Dale Earnhardt Jr. had just got caught up in a Daytona 500 wreck, Lap 105, causing him to drive up on Kyle Busch’s car, wind up on two tires and eventually bang twice into the wall. Earnhardt was making a triumphant return to the Cup Series after missing 18 races last year due to a concussion. “I feel good,” Earnhardt reassured after leaving the infield care center here.
When Kurt Busch crossed the finish line to win the Daytona 500 Sunday, Tony Stewart was sitting on the pit box next to Busch’s crew chief, Tony Gibson. While Stewart was jumping up and down in celebration of the win, for a split-second, he wondered if Gibson was alright or if maybe he should call paramedics. “He was comatose,” Stewart said of Gibson. “He doesn’t move. He put his head back. Did he pass out? I had to shake him a bit. “He just sat there the whole last lap and when I saw the door open, I started jumping because I knew what was coming. He just never flinched until it was over. He just laid his head back like he was getting a suntan.” Of the 100,000-plus people at Daytona International
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is a fan of the number 69. He was super excited to be nearing his 69th career touchdown. He also once deliberately missed a free-throw to keep his team at 69 points in high school. Gronk, not exactly being a bastion of maturity, was at Sunday’s Daytona 500 with FOX and interviewed the Monster Energy Girls. When it came time to interview Ashley, Gronk really wanted her to say “69” on TV. He asked her what her favorite speed limit was, hoping it would be a number around 70. She didn’t go along with Gronk’s joke, but he said that he still liked the answer. Gronk will never pass up on an opportunity to make a 69 joke, apparently.