With Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson behind him in the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS, the duo captured a 1-2 finish, and Earnhardt Jr. collected his first Talladega win since 2004. (Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)

It was Junior’s sixth victory at Talladega Superspeedway, and he is now tied with teammate Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS for the most victories among active drivers with six apiece. 


Gordon, the pole-sitter for the 188-lap race, was involved in a multi-car crash on the final lap which relegated him to a 31st place finish. (Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)

Paul Menard took the checkered flag in the third spot in his No. 27 Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet SS, his fourth top-10 finish in 18 races at Talladega, giving Team Chevy a 1-2-3 overall result in the 500-mile race.

"It’s just real emotional, man,” added Earnhardt Jr. “Everything is just so good for me now. My personal life, my racing, and the team I am with. I don't know why. I don't feel like I deserve it. I just feel overcome with a lot of emotion. It has been a long time since I won here. I've run so good here, and not to win here in so many races has bothered me. It is a great day for a lot of people that have been a part of this and helped us get here.”