Junior Wheels No. 81 Machine to Victory in 2004 Food City 250
In 2004, Dale Earnhardt Jr. recorded Bristol's first weekend sweep - piloting his No. 81 Dale Earnhardt Inc. machine to victory lane in Friday's Food City 250 before winning the track's legendary Night Race.
Starting from pole in the Aug. 27 Busch race, Junior survived a then season-high 13 cautions and fended off Matt Kenseth in the Series' first green-white-checker finish to claim the coveted Bristol trophy.
"I was worried because I got a lot of stuff on the tires," Earnhardt said. "But Matt did a good job, he could have run all over me. The last lap I was chugging through corners, just trying to keep it on the bottom.
"He laid off of me. It was a good race, a good win. But he laid off of me and it was a good race, a good win."
Kenseth said he was hampered by spinning his tires on the final restart, which prevented him from closing in on Earnhardt.
"If I wouldn't have spun the tires, I think I would have had a shot at Junior," Kenseth said, nearly drowned out by the cheers for Earnhardt. "But it seems like everybody is happier with this outcome, so that's all right."
Only 81 days remain until NASCAR's modern-day gladiators return to battle on the banks of the Last Great Colosseum. Tickets are still available for the 2014 IRWIN Tools Night Race, beginning at just $75 for single-day tickets and $99 for weekend packages. Cost for Food City 300 tickets start as low as $35 and half-price for youth 15-and-under.
For those looking to attend one of the most competitive double-headers in racing - Wednesday night's Whelen Modified race and Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP - tickets start at just $30 with free entry for youth 15-and-under.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (855) 580-5525 or visit www.BristolTix.com.