2004 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup

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The 2004 Chase for the Nextel Cup served as the ten-race playoff series among the top ten drivers in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. After the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 on September 11, 2004, the ten drivers atop the standings were locked into the playoff, with the participants as follows:

  1. Jeff GordonHendrick Motorsports #24 -5050
  2. Jimmie Johnson — Hendrick Motorsports #48 (Jeff Gordon 1)-5
  3. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.Dale Earnhardt, Inc. #8 -10
  4. Tony StewartJoe Gibbs Racing #20 (Joe Gibbs) -15
  5. Matt KensethRoush Racing #17 (Mark Martin 2) -20
  6. Elliott SadlerRobert Yates Racing (Robert Yates) #38 -25
  7. Kurt Busch — Roush Racing #97 (Georgetta Roush 3) -30
  8. Mark Martin — Roush Racing #6 (Jack Roush) -35
  9. Jeremy MayfieldEvernham Motorsports #19 (Ray Evernham) -40
  10. Ryan NewmanPenske Racing #12 (Roger Penske) -45

Notes

1 – Jeff Gordon is the official owner of the #48, though his work in signing Johnson to Hendrick Motorsports, licencing of merchandising through Hendrick Gordon Licensing LLC, and holds minority interest in the team.

2 – Mark Martin is the official owner of the #17 because of his work in signing Kenseth, and holds minority interest in that team.

3 – Georgetta Roush is Jack's mother, and the official owner of the #97.

Preceded by
Inaugural Season of the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup

2003 in NASCAR, The Winston Cup

NASCAR seasons
2004
Succeeded by
2005 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup