Dillon certainly didn’t show any nerves during February’s 500, as he sent Aric Alrmirola spinning into the wall on the final lap to secure his second career victory. The 28-year-old famously took his entire pit crew to a local tattoo parlor that night to celebrate, and that was just the first stop for Dillon over the next five months.
“I had an interview with a guy from the New York Stock Exchange, it was a podcast, and it was one of the best I’ve ever had with someone,” he said. “Hanging out with Shaquille O’Neal was really cool, too. We sat in a really small radio room, and he was piled in the corner, and he wrapped his hand around mine like twice when I shook it. I’ve always been a fan of his. (Appearing on the morning talk show) Live with Kelly and Ryan, I was really nervous for that, too.”
On Friday, Dillon will get to relive his Daytona 500 triumph once more when his signature, hand and right foot prints are cemented into the Daytona 500 Champions’ Walk of Fame.
Speedway President Chip Wile will be on hand for the event, which is open to the public and will take place outside the Ticket and Tours building at 3 p.m.
“There have been a lot of fun things that come with the 500 win,” Dillon said. “It feels good to do this stuff.”
Gallagher ‘grateful’ after reinstatement
Reinstated on Wednesday after completing NASCAR’s Road to Recovery, Spencer Gallagher expressed gratitude to be back behind the wheel.
Suspended on May 2, three days after notching his first Xfinity Series victory at Talladega, Gallagher violated NASCAR’s substance abuse policy. He will return to the No. 23 Chevrolet next week at Kentucky.
NASCAR did not disclose the details of Gallagher’s violation, and Gallagher declined to comment about the specific substance for which he was penalized.