Ricky Stenhouse Jr., penalized midway through Sunday's Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona for advancing his position below the yellow line, said Wednesday he's still seeking clarification from NASCAR on the ruling.

"I was in the process of advancing (my position) before I got below the yellow line," Stenhouse said. "I would definitely say that I advanced it, but I think we all thought, in the rule, that if somebody forced you below it that they would be penalized and not yourself.''

Stenhouse contends he was forced below the yellow line down the backstretch by Kyle Busch, and then he powered past Busch. He was black-flagged for the move, effectively taking him out of the running.

So far, Stenhouse said he hasn't heard anything back from NASCAR.

"Typical," he said. "I guess next time somebody gets to the inside of me, I'll force them below the yellow line. Then, they'll have to pit and be in the same position I was in. If that's the way they are going to call it, then I guess we'll race that way."

On Twitter Sunday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. expressed confusion that Stenhouse was penalized, prompting an exchange with NASCAR vice president Steve O'Donnell.

"Can't be more clear than what is played at every Speedway driver meeting and was talked about this morning as well," O'Donnell tweeted. "You can't advance your position. Only judgment is if position was immediately given back. It was not."

Bubba Wallace making history

Bubba Wallace seems fully aware of his place in history, in the historic No. 43 of Richard Petty Motorsports and as an African-American competing full-time in the Monster Energy Cup Series.

"There's a lot of stuff that's riding this weekend. I know it. I pay attention to it," Wallace said. "I follow a lot of people on social media, and it's being put out there, but I'm doing my best at managing it, keeping it behind me, and that's the best thing I can do."

Wallace said he let some of the hoopla get to him in the beginning. "I let all the media, oh, here comes Bubba out of the K&N Series and all that stuff, see how he stacks up, and I'm like, I've got to be top of the board. I've got to win qualifying. I've got to win the race. What do you do? You wreck out because you're not focused on what you really need to be focused on."

When he debuted in the Cup Series, he said he was "super calm and relaxed."

"For me, it was just to be super relaxed," he said, "and that's how I'm taking this season with everything that's riding on it.”

Wallace blamed the media, in part, for a tweet he posted in November, that he has now pinned to the top of his Twitter feed: 

"There is only 1 driver from an African American background at the top level of our sport," he tweeted. "I am the 1. You're not gonna stop hearing about "the black driver" for years. Embrace it, accept it and enjoy the journey."

Wallace said the media keeps asking questions about him being the "black driver out there," so he's telling fans to "embrace it because that's all they're going to keep hearing.”

Wallace said February being Black History Month does have special meeting. "I'm looking forward to it, to be able to represent the black culture," he said. "So it's good.”

Earnhardt honors father, Goodyear with ad

Ralph Earnhardt died in 1973, almost a full year before his grandson was born. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had seen photos of his grandfather and listened to stories about the first racer in the family, but he never felt as if he knew the man. Then Dale Earnhardt Sr. discovered footage the Earnhardts believe is the only known video of Ralph Earnhardt speaking on film. Earnhardt recalled that moment with his father, watching the grandfather he never met, in an interview with The Associated Press about a new Goodyear commercial that will air during the Daytona 500 on Sunday.

"We were sitting in Dad's office in DEI and he said, `You are going to see Ralph Earnhardt talk, and you are going to hear him talk and this is the only footage that exists.' So me and Dad sat there and watched it. I had seen pictures of Ralph, I had no idea what he sounded like and I had no idea what his mannerisms were like and in that moment, I was meeting him."

Chipper named honorary race official

Pierson native Chipper Jones will serve as an Honorary Race Official for Sunday's Daytona 500. The eight-time All-Star and National League's Most Valuable Player in 1999 was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Jan. 24.