Nearly 20 years to the day, the fabled No. 3 Chevrolet was back in victory lane at Daytona International Speedway.
In 1998, Dale Earnhardt won his first — and only — Daytona 500.
Sunday, Austin Dillon, the grandson of Earnhardt’s team owner Richard Childress, became the ninth consecutive different winner in the last nine Daytona 500s and the fourth straight first-time winner in the annals of the Great American Race.
“So special, I can’t thank everyone enough,” a tear-filled Childress told Fox Sports.
“Hell of an ending tonight,” Wallace told Fox Sports. “A P2 in my first Daytona 500? I’ll take it.”