Sharpie 500

Track: Bristol Motor Speedway
Date: 8/28/2004
Car No: 8
Sponsor: Budweiser
Organization: Dale Earnhardt Inc.

In his most dominating performance of an already historic season, Dale Jr. led a career-high 295 of 500 laps at the half-mile bullring at Bristol Motor Speedway to add "Bristol night race" victory to his resume. What's more, he did it after starting 30th – his worst starting position of the year. It was the decision not to pit during the third caution that propelled Junior from 31st to second. He engaged in a two-car battle with Rusty Wallace that featured four lead-changes over the ensuing 100 laps. In third place on a lap 399-restart, the Bud driver needed only 18 laps to pass Jeff Burton and Ryan Newman to regain a lead he would never relinquish.