Pepsi 400 Victory

7/7/2001

Long considered one of NASCAR's most memorable moments, Dale Jr. scored an emotional victory in the first race at Daytona since the tragic loss of Dale Earnhardt Sr. Driving a special No. 8 Budweiser/Major League Baseball All-Star paint scheme, Junior dominated by leading 116 of 160 laps but found himself in sixth place on the final restart with six laps to go. The Bud driver needed only two laps to blow passed five cars in front of him, and he held off teammate Michael Waltrip to take the checkered flag and score the popular victory. "I want to dedicate this to my dad," Junior said after the race. "This one is for him."