DAYTONA BEACH, Fla — Joe Gibbs was trying to apologize. His driver won another checkered flag at Daytona — the same track where Gibbs’ eponymous race team is the defending Daytona 500 champion — and the 79-year-old wanted to make some things right.

He was eight days removed from giving his NASCAR Hall of Fame speech, and it seemed sitting behind another podium was the perfect setting to thank a few more people he forgot to mention at the ceremony.

“I really messed up on at that speech, the acceptance speech,” said Gibbs, who then acknowledged business partners, friends of his late son, J.D., and vowed to scores of others he omitted: “I’m going to try to take care of that.”

Gibbs could be forgiven for

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