EA SPORTS 500
October 3, 2004

  • These fines were announced POST RACE and deduected from the season total, not subtracted from the race totals....per NASCAR.

  • Roush Racing and Evernham Motorsports were issued the most severe penalties among the 12 overall for rules violations that occurred during this past weekend’s NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Roush Racing received four of the penalties for an unapproved spoiler adjustment on the #16 National Guard Ford that occurred after pre-race inspection had been completed. Driver Greg Biffle was penalized 25 driver championship points; car owner Geoff Smith lost 25 championship owner points; crew chief Doug Richert was fined $25,000; and crew member Michael Hillman Jr. was suspended from NASCAR until Oct. 20 including the next two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races, beginning with Kansas Speedway’s race this weekend. Hillman Jr. also was placed on probation until Dec. 31. The team was in violation of Section 12-4-A (Actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4-Q (Any determination by NASCAR Officials that parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform to NASCAR rules) of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)(10-7-2004)

  • Evernham Racing received three penalties for an unapproved spoiler modification to the #9 Dodge that occurred after pre-event inspection and was discovered by NASCAR officials during pre-qualifying inspection. Driver Kasey Kahne was penalized 25 driver championship points; car owner Ray Evernham lost 25 championship owner points; and crew chief Tommy Baldwin was fined $25,000. The team was in violation of Section 12-4-A (Actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4-Q (Any determination by NASCAR Officials that parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform to NASCAR rules) of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)(10-7-2004)

  • Dale Jr.Fined and Docked 25 points: Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. was penalized with a loss of 25 championship driver points and a $10,000 fine for an inappropriate post-race comment during the live national television broadcast of Sunday’s NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR officials announced today. Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #8 Budwesier Chevrolet, was in violation of Section 12-4-A (Actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Rule Book for using inappropriate language. The penalty also will extend to the team as Dale Earnhardt Inc. will lose 25 championship owner points for the actions of its driver. Earnhardt Jr.’s championship points total will be adjusted from 5,543 points to 5,518 as a result of the penalty, and will drop him from first to second in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Kurt Busch and Roush Racing will assume the lead with 5,530 points, 12 ahead of Earnhardt Jr. and DEI, respectively.(NASCAR PR)(10-5-2004)


    NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES RACE No. 29

    EA SPORTS 500

    TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY

     

    Talladega, Ala.Oct. 3, 2004

    2.66-Mile Banked Paved Oval

    500 M – 188 L  Purse: $5,199,159

     

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bonus          Money

    Fin       St          Car#        Driver                         Team                                                              Laps                   Pts           Pts               Won          Status

     1         10            8            Dale Earnhardt Jr.       Budweiser Chevrolet                                        188                    190           *    10         $305,968      Running

     2         15          29            Kevin Harvick              GM Goodwrench Chevrolet                              188                    175           *      5           165,208      Running

     3           3          88            Dale Jarrett                  UPS Ford                                                           188                    165                               137,922      Running

     4         26          77    #      Brendan Gaughan       Kodak/Jasper Eng. & Trans. Dodge                  188                    165           *      5           100,640      Running

     5           8          97            Kurt Busch                  Sharpie Ford                                                     188                    160           *      5           104,290      Running

     6         30          20            Tony Stewart              Home Depot Chevrolet                                      188                    155           *      5           120,603      Running

     7           1          01            Joe Nemechek             U.S. Army Chevrolet                                         188                    151           *      5           106,075      Running

     8         34          41            Casey Mears               Target Dodge                                                    188                    147           *      5           100,000      Running

     9         36          31            Robby Gordon             Cingular Wireless Chevrolet                              188                    138                               108,562      Running

    10        28            0            Ward Burton                NetZero/Shark Tale Chevrolet                           188                    139           *      5             76,000      Running

    11          4          10    #      Scott Riggs                  Zerex/Valvoline Chevrolet                                188                    135           *      5             96,952      Running

    12          2          21            Ricky Rudd                  Rent-A-Center/Motorcraft Ford                         188                    127                                 97,471      Running

    13        13          30            Jeff Burton                  America Online Chevrolet                                 188                    129           *      5             79,180      Running

    14          7          17            Matt Kenseth               Smirnoff Ice/DeWalt Ford                                  188                    121                               116,973      Running

    15        17            6            Mark Martin                  Viagra Ford                                                       188                    118                                 79,035      Running

    16        19          12            Ryan Newman            ALLTEL Dodge                                                  188                    120           *      5           112,492      Running

    17        24          42            Jamie McMurray          Texaco/Havoline Dodge                                    188                    112                                 76,985      Running

    18        41          09            Mike Wallace               Miccosukee Resorts Dodge                              188                    114           *      5             68,670      Running

    19          5          24            Jeff Gordon                 DuPont Chevrolet                                              188                    111           *      5           112,428      Running

    20        37          49            Ken Schrader              Schwan’s Home Service Dodge                       188                    108           *      5             68,140      Running

    21        38            5            Terry Labonte             Kellogg’s/Delphi Chevrolet                                 188                    100                                 95,285      Running

    22          6          38            Elliott Sadler                 M&M’s Ford                                                       188                    102           *      5           102,398      Running

    23        11          02            Hermie Sadler              East Tennessee Trailers Ford                           188                      99           *      5             67,420      Running

    24        22          33            Kerry Earnhardt          Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Chevrolet                  188                      91                                 63,000      Running

    25        14          15            Michael Waltrip            NAPA Chevrolet                                                188                      93           *      5             98,786      Running

    26        33            2            Rusty Wallace             Miller Lite Dodge                                                188                      90           *      5           106,403      Running

    27        23            9    #      Kasey Kahne              Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge                              187                      82                                 95,360      Running

    28        12          16            Greg Biffle                   National Guard/Subway Ford                           187                      79                                 73,625      Running

    29        35          45            Kyle Petty                    Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge                        187                      76                                 78,065      Running

    30        20          11            Ricky Craven               Old Spice Chevrolet                                          187                      73                                 62,405      Running

    31        29          22    #      Scott Wimmer              Caterpillar Dodge                                               187                      70                                 82,820      Running

    32        43            1            Kenny Wallace            Aaron’s Chevrolet                                             185                      67                                 61,735      Running

    33        42          98            Larry Gunselman        Mach 1 Racing Ford                                          183                      64                                 62,575      Running

    34        32          40            Sterling Marlin              Coors Light Dodge                                            177                      61                                 94,555      Accident

    35        27          18            Bobby Labonte            Interstate Batteries Chevrolet                           177                      58                               106,533      Accident

    36        21          25    #      Brian Vickers              GMAC Chevrolet                                               164                      55                                 69,400      Overheating

    37        16          48            Jimmie Johnson           Lowe’s Chevrolet                                              157                      57           *      5             81,150      Overheating

    38          9          19            Jeremy Mayfield          Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge                              147                      49                                 77,689      Accident

    39        18          43            Jeff Green                   Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge                         142                      46                                 87,495      Accident

    40        40            4            Jimmy Spencer            Lucas Oil Chevrolet                                           142                      48           *      5             61,155      Accident

    41        31          06            Chad Blount                 Mobil 1 Dodge                                                    131                      40                                 61,105      Engine

    42        25          99            Carl Edwards              Roush Racing Ford                                           122                      37                                 94,477      Engine

    43        39          32            Bobby Hamilton Jr.      Tide Chevrolet                                                   120                      34                                 69,261      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: (3) #37 Kevin Lepage, #72 Kirk Shelmerdine; #80 Carl Long.

    Race Comments: Before an estimated crowd of 150,000, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the EA Sports 500, posting his 14th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory. He takes over the lead in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and won the $90,000 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Leader Bonus. 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: #99 - Carl Edwards (driver change).

     

    TIME OF RACE:  3 hours, 11 minutes, 12 seconds                         AVERAGE SPEED: 156.929 mph                        MARGIN OF VICTORY: .117 second

    BUD POLE AWARD:  Joe Nemechek, U.S. Army Chevrolet (190.749 mph, 50.202 secs.)

    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:  Casey Mears, Target Dodge (No winner of MBNA Bonus for winning race; rolls to $10,000 at Kansas.)

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

    NASCAR NEXTEL CUP LEADER BONUS: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Budweiser Chevrolet ($90,000)

    OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE BLOOMIN’ FAVORITE DRIVER AWARD:  Kevin Harvick, GM Goodwrench Chevrolet

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

    U.S.G. DRIVER OF THE RACE AWARD: Kevin Harvick, GM Goodwrench Chevrolet

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

    WIX FILTERS LAP LEADER AWARD:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., Budweiser Chevrolet

    CAUTION FLAGS: 5 cautions for 22 laps. 30-34 (Car #09-Accident, Turn 3); 60-63 (Fluid on Track); 124-128 (Oil on Track); 144-147 (Car #4, 19, 32 & 43-Accident, Turn 3); 180-183 (Car #40 & 18-Accident, Turn 4).

    LAP LEADERS: 47 lead changes among 20 drivers. Joe Nemechek 1, Scott Riggs 2, Kurt Busch 3, Dale Earnhardt Jr. 4-22, Jimmie Johnson 23-28, Busch 29, Jimmy Spencer 30, Tony Stewart 31, Casey Mears 32-34, Johnson 35, Mears 36, Johnson 37-39, Rusty Wallace 40-47, Johnson 48-54, R. Wallace 55-56, Jeff Gordon 57-59, Hermie Sadler 60, Ryan Newman 61, Michael Waltrip 62-63, J. Gordon 64-65, R. Wallace 66-70, Johnson 71-75, Waltrip 76-80, Johnson 81-93, Mears 94, Brendan Gaughan 95-97, Earnhardt 98-108, Busch 109, Earnhardt 110, Busch 111, Ward Burton 112, J. Gordon 113, Earnhardt 114-117, J. Gordon 118-123, Elliott Sadler 124, Ken Schrader 125, Mike Wallace 126-129, Earnhardt 130, Jeff Burton 131, Earnhardt 132-138, J. Burton 139-143, Earnhardt 144-173, Kevin Harvick 174-175, Earnhardt 176-177, Tony Stewart 178-180, Gaughan 181-184, Harvick 185, Earnhardt 186-188.

     


    TOP 10 NASCAR NEXTEL CUP POINTS

                                                                (Wins)

     1 –Kurt Busch                      5530         (3)

     2 –Dale Earnhardt Jr.           5518         (5)

     3 –Jeff Gordon                     5482         (5)

     4 –Mark Martin                      5432         (1)

     5 –Matt Kenseth                   5393         (2)

     6 –Tony Stewart                  5391         (2)

     7 –Ryan Newman                5384         (2)

     8 –Elliott Sadler                     5377         (2)

     9 –Jimmie Johnson               5371         (4)

    10–Jeremy Mayfield              5263         (1)

     

    RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

    Kasey Kahne                                  292

    Brian Vickers                                  199

    Scott Wimmer                                 197

    Brendan Gaughan                          196

    Scott Riggs                                     189

    Johnny Sauter                                123

     

    BUD POLE AWARD STANDINGS

    Jeff Gordon                                       6

    Ryan Newman                                  5

    Kasey Kahne                                    4

    Jeremy Mayfield                                2

    Casey Mears                                     2

    Brian Vickers                                    2

    5 drivers tied with one pole.


    MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP

                                            Points     Wins

    Chevrolet                         206      16

    Ford                                 183        9

    Dodge                              162        4

     

    WIX FILTERS LAP LEADER AWARD

                                          Car #         Pts.

    Jeff Gordon                   (#24)         6

    Tony Stewart                (#20)         5

    Dale Earnhardt Jr.         (#  8)         4

     

    WASTE MANAGEMENT PICKING UP

    PLACES AWARD         Car #         Pts.

    Matt Kenseth                 (#17)       122

    Robby Gordon               (#31)         78

    Kurt Busch                    (#97)         62

     

    MOBIL 1 COMMAND PERF. AWARD

                                          Car #         Pts.

    Dale Earnhardt Jr.         (#  8)       13

    Ryan Newman              (#12)         6

    Rusty Wallace               (#  2)         3

     

    OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE AWARD

                                          Car #         Pts.

    Jimmie Johnson             (#48)         8

    Jeff Gordon                   (#24)         5

    Mark Martin                    (#  6)         3


    McDONALD’S/POWERADE DRIVE-THRU PIT CHAMPIONSHIP AWARD (as of 9/28/04)

                                          Car #         Pts.

    Elliott Sadler                   (#38)     1007

    Dale Earnhardt Jr.         (#  8)       988

    Kurt Busch                    (#97)       978

     

    MBNA MID-RACE LEADER AWARD

                                          Car #         Pts.

    Tony Stewart                (#20)       12

    Jeff Gordon                   (#24)       11

    Matt Kenseth                 (#17)         6

     

    CLEVITE ENGINE BUILDER AWARD

                                          Car #         Pts.

    Hendrick                        (#24)       162

    Mark Cronquist              (#20)       153

    Richie Gilmore               (#  8)       139

     

    GOODYEAR GATORBACK FASTEST LAP

    AWARD                         Car #         Pts.

    Jeff Gordon                   (#24)         7

    Dale Earnhardt Jr.         (#  8)         3

    Matt Kenseth                 (#17)         3


     

    NEXT EVENT: Oct. 10 – Banquet 400, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. (267 L) (400.5 M)                      

    NOTE:  The above figures are based on team winnings and include racing purse and cash contingency awards by participating manufacturers. (10/5/04)

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