Brian Dawkins in 'awe' of NASCAR scene

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Posted: October 02, 2012

DOVER, Del. - Brian Dawkins warmed up for his number retirement ceremony at Sunday night's Eagles-Giants game by serving as the AAA 400's grand marshal. Addressing the estimated crowd of 80,000 at Dover International Speedway, Dawkins pumped his right arm and said, "Can you feel that?" Then he offered "these inspirational words, drivers, start your engines!"

Earlier, referring to the Dover race scene, Dawkins said, "I'm in awe. Seeing things from behind the scenes is a lot different from seeing it on TV. But some of the things that these guys have to go through and the mentality that they have to keep in order to represent their sponsors before the [race] is completely different from us as football players. I don't know if we can do that as well as they do."

Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 56 Toyota and a devoted Eagles fan, wore an Eagles-themed helmet as a tribute to Dawkins.

"It's absolutely awesome," Dawkins said. "Not only the helmet, but my name being on his car . . . All those things are firsts for me. There's a lot of firsts going on. These last 3 days, including my number being retired, is just a bunch of great blessings that I'm kind of at a loss for words for."

Kenseth cooked?

Matt Kenseth's Chase is probably over. With just under 100 laps remaining in the race, Kenseth's Ford sustained rear damage. He faded to 35th and is 12th [last] in the Chase, 72 points behind Brad Keselowski.

"In two out of three Chase races something either fell off or broke," Kenseth, a two-time Dover winner, said. "Our performance hasn't been very good either. This is probably the worst we've run here for as long as I can remember. We just really missed it."

Other Chasers with disappointing finishes were Greg Biffle (16th) and Tony Stewart (20th).

Honoring Economaki

Roger Penske, team owner of race-winner Brad Keselowski's car, dedicated the victory to Chris Economaki, the dean of American motorsports writers who died Friday at 91.

"I go back probably 45 years with him when I was a driver," Penske said. "He cared about the little guy running on the short tracks."


Contact Bill Fleischman at fleiscb@phillynews.com.

 

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