2005 Daytona 500

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2005 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 1 of 36 in the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway
Date February 20, 2005 (2005-02-20)
Location Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.02336 km)
Distance 203 laps, 507.5 mi (816.742 km)
Scheduled Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 72 °F (22 °C); wind speeds approaching 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)[1]
Average speed 135.173 miles per hour (217.540 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing
Time 47.793
Qualifying race winners
Duel 1 Winner Michael Waltrip Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
Duel 2 Winner Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing
Most laps led
Driver Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 107
No. 24
Jeff Gordon
Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
Nielsen Ratings 10.9/23
(18.7 million viewers)

The 2005 Daytona 500 was a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (now Sprint Cup Series) racing event that took place on February 20, 2005, at the Daytona International Speedway. Dale Jarrett won the pole. Jeff Gordon won the race, his third career Daytona 500 win, while Kurt Busch finished second and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished third. This was the first Daytona 500 to go longer than 500 miles.

As the result of NASCAR's implementation of the green-white-checker finish rule the previous season, the race had three extra laps due to a caution with 3 laps to go, reaching a total distance of 507.5 miles. It was also the first Daytona 500 to end at sunset.

A crowd of 200,000 people were estimated to have attended this race.

Race summary[edit]

The green flag waved with Dale Jarrett out in front, but he lost the first lap to Jimmie Johnson, and fell back down the field after a small bump from behind from defending Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The first caution flag came out on the fifteenth lap, halfway through the first fuel run, when Bobby Labonte's engine blew up. Tony Stewart had been leading for 11 laps. Scott Wimmer, who had only changed two tires, led after the caution.

The second caution came out on lap 28 when Ricky Rudd spun in the middle of the field while Michael Waltrip was leading, collecting five cars. On lap 36, Matt Kenseth, one of the pre-race favorites, in trouble with a smoking exhaust, pitted under green.

On lap 61 was the start of a series of green flag pit stops, with the Dodges coming in first as they did not get as good fuel mileage as others. Earnhardt was pushed by Jeff Burton coming into his pit stop, and had to back up to get out after his tires were changed, causing him to drop down the field. There were about 7 speeding violations on pit road during this round of pit stops, most notably Jimmie Johnson. Once the green flag pit stops cycled through on lap 64, Jeff Gordon had the lead.

Debris on the racetrack caused the third caution flag on lap 86, with Gordon still in the lead. Tony Stewart led on the restart, and was also leading at halfway and at the point of the fourth caution, for debris, on lap 105.

Around lap 137 there was another cycle of green flag pit stops, with Tony Stewart retaining the lead, before the fifth caution came out on lap 144 and the sixth caution on lap 155. Michael Waltrip caused the seventh caution, which caused him to leave the race and led to another round of pit stops on lap 164. Jason Leffler and Kyle Busch came together on pit road, dropping them both well down the field.

With 32 laps to go John Andretti, running three wide, and following a group of cars going four wide, crashed and turned into Jason Leffler, taking Leffler out of the race and bringing up the eighth caution, with Tony Stewart still in the lead.

Tony Stewart is the first driver since Bobby Allison in 1981–82 to lead the most laps in two consecutive Daytona 500s.

The "Big One" occurred on lap 184, when Greg Biffle turned in to Scott Riggs, collecting 11 cars total in turn 3. Scott Wimmer's car took the worst of it, as his car got onto the apron, flipped over four full times and spun on its nose before crashing hard on its wheels, bringing out the ninth caution. Only some cars chose to pit, with Stewart and others remaining out. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who had languished in midfield for the earlier part of the race, was now up to third.

On the restart on lap 187, John Andretti drove straight into Mike Skinner, starting a chain reaction crash involving eight or so cars to bring out an immediate tenth caution. This accident was the result of someone, possibly Skinner, missing a gear on the restart.

The race restarted with 6 laps to go. With 5 laps to go, Earnhardt briefly took the lead. Tony Stewart retook the lead on the next lap; Earnhardt and Stewart raced side-by-side until Earnhardt regained the lead. Jeff Gordon took the lead before the eleventh caution came out with three laps to go.

The race length of 500 miles (200 laps) was completed under yellow, so a green-white-checker finish was in order. The race restarted on lap 202 with 2 laps to go. Despite much activity behind him, Jeff Gordon was able to hold off Kurt Busch and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to win his third Daytona 500.

It was the second-slowest Daytona 500 to go the distance, with only the 1960 race slower. Two other races in the 2000s were slower but both were rain-shortened events.


Pos Grid Car Driver Sponsor Team Manufacturer Laps Laps Led Status
1 15 24 Jeff Gordon (W) DuPont Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 203 29 Running
2 13 97 Kurt Busch Sharpie/Irwin Industrial Tools Roush Racing Ford 203 0 Running
3 5 8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (W) Budweiser Born on Date Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 203 2 Running
4 12 10 Scott Riggs Valvoline MBV Motorsports Chevrolet 203 0 Running
5 2 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 203 3 Running
6 32 6 Mark Martin Viagra Roush Racing Ford 203 0 Running
7 4 20 Tony Stewart Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 203 107 Running
8 18 40 Sterling Marlin (W) Coors Light Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 203 0 Running
9 8 37 Kevin Lepage Patron Tequila R&J Racing Dodge 203 0 Running
10 36 2 Rusty Wallace Miller Lite/Mobil 1 Penske Racing Dodge 203 0 Running
11 39 38 Elliott Sadler M&M's Robert Yates Racing Ford 203 0 Running
12 27 99 Carl Edwards (R) Office Depot/Scott's Roush Racing Ford 203 0 Running
13 34 01 Joe Nemechek U.S. Army MBV Motorsports Chevrolet 203 2 Running
14 38 07 Dave Blaney Jack Daniel's Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 203 0 Running
15 1 88 Dale Jarrett (W) UPS Robert Yates Racing Ford 203 0 Running
16 26 43 Jeff Green Cheerios/Betty Crocker Petty Enterprises Dodge 203 0 Running
17 33 45 Kyle Petty Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Petty Enterprises Dodge 203 1 Running
18 35 0 Mike Bliss NetZero/Best Buy Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet 203 0 Running
19 17 77 Travis Kvapil (R) Kodak/Jasper Engines Penske-Jasper Racing Dodge 203 0 Running
20 9 12 Ryan Newman Alltel/Mobil 1 Penske Racing Dodge 203 1 Running
21 28 25 Brian Vickers GMAC/ditech.com Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 203 0 Running
22 37 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Charger.com/UAW Evernham Motorsports Dodge 203 0 Running
23 24 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge Dealers/UAW Evernham Motorsports Dodge 203 1 Running
24 11 21 Ricky Rudd Ford Motorcraft Quality Parts Wood Brothers Racing Ford 202 0 Flagged
25 23 16 Greg Biffle National Guard/Jackson Hewitt Roush Racing Ford 201 0 Flagged
26 29 41 Casey Mears Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 199 0 Flagged
27 41 36 Boris Said (R) Centrix Financial MB/Sutton Racing Chevrolet 198 0 Flagged
28 30 29 Kevin Harvick GM Goodwrench 20th anniversary Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 198 1 Flagged
29 6 31 Jeff Burton Cingular Wireless Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 194 6 Flagged
30 7 23 Mike Skinner Argent Morgage Bill Davis Racing Dodge 187 0 Contact FS
31 42 14 John Andretti VB/APlus at Sunoco ppc Racing Ford 187 0 Contact FS
32 17 42 Jamie McMurray Texaco/Havoline Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 184 0 Contact T4
33 16 22 Scott Wimmer Caterpillar Bill Davis Racing Dodge 182 8 Contact T4
34 10 1 Martin Truex, Jr. (R) Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 178 0 Engine
35 22 32 Bobby Hamilton, Jr. (R) Tide Coldwater PPI Motorsports Chevrolet 173 0 Flagged
36 40 11 Jason Leffler FedEx Express Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 168 0 Contact T4
37 3 15 Michael Waltrip (W) NAPA Auto Parts Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 161 42 Engine
38 19 5 Kyle Busch (R) Kellogg's Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 148 0 Flagged
39 31 49 Ken Schrader Schwan's Home Service BAM Racing Dodge 120 0 Engine
40 21 00 Kenny Wallace Aaron's 50th Anniversary Michael Waltrip Racing Chevrolet 39 0 Engine
41 43 4 Mike Wallace Lucas Oil Products Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 35 0 Overheating
42 14 17 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Power Tools/USG Roush Racing Ford 34 0 Engine
43 20 18 Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 14 0 Engine
Failed to Qualify
7 Robby Gordon Jim Beam Robby Gordon Motorsports Chevrolet
09 Johnny Sauter Miccosukee Gaming & Resorts Phoenix Racing Dodge
92 Stanton Barrett (R) First Trust Portfolios LP Front Row Motorsports Chevrolet
55 Derrike Cope (W) Year One Muscle Club.com Hollenbeck Racing Chevrolet
89 Morgan Shepherd Victory in Jesus/Red Line Oil Victory in Jesus Racing Dodge
13 Greg Sacks Daytona Speed, Inc. Sacks Motorsports Dodge
33 Kerry Earnhardt (R) Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
73 Eric McClure (R) ARC DeHooker/JoinRFA.org Raabe Racing Enterprises Dodge
52 Larry Gunselman (R) Pro30.com/Sakai Ware Racing Enterprises Ford
66 Hermie Sadler (R) Peak Fitness Peak Fitness Racing Ford
34 Randy LaJoie Cursed Mach 1 Racing Chevrolet
93 Geoffrey Bodine (W) Big Boar Motorcycles GIC-Mixon Motorsports Chevrolet
80 Andy Belmont (R) n/a Hover Motorsports Ford
27 Kirk Shelmerdine (R) n/a Kirk Shelmerdine Motorsports Ford
"2004 Daytona 500 - Racing-Reference.info". Archived from the original on 2002-02-15. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 


  1. ^ "Weather of the 2005 Daytona 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013-06-19.