After winning the biggest race of his life on Sunday, Austin Dillon and his team decided to celebrate the Daytona 500 win in a unique way by getting tattoos on their backsides. According to Dillon, his tattoo includes the Daytona 500 logo with the word “champ” below it.
“You’ll never be able to see it,” Dillon said during the Monday morning winner’s news conference at Daytona International Speedway. “It’s pretty cool looking today. It hurt. It feels okay this morning, but one of my boys smacked me on the butt when I came over here and I was like ‘Easy guys.'”
Several crew members on the team got a “wolfpack” tattoo that a few others already had from a celebration years ago in Daytona Beach. This was something the team discussed doing beforehand had Dillon won the race.
“We had talked if we won the Daytona 500, there were going to be a couple of us initiated in the wolfpack,” said shock specialist Clay Alexander. “This is a real deal. I’m going to have it for the rest of my life. I’m pretty hardcore about the 3 car and what I’m doing and I’m very proud to have it.”
Team owner Richard Childress and crew chief Justin Alexander were the only two to not add new ink to their bodies Sunday night. Alexander did say though, “If we win the championship, I’ll get a tattoo on my face.”
Sunday’s Daytona 500 was one of the more iconic victories with Dillon bringing the No. 3 car to Victory Lane 20 years after Dale Earnhardt did it in his 20th try, and also exactly 17 years to the day of Earnhardt’s death. This was Dillon’s second career Monster Energy Cup Series victory, the other one coming in the Coca Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway last season.
Dillon later added, “This is really cool. You don’t get these opportunities to run in the Cup Series unless something special happens. There’s nothing like it.” He heads to the Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend third in the points and more importantly, already being locked into the Playoffs.