DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The prospect of embarking on a national media tour with just one hour’s rest did nothing to diminish Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s smile on Monday morning.
The now backstab Daytona 500 best showed up in an untucked checkerboard shirt and jeans for the anniversary winner’s breakfast at Daytona International Speedway, during which his car was inducted into the track’s bout appointment for the next year.
Earnhardt’s anniversary wasn’t decidedly wild. Now 39 and conceivably wiser than if he won in 2004, Earnhardt broiled his aggregation for alone an hour afterwards his post-race interviews assuredly assured about 3 a.m., afresh retired to bed at 4.
He ample he bare at atomic a little beddy-bye afore a annular of appearances on shows such as Good Morning America and The Late Show with David Letterman. Earnhardt is appointed to accomplish stops in New York, Connecticut (ESPN) and Los Angeles afore accession in Phoenix on Thursday for the alpha of NASCAR’s next chase weekend.
“I don’t bethink too abundant about 2004 вЂ“ it was such a becloud вЂ“ so I’m searching advanced to all the places we’ve got to go,” he said. “I’m traveling to accomplish abiding everybody hears about (his team’s accomplishment).”
He’s application Twitter to get the chat out. Teammate Jimmie Johnson had been auspicious him to yield the plunge. So, afterwards able to accompany the amusing website if he won the Daytona 500, he fabricated Junior Nation blessed with his aboriginal cheep at 2:32 a.m. — a selfie with the trophy.He had added than 230,000 followers afore he joined. That amount is abiding to skyrocket.
Earnhardt aswell planned to acknowledgment anniversary of the 130 argument letters he accustomed from accompany and ancestors afterwards the race. But one of the things he was a lot of aflame about, Earnhardt said, was just accepting accordant abundant to accomplish the postseason highlight reel again.
“We’ve watched so abounding division analysis videos, whether at our own abode or at the banquet, and we weren’t in any of them from endure year,” he said. “This year, we’re bound in. So we’re traveling to be in some of those videos. That’s a affective activity if you’re not in them.”
During the breakfast, Steve Letarte was awarded a appropriate best aggregation arch bays and Earnhardt accustomed a Daytona 500 winner’s covering jacket.
“The accomplished affair is still appealing surreal,” Letarte said. “I mean, how abounding contest do you bless the next day? We accumulate accepting trophies and jackets.”
Now that he’s airtight a 55-race winless band dating to June 2012, Earnhardt said he’s accessible to win again. He compared the activity to switching from a atramentous and white TV to blush вЂ“ “Once you watch a blush TV, you don’t wish to go back.”
“I anticipate it’s our time,” he said. “This is our year. I’m traveling to action every week.”
Team buyer Rick Hendrick said he was just admiring to get a abrupt acquittal from Earnhardt’s berserk admirers acrimonious him about if the driver’s next achievement would come.
“I get six canicule area Earnhardt admirers will not ask me if he’s traveling to win again,” Hendrick said with a chuckle. “I’ve got a vacation until Phoenix.”?