BUSCH: Earnhardt Jr will have plenty on his plate at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (April 7, 2003) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. swept the restrictor-plate events last weekend at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, winning both the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Busch Series race and the Aaron's 499 NASCAR Winston Cup Series ...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (April 7, 2003) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. swept the restrictor-plate events last weekend at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, winning both the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Busch Series race and the Aaron's 499 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race.

Earnhardt Jr.'s victory in Sunday's Aaron's 499, was his fourth straight victory at the 2.66-mile Superspeedway, a feat never been accomplished before at Talladega.

By winning both races last weekend, Earnhardt Jr. became the first driver to sweep both events in a single weekend since Jeff Burton won both races at Phoenix International Raceway in November 2000.

"I just never thought I'd do it," Earnhardt Jr. said about winning four races in a row at Talladega. "Coming in this weekend, I was kind of preparing for worst and hoping for the best, basically - like when we were down in Daytona when we were winning all them races. The odds were against us to come in here and do it four times in a row."

With his triumph in Sunday's Aaron's 499, Earnhardt Jr. also delivered Dale Earnhardt Inc. its eighth victory in the last 10 restrictor-plate races. Earnhardt Jr. has won five while teammate Michael Waltrip has captured all three of his victories at Daytona with his most recent being the 2003 Daytona 500.

Earnhardt Jr. will look to pull off the same restrictor-plate sweep during the Pepsi 400 weekend at Daytona International Speedway when he competes in the July 4 NASCAR Busch Series 250 and the July 5 Pepsi 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series event.

At the beginning of the year, Earnhardt Jr. wanted to compete in the two Busch Series races at Daytona and the lone Busch Series race at Talladega to satisfy his craving for restrictor-plate racing.

"I just like plate racing," Earnhardt Jr. said. "I like racing on the restrictor-plate tracks. I like the tracks. I like the speed. I like racing in the close packs, bumper to bumper. It's a little bit different than what we normally do throughout the year. I don't feel like I get enough of it. I'm going to get the opportunity to do some more of it this year."

Tickets for the Pepsi 400 weekend at available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Burton , Michael Waltrip