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Austin Dillon: You drove the Number 3 and that is why I want to drive it 0:53

Austin Dillon: You drove the Number 3 and that is why I want to drive it

Austin Dillon: He has given me everything in my career 0:53

Austin Dillon: He has given me everything in my career

Austin Dillon has fought with his grandfather and father over his driving but confidence grows 1:16

Austin Dillon has fought with his grandfather and father over his driving but confidence grows

Austin Dillon got the Number 3 back into victory lane and it feels good 0:54

Austin Dillon got the Number 3 back into victory lane and it feels good

Bubba Wallace says having family and a good run at Daytona brought out emotions 1:12

Bubba Wallace says having family and a good run at Daytona brought out emotions

Baseball great Hank Aaron calls Bubba Wallace on pit road before Daytona 500 0:33

Baseball great Hank Aaron calls Bubba Wallace on pit road before Daytona 500

Second lucky penny gives Austin Dillon victory in the Daytona 500 1:38

Second lucky penny gives Austin Dillon victory in the Daytona 500

Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott and Kasey Kahne wreck exiting Turn 3 at Daytona 1:09

Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott and Kasey Kahne wreck exiting Turn 3 at Daytona

Dale Jr: My father's career without a Daytona 500 victory is completely different 1:28

Dale Jr: My father's career without a Daytona 500 victory is completely different

Dale Jr: I made peace with Daytona a long time ago 2:30

Dale Jr: I made peace with Daytona a long time ago

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NASCAR Cup Series | Results and 3 takeaways from Sunday’s Daytona 500

NASCAR Cup Series results and takeaways from the Daytona 500, won by Austin Dillon, in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018.

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Austin Dillon: You drove the Number 3 and that is why I want to drive it

NASCAR team owner Richard Childress was asked about his decision to let driver Austin Dillon drive the famous Number 3 car on Sunday evening following the Daytona 500. Childress spoke to his reasoning to put Dillon in the car. Sunday the decision placed him back in Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway 20 years after Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s Daytona 500 victory.

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Austin Dillon: He has given me everything in my career

NASCAR driver Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Daytona International Speedway. Dillon driving the Number 3 was happy to return his grandfather, Richard Childress to Victory Lane. Dillon says that Childress has given him everything his has in his career.

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Second lucky penny gives Austin Dillon victory in the Daytona 500

The memory of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt's 1998 victory at Daytona International Speedway isn't far from driver Austin Dillon's memory. In fact, Dillon can watch the victory through a window at the team's shop, where it plays continuously. Twenty years ago, Earnhardt received a lucky penny from a young girl and won the Daytona 500. Dillon won the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 after receiving a penny from a young fan during an autograph session a few days ago. The legendary N. 3 Chevrolet returned to Victory Lane with Earnhardt's close friend and Dillon's grandfather Richard Childress standing alongside on the dais.

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Dale Jr: My father's career without a Daytona 500 victory is completely different

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.

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Dale Jr: I made peace with Daytona a long time ago

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.

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Thunderbirds race across Daytona International Speedway

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.

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Jimmie Johnson ready to see what hard work will yield

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.

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Austin Dillon: He has given me everything in my career 0:53

Austin Dillon: He has given me everything in my career

Austin Dillon has fought with his grandfather and father over his driving but confidence grows 1:16

Austin Dillon has fought with his grandfather and father over his driving but confidence grows

Austin Dillon got the Number 3 back into victory lane and it feels good 0:54

Austin Dillon got the Number 3 back into victory lane and it feels good

Bubba Wallace says having family and a good run at Daytona brought out emotions 1:12

Bubba Wallace says having family and a good run at Daytona brought out emotions

Baseball great Hank Aaron calls Bubba Wallace on pit road before Daytona 500 0:33

Baseball great Hank Aaron calls Bubba Wallace on pit road before Daytona 500

Second lucky penny gives Austin Dillon victory in the Daytona 500 1:38

Second lucky penny gives Austin Dillon victory in the Daytona 500

Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott and Kasey Kahne wreck exiting Turn 3 at Daytona 1:09

Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott and Kasey Kahne wreck exiting Turn 3 at Daytona

Dale Jr: My father's career without a Daytona 500 victory is completely different 1:28

Dale Jr: My father's career without a Daytona 500 victory is completely different

Dale Jr: I made peace with Daytona a long time ago 2:30

Dale Jr: I made peace with Daytona a long time ago

Richard Petty won seven Daytona 500 races. Which one is the most memorable? 1:16

Richard Petty won seven Daytona 500 races. Which one is the most memorable?

Austin Dillon: You drove the Number 3 and that is why I want to drive it

NASCAR team owner Richard Childress was asked about his decision to let driver Austin Dillon drive the famous Number 3 car on Sunday evening following the Daytona 500. Childress spoke to his reasoning to put Dillon in the car. Sunday the decision placed him back in Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway 20 years after Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s Daytona 500 victory.
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Austin Dillon: You drove the Number 3 and that is why I want to drive it 0:53

Austin Dillon: You drove the Number 3 and that is why I want to drive it

Austin Dillon: He has given me everything in my career 0:53

Austin Dillon: He has given me everything in my career

Austin Dillon has fought with his grandfather and father over his driving but confidence grows 1:16

Austin Dillon has fought with his grandfather and father over his driving but confidence grows

Austin Dillon got the Number 3 back into victory lane and it feels good 0:54

Austin Dillon got the Number 3 back into victory lane and it feels good