Daytona 500 champion New York City notes

Daytona 500 Champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. Races Through New York City DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 19, 2004) -- For Dale Earnhardt Jr., there are more perks to his Daytona 500 victory than hoisting the Harley J. Earl trophy or cashing his $1.4 ...

Daytona 500 Champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. Races Through New York City

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 19, 2004) -- For Dale Earnhardt Jr., there are more perks to his Daytona 500 victory than hoisting the Harley J. Earl trophy or cashing his $1.4 million winner's check.

Following car induction ceremonies at DAYTONA USA - the "Official Attraction of NASCAR" -- and his victory in the rain-delayed Hershey's Kisses 300 NASCAR Busch Series race, Earnhardt Jr. began a long list of responsibilities that comes with being the champion of NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious race - the Daytona 500.

On Monday afternoon, Earnhardt Jr. appeared via satellite with numerous media outlets including MSNBC, ESPN and "Inside NEXTEL Cup" before flying to New York City.

On Tuesday, Earnhardt Jr. made appearances on "The Today Show," "Live with Regis and Kelly," "The Late Show with David Letterman" and CNN as well as meeting with the New York City media.

On the "Late Show with David Letterman," Earnhardt Jr. showed Letterman how to parallel park and then turned doughnuts in a Corvette on 53rd Street.

Said Earnhardt Jr. about his hectic schedule: "I've always been pretty satisfied with the exposure I've gotten and yeah, maybe there is a point where there's too much and we're overdoing it. But I did win the Daytona 500. I know people want to hear what I think about that. So I'm cool with it all the things we're doing.

"It's been pretty busy. I haven't had a whole lot of sleep. That's probably been the main thing. If I had been a little bit more aware of how much rest I would have needed, I probably would have taken a little more care in getting it. But it's been fun."

With his victory in last weekend's Daytona 500, Earnhardt Jr. joined his father Dale Earnhardt as the third father-son combination to win the Daytona 500. Lee and Richard Petty and Bobby and Davey Allison are the other father-son combinations to win the Daytona 500.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be back at Daytona International Speedway in July for the Pepsi 400 weekend where he'll compete in both the Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday night, July 2 and the Pepsi 400 on Saturday night, July 3.

For tickets, call 1-800-PITSHOP or log on to www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Richard Petty , Davey Allison