Here’s something you likely won’t see a NASCAR driver do. Apparently, it is how you properly celebrate a Formula 1 win as an Aussie. Daniel Ricciardo took down the Italian Grand Prix in Monza and was overcome with joy. So, like any rational frat bro, he dumped champagne into his shoe and chugged it!
Americans can do a lot of crazy things. While celebrating wins, couches burn, drinks are had, and questionable actions are taken. However, for the Australian Formula 1 driver, taking a “shoey” is the best way to toast to a win. This was Ricciardo’s first win since 2018, the driver became very emotional following the win. However, his eyes may have been watering from the smell of his own shoe, to be fair.
“To lead from start-to-finish,” Ricciardo started, “none of us expected that. There was something in me on Friday and I knew there was something good to come this weekend.”
McLaren earned their first win since 2012 when Ricciardo crossed the line. He started in the second position and after immediately taking the lead, he never gave it up. Lando Norris, his teammate, finished second to give McLaren a 1-2 finish. Enjoy that champagne de fromage, sure it comes with a nice sour finish.
With the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs underway, maybe the winning driver will be overcome with emotion and do a shoey of their own. I don’t think I can picture Kyle Larson or Denny Hamlin doing that, but you never know.
No Grand Prix, But NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Heat Up
Two races are finished in the Round of 16. This weekend on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, NASCAR went to Richmond Raceway. Last week, Denny Hamlin took the win and punched his ticket into the next round. While he would have sat back and relaxed, he did no such thing. Over the course of the race, he threatened to take the win many times.
However, it would be Martin Truex Jr., that took the checkered flag. This has been a great season for Truex, however, it seems to have flown under the radar for the most part. He didn’t just punch his ticket into the Round of 12, he moved into the third position in the points standings. He sits between Hamlin and Joey Logano.
With the win, it lets Truex Jr., and his team sigh a breath of relief. Now, for the final race, things aren’t as serious. Since he has already made his way into the next round he can race with a weight off his shoulders. As for the pack of 16, things get serious next week.
Michael McDowell failed to make a big impact and still sits at 16th in the Playoffs. Meanwhile, Kurt Busch sits at 12th and is currently the last man into the next round. It will be William Byron, Tyler Reddick, and Alex Bowman will attempt to jump Busch and make their way into the Round of 12. Things get heated next week at Bristol Motor Speedway.