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NASCAR Nextel Cup race number 29 of 36
Sunday, October 3, 2004 at Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL
188 laps on a 2.660 mile paved track (500.1 miles)

Time of race: 3:11:12
Average Speed: 156.929 mph
Pole Speed: 190.749 mph
Cautions: 5 for 22 laps
Margin of Victory: .117 sec
Attendance: 150,000
Lead changes: 47

Glossary    2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup results   /   2004 standings

'Chase' drivers are highlighted in green in the qualifying and race results.

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
343240   Sterling Marlin Coors Light / Rascal Flatts   (Chip Ganassi)Dodge17894,555crash061
352718   Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries   (Joe Gibbs)Chevrolet178106,533crash058
38 919   Jeremy Mayfield Dodge Dealers / UAW   (Ray Evernham)Dodge14777,689crash049
391843   Jeff Green Cheerios / Betty Crocker   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge14287,495crash046
40404   Jimmy Spencer Lucas Oil Products   (Larry McClure)Chevrolet14261,155crash148
433932   Bobby Hamilton, Jr. Tide   (Cal Wells)Chevrolet12069,261crash034
371648   Jimmie Johnson Lowe's   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet15781,150engine3557
413106   Chad Blount Mobil 1   (Roger Penske)Dodge13161,105engine040
422599   Carl Edwards Roush Racing   (Jack Roush)Ford12294,477engine037
362125   Brian Vickers GMAC Financial Services   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet16469,400overheating055
1108   Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Budweiser   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.)Chevrolet188305,968running78165
21529   Kevin Harvick GM Goodwrench   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet188165,208running3175
3 388   Dale Jarrett UPS   (Yates Racing)Ford188137,922running0165
42677   Brendan Gaughan Kodak / Jasper Engines   (Doug Bawel)Dodge188100,640running7165
5 897   Kurt Busch Sharpie / Irwin Industrial Tools   (Jack Roush)Ford188104,290running4160
63020   Tony Stewart Home Depot   (Joe Gibbs)Chevrolet188120,603running4155
7 101   Joe Nemechek U.S. Army   (Nelson Bowers)Chevrolet188106,075running1151
83441   Casey Mears Target / Breast Cancer Awareness   (Chip Ganassi)Dodge188100,000running5147
93631   Robby Gordon Cingular Wireless   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet188108,562running0138
10280   Ward Burton NetZero Hi Speed / Shark Tale   (Gene Haas)Chevrolet18876,000running1139
11 410   Scott Riggs Zerex / Valvoline   (James Rocco)Chevrolet18896,952running1135
12 221   Ricky Rudd Motorcraft / Rent-A-Center   (Wood Brothers)Ford18897,471running0127
131330   Jeff Burton America Online   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet18879,180running6129
14 717   Matt Kenseth Smirnoff Ice / DeWalt   (Jack Roush)Ford188116,973running0121
15176   Mark Martin Viagra   (Jack Roush)Ford18879,035running0118
161912   Ryan Newman Alltel   (Roger Penske)Dodge188112,492running1120
172442   Jamie McMurray Texaco / Havoline   (Chip Ganassi)Dodge18876,985running0112
184109   Mike Wallace Miccosukee Gaming & Resorts   (James Finch)Dodge18868,670running4114
19 524   Jeff Gordon DuPont   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet188112,428running12111
203749   Ken Schrader Schwan's Home Service   (Beth Ann Morgenthau)Dodge18868,140running1108
21385   Terry Labonte Kellogg's / Delphi   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet18895,285running0100
22 638   Elliott Sadler M&M's   (Yates Racing)Ford188102,398running1102
231102   Hermie Sadler East Tennessee Trailers   (Hermie Sadler)Ford18867,420running199
242233   Kerry Earnhardt Bass Pro Shops / Tracker   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet18863,000running091
251415   Michael Waltrip NAPA   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.)Chevrolet18898,786running793
26332   Rusty Wallace Miller Lite   (Roger Penske)Dodge188106,403running1590
27239   Kasey Kahne Dodge Dealers / UAW   (Ray Evernham)Dodge18795,360running057
281216   Greg Biffle National Guard / Subway   (Jack Roush)Ford18773,625running054
293545   Kyle Petty Georgia-Pacific / Brawny   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge18778,065running076
302011   Ricky Craven Old Spice   (Joe Gibbs)Chevrolet18762,405running073
312922   Scott Wimmer Caterpillar   (Bill Davis)Dodge18782,820running070
32431   Kenny Wallace Aaron's   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.)Chevrolet18561,735running067
334298   Larry Gunselman Mach One Inc.   (William Edwards)Ford18362,575running064

To the back:
NameNbrReason
Carl Edwards99driver change

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
44Kevin Lepage37Carter's Royal Dispos-allJohn CarterDodge
45Kirk Shelmerdine72Vote for BushKirk ShelmerdineFord
46Carl Long80Commercial Truck & TrailerStan HoverFord

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
Reason'Lucky
Dog'
12929  
30345   #09 accident turn 3#45
355925  
60634   fluid on track#45
6412360  
1241285   oil on track#41
12914315  
1441474   #4,19,32,43 accident turn 3#9
14817932  
1801834   #40,18 accident turn 4none
1841885  
  Percent of race run under caution: 11.7%             Average green flag run: 27.7 laps

'Lucky Dog' recipients prior to 2009 were compiled by Jayski.com.

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Joe Nemechek111
  Scott Riggs221
  Kurt Busch331
  Dale Earnhardt, Jr.42219
  Jimmie Johnson23286
  Kurt Busch29291
  Jimmy Spencer30301
  Tony Stewart31311
  Casey Mears32343
  Jimmie Johnson35351
  Casey Mears36361
  Jimmie Johnson37393
  Rusty Wallace40478
  Jimmie Johnson48547
  Rusty Wallace55562
  Jeff Gordon57593
  Hermie Sadler60601
  Ryan Newman61611
  Michael Waltrip62632
  Jeff Gordon64652
  Rusty Wallace66705
  Jimmie Johnson71755
  Michael Waltrip76805
  Jimmie Johnson819313
  Casey Mears94941
  Brendan Gaughan95973
  Dale Earnhardt, Jr.9810811
  Kurt Busch1091091
  Dale Earnhardt, Jr.1101101
  Kurt Busch1111111
  Ward Burton1121121
  Jeff Gordon1131131
  Dale Earnhardt, Jr.1141174
  Jeff Gordon1181236
  Elliott Sadler1241241
  Ken Schrader1251251
  Mike Wallace1261294
  Dale Earnhardt, Jr.1301301
  Jeff Burton1311311
  Dale Earnhardt, Jr.1321387
  Jeff Burton1391435
  Dale Earnhardt, Jr.14417330
  Kevin Harvick1741752
  Dale Earnhardt, Jr.1761772
  Tony Stewart1781803
  Brendan Gaughan1811844
  Kevin Harvick1851851
  Dale Earnhardt, Jr.1861883

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Kurt Busch 5530    
2   Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 5518   -12  
3   Jeff Gordon 5482   -48  
4   Mark Martin 5432   -98  
5   Matt Kenseth 5393   -137  
6   Tony Stewart 5391   -139  
7   Ryan Newman 5384   -146  
8   Elliott Sadler 5377   -153  
9   Jimmie Johnson 5371   -159  
10   Jeremy Mayfield 5263   -267  
11   Jamie McMurray 3585   -1945  
12   Kevin Harvick 3549   -1981  
13   Dale Jarrett 3507   -2023  
14   Bobby Labonte 3425   -2105  
15   Kasey Kahne 3417   -2113  
16   Michael Waltrip 3149   -2381  
17   Rusty Wallace 3110   -2420  
18   Casey Mears 3081   -2449  
19   Sterling Marlin 3058   -2472  
20   Jeff Burton 3057   -2473  

Non-'Chase' standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Jeff Gordon 4034    
2   Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 4019   -15  
3   Jimmie Johnson 3868   -166  
4   Kurt Busch 3819   -215  
5   Tony Stewart 3766   -268  
6   Matt Kenseth 3700   -334  
7   Elliott Sadler 3668   -366  
8   Mark Martin 3630   -404  
9   Jamie McMurray 3585   -449  
10   Ryan Newman 3565   -469  
11   Kevin Harvick 3549   -485  
12   Dale Jarrett 3507   -527  
13   Jeremy Mayfield 3446   -588  
14   Bobby Labonte 3425   -609  
15   Kasey Kahne 3417   -617  
16   Michael Waltrip 3149   -885  
17   Rusty Wallace 3110   -924  
18   Casey Mears 3081   -953  
19   Sterling Marlin 3058   -976  
20   Jeff Burton 3057   -977