Darlington Race Results
March 21st, 2004


NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES RACE NO. 5

Carolina Dodge Dealers 400

DARLINGTON RACEWAY

 

Darlington, S.C.March 21, 2004

1.366-Mile Banked Paved Oval

400 M – 293 L  Purse: $4,551,592

 

Fin       St          Car#        Driver                         Team                                                              Laps                   Pts           Pts               Won          Status

 1         11          48            Jimmie Johnson           Lowe’s Chevrolet                                              293                    185           *      5         $151,150      Running

 2         12          18            Bobby Labonte            Interstate Batteries Chevrolet                           293                    175           *      5           136,183      Running

 3           6          12            Ryan Newman            ALLTEL Dodge                                                  293                    170           *      5           120,912      Running

 4         29          31            Robby Gordon             Cingular Wireless Chevrolet                              293                    160                               119,117      Running

 5         10          38            Elliott Sadler                 M&M’s Ford                                                       293                    155                               102,233      Running

 6           4          97            Kurt Busch                  Sharpie Ford                                                     293                    160           *    10             86,275      Running

 7         20            6            Mark Martin                  Viagra Ford                                                       293                    146                                 72,345      Running

 8         23          29            Kevin Harvick              GM Goodwrench Chevrolet                              293                    142                                 98,743      Running

 9         18          19            Jeremy Mayfield          Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge                              293                    138                                 88,635      Running

10          2            8            Dale Earnhardt Jr.       Budweiser Chevrolet                                        293                    139           *      5           106,983      Running

11        33          99            Jeff Burton                  Hot Wheels Ford                                               293                    130                                 95,092      Running

12          3          16            Greg Biffle                   Travel Lodge/National Guard Ford                    293                    132           *      5             67,945      Running

13          1            9    #      Kasey Kahne              Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge                              293                    129           *      5           103,590      Running

14        17          40            Sterling Marlin              Coors Light Dodge                                            293                    126           *      5             92,110      Running

15        19          41            Casey Mears               Target Dodge                                                    293                    118                                 75,130      Running

16        14          22    #      Scott Wimmer              Caterpillar Dodge                                               293                    115                                 79,285      Running

17          8          20            Tony Stewart              Home Depot Chevrolet                                      293                    117           *      5           101,118      Running

18        13            0            Ward Burton                NetZero Hi-Speed Chevrolet                             293                    109                                 57,720      Running

19        26            5            Terry Labonte             Kellogg’s Chevrolet                                           293                    106                                 84,140      Running

20        34          01            Joe Nemechek             U.S. Army Chevrolet                                         292                    103                                 77,470      Running

21        21          42            Jamie McMurray          Texaco/Havoline Dodge                                    292                    105           *      5             74,705      Running

22        16          49            Ken Schrader              Schwan’s Home Service Dodge                       292                      97                                 56,390      Running

23        28          25    #      Brian Vickers              GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet                 292                      94                                 65,000      Running

24        30          43            Jeff Green                   Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge                         292                      91                                 79,010      Running

25          5          50            Derrike Cope               Arnold Development Co. Dodge                        292                      88                                 52,920      Running

26        24          30    #      Johnny Sauter             America Online Chevrolet                                 292                      85                                 63,310      Running

27        37          77    #      Brendan Gaughan       Kodak Easy Share Dodge                                 291                      82                                 63,110      Running

28        31            4            Kevin Lepage              Morgan-McClure Chevrolet                               291                      79                                 62,844      Running

29          7            2            Rusty Wallace             Miller Lite Dodge                                                290                      76                                 85,588      Running

30        27          10    #      Scott Riggs                  Valvoline Chevrolet                                           290                      73                                 77,372      Running

31        15          17            Matt Kenseth               DeWalt Power Tools Ford                                 289                      70                               102,358      Running

32        22          88            Dale Jarrett                  UPS Ford                                                           279                      67                                 82,442      Running

33        25          21            Ricky Rudd                  Motorcraft Ford                                                 275                      64                                 77,481      Running

34        32          45            Kyle Petty                    Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge                        245                      61                                 51,365      Engine

35        39          15            Michael Waltrip            NAPA Chevrolet                                                181                      58                                 88,291      Accident

36        36          32            Ricky Craven               Tide Chevrolet                                                   159                      55                                 59,265      Accident

37        42          02            Andy Belmont              Continental Fire & Safety Pontiac                        69                      52                                 51,225      Brakes

38        38          89            Morgan Shepherd       Voyles/Carter Royal Dispos-all Dodge                65                      54           *      5             51,175      Brakes

39        41          72            Kirk Shelmerdine         Tucson Ford                                                        49                      46                                 51,115      Too Slow

40        35          98            Todd Bodine                Lucas Oil Ford                                                     33                      48           *      5             51,015      Rear End

41          9          24            Jeff Gordon                 DuPont Chevrolet                                                27                      40                                 98,328      Accident

42        43          80            Andy Hillenburg           Hover Motorsports Ford                                      26                      37                                 50,890      Accident

43        40          09            Joe Ruttman                Miccosukee Resort Dodge                                  22                      34                                 50,214      Vibration

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

Failed to qualify: (1) #94 Stanton Barrett.

Race Comments: Jimmie Johnson won the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400, in front of an estimated crowd of 56,000, posting his seventh career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory. Prior to the green flag, the following driver, under penalty, dropped from his original starting position to the rear of the field for the reason indicated: #72 Shelmerdine (missing driver introductions).

 

TIME OF RACE:  3 hours, 30 minutes, 39 seconds                         AVERAGE SPEED: 114.001 mph                        MARGIN OF VICTORY: .132 second

BUD POLE AWARD:  Kasey Kahne, Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge (171.716 mph, 28.638 secs.)

EA SPORTS MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD:  Jimmie Johnson, Lowe’s Chevrolet

GOODYEAR GATORBACK FASTEST LAP AWARD:  Kasey Kahne, Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge

MBNA MID-RACE LEADER AWARD:  Jamie McMurray, Texaco/Havoline Dodge (No winner of MBNA Bonus for winning race; rolls to $15,000 at Bristol.)

MOBIL 1 COMMAND PERFORMANCE DRIVER OF THE RACE AWARD:  Robby Gordon, Cingular Wireless Chevrolet

NASCAR NEXTEL CUP LEADER BONUS: No winner; rolls over to $30,000 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE RACE AWARD:  Kasey Kahne, Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge

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

U.S.G. DRIVER OF THE RACE AWARD:  Jimmie Johnson, Lowe’s Chevrolet

WASTE MANAGEMENT PICKING UP PLACES AWARD:  Robby Gordon, Cingular Wireless Chevrolet

WIX FILTERS LAP LEADER AWARD:  Kurt Busch, Sharpie Ford

CAUTION FLAGS:  9 cautions for 58 laps. 10-14 (Car #15-Accident, Turn 3); 29-35 (Car #80 & 24-Accident, Turn 1); 54-59 (Debris in Turn 3); 146-151 (Car #9-Spin, Turn 1); 162-169 (Car #17, 32, 10, 25, 41 & 21-Accident, Turns 1 & 2); 185-190 (Debris in Turn 1); 232-238 (Debris in Turn 3); 276-282 (Oil on Track); 284-289 (Car #9-Spin, Turn 3).

LAP LEADERS: 22 lead changes among 12 drivers. Kasey Kahne 1-11, Greg Biffle 12-14, Dale Earnhardt Jr. 15-22, Kahne  23-30, Todd Bodine 31-32, Kahne  33-35, Ryan Newman 36-55, Kurt Busch 56, Morgan Shepherd 57-58, Busch 59-66, Earnhardt 67-76, Busch 77-104, Newman 105-123, Kahne  124-125, Jamie McMurray 126-165, Jimmie Johnson 166-185, Busch 186, Sterling Marlin 187, Johnson 188-221, Busch 222-259, Bobby Labonte 260-277, Tony Stewart 278, Johnson 279-293.


 

 


TOP 10 NASCAR NEXTEL CUP POINTS

                                                            (Wins)

 1 –Matt Kenseth                     743            (2)

 2 –Dale Earnhardt Jr.             722            (2)

 3 –Tony Stewart                    708            (0)

 4 –Kurt Busch                        687            (0)

 5 –Kasey Kahne                    679            (0)

 6 –Jimmie Johnson                 665            (1)

 7 –Jeremy Mayfield                652            (0)

 8 –Bobby Labonte                  644            (0)

 9 –Ryan Newman                  637            (0)

10–Elliott Sadler                       636            (0)

 

RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Kasey Kahne                                    76

Scott Wimmer                                   52

Brian Vickers                                    43

Johnny Sauter                                  42

Brendan Gaughan                            40

Scott Riggs                                       36

 

MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP

                                        Points     Wins

Chevrolet                           35        3

Ford                                   30        2

Dodge                                30        0

 


BUD POLE AWARD STANDINGS

Kasey Kahne                                    2

Ryan Newman                                  2

Greg Biffle                                         1

 

WIX FILTERS LAP LEADER AWARD

                                      Car #         Pts.

Matt Kenseth                 (#17)         2

Tony Stewart                (#20)         2

Kurt Busch                    (#97)         1

 

WASTE MANAGEMENT PICKING UP

PLACES AWARD         Car #         Pts.

Matt Kenseth                 (#17)         70

Jeff Gordon                   (#24)         31

Robby Gordon               (#31)         25

 

McDONALD’S/POWERADE DRIVE-THRU PIT CHAMPIONSHIP AWARD (as of 3/16/04)

                                      Car #       Pts.

Tony Stewart                (#20)       154

Kurt Busch                    (#97)       153

Dale Earnhardt Jr.         (#38)       148

 

 


MOBIL 1 COMMAND PERF. AWARD

                                      Car #         Pts.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.         (#  8)         3

Robby Gordon               (#31)         1

Rusty Wallace               (#  2)         1

 

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE AWARD

                                      Car #         Pts.

Matt Kenseth                 (#17)         2

Jimmie Johnson             (#48)         1

Jeremy Mayfield            (#19)         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)         47

Mark McArdle                (#  9)         34

Mark Cronquist              (#20)         32

 

GOODYEAR GATORBACK FASTEST LAP

AWARD                         Car #         Pts.

Matt Kenseth                 (#17)         2

Tony Stewart                (#20)         1

Kasey Kahne                (#  9)         1


 

NEXT EVENT: March 28, 2004Food City 500, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn. (500 L) (266.5 M)

NOTE:  The above figures are based on team winnings and include racing purse and cash contingency awards by participating manufacturers. (3/29/04)

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