Four in a Row at Talladega


On April 6, 2003, Dale Jr. capped an astounding string of victories by winning his fourth consecutive race at Talladega Superspeedway, a stretch that reached back to Oct. 21, 2001. His four wins set a record for most consecutive victories at Talladega, NASCAR's biggest track at 2.66 miles. Junior did it all with the No. 8 Budweiser team from Dale Earnhardt Inc., leading 67 laps (10/21/01), 133 laps (4/21/02), 56 laps (10/6/02) and 34 laps (4/6/03), respectively, en route to the victories. Win No. 4 was the most unlikeliest of the bunch, as he sustained damage in a multi-car accident on lap four and needed 15 pit stops over the first 89 laps for repairs. The Bud team not only repaired the car adequately enough to contend but kept Junior on the lead lap. He took his first lead on lap 107 and in a chaotic dash to the finish managed to get by Kevin Harvick and Elliott Sadler to take the win and the record.