaged Blaney's Ford.

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"First, I see the game tomorrow", Hazard added. "When you have to play this type of game, you have to prepare". The two have broadcasted different form from last season, with the roles reversed in their 2017-2018 campaigns.

"It's a shame you don't close it out, but you try to just learn from your mistakes and try to do better next time", Blaney said.

"This one definitely stings, but hopefully we can get another shot at it one day", Blaney said.

Meanwhile, Patrick was caught up in her own wreck late in Stage 2, putting a damper on the final event of her NASCAR racing career. With new boyfriend National Football League quarterback Aaron Rodgers cheering her on, Patrick was collected in an accident and finished 35th.

At least he will get some sympathy back at the race shop. "That was a backup auto and we were a half a lap away from winning the Daytona 500. I remember your career.' So I hope that is how it is with me with everybody", she said.

Dillon and much of his Richard Childress Racing crew celebrated into the wee hours Monday by getting tattoos, permanent ones, on their buttocks. However, fans shouldn't get their hopes up for pictures anytime soon.

Inspired by the good-luck coin, Dillon also had a penny in the No. 3 on Sunday, this one given to him by a young boy he met at an autograph session earlier in Speedweeks.

For as long as I can remember, Daytona and the Indianapolis 500 just bring out the kid in me, you know, the type where you can't wait to go to sleep so you can hurry up and wake up and it's race day.

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