FORD 400
November 21, 2004


NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES RACE No. 36

FORD 400

HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

 

Homestead, Fla.Nov. 21, 2004

1.5-Mile Paved Oval

400.5 M – 267 LPurse: $5,155,338

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                Bonus          Money

Fin       St          Car#        Driver                         Team                                                              Laps                   Pts           Pts               Won          Status

 1           2          16            Greg Biffle                   National Guard Ford                                          271                    190           *    10         $314,850      Running

 2         39          48            Jimmie Johnson           Lowe’s Chevrolet                                              271                    170                               231,705      Running

 3           5          24            Jeff Gordon                 DuPont Chevrolet                                              271                    165                               208,708      Running

 4           8          20            Tony Stewart              Home Depot Chevrolet                                      271                    165           *      5           167,003      Running

 5           1          97            Kurt Busch                  Sharpie Ford                                                     271                    160           *      5           130,650      Running

 6         17          77    #      Brendan Gaughan       Kodak/Jasper Eng. & Trans. Dodge                  271                    150                               102,000      Running

 7         18          42            Jamie McMurray          Texaco/Havoline Dodge                                    271                    146                                 88,950      Running

 8         10            2            Rusty Wallace             Miller Lite Dodge                                                271                    147           *      5           110,983      Running

 9           7          21            Ricky Rudd                  Motorcraft Ford                                                 271                    138                                 90,806      Running

10          9          29            Kevin Harvick              GM Goodwrench Chevrolet                              271                    134                                 99,728      Running

11        11            6            Mark Martin                  Viagra Ford                                                       271                    135           *      5             67,950      Running

12          6          18            Bobby Labonte            Interstate Batteries Chevrolet                           271                    132           *      5           100,133      Running

13        21          22    #      Scott Wimmer              Caterpillar Dodge                                               271                    124                                 86,175      Running

14        22          99            Carl Edwards              Roush Racing Ford                                           271                    121                                 91,867      Running

15        25          10    #      Scott Riggs                  Valvoline Chevrolet                                           271                    118                                 84,712      Running

16        38          40            Sterling Marlin              Coors Light/LoneStar Steakhouse Dodge         271                    115                                 91,925      Running

17        24          15            Michael Waltrip            NAPA Chevrolet                                                271                    112                                 89,881      Running

18        14          25    #      Brian Vickers              GMAC Chevrolet                                               271                    109                                 65,225      Running

19        30          17            Matt Kenseth               DeWalt Power Tools Ford                                 271                    106                               104,203      Running

20        23          14            John Andretti               VB/APlus at Sunoco Ford                                 271                    103                                 55,150      Running

21        29          32            Bobby Hamilton Jr.      Tide Chevrolet                                                   271                    100                                 79,500      Running

22        37          00            Kenny Wallace            Aaron’s Chevrolet                                             271                      97                                 52,800      Running

23        16            8            Dale Earnhardt Jr.       Budweiser Chevrolet                                        271                      94                               100,703      Running

24        27          88            Dale Jarrett                  UPS Ford                                                           270                      91                                 86,717      Running

25        43          49            Ken Schrader              Schwan’s Home Service Dodge                       269                      88                                 55,500      Running

26        41          41            Casey Mears               Target Dodge                                                    268                      85                                 68,575      Running

27        19          01            Joe Nemechek             U.S. Army Chevrolet                                         267                      82                                 73,375      Running

28        32          36            Boris Said                    USG Durock Chevrolet                                      266                      79                                 51,575      Transmission

29        33          31            Robby Gordon             Cingular Wireless Chevrolet                              266                      76                                 86,552      Running

30          3          12            Ryan Newman            ALLTEL Dodge                                                  264                      78           *      5           107,917      Accident

31        42            5            Terry Labonte             Kellogg’s Chevrolet                                           264                      70                                 81,100      Running

32        35            1            Martin Truex Jr            Enterprize Rental Car Chevrolet                        251                      67                                 50,750      Rear Tire

33        28            4            Mike Wallace               Lucas Oil Chevrolet                                           247                      64                                 54,480      Wheel Bearing

34        15          38            Elliott Sadler                 M&M’s Ford                                                       232                      61                                 89,183      Running

35        20          19            Jeremy Mayfield          Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge                              231                      58                                 69,039      Running

36        40          30            Jeff Burton                  America Online Chevrolet                                 231                      55                                 57,935      Running

37        31          43            Jeff Green                   Chex Party Mix Dodge                                       223                      52                                 75,975      Engine

38          4            9    #      Kasey Kahne              Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge                              192                      49                                 79,400      Overheating

39        26          06            Travis Kvapil               Mobil 1 Dodge                                                    162                      46                                 49,325      Accident

40        12            0            Mike Bliss                    NetZero Chevrolet                                             145                      43                                 49,100      Accident

41        13          23            Shane Hmiel                Miccosukee Resorts Dodge                              115                      40                                 48,910      Accident

42        34          13            Greg Sacks                 ARCDehooker/Vita Coco Dodge                           3                      37                                 48,605      Overheating

43        36          02            Hermie Sadler              Drive for Diversity/Sam Bass Chevrolet               0                      34                                 48,630      Accident

# 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: (13) Kyle Petty, #45; Johnny Sauter #09; Mike Garvey, #75; Tony Raines, #51; Kevin Lepage, #37; Todd Bodine, #50; J.J. Yeley, #11; Larry Foyt, #70; Randy LaJoie, #98; Morgan Shepherd, #89; Kirk Shelmerdine, #72; Carl Long, #80; Geoffrey Bodine, #93.

Race Comments: Before an estimated crowd of 80,000, Greg Biffle won the season finale Ford 400, posting his third career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory and second of 2004. 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); #0 Mike Bliss (engine change) and #30 Jeff Burton (engine change). Kurt Busch was crowned the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion. Race finished under green-white checkered.

 

TIME OF RACE:  3 hours, 50 minutes, 55 seconds                         AVERAGE SPEED: 105.623 mph                      MARGIN OF VICTORY: .342 second

BUD POLE AWARD:  Kurt Busch, Sharpie Ford (179.319 mph, 30.114 secs.)

EA SPORTS MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD:  Greg Biffle, National Guard Ford

GILLETTE MACH 3 TURBO AWARD: Greg Biffle, National Guard Ford

GOODYEAR GATORBACK FASTEST LAP AWARD: Greg Biffle, National Guard Ford

MBNA MID-RACE LEADER AWARD:  Ryan Newman, ALLTEL Dodge

MOBIL 1 COMMAND PERFORMANCE DRIVER OF THE RACE AWARD:  Brendan Gaughan, Kodak/Jasper Eng. & Trans. Dodge

NASCAR NEXTEL CUP LEADER BONUS: No winner; $70,000 rolls over into NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point fund.

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE BLOOMIN’ FAVORITE DRIVER AWARD:  Greg Biffle, National Guard Ford

RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE RACE AWARD: Brendan Gaughan, Kodak/Jasper Eng. & Trans. Dodge

U.S.G. DRIVER OF THE RACE AWARD: Greg Biffle, National Guard Ford

WASTE MANAGEMENT PICKING UP PLACES AWARD:  Jimmie Johnson, Lowe’s Chevrolet

WIX FILTERS LAP LEADER AWARD:  Greg Biffle, National Guard Ford

CAUTION FLAGS: 14 cautions for 79 laps. 2-4 (Car #0 & 02-Accident, Turn 1); 7-9 (Car #30, 31, 36 & 41-Accident, Turn 2); 49-52 (Debris on Frontstretch); 94-97 (Debris on Track); 114-131 (Car #19-Accident, Turn 2); 148-151 (Car #0-Accident, Turn 2); 157-160 (Car #38-Spin, Frontstretch); 164-170 (Car #9, 06 & 8-Accident, Frontstretch); 174-177 (Debris on Backstretch); 192-195 (Debris in Turn 2); 200-207 (Debris on Frontstretch); 225-231 (Oil on Track); 253-257 (Car #1-Accident, Turn 4); 266-269 (Car #12-Accident, Turn 2).

LAP LEADERS: 14 lead changes among 7 drivers. Kurt Busch 1-4, Greg Biffle 5-114, Ryan Newman 115-146, Biffle 147-148, Tony Stewart 149-170, Biffle 171-173, Bobby Labonte 174-183, Newman 184-191, Mark Martin 192-199, Rusty Wallace 200-225, Newman 226-235, Stewart 236-242, Newman 243-264, Stewart 265-269, Biffle 270-271.

 


TOP 10 NASCAR NEXTEL CUP POINTS

                                                           (Wins)

 1 –Kurt Busch                      6506         (3)

 2 –Jimmie Johnson               6498         (8)

 3 –Jeff Gordon                     6490         (5)

 4 –Mark Martin                      6399         (1)

 5 –Dale Earnhardt Jr.           6368         (6)

 6 –Tony Stewart                  6326         (2)

 7 –Ryan Newman                6180         (2)

 8 –Matt Kenseth                   6069         (2)

 9 –Elliott Sadler                     6024         (2)

10–Jeremy Mayfield              6000         (1)

 

RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Kasey Kahne                                  376

Brendan Gaughan                          256

Brian Vickers                                  255

Scott Wimmer                                 247

Scott Riggs                                     237

Johnny Sauter                                155

 

McDONALD’S/POWERADE DRIVE-THRU PIT CHAMPIONSHIP AWARD (as of 11/16/04)

                                      Car #       Pts.

Tony Stewart                (#20)     1227

Dale Earnhardt Jr.         (#  8)     1226

Elliott Sadler                   (#38)     1211

 


MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP

                                        Pts     Wins

Chevrolet                         266      22

Ford                                 224      10

Dodge                              194        4

 

WIX FILTERS LAP LEADER AWARD

                                      Car #       Pts.

Jeff Gordon                   (#24)         7

Dale Earnhardt Jr.         (#  8)         5

Kurt Busch                    (#97)         5

 

WASTE MANAGEMENT PICKING UP

PLACES AWARD         Car #       Pts.

Matt Kenseth                 (#17)       122

Dale Jarrett                    (#88)         93

Robby Gordon               (#31)         78

 

MOBIL 1 COMMAND PERF. AWARD

                                      Car #       Pts.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.         (#  8)       16

Ryan Newman              (#12)         7

Rusty Wallace               (#  2)         3

 

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE AWARD

                                      Car #       Pts.

Jimmie Johnson             (#48)       12

Jeff Gordon                   (#24)         6

Kurt Busch                    (#97)         3


BUD POLE AWARD STANDINGS

Ryan Newman                                  9

Jeff Gordon                                       6

Kasey Kahne                                    4

Jeremy Mayfield                                2

Casey Mears                                     2

Joe Nemechek                                   2

Brian Vickers                                    2

5 drivers tied with one pole.

 

MBNA MID-RACE LEADER AWARD

                                      Car #       Pts.

Tony Stewart                (#20)       12

Jeff Gordon                   (#24)       11

Ryan Newman              (#12)         9

 

CLEVITE ENGINE BUILDER AWARD

                                      Car #       Pts.

Hendrick                        (#24)       231

Hendrick                        (#48)       192

Richie Gilmore               (#  8)       190

 

GOODYEAR GATORBACK FASTEST LAP

AWARD                         Car #      Pts.

Jeff Gordon                   (#24)         8

Dale Earnhardt Jr.         (#  8)         4

Jimmie Johnson             (#48)         3


 

NEXT EVENT: Feb. 20 – Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla. (500 M) (200 L)

NOTE:  The above figures are based on team winnings and include racing purse and cash contingency awards by participating manufacturers. (11/22/04)

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