Dale Earnhardt Jr. Not Slowing Down Yet; Captures Third Straight Hershey's Kisses 300 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2004) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. capped off his amazing run of success during Speedweeks 2004 with a victory in the Hershey's Kisses...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Not Slowing Down Yet; Captures Third Straight Hershey's Kisses 300
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2004) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. capped off his amazing run of success during Speedweeks 2004 with a victory in the Hershey's Kisses 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on Monday at historic Daytona International Speedway.
Fresh from grabbing NASCAR's most prestigious title on Sunday - Daytona 500 winner - Earnhardt Jr. held off Johnny Sauter, Robby Gordon and Kevin Harvick to win his third consecutive Hershey's Kisses 300.
Earnhardt Jr., who also won a Gatorade 125-mile qualifying race, pocketed $1,704,280 in earnings from his three victories during Speedweeks.
"This has been awesome," said Earnhardt Jr., who now has nine career victories at Daytona. "We brought some good cars down here and today was bonus action . . . getting up after Sunday and racing on Monday."
Earnhardt Jr. spent the morning after the Daytona 500 visiting with the media and fans at DAYTONA USA. Earnhardt Jr., his Dale Earnhardt Inc. crew and owner Teresa Earnhardt said goodbye to the Daytona 500-winning No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet, which will rest inside the official attraction of NASCAR for the next 12 months.
"It's a pretty good alarm clock putting your car in DAYTONA USA," Earnhardt Jr. said.
Following car induction ceremonies, Earnhardt Jr. put on his Oreo uniform and returned to the track for the Hershey's Kisses 300, which was originally scheduled for Saturday but was red flagged after 31 laps because of rain.
Earnhardt Jr., who led five different times for 47 laps, took the lead for the final time on Lap 109 from Johnny Sauter and held off the pack of furious challengers.
Despite a late night of celebrating, Earnhardt Jr. said he had no problems getting focused for Monday's competitive race.
"It's kinda like pick up where you left off," Earnhardt Jr. said.