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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Starts Whirlwind Media Tour After Daytona Win

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. this week will "publicly bask in his Daytona glory" after winning the Sprint Cup Series season opener. The "whirlwind media tour" includes stops in N.Y., Austin, Las Vegas and ESPN HQs in Bristol. Earnhardt at yesterday's Daytona 500 Champion's Breakfast said, "I'm looking forward to it" (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 2/25). Earnhardt will visit Bristol today and appear on a "variety of shows," starting with "Mike & Mike." From there, he will go to L.A. to appear on FS1 and conduct "local television interviews" (JACKSONVILLE.com, 2/24).

Earnhardt appeared on CBS' "Late Show" last night, and host David Letterman said Sunday's win "makes the long season seem pretty short now, doesn't it?" Earnhardt: "Things have definitely changed for us winning this first race." Earnhardt said when he won his first Daytona 500 in '04, "I came to do the show and I did doughnuts in the street down there. And so I won my second Daytona 500 and I actually get to sit on the couch." Letterman said, "You got to have two before you come over and have a seat." Letterman said he wanted a NASCAR race car. Letterman: "I want it to be street legal, and I just want to frighten the neighbors" ("Late Show," CBS, 2/24).
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