Checker Auto Parts 500

Track: Phoenix International Raceway
Date: 11/7/2004
Car No: 8
Sponsor: Budweiser
Organization: Dale Earnhardt Inc.

Dale Jr. won his sixth race of the 2004 season and second in a row at Phoenix after leading 118 of 315 laps. Junior's winning pass came on lap 303 when he overtook the top spot from Jeff Gordon. He then withstood one caution, one red-flag period, and a green-white-checkered finish to earn the victory. He joined Davey Allison and Jeff Burton as the only drivers to earn consecutive victories at PIR. When asked afterward what his team had "figured out" that made them so good at Phoenix, Earnhardt Jr. quipped, "It's that long trip. If you don't bring home the trophy, it's a long ride home." The win moved Junior into third place in the championship point standings with two races to go in the 2004 Chase for the Cup.