Dale Earnhardt Jr. Takes Selfie with Statue of Father at Daytona 500

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2014


Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500 for the second time in his career on Sunday, so he but that wasn't the only thing that made Feb. 23, 2014, a special day for him.

His father, Dale Earnhardt Sr., passed away after being involved in an accident at the 2001 Daytona 500. In honor of his father's memory, the younger Earnhardt took a picture with the statue of his father:

Look who I ran into at the Daytona Experience. Dad's Happy! #2XDaytona500Champ pic.twitter.com/I0zf5PLfr5

— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) February 24, 2014

Wait, Earnhardt Jr. is on Twitter? That is correct. Twitter has been around since 2006, but it's new to Earnhardt.

After winning the Daytona 500 on Sunday, the 39-year-old decided to create an account. His first tweet was a selfie with his new trophy:

Tonight seemed like as good a night as any to join Twitter. How is everyone doin? #2XDaytona500Champ pic.twitter.com/4k4JVA7fG9

— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) February 24, 2014

Earnhardt started racking up the followers like crazy. As of 11 a.m. EST on Monday, Feb. 24, the driver had more than 340,000 followers. That is just eight hours after he sent out his first tweet.