Track: Richmond International Raceway
Car No: 8
Organization: Dale Earnhardt Inc.
Dale Jr. scored his third career victory at Richmond and first of the 2006 season by leading 47 laps and surviving an ending that was plagued with multiple yellow flags and restarts. Having fallen back as far as 28th early in the race, Junior remained calm and worked his way back into the top-five to spar with Kevin Harvick and other top contenders. Quick reflexes helped Earnhardt miss a potential race-ending wreck on lap 325, yet it erased whatever progress he had made on first-place Harvick. He regained composure and made a pass for the lead 31 laps later. With the win, Junior added Richmond to his list of tracks where had scored multiple victories – a list that had already included Talladega, Daytona and Phoenix.