Joe Gibbs is a man of his word.
The NASCAR team owner ended his post-Daytona 500 news conference with a pledge that his team was going to Steak ‘n Shake to celebrate Denny Hamlin’s Daytona 500 victory. And sure enough, the team showed up at the restaurant down the road from Daytona International Speedway late Sunday night. And they even brought the Harley J. Earl trophy.
When we won the #Daytona500 in 1993, we didn’t know what to do, so we took the trophy to @SteaknShake near the track to celebrate. Tonight we continued that tradition! @dennyhamlin even showed up. #NASCAR #TeamToyota @FedEx pic.twitter.com/qa43If07Qk
— Joe Gibbs Racing (@JoeGibbsRacing) February 18, 2019
The win was Joe Gibbs Racing’s third Daytona 500 victory. The team’s post-500 Steak ‘n Shake tradition began in 1993 after Dale Jarrett won the 500 for the team’s first NASCAR win. JGR didn’t make a post-500 trip to Steak ‘n Shake again until 2016, when Hamlin won the closest Daytona 500 over Martin Truex Jr.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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