BEST NASCAR VICTORY CELEBRATIONS

Some wins are just more special than others. As a result, they tend to generate more jubilant victory celebrations.  It might be a driver’s first win in a long time, the first time he has won at a particular track or just that he thought he deserved to win more than anyone else out there. Whatever the reason, when one of those special wins comes along, he lets everyone know how he feels.  Check out a list of eight great victory celebrations below.

8.  Kyle Busch smashes Nashville trophy 2009

 
Although I don’t like the fact that Busch smashed a Gibson Les Paul, I can’t deny that it got people talking.  Any victory lane celebration that generates that much buzz belongs on this countdown, for good or ill.

7.  Stewart climbs the fence, kisses bricks and Miss Sprint Cup 2007

 

Although this was his second Brickyard win, Stewart still lived it up for the hometown crowd.

6.  Richard Petty wins 200th race at 1984 Firecracker 400

 
Although rather sedate by today’s standards, Petty’s 200th win celebration was of storybook proportions.  The All-American driver wins his 200th race at the All-American track on the 4th of July with the All-American president in attendance.  By the way, that thing Petty and Cale Yarborough were doing at the :50 mark is called passing.  I figure some of the newer fans might not recognize it.
 
5.  Terry Labonte crashes and wins at Bristol 1995
 
It’s every driver’s dream to pull into victory lane with a trashed race car.  Terry Labonte got his chance at the 1995 Goody’s 500 at Bristol.
 
4.  David Pearson wins the 1976 Daytona 500 after a last-lap crash
 
David Pearson got his chance to party around a torn-up race car in 1976. 
 
3.  DW does the Ickey Shuffle after winning the 1989 Daytona 500

YouTube is a wonderful thing. You can find anything, as long as it’s not exactly what you’re looking for.  I spent hours searching for a clip of Darrell Waltrip’s 1989 Daytona 500 post-race interview and came up with next to nothing.  So, I’m quoting it from memory:

"I won the Daytona 500. I WON THE DAYTONA 500!  Wait, wait, wait…  this is the Daytona 500 isn’t it?  Don’t tell me it isn’t!  Thank God!"

At some point in the celebration he did the Ickey Shuffle and punctuated it by bouncing his helmet off the ground. YouTubers – upload this clip!

2.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins Pepsi 400 in 2001

 
Say what you will about Earnhardt and Michael Waltrip in 2009, but in 2001 they were giants.  Earnhardt comes back to the track that took his father’s life and wins before thousands of screaming fans.  Waltrip finally gets to celebrate his Daytona 500 win right along with him in their impromptu "Who The Hell Needs Victory Lane Anyway?" party.
 
1.  Dale Earnhardt Sr. wins the Daytona 500 in 1998
 
NASCAR couldn’t have asked for a better opening to its 50th anniversary season than the Man in Black winning the Daytona 500.