Checker Auto Parts 500

Track: Phoenix International Raceway
Date: 11/2/2003
Car No: 8
Sponsor: Budweiser
Organization: Dale Earnhardt Inc.

Dale Jr. started 11th but after making a pass for 10th on the first lap, he would never leave the top-10 again. He drove the Budweiser Chevy to the lead on laps 39 and 86 before overtaking the top spot for the final time on lap 262. He paced the field for the final 51 laps en route to a .735-second victory over second-place finisher Jimmie Johnson. It was Junior's first victory at Phoenix and second at a one-mile facility (Dover in 2001 being his first).