Dale Earnhardt Jr. is grand marshall for Daytona 500

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is grand marshall for Daytona 500

At 46, Earnhardt was the sentimental choice and, at last, won "The Great American Race". Dillon put pressure on the outside, Almirola attempted to block and Dillon's No. 3 Chevrolet sent him spinning.

Ralph Earnhardt died in 1973, nearly a full year before his grandson was born.

"This is so awesome to take the No. 3 auto back to Victory Lane". I didn't really know what was going on at the time, how big of a moment I was being a part of (in Victory Lane).

"There's a lot of fresh faces, and over the last couple or three years, a lot of star power has left: Jeff Gordon, Dale Junior, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards", said Daytona Beach News Journal sports columnist Ken Willis. Let's take a look at Dillon over the years, starting with his net worth!

It was an overtime finish totaling 207 laps, seven more than scheduled, as a late wreck made NASCAR re-rack the field for a final sprint to the finish. "I'm really curious and excited about what kind of race we're going to see tomorrow, and I think it's going to be interesting".

"What a day. Thanks Darrell for that push. But I just want to make them proud".

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Wallace, affectionately known as "Bubba", had quite the day himself.

Wallace wrecked across the checkered flag with Denny Hamlin, who wound up third.

"I had a ton of momentum, caught him and turned him", Dillon said. That led to an emotional embrace with Wallace's mom after the event.

Waltrip: I won in '89, and it took me 17 tries. In NASCAR's stage-racing format, valuable extra points that count in the season-long series championship battle are awarded to the top-10 finishers in each of the first two stages. They love to talk about him and remember him, so you hear about him everywhere you go. Earnhardt was behind the wheel of No. 3 when he won his only Daytona 500 in 1998, and when he was killed in an accident on the final lap of the race three years later. We found the right drafting lanes and I was making good moves.

Tune-in to watch the DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and Motor Racing Network. Dillon was doing what has to be done to win at Daytona, where he led just once for one lap - the final one. Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick, Kevin Harvick and many others ended their day early. Ryan Blaney held the lead for most of the second stage and ultimately held on for the stage win.

His son went on to win two Daytona 500s but retired at the end of last season because of a history of concussions. Hamlin's 11 vehicle was penalized one lap for pitting outside the box during the caution. I started to walk back to the pit area. That meant a one-lap penalty from NASCAR and a long slog to get that lap back.

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Mikaela will return to compete in the Ladies' Downhill even on February 21, as well as the Ladies' Alpine Combined on February 23. And when you have two races in a row, it's really important to keep that mental energy stable. "I'm disappointed for sure.