Daddy's little girl visits Victory Lane

Jimmie Johnson holds his daughter Genevieve Marie prior to qualifying for last week's race. Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR/Getty Images

Jimmie Johnson's two-and-a-half month old daughter -- Genevieve Marie -- made her first visit to Victory Lane when her father won Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover.

Her photo was seen around the world and her parents -- appropriately -- had protected her tender hearing with huge noise-canceling headphones. The giant earmuffs on the infant’s ears made her even cuter.

Jeff Gordon told me there was a period of time where his infant daughter, Ella, would come to the races and cry all night long, causing him to lose sleep like any parent. As a result he would not be as refreshed and rested for the long race. Ella quit coming to the races for a while to ensure her father could perform at his best.

One can only assume that Genevieve Marie is a sound sleeper or that her father slept the night before the race at Dover wearing the same headphones his daughter wore during the race Sunday.