EA Sports 500

Track: Talladega Superspeedway
Date: 10/21/2001
Car No: 8
Sponsor: Budweiser
Organization: Dale Earnhardt Inc.

Dale Jr. confirmed his restrictor-plate prowess by winning at Talladega Superspeedway to give him his second superspeedway victory of the season. He led 11 times for 67 laps and out-dueled Tony Stewart to win the race and a $1 million bonus as part of the Winston "No Bull" program. Junior was in fourth place with three laps to go but made shifty work of the competition to beat Stewart by .388 seconds. As Junior crossed the finish line, a multi-car crash unfolded behind him, collecting more than 15 cars. The prize money of $1,165,773 was the richest payday of Dale Jr.'s career. It was his fifth win in 70 starts, and it gave Dale Earnhardt Inc. its third win in four restrictor-plate races in 2001.