During the second stage of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 18, 2018 NASCAR drivers Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott and Kasey Kahne got loose coming out of Turn 3 at Daytona International Speedway with all three wrecking. Harvick was able to continue but Elliott and Kahne were knocked out of the race due to heavy damage sustained.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. says that he made peace with Daytona International Speedway a long time ago. Dale Earnhardt Sr. passed away 17 years ago in a wreck on the final lap of the Daytona 500 in 2001. Dale Jr recognizes how special Daytona International Speedway was to his father and it is a place that has become more special to him. He chose to embrace the track more.
Former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr said on Sunday, February 18, 2018 that how fans remember his father's career would have been completely if he had never won a Daytona 500. Dale Jr knew first had the pressure and stress that not winning had had on Dale Sr before he finally won. Dale Jr was fortunate to win a Daytona 500 early in his career and then duplicate it with a win eight years later. Dale Earnhardt Sr won a Daytona 500 which had fans, opposing team's and crew members standing in applause.
NASCAR fans began turning out in groves hours before the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 to enjoy the sights and sounds of racing, scaling the banking to sign the bricks of the finish line and share their race winner.
Richard Petty won an amazing seven Daytona 500 races -- in 1964, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979 and 1981. On Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, the NASCAR Hall of Fame member took a moment to reminisce. Petty is the only seven-time winner of the Daytona 500. Among his other accolades, The King won 200 races and was a seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion.
The United States Air Force Thunderbirds raced across Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 in preparation for their performance before Sunday's Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. The Thunderbirds are an air-demonstration squadron assigned to the 57th Wing. The squadron is the world's third oldest formal flying aerobatic team.
NASCAR driver Danica Patrick is preparing to race in her final Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. Following the team's final practice on Saturday, Patrick stopped to sign autographs for fans inside and outside her garage stall.
NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick was critical of Daytona 500 pole-sitter Alex Bowman following the first Can-Am Duel race at Daytona International Speedway. While the rest of the field in the race competed against one another, Bowman rode at the back of the field.
NASCAR drivers Joey Logano and Bubba Wallace got into a conversation about Richard "The King" Petty's hugs while sitting on the dais following the first Can-Am Duel race at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Wallace said that Petty was very proud to see his legendary No. 43 near the top of the pylon for the Daytona 500 that will be run on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. Wallace said that Petty pulled him close in a hug as they walked. Logano's observation brought some laughter.
NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson is excited to get his 17th season underway. This year has brought a lot of change to Hendrick Motorsports with new crew members, the over the wall procedure changing, a new car and NASCAR's new regulations. Johnson is looking to start the season off right with a victory in the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 18, 2018.