Talladega Race Results
April 25, 2004


NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES RACE No. 9

Aaron’s 499

TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY

 

Talladega, Ala.April 25, 2004

2.66-Mile High-Banked Paved Tri-Oval

500 M – 188 L  Purse: $5,711,245

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                Bonus          Money

Fin       St          Car#        Driver                         Team                                                              Laps                   Pts           Pts               Won          Status

 1         11          24            Jeff Gordon                 DuPont/Pepsi Chevrolet                                     188                    185           *      5         $320,258      Running

 2           3            8            Dale Earnhardt Jr.       Budweiser Chevrolet                                        188                    180           *    10           241,433      Running

 3         14          29            Kevin Harvick              GM Goodwrench Chevrolet                              188                    170           *      5           185,808      Running

 4           8          48            Jimmie Johnson           Lowe’s Chevrolet                                              188                    165           *      5           139,655      Running

 5         21          31            Robby Gordon             Cingular Wireless Chevrolet                              188                    160           *      5           139,927      Running

 6           6            6            Mark Martin                  Viagra Ford                                                       188                    155           *      5           108,380      Running

 7         25          99            Jeff Burton                  Round Up Ford                                                  188                    146                               126,572      Running

 8         16          41            Casey Mears               Target Dodge                                                    188                    147           *      5           108,205      Running

 9         33          42            Jamie McMurray          Texaco/Havoline Dodge                                    188                    143           *      5           115,705      Running

10        19          18            Bobby Labonte            Wellbutrin XL Chevrolet                                     188                    139           *      5           126,313      Running

11        17          12            Ryan Newman            ALLTEL Dodge                                                  188                    135           *      5           123,592      Running

12          2          15            Michael Waltrip            NAPA Chevrolet                                                188                    132           *      5           112,301      Running

13        20          77    #      Brendan Gaughan       Kodak Easy Share Dodge                                 188                    124                                 89,015      Running

14        29          30    #      Johnny Sauter             America Online Chevrolet                                 188                    121                                 86,935      Running

15        18          16            Greg Biffle                   National Guard/Subway Ford                           188                    123           *      5           $86,480      Running

16          7          88            Dale Jarrett                  UPS Ford                                                           188                    120           *      5           106,957      Running

17          1          21            Ricky Rudd                  Keep It Genuine Ford                                        188                    112                               106,281      Running

18        30          22    #      Scott Wimmer              Caterpillar Dodge                                               188                    114           *      5             96,885      Running

19        15          43            Jeff Green                   Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge                         188                    106                                 95,845      Running

20        23            4            Jimmy Spencer            Morgan McClure Motorsports Chevrolet           188                    108           *      5             87,335      Running

21        38          19            Jeremy Mayfield          Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge                              188                    100                                 90,095      Running

22        37          20            Tony Stewart              Home Depot Chevrolet                                      188                    102           *      5           114,353      Running

23        40          49            Ken Schrader              Schwan’s Home Service Dodge                       188                      94                                 70,265      Running

24        28          45            Kyle Petty                    Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge                        188                      91                                 77,949      Running

25        13            5            Terry Labonte             Kellogg’s Chevrolet                                           188                      93           *      5             96,930      Running

26        35          04            Eric McClure                77 Sports.com/I Can Learn Chevrolet               188                      90           *      5             65,175      Running

27        39          25    #      Brian Vickers              GMAC Chevrolet                                               188                      87           *      5             75,620      Running

28        12          38            Elliott Sadler                 M&M’s Ford                                                       185                      84           *      5           102,903      Running

29        34          09            Johnny Benson           Miccosukee Resorts Dodge                              151                      76                                 63,910      Suspension

30        26            9    #      Kasey Kahne              Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge                              150                      73                                 97,080      Running

31          9          40            Sterling Marlin              Coors Light Dodge                                            146                      75           *      5             99,050      Overheating

32          4          01            Joe Nemechek             U.S. Army Chevrolet                                         146                      72           *      5             71,500      Engine

33        32            2            Rusty Wallace             Miller Lite Dodge                                                144                      64                               107,108      Running

34          5          10    #      Scott Riggs                  Valvoline Chevrolet                                           144                      61                                 89,322      Running

35        36          33            Kerry Earnhardt          Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet                                114                      58                                 63,005      Accident

36        22          97            Kurt Busch                  Sharpie Ford                                                       82                      60           *      5             82,875      Accident

37        27          00            Kenny Wallace            Aaron’s Sales & Lease Chevrolet                       82                      52                                 62,700      Accident

38        41          50            Derrike Cope               Arnold Development Co. Dodge                          82                      49                                 62,350      Accident

39        42          23            Dave Blaney                Bill Davis Racing Dodge                                      81                      46                                 62,150      Accident

40        10            0            Ward Burton                NetZero Hi-Speed Chevrolet                               66                      43                                 61,900      Engine

41        43          89            Morgan Shepherd       Carter Dispos-all Dodge                                      65                      40                                 61,705         Transmission

42        31          17            Matt Kenseth               DeWalt Power Tools Ford                                   59                      37                               112,298      Engine

43        24          32            Ricky Craven               Tide Chevrolet                                                       7                      34                                 69,581      Engine

# Raybestos Rookie of the Year Contender.   * Includes race leader/most laps led bonus.

Failed to qualify: (3) #14 Larry Foyt, #98 Todd Bodine, #72 Kirk Shelmerdine.

Race Comments: Before an estimated crowd of 155,000, Jeff Gordon won the Aaron’s 499, posting his 65th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory. Prior to the green flag, the following drivers, under penalty, dropped from their original starting positions to the rear of the field for the reasons indicated: #38 Elliott Sadler (engine change) and #04 Eric McClure (driver choice).

 

TIME OF RACE:  3 hours, 51 minutes, 53 seconds                         AVERAGE SPEED: 129.396 mph                        MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under caution

BUD POLE AWARD:  Ricky Rudd, Keep It Genuine Ford (191.180 mph, 50.089 secs.)

EA SPORTS MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD:  Jeff Gordon, DuPont/Pepsi Chevrolet

GILLETTE MACH 3 TURBO AWARD: Jeff Gordon, DuPont/Pepsi Chevrolet

GOODYEAR GATORBACK FASTEST LAP AWARD:  Jamie McMurray, Texaco/Havoline Dodge

MBNA MID-RACE LEADER AWARD:  Jamie McMurray, Texaco/Havoline Dodge (No winner of MBNA Bonus for winning race; rolls to $35,000 at California.)

MOBIL 1 COMMAND PERFORMANCE DRIVER OF THE RACE AWARD:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., Budweiser Chevrolet

NASCAR NEXTEL CUP LEADER BONUS: No winner; rolls over to $70,000 at California Speedway.

RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE RACE AWARD:  Brendan Gaughan, Kodak Easy Share Dodge

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE BLOOMIN’ FAVORITE DRIVER AWARD:  Jeff Gordon, DuPont/Pepsi Chevrolet

U.S.G. DRIVER OF THE RACE AWARD:  Jeff Gordon, DuPont/Pepsi Chevrolet

WASTE MANAGEMENT PICKING UP PLACES AWARD:  Jamie McMurray, Texaco/Havoline Dodge

WIX FILTERS LAP LEADER AWARD:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., Budweiser Chevrolet

CAUTION FLAGS: 11 cautions for 55 laps. 4-6 (Oil on track); 22-26 (Car #17 & 9-Spin, Frontstretch); 35-39 (Debris in Frontstretch); 68-73 (Oil on track); 84-88 (Car #00, 2, 5, 9, 10, 12, 19, 23 & 50-Accident, Turn 4); 94-99 (Debris in Turn 4); 115-120 (Car #33-Accident, Backstretch); 147-153 (Debris in Backstretch); 167-171 (Debris in Turn 4); 177-179 (Car #20-Spin, Turn 4); 185-188 (Car #25-Accident, Turn 4).

LAP LEADERS: 54 lead changes among 23 drivers. Ricky Rudd-pole, Michael Waltrip 1-2, Joe Nemechek 3-4, Mark Martin 5-10, Dale Earnhardt Jr. 11-14, Sterling Marlin 15-16, Earnhardt 17, Kurt Busch 18, Casey Mears 19-23, Ryan Newman 24, Robby Gordon 25-30, Jeff Gordon 31-35, Dale Jarrett 36, J. Gordon 37-39, Earnhardt 40-43, Tony Stewart 44-45, Earnhardt 46, Kevin Harvick 47-49, Earnhardt 50-53, Jimmie Johnson 54-55, Earnhardt 56, Brian Vickers  57-58, Waltrip 59-68, Jarrett 69, R. Gordon 70-77, J. Gordon 78, Harvick 79-81, Earnhardt 82-84, Jarrett 85, Jimmy Spencer 86, Scott Wimmer  87-88, Harvick 89-94, Bobby Labonte 95, Eric McClure 96, Earnhardt 97-113, Jamie McMurray 114-115, Elliott Sadler 116, R. Gordon 117-120, Waltrip 121, Jamie McMurray 122-123, Jimmie Johnson 124-131, Joe Nemechek 132, Johnson 133-135, Earnhardt 136-137, Johnson 138-144, Stewart 145-148, Greg Biffle 149, Terry Labonte 150, Jimmy Spencer 151, R. Gordon 152-155,  J. Johnson 156-160, Earnhardt 161-179, Harvick 180-181, Earnhardt 182, J. Gordon 183-188.


 


TOP 10 NASCAR NEXTEL CUP POINTS

                                                            (Wins)

 1 –Dale Earnhardt Jr.           1347         (2)

 2 –Jimmie Johnson               1253         (1)

 3 –Jeff Gordon                     1236         (1)

 4 –Kurt Busch                      1222         (1)

 5 –Matt Kenseth                   1192         (2)

 6 –Kevin Harvick                  1173         (0)

 7 –Tony Stewart                  1169         (0)

 8 –Elliott Sadler                     1153         (1)

 9 –Ryan Newman                1129         (0)

10–Bobby Labonte                1110         (0)

 

RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Kasey Kahne                                  118

Scott Wimmer                                   86

Brian Vickers                                    79

Brendan Gaughan                            76

Johnny Sauter                                  76

Scott Riggs                                       67

 

MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP

                                        Points     Wins

Ford                                   58        4

Chevrolet                           58        4

Dodge                                55        1

 


BUD POLE AWARD STANDINGS

Ryan Newman                                  3

Kasey Kahne                                    2

Greg Biffle                                         1

Jeff Gordon                                       1

Bobby Labonte                                  1

Ricky Rudd                                        1

 

WIX FILTERS LAP LEADER AWARD

                                      Car #         Pts.

Kurt Busch                    (#97)         2

Matt Kenseth                 (#17)         2

Tony Stewart                (#20)         2

 

WASTE MANAGEMENT PICKING UP

PLACES AWARD         Car #         Pts.

Matt Kenseth                 (#17)         88

Jeff Gordon                   (#24)         31

Robby Gordon               (#31)         25

 

McDONALD’S/POWERADE DRIVE-THRU PIT CHAMPIONSHIP AWARD (as of 4/20/04)

                                      Car #       Pts.

Kurt Busch                    (#97)       312

Elliott Sadler                   (#38)       302

Dale Earnhardt Jr.         (#  8)       302

 

 


MOBIL 1 COMMAND PERF. AWARD

                                      Car #         Pts.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.         (#  8)         5

Rusty Wallace               (#  2)         3

Ryan Newman              (#12)         1

 

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE AWARD

                                      Car #         Pts.

Matt Kenseth                 (#17)         2

Jimmie Johnson             (#48)         2

Jeff Gordon                   (#24)         1

 

MBNA MID-RACE LEADER AWARD

                                      Car #         Pts.

Matt Kenseth                 (#17)         6

Tony Stewart                (#20)         4

Jamie McMurray            (#42)         2

 

CLEVITE ENGINE BUILDER AWARD

                                      Car #         Pts.

Roush/Yates                 (#17)         55

Mark McArdle                (#  9)         54

Richie Gilmore               (#  8)         52

 

GOODYEAR GATORBACK FASTEST LAP

AWARD                         Car #         Pts.

Matt Kenseth                 (#17)         2

Jamie McMurray            (#42)         1

Jeff Gordon                   (#24)         1


 

NEXT EVENT: May 2, 2004 – Auto Club 500, California Speedway, Fontana, Calif. (500 M) (250 L)

NOTE:  The above figures are based on team winnings and include racing purse and cash contingency awards by participating manufacturers. (4/26/04)

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