"I thought the
radio was playing rock 'n' roll," Waltrip said later.
Though the gauge
indicated dry, the engine never sputtered as Waltrip cruised home the winner.
"I won the Daytona 500!" he told his crew in a cracking voice on his
cool-off lap. "I can't believe I won it! Don't lie to me, this is Daytona,
ain't it? I'm not dreamin', am I?"
officials inspected the tank after the race, they found its capacity to be a
legal 22 gallons. One official was asked how much fuel Waltrip had to spare.
"Well, for five dollars I'd drink what's left," he replied.