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Austin Dillon (3) celebrates on the track after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Austin Dillon drives No. 3 back to victory in Daytona 500

- Associated Press

Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500 on Sunday night driving the iconic No. 3 Chevrolet that Earnhardt piloted for most of his career. 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.

Alex Bowman climbs out of this car after qualifying for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Alex Bowman puts No. 88 on the pole at Daytona

- Associated Press

Bowman won the pole for “The Great American Race” in his debut as the official driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet, piloted until last season by NASCAR rock star Dale Earnhardt Jr. Six of Earnhardt’s 17 career victories at Daytona International Speedway came in that car, including one of his Daytona 500 victories.

Kevin Harvick celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Kevin Harvick passes Martin Truex Jr. for Texas win, both clinch title shots

- Associated Press

Truex led 107 of 334 laps and was still up front until his bobble on the backstretch that allowed Harvick to take the lead. But Truex, with a significant points lead and wins in three of the eight playoff races, also locked into one of the four spots to race for the championship at Homestead in two weeks.

Racing legend Richard Petty, left, watches practice with Roger Penske prior to qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series 300 auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

NASCAR draws line on protesting during national anthem

Associated Press

It appeared no drivers, crew or other team members participated in a protest during the national anthem to start the NASCAR Cup series race Sunday in Loudon, New Hampshire. Several team owners and executives had said they wouldn’t want anyone in their organizations to protest.

Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman squeezes out of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s car after being driven around the track, Tuesday Aug. 8, 2017 in Richmond, Va. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. treats Redskins players to high-speed laps

- Associated Press

NASCAR driver and avid Washington Redskins fan Dale Earnhardt Jr. treated quarterback Kirk Cousins and four other players from the team to ride-arounds at Richmond Raceway on Tuesday before heading to the team’s practice complex to watch their afternoon workout.

Kyle Larson raises his arms after exiting his car after winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race, Sunday, June 18, 2017, in Brooklyn, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Kyle Larson outlasts Chase Elliott at Michigan again

- Associated Press

Larson took control on a restart with five laps remaining and held off Chase Elliott on Sunday for his second NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season. The finish was similar to the race at Michigan last August, when Larson took the lead on a restart with nine laps left en route to his first Cup win.

Jimmie Johnson, left, poses with the trophy in Victory Lane after he won a NASCAR Cup series auto race, Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Jimmie Johnson extends track record with 11th win at Dover

- Associated Press

Johnson sped off on the final restart Sunday and earned another slice of NASCAR history, winning in overtime at Dover International Speedway for the 11th time and moving into a tie for sixth on the career victories list.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s confidence sky high amid return for Daytona 500

- Associated Press

Earnhardt is the biggest story of Speedweeks. While it's fairly common for the two-time Daytona 500 winner to be the center of attention at Daytona International Speedway, especially given his father's fame and tragic fate at the superspeedway, it's been considerably different this year.