As we noted on Monday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. did a lot of press at ESPN for the upcoming Daytona 500 – and talked a lot about the Redskins, too – but Thursday he backed up all that talking.
On the day in which his father died at Daytona 15 years ago, Earnhardt Jr. won the first qualifying race there to earn a starting spot in the second row of the biggest NASCAR calendar event.
"It's another win at Daytona for the Earnhardts, adding to the legacy," Earnhardt said in victory lane. "We're up here in the 50s now.
"I try not to make too big a deal — I told all you guys how much I like people to remember dad and talk about dad," he said. "I'm guilty of daydreaming a little bit, about winning this race tonight because of the day. That's very special to me. I was glad that nothing bad happened and we didn't tear our car up because that would have been embarrassing on a day like this."