A Month of NASCAR, Day Two: 2003 Aaron’s 499

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will never be able to win, especially at a restrictor plate race, without coming under scrutiny from conspiracy theorists that NASCAR tries to give him an edge.

That was no different in 2003 when Junior took the #8 Budweiser Chevy to victory lane for his fourth straight win at Talladega.

I can vaguely remember this finish, where Kenseth appears to be sliding down towards Junior, forcing him to send two tires beneath the now taboo yellow line (the rule put into effect after the death of Dale Sr in 2001).

While I think it was legal, I do think it’s a bit odd NASCAR waited until the final lap to determine if it was. Or it just took that long to get to the television booth.

It’s strange seeing Jimmie Johnson racing in the Cup series in this race, because I have no real memory of him from before the beginning of his five straight championships. However, it does bring joy to my heart to see that 48 Lowes car go spinning off onto the apron.

About Daniel McFadin

NASCAR writer for NBCSports.com. Former Sporting News intern. Graduated from IUPUI in Indianapolis with a master in sports journalism in 2014 and from Arkansas State University in 2013 with a degree in Journalism. Originally from Lewisville, Texas, now in Fort Worth. Ask me if I like Star Wars. I dare you.
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