Daytona 500 winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. celebrates with trophy at Waffle House


Waffle House is becoming the go-to celebration stop for sports stars.

The latest patron is Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who won the Daytona 500 in double overtime on Sunday, his first win in 199 races. After partying for hours with his team in victory lane at Daytona International Speedway, Stenhouse took the trophy to the popular restaurant chain.

Stenhouse went to Waffle House with his wife, Madyson Joye Stenhouse, who documented the event on her Instagram stories. She posted a picture of the trophy on a table and Stenhouse wearing a Waffle House paper hat while holding up a No. 1 finger with a championship ring.

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Another post by Blue Delta Jean Co. showed Stenhouse proudly sauntering into the diner gripping his very own replica of the Harley J. Earl Trophy — given annually to the winner of NASCAR’s most famous race — with both hands. The Waffle House employees greeted him with applause.

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence also went to Waffle House last month after upsetting the Los Angeles Chargers in an AFC wild card game. His victory meal: a Texas bacon cheesesteak, hash browns with cheese and a pecan waffle.

Waffle House was established in 1955 in Avondale Estates, Georgia as a local 24-hour diner and now has nearly 2,000 locations across the country.

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