Obviously, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was pleased to win Monday morning’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. The victory was Earnhardt’s second of the season and moved him to second in points behind only Kevin Harvick.
But in his post-race interview in the Daytona Infield Media Center, what was foremost on Earnhardt’s mind wasn’t his victory, but the horrifying last-lap crash that saw Austin Dillon’s car fly into the catch fence near the start-finish line.
Earnhardt’s emotions were clearly visible as he discussed the accident. The good news? Dillon walked away and only one spectator had to be taken to the hospital afterwards for injuries suffered in the incident.