2001 Pepsi 400 – This was the first race at the Daytona International Speedway since Dale Earnhardt had been killed during the Daytona 500. Just returning to the track was undoubtedly emotional for Earnhardt, Jr. and his team. With Britney Spears commanding the racers to start their engines, fans observed with bated breath. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. took the lead on lap 27 and led for 22 laps. He took the lead with five laps to go again and was able to claim the victory. He has said that it will be a day that he will always remember.
Fans will certainly remember the image of the famed racer standing on top of his car before diving into his pit to celebrate his victory.
The Sharpie 500 & Busch Series Races of 2004
At the famous Bristol Motor Speedway, Earnhardt managed to break out of a six week slump that he had fallen into after suffering intensive burns after a fiery crash. Not only were these races his comeback to the sport after his injury and rough several weeks, they also made him the first to sweep the weekend with the back to back Friday and Saturday victories. The decisive victories he obtained definitely let fans and other races know that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was back and he was ready to compete. The season ended up being very strong for him, with 6 victories, so this was a great start to the year.
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