California Race Results
May 2, 2004


NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES RACE No. 10

Auto Club 500

CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY

 

Fontana, Calif. – May 2, 2004

2-Mile Banked Paved Oval

500 M – 250 L  Purse: $5,785,656

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                Bonus          Money

Fin       St          Car#        Driver                         Team                                                              Laps                   Pts           Pts               Won          Status

 1         16          24            Jeff Gordon                 DuPont Chevrolet                                              250                    190           *    10         $318,628      Running

 2         19          48            Jimmie Johnson           Lowe’s Chevrolet                                              250                    175           *      5           194,675      Running

 3           7          12            Ryan Newman            Mobil 1/ALLTEL Dodge                                      250                    170           *      5           191,267      Running

 4         25          17            Matt Kenseth               DeWalt Power Tools Ford                                 250                    165           *      5           172,578      Running

 5         27          18            Bobby Labonte            Interstate Batteries Chevrolet                           250                    155                               150,233      Running

 6           5          77    #      Brendan Gaughan       Kodak Easy Share Dodge                                 250                    155           *      5           106,125      Running

 7         29            5            Terry Labonte             Kellogg’s Chevrolet                                           250                    146                               119,625      Running

 8         13          41            Casey Mears               Target Dodge                                                    250                    142                               108,375      Running

 9         24          29            Kevin Harvick              GM Goodwrench Chevrolet                              250                    143           *      5           123,203      Running

10        15            0            Ward Burton                NetZero Hi-Speed Chevrolet                             250                    134                                 88,350      Running

11        26            6            Mark Martin                  Viagra Ford                                                       250                    130                                 90,450      Running

12        23          31            Robby Gordon             Cingular Wireless Chevrolet                              250                    127                               112,437      Running

13          1            9    #      Kasey Kahne              Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge                              250                    129           *      5           127,250      Running

14        20          19            Jeremy Mayfield          Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge                              249                    126           *      5           112,025      Running

15        12          42            Jamie McMurray          Texaco/Havoline Dodge                                    249                    118                                 87,725      Running

16        11          20            Tony Stewart              Home Depot Chevrolet                                      249                    115                               120,603      Running

17        35          21            Ricky Rudd                  “Keep It Genuine” Ford                                      249                    112                               102,981      Running

18        34          32            Ricky Craven               Tide Chevrolet                                                   249                    109                                 97,225      Running

19        10            8            Dale Earnhardt Jr.       Budweiser Chevrolet                                        249                    106                               119,203      Running

20        32          49            Ken Schrader              Schwan’s Home Service Dodge                       249                    108           *      5             74,925      Running

21        37          30    #      Johnny Sauter             AOL/IMAX NASCAR 3D Chevrolet                    249                    100                                 84,175      Running

22        14          38            Elliott Sadler                 Pedigree Ford                                                    249                      97                               109,058      Running

23        21          97            Kurt Busch                  IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford                               249                      94                                 90,550      Running

24        31          88            Dale Jarrett                  UPS Ford                                                           249                      91                               103,217      Running

25          4          10    #      Scott Riggs                  Valvoline Chevrolet                                           249                      88                                 97,187      Running

26        30          99            Jeff Burton                  Roundup Ford                                                   249                      85                               104,317      Running

27          8          40            Sterling Marlin              Coors Light Dodge                                            249                      82                               103,200      Running

28          2          01            Joe Nemechek             U.S. Army Chevrolet                                         249                      84           *      5             88,100      Running

29          6          25    #      Brian Vickers              GMAC Chevrolet                                               248                      81           *      5             76,900      Running

30        39          22    #      Scott Wimmer              Caterpillar Dodge                                               248                      73                                 83,039      Running

31        36          50            Derrike Cope               Bennet Lane Winery Dodge                              248                      70                                 65,975      Running

32        17          15            Michael Waltrip            NAPA Chevrolet                                                245                      67                               101,831      Running

33        18          16            Greg Biffle                   National Guard/Subway Ford                           223                      69           *      5             74,500      Running

34        41          98            Todd Bodine                Lucas Oil Ford                                                   209                      66           *      5             65,375      Engine

35          9            2            Rusty Wallace             Miller Lite Dodge                                                193                      58                               109,008      Running

36        38          89            Morgan Shepherd       Voyles Equip./Carter Dispos-all Dodge             163                      60           *      5             65,025      Electrical

37          3          43            Jeff Green                   Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge                         147                      52                                 91,050      Engine

38        22            4            Jimmy Spencer            Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet           127                      54           *      5             64,550      Engine

39        28          45            Kyle Petty                    Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge                          40                      46                                 64,430      Engine

40        43          94            Stanton Barrett            AmericInn Chevrolet                                            20                      43                                 64,280      Accident

41        40          02            Hermie Sadler              The FanZCar Chevrolet                                       20                      40                                 64,155      Transmission

42        42          72            Kirk Shelmerdine         2nd Chance Race Parts Ford                                5                      37                                 64,050      Handling

43        33          09            Joe Ruttman                Miccosukee Resort Dodge                                    2                      34                                 64,161      Vibration

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

Failed to qualify: (0)

Race Comments: Jeff Gordon won the Auto Club 500 in front of a sell-out crowd estimated at 120,000, posting his 66th 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: #41 Casey Mears (backup car); #09 Joe Ruttman (driver change); #22 Scott Wimmer (engine change); #50 Derrike Cope (engine change);  #98 Todd Bodine (engine change).

 

TIME OF RACE:  3 hours, 38 minutes, 33 seconds                         AVERAGE SPEED: 137.268 mph                        MARGIN OF VICTORY: 12.871 seconds

BUD POLE AWARD:  Kasey Kahne, Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge (186.940 mph, 38.515 secs.)

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

GILLETTE MACH 3 TURBO AWARD: Jeff Gordon, DuPont Chevrolet

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

MBNA MID-RACE LEADER AWARD:  Jeremy Mayfield, Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge (No winner of MBNA Bonus for winning race; rolls to $40,000 at Richmond.)

MOBIL 1 COMMAND PERFORMANCE DRIVER OF THE RACE AWARD:  Ryan Newman, Mobil 1/ALLTEL Dodge

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

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

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

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

WASTE MANAGEMENT PICKING UP PLACES AWARD:  Bobby Labonte, Interstate Batteries Chevrolet

WIX FILTERS LAP LEADER AWARD:  Jeff Gordon, DuPont Chevrolet

CAUTION FLAGS: 6 cautions for 39 laps. 23-30 (Car #94-Accident, Turn 2); 51-55 (Oil on track); 58-62 (Car #97 & 2-Accident, Frontstretch); 92-97 (Debris, Turn 3); 141-145 (Debris, Turn 2); 149-158 (Oil on track).

LAP LEADERS: 23 lead changes among 15 drivers. Kasey Kahne 1, Joe Nemechek 2-3, Kahne  4-24, Jimmy Spencer 25-26, Morgan Shepherd 27, Todd Bodine 28, Kahne  29-49, Jeff Gordon 50-52, Spencer 53, Matt Kenseth 54-64, J. Gordon 65, Greg Biffle 66-93, Brian Vickers  94, Kahne  95-104, Jimmie Johnson 105-141, Jeremy Mayfield 142, Ken Schrader 143, J. Gordon 144-166, Kahne  167-190, J. Gordon 191-197, Brendan Gaughan  198, Ryan Newman 199-200, Kevin Harvick 201-203, J. Gordon 204-250.

 


TOP 10 NASCAR NEXTEL CUP POINTS

                                                           (Wins)

 1 –Dale Earnhardt Jr.           1453         (2)

 2 –Jimmie Johnson               1428         (1)

 3 –Jeff Gordon                     1426         (2)

 4 –Matt Kenseth                   1357         (2)

 5 –Kurt Busch                      1316         (1)

 6 –Kevin Harvick                  1316         (0)

 7 –Ryan Newman                1299         (0)

 8 –Tony Stewart                  1284         (0)

 9 –Bobby Labonte                1265         (0)

10–Elliott Sadler                     1250         (1)

 

RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Kasey Kahne                                  138

Brendan Gaughan                          101

Scott Wimmer                                 100

Brian Vickers                                    92

Johnny Sauter                                  92

Scott Riggs                                       80

 

MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP

                                        Points Wins

Chevrolet                           67        5

Ford                                   62        4

Dodge                                61        1

 


BUD POLE AWARD STANDINGS

Kasey Kahne                                    3

Ryan Newman                                  3

Greg Biffle                                         1

Jeff Gordon                                       1

Bobby Labonte                                  1

Ricky Rudd                                        1

 

WIX FILTERS LAP LEADER AWARD

                                      Car #         Pts.

Kurt Busch                    (#97)         2

Jeff Gordon                   (#24)         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 4/27/04)

                                      Car #       Pts.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.         (#  8)       344

Kurt Busch                    (#97)       334

Elliott Sadler                   (#38)       329

 

 


MOBIL 1 COMMAND PERF. AWARD

                                      Car #         Pts.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.         (#  8)         5

Rusty Wallace               (#  2)         3

Ryan Newman              (#12)         2

 

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE AWARD

                                      Car #         Pts.

Jimmie Johnson             (#48)         2

Matt Kenseth                 (#17)         2

Jeff Gordon                   (#24)         2

 

MBNA MID-RACE LEADER AWARD

                                      Car #         Pts.

Matt Kenseth                 (#17)         6

Tony Stewart                (#20)         4

Jamie McMurray            (#42)         4

 

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.

Kasey Kahne                (#  9)         2

Matt Kenseth                 (#17)         2

Dale Earnhardt Jr.         (#  8)         1


 

NEXT EVENT: May 15, 2004 – American Revolution 500, Richmond Int’l Raceway, Richmond, Va. (400 L) (300 M)

NOTE:  The above figures are based on team winnings and include racing purse and cash contingency awards by participating manufacturers. (5/3/04)

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