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Michel Disdier Celebrates Top 15 by Singing on the Frontstretch

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Sometimes it pays to be good, and other times, it pays to be lucky.

The latter was the case for Michel Disdier – the self-described Frenchman in NASCAR — who survived his way to an 11th-place finish in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday night at Daytona International Speedway.

The 42-year-old ARCA and European motocross veteran qualified 29th in the 32-truck field and often struggled to remain in the draft with his SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet. As it turns out, this allowed him to survive the three major crashes of the night and earned him a valuable top-15 finish to start the campaign.

He and his team celebrated by singing in their native tongue while on the frontstretch after the race.

Daniel Hemric, Chad Kendrick Bond Over “Days of Thunder.”

Daniel Hemric and crew chief Chad Kendrick are big fans of the 1990 NASCAR movie ‘Days of Thunder.’

They displayed their appreciation for the film in various ways on Friday night during the season-opener for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, most notably naming their truck “Harry” after the character who was inspired by real-life crew chief Harry Hyde.

In addition, the two quoted the movie on several different occasions during the race, with Kendrick telling Hemric that he was going to make “a special adjustment” during an early pit stop. When Hemric responded by asking Kendrick if he was taking the tape off, his crew chief responded, “Nope, I’ve got something else up my sleeve.”

Kendrick also told Hemric that he had a “special matched set of tires” over the wall waiting for him, and that his driver needed to “drive through the smoke,” when a crash happened in front of him — all lines from the Tom Cruise starring blockbuster.

“We were hoping Harry would be faster than she was and that was a lot of fun to do,” Hemric said after the race.

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Matt Weaver is the Executive Editor of POPULAR SPEED. He has covered NASCAR since 2011 and full-time since 2013. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He has been published all across the country and routinely makes radio appearances on Sirius XM Satellite radio and NBC Sports Radio Network.