Austin's Daytona500 Artwork
The Daytona 500 NASCAR Race has always been one the premier motorsports events in the world and the history of the race is no doubt legendary, however the 2018 race will go down as one for the ages.
When Dale Earnhardt passed away 20 years ago at this event, the future of the sport was up in the air even when the numbers for viewers were at their peak, the most popular driver in the series was gone and it would be up to his son to fill in the shoes of the sports greatest driver. Team owner Richard Childress did what he could for the sport, and then a few years ago placed his grandson Austin Dillon in the famous #3 Earnhardt Sr. car.
Dillon has had opportunities to shine and did just that yesterday with a last lap pass on Aric Almirola to cross the finish line in the top spot and win his first Daytona 500. Rookie sensation Bubba Wallace crossed moments behind for second place in what is sure a brilliant start to a long Cup career.
The best part of this win was the fact that on Monday, I posted a picture of one on the coolest helmet designs of the year, a pinup model painted on the back of Austin's helmet, it was tagged on my post with #Attitude #Victory and #Tattoo! I really thought this kid had a chance and there was something about his movements in the garage that was different.
Little did I know that he would win the damn thing. Funny story is that now its being circulated on the internet that he and his crew left the track hours after the race and went to eat at at TexMex restaurant where they celebrated with a few beers and then, get this, they all got tattoos commemorating the win. The tattoo artist branded the driver and crew members with special designs.
"It hurt," Dillon said. "It feels OK this morning, but one of my boys smacked me on the butt when I came over here, and I was like, 'Easy, guys.'"
Other crew members got a "wolfpack" tattoo that many others on the team already have from an outing a few years ago in Daytona Beach. They had discussed those who didn't have them getting them this weekend if Dillon could put the iconic No. 3 car into Victory Lane.
Though we will most likely never see the artwork, its surely gonna sting a bit this weekend in Atlanta as we sits down in the seat to try and win again.