CHECKER AUTO PARKS 500k
November 7, 2004


NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES RACE No. 34

CHECKER AUTO PARTS 500

PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

 

Avondale, Ariz.Nov. 7, 2004

1-Mile Paved Oval

500 K – 312 L – 312 M Purse: $4,844,100

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                Bonus          Money

Fin       St          Car#        Driver                         Team                                                              Laps                   Pts           Pts               Won          Status

 1         14            8            Dale Earnhardt Jr.       Budweiser Chevrolet                                        315                    190           *    10         $274,503      Running

 2           1          12            Ryan Newman            ALLTEL/TXT2Win MVP Sweepstakes Dodge    315                    175           *      5           181,167      Running

 3           8          24            Jeff Gordon                 DuPont Chevrolet                                              315                    170           *      5           170,503      Running

 4           5          29            Kevin Harvick              GM Goodwrench Chevrolet                              315                    160                               134,938      Running

 5           4            9    #      Kasey Kahne              Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge                              315                    155                               126,950      Running

 6         13          48            Jimmie Johnson           Lowe’s Chevrolet                                              315                    150                                 96,225      Running

 7         15            2            Rusty Wallace             Miller Lite Dodge                                                315                    146                               111,658      Running

 8           6          20            Tony Stewart              The Home Depot Chevrolet                               315                    142                               112,028      Running

 9         27          18            Bobby Labonte            Interstate Batteries Chevrolet                           315                    143           *      5           113,083      Running

10        28          97            Kurt Busch                  IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford                               315                    139           *      5             84,300      Running

11        20          30            Jeff Burton                  America Online Chevrolet                                 315                    130                                 72,500      Running

12          3          01            Joe Nemechek             U.S. Army Chevrolet                                         315                    127                                 88,200      Running

13        23          16            Greg Biffle                   National Guard Ford                                          315                    124                                 70,225      Running

14        11          10    #      Scott Riggs                  Valvoline Chevrolet                                           315                    121                                 85,187      Running

15        22            6            Mark Martin                  Viagra Ford                                                       315                    118                                 67,975      Running

16        32          32            Bobby Hamilton Jr.      Tide Chevrolet                                                   315                    115                                 80,950      Running

17        19          15            Michael Waltrip            NAPA Chevrolet                                                315                    112                                 91,006      Running

18          2          25    #      Brian Vickers              GMAC Chevrolet                                               315                    109                                 65,825      Running

19        25          21            Ricky Rudd                  Motorcraft Ford                                                 315                    106                                 83,081      Running

20        18          49            Ken Schrader              Schwan’s Home Service Dodge                       315                    103                                 57,300      Running

21        24          19            Jeremy Mayfield          Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge                              315                    100                                 78,525      Running

22        26          88            Dale Jarrett                  UPS Ford                                                           315                      97                                 87,767      Running

23        12          43            Jeff Green                   Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge                         315                      94                                 82,375      Running

24        10          42            Jamie McMurray          Texaco/Havoline Dodge                                    315                      91                                 64,800      Running

25        35          40            Sterling Marlin              Coors Light Dodge                                            314                      88                                 89,050      Running

26        38          22    #      Scott Wimmer              Caterpillar Dodge                                               314                      85                                 73,925      Running

27        37          37            Kevin Lepage              Carter Racing Dodge                                         314                      82                                 52,300      Running

28        34          45            Kyle Petty                    Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge                        313                      79                                 63,564      Running

29        33            4            Mike Wallace               Lucas Oil Chevrolet                                           313                      76                                 54,550      Running

30        40          77    #      Brendan Gaughan       Kodak/Jasper Eng. & Trans. Dodge                  311                      73                                 59,925      Running

31        21          14            John Andretti               VB/APlus at Sunoco Ford                                 311                      70                                 52,300      Running

32        31            5            Terry Labonte             “The Incredibles”/Kellogg’s Chevrolet               309                      67                                 78,400      Running

33        42          02            Hermie Sadler              Treasue Island-Las Vegas Chevrolet               307                      64                                 52,450      Running

34          7          41            Casey Mears               Target Dodge                                                    306                      61                                 51,400      Accident

35        17          31            Robby Gordon             Cingular Wireless Chevrolet                              306                      58                                 86,462      Engine

36        16          17            Matt Kenseth               DeWalt Power Tools Ford                                 280                      60           *      5           101,903      Engine

37        29          99            Carl Edwards              Roush Racing Ford                                           272                      52                                 84,417      Running

38          9          38            Elliott Sadler                 Pedigree Ford                                                    252                      54           *      5             89,708      Running

39        30          09    #      Johnny Sauter             Miccosukee Resort Dodge                                236                      46                                 50,750      Accident

40        39            0            Ward Burton                NetZero Chevrolet                                             201                      43                                 50,600      Rear End

41        43          89            Morgan Shepherd       Racing with Jesus/Red Line Oil Dodge             181                      40                                 50,460      Handling

42        41          98            Randy LaJoie              Airaid Premium Filters Ford                               105                      37                                 50,335      Transmission

43        36          50            Todd Bodine                Arnold Development Co. Dodge                          11                      34                                 50,447      Vibration

# 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: (7) Mike Garvey #75; Tony Raines #51; Stanton Barrett #94; Mario Gosselin #80; Ryan McGlynn #00; Kirk Shelmerdine #72; Geoffrey Bodine #93.

Race Comments: Before an estimated crowd of 105,000, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Havoline, posting his 15th  career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory. On lap 110 the race was red flagged (21 minutes, 27 seconds) for rain. On lap 309 the race was red flagged (10 minutes, 34 seconds) to clean up oil on the track surface. 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: #15 Michael Waltrip (backup car); #40 Sterling Marlin (engine change); #37 Kevin Lepage (engine change).

 

TIME OF RACE:  3 hours, 19 minutes, 16 seconds                         AVERAGE SPEED: 94.848 mph                      MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.431 seconds

BUD POLE AWARD:  Ryan Newman, Mobil 1/ALLTEL Dodge (135.854 mph, 26.499 secs.)  TRACK RECORD

EA SPORTS MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., Budweiser Chevrolet

GILLETTE MACH 3 TURBO AWARD: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Budweiser Chevrolet

GOODYEAR GATORBACK FASTEST LAP AWARD: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Budweiser Chevrolet

MBNA MID-RACE LEADER AWARD:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., Budweiser Chevrolet (Also won MBNA Bonus for winning race.)

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

NASCAR NEXTEL CUP LEADER BONUS: No winner; rolls over to $60,000 at Darlington Raceway.  

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

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

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:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., Budweiser Chevrolet

CAUTION FLAGS: 11 cautions for 63 laps. 77-80 (Car #02-Stalled, Turn 3); 106-114 (Debris on Track); 120-123 (Car #14-Accident, Turn 4); 129-132 (Car #0, 01, 6, 12, 29, 42 & 97-Accident, Turn 4); 144-149 (Car #10 & 99-Accident, Turn 4); 155-159 (Car #38-Accident, Turn 1); 226-231 (Car #5-Accident, Frontstretch); 240-243 (Car #09-Accident, Backstretch); 283-293 (Oil on Track); 299-302 (Car #42-Accident, Turn 2); 308-313 (Debris on Track; Car #41-Accident, Turn 2).

LAP LEADERS: 10 lead changes among 7 drivers. Ryan Newman 1-59; Dale Earnhardt Jr. 60-107; Elliott Sadler 108-123; Jeff Gordon 124-144; Earnhardt Jr. 145-202; Matt Kenseth 203-206; Kurt Busch 207-220; Gordon 221-223; Bobby Labonte 224-227; Gordon 228-303; Earnhardt Jr. 304-315.

 


TOP 10 NASCAR NEXTEL CUP POINTS

                                                            (Wins)

 1 –Kurt Busch                       6191          (3)

 2 –Jeff Gordon                      6150          (5)

 3 –Dale Earnhardt Jr.            6144          (6)

 4 –Jimmie Johnson              6143          (7)

 5 –Mark Martin                      6089          (1)

 6 –Tony Stewart                   6049          (2)

 7 –Ryan Newman                 6041          (2)

 8 –Elliott Sadler                   5869          (2)

 9 –Matt Kenseth                   5855          (2)

10–Jeremy Mayfield              5836          (1)

 

RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Kasey Kahne                                   311

Brendan Gaughan                          210

Brian Vickers                                   209

Scott Wimmer                                 204

Scott Riggs                                      196

Johnny Sauter                                 139

 

McDONALD’S/POWERADE DRIVE-THRU PIT CHAMPIONSHIP AWARD (as of 11/2/04)

                                      Car #        Pts.

Elliott Sadler                 (#38)      1160

Tony Stewart                 (#20)      1152

Dale Earnhardt Jr.          (#  8)      1151

 


MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP

                                        Pts      Wins

Chevrolet                         251      21

Ford                                 209        9

Dodge                              186        4

 

WIX FILTERS LAP LEADER AWARD

                                      Car #        Pts.

Jeff Gordon                    (#24)          6

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)        11

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

4 drivers tied with one pole.

 

MBNA MID-RACE LEADER AWARD

                                      Car #        Pts.

Tony Stewart                 (#20)        12

Jeff Gordon                    (#24)        11

Dale Earnhardt Jr.          (# 8)           8

 

CLEVITE ENGINE BUILDER AWARD

                                      Car #        Pts.

Hendrick                         (#24)        197

Richie Gilmore              (#  8)        184

Mark Cronquist               (#20)        176

 

GOODYEAR GATORBACK FASTEST LAP

AWARD                          Car #        Pts.

Jeff Gordon                    (#24)          7

Dale Earnhardt Jr.          (#  8)          4

Jimmie Johnson            (#48)         3


 

NEXT EVENT: Nov. 14 – Mountain Dew Southern 500, Darlington Raceway, Darlington, S.C. (500 M) (367 L)

NOTE:  The above figures are based on team winnings and include racing purse and cash contingency awards by participating manufacturers. (11/8/04)

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