|November 4, 2012|
1990: Dale Earnhardt takes the lead in the 51st lap and never looks back, pacing the rest of the 312-lap Checker 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Ken Schrader finished a close second, .67 seconds back, with Morgan Shepherd third. The victory allowed Earnhardt to snatch the points lead away from Mark Martin, who finished 10th on the mile track in the desert. Two weeks later in Atlanta, Earnhardt sealed the fourth of his record-tying seven championships in NASCAR’s premier series.