Dale Jr. Wins Daytona 500 - Can he make it feel like 2004 at the Food City 500?
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Sunday night shook off the bridesmaid tag and won his first Daytona 500 in 10 years.
After finishing second the last two years and three of the last four, Earnhardt, Jr., made sure he did not wind up there again. He led the most laps among the 17 drivers who held the point and dominated the late-going to break the decade-long drought.
Grinning from ear to ear and declaring he never would take it for granted, Earnhardt, Jr., savored with emotion a second win in the season-opener. Long known as a student of the history of the sport, it is certain the fact it took his father 20 tries to win his first, was not lost on "Junior."
Members of Junior Nation hope the win is a precursor to a replay of the entire 2004 season.
Not only did Earnhardt, Jr. win the Daytona 500 that season, but made a trip to victory lane five more times, including the Night Race at Bristol.
Denny Hamlin heads to the next race with great momentum, finishing second, followed by Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, -- all with Bristol wins on their resumes -- respectively.
Earnhardt, Jr. and the rest of the field rolls into Bristol Motor Speedway in three weeks for Food City 500 weekend. Tickets for the March 16 Food City 500 start at just $65 with weekend packages for Saturday's doubleheader and Sunday's race are available for as low as $89. Fans may call (855) 580-5525 or visit www.BristolTix.com to experience this spring's battle on the high banks of the Last Great Colosseum.