Chicago Results
July 11, 2004


NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES RACE No. 18

Tropicana 400 Presented by Meijer

CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY

 

Joliet, Ill.July 11, 2004

1.5-Mile Banked Paved Oval

400.5 M - 267 L  Purse: $5,751,382

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                Bonus          Money

Fin       St          Car#        Driver                         Team                                                              Laps                   Pts           Pts               Won          Status

 1         10          20            Tony Stewart              Home Depot Chevrolet                                      267                    190           *    10         $336,803      Running

 2           3          48            Jimmie Johnson           Lowe’s Chevrolet                                              267                    175           *      5           208,640      Running

 3         29          88            Dale Jarrett                  UPS Ford                                                           267                    165                               188,592      Running

 4           1          24            Jeff Gordon                 DuPont Chevrolet                                              267                    165           *      5           172,453      Running

 5         19          19            Jeremy Mayfield          Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge                              267                    160           *      5           130,575      Running

 6         24            5            Terry Labonte             Kellogg’s Chevrolet                                           267                    155           *      5           123,075      Running

 7         32          40            Sterling Marlin              Coors Light Dodge                                            267                    151           *      5           126,200      Running

 8           9          01            Joe Nemechek             USG Sheetrock Chevrolet                                 267                    142                               112,850      Running

 9         39          15            Michael Waltrip            NAPA Chevrolet                                                267                    138                               124,556      Running

10        17          29            Kevin Harvick              GM Goodwrench Chevrolet                              267                    134                               122,053      Running

11        20            2            Rusty Wallace             Miller Lite Dodge                                                267                    130                               121,908      Running

12        26          17            Matt Kenseth               DeWalt Power Tools Ford                                 267                    132           *      5           127,853      Running

13        14          42            Jamie McMurray          Texaco/Havoline Dodge                                    267                    124                                 88,100      Running

14          4          25    #      Brian Vickers              GMAC Chevrolet                                               267                    121                                 87,950      Running

15        12          41            Casey Mears               Target Dodge                                                    267                    118                                 92,150      Running

16        31            1            John Andretti               Kraft Food Chevrolet                                         267                    115                                 73,250      Running

17        23          31            Robby Gordon             Cingular Wireless Chevrolet                              267                    117           *      5           107,837      Running

18        11          18            Bobby Labonte            Wellbutrin XL™ Chevrolet                                 267                    114           *      5           117,133      Running

19        22            0            Ward Burton                NetZero Hi-Speed Chevrolet                             267                    106                                 75,150      Running

20          5          16            Greg Biffle                   National Guard Ford                                          267                    103                                 84,400      Running

21        13          38            Elliott Sadler                 M&M’s Ford                                                       267                    100                               109,083      Running

22        25            8            Dale Earnhardt Jr.       Budweiser Chevrolet                                        267                      97                               116,828      Running

23        40          22    #      Scott Wimmer              Caterpillar Dodge                                               267                      94                                 91,975      Running

24        18            6            Mark Martin                  Viagra Ford                                                       265                      96           *      5             79,850      Running

25        34            4            Jimmy Spencer            Wide Open Energy Drink Chevrolet                   265                      88                                 71,550      Running

26        42          45            Kyle Petty                    Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge                        265                      85                                 78,839      Running

27        41          49            Ken Schrader              Red Baron Dodge                                              263                      82                                 69,750      Running

28        38          43            Jeff Green                   Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge                         248                      79                                 95,300      Accident

29        16          10    #      Scott Riggs                  Valvoline Chevrolet                                           245                      76                                 94,037      Running

30        15          77    #      Brendan Gaughan       Jasper Eng. & Trans./Kodak Dodge                  240                      73                                 76,100      Running

31          7          80            Mike Bliss                    Slim Jim/Act II Chevrolet                                    205                      70                                 65,900      Accident

32        30          21            Ricky Rudd                  “Keep It Genuine” Ford                                      204                      67                                 91,256      Running

33          6          99            Jeff Burton                  Comcast High-Speed Internet Ford                   197                      64                                 99,342      Running

34          8          12            Ryan Newman            Mobil 1/ALLTEL Dodge                                      166                      61                               111,667      Accident

35        21          97            Kurt Busch                  Sharpie Ford                                                     151                      58                                 84,600      Running

36          2            9    #      Kasey Kahne              Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge                              136                      60           *      5             94,275      Accident

37        36          30            Dave Blaney                America Online Chevrolet                                 129                      57           *      5             72,175      Accident

38        35          32            Ricky Craven               Tide Chevrolet                                                   116                      49                                 71,975      Engine

39        43          50            P.J. Jones                    Arnold Development Co. Dodge                        108                      46                                 63,765      Too Slow

40        33          02            Hermie Sadler              The FanZcar Chevrolet                                     103                      43                                 63,555      Transmission

41        28          09            Bobby Hamilton Jr.      Miccosukee Resorts Dodge                                86                      40                                 63,355      Engine

42        27          51            Kevin Lepage              negotiationssolution.com Chevrolet                    34                      42           *      5             63,170      Fuel Pressure

43        37          37            Chad Blount                 Carter Royal Dispos-all Dodge                              3                      34                                 63,207      Electrical

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

Report does not reflect $20,000 McDonald’s/PowerAde Drive-Thru Pit Championship Award, results compiled mid-week.

Failed to qualify: (3) #98 Todd Bodine, #13 Greg Sacks, #72 Kirk Shelmerdine.

Race Comments: Before an estimated crowd of 80,000, Tony Stewart won the Tropicana 400 presented by Meijer, posting his 18th 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: #02 Hermie Sadler (engine change); #37 Chad Blount (engine change) and #43 Jeff Green (engine change).

 

TIME OF RACE:  3 hours, 5 minutes, 33 seconds                         AVERAGE SPEED: 129.507 mph                        MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.925 seconds

BUD POLE AWARD:  Jeff Gordon, DuPont Chevrolet (186.942 mph, 28.886 secs.) Track Record

EA SPORTS MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD:  Tony Stewart, Home Depot Chevrolet

GILLETTE MACH 3 TURBO AWARD: Jimmie Johnson, Lowe’s Chevrolet

GOODYEAR GATORBACK FASTEST LAP AWARD:  Tony Stewart, Home Depot Chevrolet

MBNA MID-RACE LEADER AWARD:  Tony Stewart, Home Depot Chevrolet (Also collects $10,000 MBNA Bonus for winning the race.)

MOBIL 1 COMMAND PERFORMANCE DRIVER OF THE RACE AWARD:  Michael Waltrip, NAPA Chevrolet

NASCAR NEXTEL CUP LEADER BONUS: No winner; rolls over to $80,000 at New Hampshire Int’l Speedway.

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE BLOOMIN’ FAVORITE DRIVER AWARD:  Jimmie Johnson, Lowe’s Chevrolet

RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE RACE AWARD:  Brian Vickers, GMAC Chevrolet

U.S.G. DRIVER OF THE RACE AWARD:  Tony Stewart, Home Depot Chevrolet

WASTE MANAGEMENT PICKING UP PLACES AWARD:  Dale Jarrett, UPS Ford

WIX FILTERS LAP LEADER AWARD:  Tony Stewart, Home Depot Chevrolet

CAUTION FLAGS: 9 cautions for 43 laps. 19-23 (Car #12 & 97-Accident, Turn 2); 25-29 (Oil on Track); 40-42 (Debris on Backstretch); 121-126 (Oil on Track); 128-134 (Car #1, 8, 9, 10, 20, 24, 30 & 99-Accident, Turn 1); 173-177 (Debris on Track); 210-214 (Car #80-Accident, Turn 2); 246-249 (Debris in Turn 4); 254-256 (Car #43-Accident, Turn 3).

LAP LEADERS: 20 lead changes among 13 drivers. Jeff Gordon 1-14, Kasey Kahne  15-19, Terry Labonte 20, Kevin Lepage 21, Tony Stewart 22-83, Jimmie Johnson 84, Mark Martin 85-94, Sterling Marlin 95-99, Matt Kenseth 100, Dave Blaney 101, Robby Gordon 102-103, Stewart 104-121, Kahne  122-126, Stewart 127-173, Marlin 174, Stewart 175-180, Johnson 181-210, Bobby Labonte 211, Marlin 212-214, Jeremy Mayfield 215-240, Stewart 241-267.

 


TOP 10 NASCAR NEXTEL CUP POINTS

                                                            (Wins)

 1 –Jimmie Johnson               2720         (3)

 2 –Dale Earnhardt Jr.           2615         (3)

 3 –Jeff Gordon                     2478         (4)

 4 –Tony Stewart                  2393         (1)

 5 –Matt Kenseth                   2321         (2)

 6 –Bobby Labonte                2278         (0)

 7 –Elliott Sadler                     2252         (1)

 8 –Kevin Harvick                  2229         (0)

 9 –Kurt Busch                      2211         (1)

10–Ryan Newman                2173         (1)

 

RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Kasey Kahne                                  215

Brian Vickers                                  175

Scott Wimmer                                 168

Brendan Gaughan                          155

Scott Riggs                                     149

Johnny Sauter                                117

 

McDONALD’S/POWERADE DRIVE-THRU PIT CHAMPIONSHIP AWARD (as of 7/6/04)

                                      Car #         Pts.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.         (#  8)       638

Elliott Sadler                   (#38)       614

Kurt Busch                    (#97)       588

 


BUD POLE AWARD STANDINGS

Jeff Gordon                                       5

Kasey Kahne                                    4

Ryan Newman                                  3

6 drivers tied with one pole.

 

MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP

                                        Points     Wins

Chevrolet                         131      11

Ford                                 109        5

Dodge                              102        2

 

WIX FILTERS LAP LEADER AWARD

                                      Car #         Pts.

Jeff Gordon                   (#24)         5

Tony Stewart                (#20)         4

Jimmie Johnson             (#48)         2

 

WASTE MANAGEMENT PICKING UP

PLACES AWARD         Car #         Pts.

Matt Kenseth                 (#17)       122

Dale Jarrett                    (#88)         60

Bobby Labonte              (#18)         46

 

MOBIL 1 COMMAND PERF. AWARD

                                      Car #         Pts.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.         (#  8)         9

Ryan Newman              (#12)         3

Michael Waltrip              (#15)         3


OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE AWARD

                                      Car #         Pts.

Jimmie Johnson             (#48)         6

Jeff Gordon                   (#24)         4

Matt Kenseth                 (#17)         2

 

MBNA MID-RACE LEADER AWARD

                                      Car #         Pts.

Tony Stewart                (#20)         9

Jeff Gordon                   (#24)         8

Matt Kenseth                 (#17)         6

 

CLEVITE ENGINE BUILDER AWARD

                                      Car #         Pts.

Hendrick                        (#24)         95

Richie Gilmore               (#  8)         90

Mark Cronquist              (#20)         89

 

GOODYEAR GATORBACK FASTEST LAP

AWARD                         Car #         Pts.

Jeff Gordon                   (#24)         4

Kasey Kahne                (#  9)         3

Tony Stewart                (#20)         2


 

NEXT EVENT: July 25, 2004New England 300, New Hampshire Int’l Speedway, Loudon, N.H. (317.4 M) (300 L)

NOTE:  The above figures are based on team winnings and include racing purse and cash contingency awards by participating manufacturers. (7/12/04)

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