In this case, in the 60th running of the Daytona 500, numbers did lie.
Nascar's most well known racecar numbers — 3 and 43 — completed in first and second place on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. Yet, it wasn't stock auto dashing's two best-known names — Dale Earnhardt Sr. also, Richard Petty — who took the checkered banner and completed sprinter up.
Rather it was Austin Dillon (No. 3) and Darrell Wallace Jr. (43).
An age prior, Nascar would have cherished a one-two complete from Earnhardt, who hustled in the No. 3 auto, and Petty, who had No. 43. However, the game will readily grasp the two story lines it got on Sunday.
A new kid on the block, Wallace is the main African-American driver in Nascar's best level and has been advanced as one of the game's splendid youthful stars. This off-season, Petty employed him to drive his old No. 43 auto, and right now that choice is paying off. By taking second, Wallace turned into the most noteworthy completing African-American in the historical backdrop of the Daytona 500, bettering Wendell Scott's thirteenth place complete in 1966.
The trophy on Sunday went to Dillon, the grandson of Richard Childress, who was Earnhardt's closest companion. Earnhardt dashed for Childress' group when he won his exclusive Daytona 500, in 1998. That day, a 7-year-old kid was there in Victory Lane, absorbing everything — Austin Dillon.
"I don't recognize what it is about story lines and Daytona," Dillon said. "Yet, this place just leaves a mark on the world."
Not exclusively did Dillon win in the No. 3 auto, the Daytona 500's privileged starter was the as of late resigned Dale Earnhardt Jr. Also, Dillon's win went ahead the seventeenth commemoration of the race in which the senior Earnhardt was murdered when he slammed on the last lap.
In a gesture to Earnhardt Sr's. festival 20 years back, Dillon celebrated by turning the No. 3 auto on the infield grass.
"This is so great to take the No. 3 auto back to Victory Lane 20 years after the fact," Dillon said. "This one is for Dale Earnhardt Sr. and every one of those Sr. fans. I cherish you folks."
Apparently directing Earnhardt, who passed by the epithet The Intimidator, Dillon knock the pioneer Aric Almirola on the last lap, pushing him into the divider before zooming past. Almirola, who had dashed in Petty's No. 43 auto a year ago, fell back the distance to eleventh.
Almirola said he comprehended.
"It was the last lap and we're all attempting to win the Daytona 500," he said. "We were simply hustling forcefully. I put each move I knew to attempt and remain ahead of the pack and, tragically, I simply couldn't hang on."
"I couldn't care less, I won the Daytona 500," Dillon stated, taking note of that Almirola had hurled a square.
"I'm happy he's not distraught," Dillon included, alluding to Almirola. "On the off chance that he needs to do it at Talladega to influence himself to rest easy, I couldn't care less."
In completing second, Wallace appeared to be similarly as extravagant as Dillon. As he took the meeting platform in the media workroom, his mom, Desiree Wallace, kept running up and embraced her child as both dissolved into tears. As the grasp proceeded for over a moment, Wallace said to his mom, "You act like I won the race."
"We did," she reacted.
Prior to the begin, Wallace had gotten well-wishes from the four-time Formula One title holder Lewis Hamilton, who, similar to Wallace, is biracial.
And after that, minutes prior to the race, Wallace was told he had an essential telephone call — from Hank Aaron, who, similar to Wallace, was conceived in Mobile, Ala.
"He said good fortunes, and simply have a decent race," Wallace said. "He realized that we were in a hurry. That was cool."
Wallace wiped away tears all through his post-race news meeting, his voice regularly splitting.
"Regardless of what the conditions are, the point at which you have family here and you run great and it's been a while since you've been fairly focused, it pulls on the heartstrings. I'm human. Regardless of in the event that I race autos as a profession and appreciate doing it, by the day's end we as a whole get enthusiastic about something."
After the race, Wallace experienced Petty, who endeavored to contain his feelings — which at first didn't have all the earmarks of being wonderful. Wallace had figured out how to avoid every one of the disaster areas for the entire race — one of which thumped out Danica Patrick, rashly finishing her last Nascar race — until the point that the last lap when he got chanced upon the divider by Denny Hamlin.
Wallace said Petty seemed incensed when he first observed him after the race.
"He strolled in and says, 'What's the main thing I let you know?'" Wallace reviewed. "What's more, he has a stern mentality and look. Also, I'm similar to, 'Umm.' And he says, 'I let you know not to wreck the auto.' So we shared a decent chuckle, and he came and gave me a major embrace after that."
While it might have been new faces in the No. 3 and 43 autos, they offered a hopeful standpoint for the game.
"It's extremely extraordinary simply realizing that individuals are tuning in," Wallace stated, "and ideally seeing the new faces and the new changes that is coming to Nascar and they're getting behind it and supporting it. Simply energizing."