Meet the Good Dogs (and One Cat) of the Daytona 500

Posted by Mateja Lane
USA Today's For the Win

These four-legged pups are big fans. 

The Daytona 500 marked the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season on Sunday February 18. It's in its 60th year and the biggest fans of the event are arguably the pets in attendance.

USA Today's For the Win got to meet some very good dogs on the infield of the 2.5-mile racetrack.

Driver Austin Dillon won the race...this is his pooch.

Love my girls. Solid days work @martinsville_speedway

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It was Harley the English Bulldog's third time watching the Daytona 500.

English Bulldog

Joey Logano won fourth place and he is also a dog lover. 

Our special guest at the @pennzoil shoot today at @clutchstudiosnc

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Tucker the Cocker Spaniel has traveled to five Daytona 500 races.

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Mio the Adventure Cat made an appearance...

Dallas the Labrador Retriever watched from the roof of his RV.

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While these guys watched from the comfort of the couch. 

Laps 10 thru 180 of the Daytona 500. 🚘🏁#nascar #daytona500 #dogs 💤

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Millie and Roscoe were more excited about pets than the actual race...

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And it was Edie and Chester the French Bulldogs' first time tagging along. 

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Chris Buescher won fifth place in the Daytona 500 and his Golden Retriever must have been proud. 

Maddie the Beagle was excited to watch from her bed. 

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Burley the Australian Cattle Dog puppy came all the way from North Carolina. It is obviously his first race sine he is only 12 weeks old. 

Australian cattle dog

And finally Kalee the cute Catahoula who has seen the Daytona 500 five times now!

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The race was an exciting one for everyone as it went into overtime. The Daytona 500 was called after 207 laps on the superspeedway instead of the normal 200.

We are sure everyone was petting their pups in anxious anticipation!

Did you watch the Daytona 500? Tell us in the comments below. 

Dog photos by USA Today's For the Win

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Meet the Good Dogs (and One Cat) of the Daytona 500