DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – The 60th edition of the Daytona 500 had a lot of numbers adding up. First off, just take this stat for what it’s worth, Austin Dillon and his No. 3 Chevrolet won the race itself. It’s been 20 years since the last and only other time the famed number went to victory lane in the Great American Race by Dale Earnhardt. Furthermore, it was 17 years to the day that Earnhardt passed away in a last lap Turn 4 crash at the Daytona International Speedway in the 2001 Daytona 500.
Here the famed No. 3 Chevrolet was making a last lap pass 17 years later for the win.
But, look at this too, famed numbers shined in the finishing order. No. 3 won the race and No. 43 was second. No. 11 was third. All three are iconic numbers in the series 1-2-3 in the series’ biggest race of the season.
Dillon, became the second straight driver to lead just one lap, the final one en route to the win. He was the fourth straight driver to win his first Daytona 500 and ninth straight different winner in general.
Dillon, also is just the third 27 year old to win the ‘500, joining Jeff Gordon in 1999 and Pete Hamilton in 1970. It was Chevrolet’s 24th trip to victory lane for the Daytona 500 too.