THE RACE OF A LIFETIME. EVERY TIME.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins 2004 Daytona 500 on Fifth Attempt
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s late father Dale Earnhardt Sr. needed 20 attempts to win his first Daytona 500 back in 1998.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. didn’t want to suffer through the same heartbreak of trying to win the sport’s richest and most prestigious race. In 2004, on his fifth attempt, Earnhardt Jr. captured “The Great American Race.”
Earnhardt Jr., who had showed plenty of horsepower earlier in the week winning one of the Budweiser Duel 150-mile qualifying races, used a textbook drafting pass with 20 laps remaining to slip past Tony Stewart to win the Daytona 500.
Earnhardt Jr.’s 2004 Daytona 500 win came six years to the day that his father Dale Earnhardt Sr. won the 1998 Daytona 500.
“He was over in the passenger side with me,” said the then 29-year-old Earnhardt Jr. of his father. “I’m sure he was having a blast.”
Earnhardt Jr.’s Daytona 500 victory put himself and Dale Earnhardt Sr. in the exclusive club of father-son Daytona 500 champions.
Lee Petty and his son Richard and Bobby Allison and his son Davey were the only previous father-son combinations to win the Daytona 500.