2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series

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2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season
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Tony Stewart, the 2005 Cup champion
Tony Stewart 2005 at Sonoma Raceway
Greg Biffle came in second behind Stewart by 35 points
Carl Edwards finished third in the championship

The 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series began on Saturday, February 12. The ten race Chase for the Nextel Cup started with the Sylvania 300 on Sunday, September 18, and ended on Sunday, November 20, with the Ford 400.

Tony Stewart was the dominant driver going into the ten race "playoff" with five wins. Going into the final race before the Chase for the Cup, Stewart had amassed a 209 point lead over his nearest competitor, Greg Biffle. Points are reset going into the Chase for the cup, and Stewart’s lead was dropped to a 5 point margin. Leading into the final race before the Chase, ten racers were still mathematically contending for the final four spots in the Chase and only one point separated Jamie McMurray in 10th from Ryan Newman in 11th. In the end, the ten racers who qualified for the Chase for the Cup were:

  1. Tony Stewart (3716)
  2. Greg Biffle (−185)
  3. Rusty Wallace (−304)
  4. Jimmie Johnson (−316)
  5. Kurt Busch (−412)
  6. Mark Martin (−443)
  7. Jeremy Mayfield (−488)
  8. Carl Edwards (−602)
  9. Matt Kenseth (−602)
  10. Ryan Newman (−661)

Overall, Roush Racing was the dominant team going into the Chase for the Cup with five of the ten final racers from their organization (Biffle, Busch, Martin, Edwards and Kenseth).

#01-Joe Nemechek races alongside #97-Kurt Busch during the 2005 UAW-Ford 500.

This was the first season since his rookie season that Jeff Gordon did not finish in the top 10 in points.

The 2005 season was the first year of competition for the Dodge Charger, which replaced the Dodge Intrepid, a model that Dodge dropped from its consumer lineup for the 2005 model year. The change did little to improve Dodge's fortunes as a distant third manufacturer in NASCAR Nextel Cup behind Ford and Chevrolet. In 2004, Dodge won 4 of 36 cup races with the Intrepid. In 2005, the Charger won three races. The Charger was, however, much more of a success in the Busch Series, winning 10 of 32.

The 2005 season was the final year for the Ford Taurus, which was replaced by the Ford Fusion in the 2006 season. In addition, two prominent drivers announced that this would be their final season in NASCAR: Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace. However, Martin returned for 2006 and ran a limited schedule in 2007 and, as of 2010, plans to continue driving for Hendrick Motorsports through 2011. Also Ricky Rudd took a break after the 2005 season but returned by the 2007 Season.

One of the biggest controversies prior to the start of the season involved the elimination of two races – Darlington and North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham. The eliminated Rockingham race ends NASCAR's 38-year association with Rockingham. The races were replaced by new races at Texas and Phoenix. NASCAR also began moving start times later in the day starting this season; by 2007 the Daytona 500 finished in primetime.

Also, NASCAR announced in January 2005 that the owners of the teams in the top 35 of the previous year's standings would be guaranteed a starting spot in each of the first five races of the season. This further complicated the unique qualifying procedure for the Daytona 500, and severely affected the chances of some teams to make races after having a poor 2004. After the fifth race, the guaranteed starters were based on the current season's points, with changes possible from race to race depending on results.

The number of cars entered for each race was up slightly from the previous year. The Daytona 500 saw a dramatic increase in its car count from 45 to 56. The increase was in part attributable to a new NASCAR rule that allowed hard liquor brands to become sponsors on its race cars. Roush Racing (Crown Royal), Richard Childress Racing (Jack Daniels), and Robby Gordon Motorsports (Jim Beam) were the first to sign such deals.

At the end of the 2005 season, Chevrolet won the NASCAR Manufacturers' Championship after winning 17 events and garnering 259 points over second place Ford who captured 16 victories and 146 points.[1]

Teams and drivers[edit]

List of full-time teams at the start of 2005.

Team Car(s) # Driver(s) Primary
Sponsor(s)
Listed Owner(s) Crew Chief
BAM Racing Dodge Charger 49 Ken Schrader Schwans Beth Ann Morganthau David Hyder
Bill Davis Racing Dodge Charger 22 Scott Wimmer Caterpillar Inc. Bill Davis Derrick Finley
93 Casey Atwood Sirius Satellite Radio Lee McCall
Chip Ganassi Racing
with Felix Sabates
Dodge Charger 40 Sterling Marlin Coors Light Felix Sabates
Chip Ganassi
Floyd Ganassi
Steve Boyer
41 Casey Mears Target Corporation Jimmy Elledge
42 Jamie McMurray Texaco
Havoline
Donnie Wingo
Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet Monte Carlo 8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Budweiser Teresa Earnhardt Pete Rondeau
15 Michael Waltrip NAPA Auto Parts Tony Eury, Jr.
Evernham Motorsports Dodge Charger 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dealers Ray Evernham Tommy Baldwin Jr.
19 Jeremy Mayfield Kenny Francis
Front Row Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 92 Stanton Barrett (R) First Trust Portfolios Bob Jenkins Fred Wanke
Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 0 Mike Bliss NetZero Gene Haas Bootie Barker
Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 5 Kyle Busch (R) Kellogg Company Rick Hendrick
Joe Hendrick
Jeff Gordon
Alan Gustafson
24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Robbie Loomis
25 Brian Vickers GMAC Lance McGrew
48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chad Knaus
Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 11 Jason Leffler FedEx J. D. Gibbs
Joe Gibbs
Dave Rogers
18 Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries Steve Addington
20 Tony Stewart The Home Depot Greg Zipadelli
Kirk Shelmerdine Racing Ford Taurus 27 Kirk Shelmerdine Freddie B's Kirk Shelmerdine Phil Harris
Mach 1 Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 34 Randy LaJoie Chris Edwards Mike Steurer
MBV Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 01 Joe Nemechek United States Army James Rocco
Nelson Bowers
Ryan Pemberton
10 Scott Riggs Valvoline Doug Randolph
Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 4 Mike Wallace Lucas Oil Larry McClure Chris Carrier
Penske-Jasper Racing Dodge Charger 2 Rusty Wallace Miller Lite Roger Penske
Doug Bawel
Larry Carter
12 Ryan Newman Alltel Matt Borland
77 Travis Kvapil (R) Eastman Kodak Shane Wilson
Petty Enterprises Dodge Charger 43 Jeff Green Cheerios Richard Petty
Kyle Petty
Greg Steadman
45 Kyle Petty Georgia-Pacific Paul Andrews
Peak Fitness Racing Ford Taurus 66 Hermie Sadler Peak Fitness Jeff Stec James Ince
ppc Racing Ford Taurus 14 John Andretti Victory Brand Greg Pollex Dave Charpentier
PPI Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 32 Bobby Hamilton, Jr. Tide Cal Wells Harold Holly
Raabe Racing Enterprises Chevrolet Monte Carlo 73 Eric McClure (R) ARC DeHooker Ed Raabe Tim Brewer
R&J Racing Dodge Charger 37 Kevin Lepage BoSpoker
Patron Tequila
John Carter Billy Poindexter
Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 07 Dave Blaney Jack Daniel's Richard Childress Phillipe Lopez
29 Kevin Harvick GM Goodwrench Todd Berrier
31 Jeff Burton Cingular Wireless Kevin Hamlin
Robby Gordon Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 7 Robby Gordon Harrah's
Fruit of the Loom
Jim Smith Bob Temple
Robert Yates Racing Ford Taurus 38 Elliott Sadler M&M's Robert Yates Todd Parrott
88 Dale Jarrett UPS Mike Ford
Roush Racing Ford Taurus 6 Mark Martin Pfizer
Viagara
Jack Roush
Geoff Smith
Mark Martin
Robert Corn
Georgetta Roush
Pat Tryson
16 Greg Biffle National Guard
Post-It
Doug Richert
17 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Robbie Reiser
97 Kurt Busch34 Sharpie
Rubbermaid
Jimmy FennigAll
Kenny Wallace2
99 Carl Edwards Scotts
Office Depot
Bob Osborne
Victory In Jesus Racing Dodge Charger 89 Morgan Shepherd Racing with Jesus Cindy Shepherd Troy Kelly
Wood Brothers Racing Ford Taurus 21 Ricky Rudd Motorcraft Glen Wood Michael McSwain

Budweiser Shootout[edit]

On February 12, at the Daytona International Speedway, Jimmie Johnson took the 70-lap night exhibition race from Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon.

Top Ten Results

  1. 48- Jimmie Johnson
  2. 12- Ryan Newman
  3. 24- Jeff Gordon
  4. 20- Tony Stewart
  5. 16- Greg Biffle
  6. 97- Kurt Busch
  7. 8- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  8. 6- Mark Martin
  9. 9- Kasey Kahne
  10. 18- Bobby Labonte

Gatorade Duel[edit]

The main story out of the Gatorade Duel was a racing accident between Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick, which turned into a minor feud. Michael Waltrip won race one and Tony Stewart won race two, where the controversial incident took place.

Race One Top Ten

  1. 15- Michael Waltrip
  2. 8- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  3. 23- Mike Skinner
  4. 12- Ryan Newman
  5. 21- Ricky Rudd
  6. 97- Kurt Busch
  7. 24- Jeff Gordon
  8. 42- Jamie McMurray
  9. 5- Kyle Busch
  10. 00- Kenny Wallace

Race Two Top Ten

  1. 20- Tony Stewart
  2. 31- Jeff Burton
  3. 37- Kevin Lepage
  4. 1- Martin Truex Jr.
  5. 10- Scott Riggs
  6. 17- Matt Kenseth
  7. 7- Robby Gordon
  8. 22- Scott Wimmer
  9. 40- Sterling Marlin
  10. 36- Boris Said

Daytona 500[edit]

Main article: 2005 Daytona 500

Auto Club 500[edit]

The Auto Club 500 is run over 250 2-mile laps on a D oval at California Speedway, Fontana.

Magic Johnson invited the drivers to start their engines, and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger waved the green flag, which was taken by 19-year-old Kyle Busch. Busch became the youngest driver to ever take the green flag on pole position. Busch was still leading after the first lap, with Brian Vickers in second place.

Before the race, Greg Biffle had promised to reporters and commentators that he would have the lead within 5 laps. He also happened to promise to win the race.

Greg Biffle took the lead in only 4 laps, followed by Matt Kenseth in second place, and Biffle was still in the lead after 26 laps, when Bill Elliott went into the wall. Biffle was immediately overtaken by Matt Kenseth after the restart. Dale Earnhardt Jr. pitted on lap 38, going down a lap, with problems on his left front tire. Carl Edwards took over the lead around lap 46.

On lap 59, Earnhardt – already a lap down – had another problem with his left front tire and the debris brought out the caution a lap later. Ultimately Earnhardt would end up 13 laps behind. Edwards was still in the lead when the caution came out. Kenseth took over the lap during the caution, and Edwards retook it within a lap. Kenseth recaptured the lead at lap 70.

Green flag pitstops started on lap 105. However, on lap 107, well before the green flag pitstops had cycled, a caution came out for debris. Joe Nemechek led on the restart on lap 116. Dave Blaney hit the wall on lap 143 leading to the third caution, with Nemechek still leading over Johnson. At the restart on lap 151, Nemechek was leading from Mark Martin and Jimmie Johnson with 26 cars on the lead lap. Within a lap, Johnson was second.

Another caution came out on lap 161 when Kasey Kahne went into the wall. At the restart, Johnson led over Nemechek, but after a three-car tussle for the lead, Nemechek led on lap 166. However, Nemechek's success was short-lived: around lap 180, engine problems saw him fall down the leader board and he had to retire. Edwards took over the lead. Harvick then took over with about 55 laps to go.

With 48 laps to go Michael Waltrip’s engine blew, bringing out the 6th caution, and when the green came out with 41 laps to go, Harvick was leading in front of Kenseth and Gordon. With 34 laps to go, the 7th caution came out because Jason Leffler was in trouble. Most of the leaders pitted, but cars that stayed out took the first six places on the restart, led by Kurt Busch. The race restarted with 29 laps to go.

With 25 laps to go, Busch and Biffle pulled out into a 2 second lead, vying together for first place. Greg Biffle finally retook the lead on lap 228 and kept it to win the race ahead of Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch, with only 0.525 of a second separating the top three men.

Top Ten Results

  1. 16- Greg Biffle
  2. 48- Jimmie Johnson
  3. 97- Kurt Busch
  4. 42- Jamie McMurray
  5. 99- Carl Edwards
  6. 29- Kevin Harvick
  7. 6- Mark Martin
  8. 38- Elliott Sadler
  9. 12- Ryan Newman
  10. 2- Rusty Wallace

Failed to qualify: Stanton Barrett (#92), Hermie Sadler (#66), Stan Boyd (#79), Eric McClure (#73), Kirk Shelmerdine (#27)

UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400[edit]

The UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 is run over 267 laps of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ryan Newman started on pole. Greg Biffle soon took over. The first caution came out on lap 12. Dale Earnhardt Jr. touched Brian Vickers coming into turn 1. Bobby Labonte and Ricky Rudd were also involved. All four cars left the race. On the restart on lap 20, Kurt Busch was in the lead, with Greg Biffle again taking over soon after.

Ryan Newman then got up to within 0.5 seconds of Greg Biffle, and that position remained for a long run under green, which ended on lap 59 when Robby Gordon's engine blew up bringing out the second caution. Sterling Marlin stayed out to lead a lap, but at the restart Travis Kvapil led over Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle in second and third respectively. Shortly after the restart, on lap 65, a crash involving Matt Kenseth nudged the back of Elliott Sadler's car, bringing out the third caution. Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart were also involved, though Stewart's car only received minor damage.

The restart came on lap 70, with the field led by Ryan Newman, Travis Kvapil, Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle. Around lap 77, Matt Kenseth went a lap down after a tire went down as a result of his touching Sadler a few laps back.

Lap 86 saw the fourth caution after Jason Leffler, trying to get onto pit road, was nudged by Ken Schrader. Most drivers pitted, with Kasey Kahne ending up in the lead from Newman and Kvapil. Kurt Busch was leading from Johnson and Biffle when the sixth caution came out around lap 126. An error in the pits, however, saw Kvapil drop down the field to 23rd place.

Jimmie Johnson took over the lead around lap 147. On lap 175, the race-record seventh caution came out for debris, with Johnson still in the lead. Newman took the green from Johnson, Busch and Biffle. Trouble happened when Scott Riggs bringing out the eighth caution with 74 laps to go, with Elliott Sadler getting the free pass.

Newman, Johnson and Nemechek led at the restart, with Johnson swiftly regaining the lead. Debris brought out yet another caution with 62 laps to go. Newman and Johnson battled for the lead on the restart. With 44 to go Hermie Sadler crashed into a wall inside the track bringing out yet another caution with Johnson leading over Gordon. The battle resumed with 39 laps left. Newman got into the back of Gordon with 34 laps to go, which caused them to lose 3 positions.

With 15 to go, Jimmie Johnson had got a 1.5 second lead over Kyle Busch, who was 5 seconds ahead of Kurt Busch. An error by Johnson lost him 0.8 seconds, but he then extended his lead again, and he won from Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch.

Top Ten Results

  1. 48- Jimmie Johnson
  2. 5- Kyle Busch
  3. 97- Kurt Busch
  4. 24- Jeff Gordon
  5. 29- Kevin Harvick
  6. 16- Greg Biffle
  7. 41- Casey Mears
  8. 17- Matt Kenseth
  9. 12- Ryan Newman
  10. 20- Tony Stewart

Failed to qualify: Johnny Sauter (#09), Kevin Lepage (#37), Stanton Barrett (#92), Stan Boyd (#79), Carl Long (#00), Kirk Shelmerdine (#27)

Golden Corral 500[edit]

The Golden Corral 500 was held on March 20 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Carl Edwards won the race, edging out driver Jimmie Johnson by .028 (28 thousandths) of a second. Johnson swapped the lead with Greg Biffle for most of the race.

Top Ten Results

  1. 99- Carl Edwards*
  2. 48- Jimmie Johnson
  3. 16- Greg Biffle
  4. 6- Mark Martin
  5. 9- Kasey Kahne
  6. 25- Brian Vickers
  7. 15- Michael Waltrip
  8. 07- Dave Blaney
  9. 10- Scott Riggs
  10. 38- Elliott Sadler

Failed to qualify: Randy LaJoie (#34), John Andretti (#14), Stanton Barrett (#92), Carl Long (#00), Kirk Shelmerdine (#27), Hermie Sadler (#66), Morgan Shepherd (#89)

  • This was Carl Edwards' first career NASCAR Nextel Cup Series victory. Combined with his Busch Series victory already that weekend, Edwards became the third driver in 2005 to win a race in all three of NASCAR's top series.

Food City 500[edit]

The Food City 500 was held on April 3 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Top Ten Results

  1. 29- Kevin Harvick
  2. 38- Elliott Sadler
  3. 20- Tony Stewart
  4. 8- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  5. 88- Dale Jarrett
  6. 48- Jimmie Johnson
  7. 77- Travis Kvapil
  8. 45- Kyle Petty
  9. 16- Greg Biffle
  10. 10- Scott Riggs

Failed to qualify: Johnny Sauter (#09), Kevin Lepage (#37), Robby Gordon (#7), Randy LaJoie (#34), Brad Teague (#27), Jason Jarrett (#89)

Advance Auto Parts 500[edit]

The Advance Auto Parts 500 was held on April 10 at Martinsville.

Jeff Gordon won the race. He rallied from 3 laps down to win his sixth victory at Martinsville and his 71st career victory. Kasey Kahne was the runner-up and Mark Martin finished third.

Top Ten Results

  1. 24- Jeff Gordon
  2. 9- Kasey Kahne
  3. 6- Mark Martin
  4. 12- Ryan Newman
  5. 2- Rusty Wallace
  6. 40- Sterling Marlin
  7. 21- Ricky Rudd
  8. 48- Jimmie Johnson
  9. 38- Elliott Sadler
  10. 01- Joe Nemechek

Failed to qualify: Stanton Barrett (#92), Jeff Fuller (#61), Kirk Shelmerdine (#27), Carl Long (#00)

Samsung/Radio Shack 500[edit]

The Samsung/Radio Shack 500 was held on April 17 at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Greg Biffle had a dominating performance, leading 219 of 334 laps, en route to victory. Jamie McMurray was second and Jimmie Johnson third.

Top Ten Results

  1. 16- Greg Biffle
  2. 42- Jamie McMurray
  3. 48- Jimmie Johnson
  4. 41- Casey Mears
  5. 40- Sterling Marlin
  6. 15- Michael Waltrip
  7. 97- Kurt Busch
  8. 21- Ricky Rudd
  9. 8- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  10. 2- Rusty Wallace

Failed to qualify: Kevin Lepage (#37), Stanton Barrett (#92), Randy LaJoie (#34)

Subway Fresh 500[edit]

The Subway Fresh 500 was a night race held on April 23 at Phoenix International Raceway. This race was the first of two races held at Phoenix for the 2005 Nextel Cup season after only running one race in previous years.

Kurt Busch won the race. Michael Waltrip was the runner-up, leading a DEI resurgence. Jeff Burton finished third.

Top Ten Results

  1. 97- Kurt Busch
  2. 15- Michael Waltrip
  3. 31- Jeff Burton
  4. 8- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  5. 25- Brian Vickers
  6. 18- Bobby Labonte
  7. 99- Carl Edwards
  8. 5- Kyle Busch
  9. 09- Johnny Sauter
  10. 01- Joe Nemechek

Failed to qualify: Hermie Sadler (#66), Steve Portenga (#34), Brandon Ash (#02)

  • Clint Bowyer made his NASCAR Nextel Cup debut in this race, finishing in 22nd

Aaron's 499[edit]

The Aaron's 499 was held on May 1 at Talladega.

Jeff Gordon won his third race of the year leading a dominating 139 of 194 laps for his 72nd career Nextel Cup win, winning 4 of his last 5 restrictor plate races, holding off Tony Stewart and Michael Waltrip during a green-white-checker finish. Notable events during the race:

The big one struck at lap 132, when a few cars got together and spun in front of the field. In total, 25 cars were involved, making it one of the largest crashes in NASCAR history. There was also a 6 car crash at lap 186, taking out a few of the leaders that had not been involved in the prior crash.

Scheduled distance: 188 laps. (501 mi, 807 km) Actual distance: 194 laps. (517 mi, 833 km)

Top Ten Results

  1. 24- Jeff Gordon
  2. 20- Tony Stewart
  3. 15- Michael Waltrip
  4. 19- Jeremy Mayfield
  5. 42- Jamie McMurray
  6. 38- Elliott Sadler
  7. 97- Kurt Busch
  8. 49- Ken Schrader
  9. 88- Dale Jarrett
  10. 31- Jeff Burton

Failed to qualify: Robby Gordon (#7), Kevin Lepage (#37), Kenny Wallace (#00), Stanton Barrett (#92)

Dodge Charger 500[edit]

The Dodge Charger 500 was held on May 7 at Darlington Raceway and was the first nighttime race held at the track. The race also broke two NASCAR traditions by being the only race held at Darlington in 2005 and by running the race on Mother's Day weekend.

Greg Biffle led a race-high 176 of 370 laps en route to his third Nextel Cup victory of 2005. With four laps to go, Biffle's Roush Racing teammate Mark Martin spun out (sliding into the apron)trying to pass third-place runner and pole-sitter Kasey Kahne. Biffle took two tires on his final pit stop, while race leader Ryan Newman and Ken Schrader stayed out. Newman was expecting more of the teams, like Schrader in the #49 Dodge, at the tail of the lead lap (18 in all) to stay out for track position. Newman accelerated on the restart, brake-checked Schrader to hold off the pack, and accelerated again, leaving Schrader spinning his tires. Biffle passed both of them on a green-white-checker finish restart. Jeff Gordon finished second, followed by Kahne, Martin, and Newman, who fell back three spots in two laps. Schrader finished in 18th position.

Scheduled distance: 367 laps. (500.322 mi, 805.26 km.) Actual distance: 370 laps. (505.42 mi, 813.4 km.)

Top Ten Results

  1. 16- Greg Biffle
  2. 24- Jeff Gordon
  3. 9- Kasey Kahne
  4. 6- Mark Martin
  5. 12- Ryan Newman
  6. 42- Jamie McMurray
  7. 48- Jimmie Johnson
  8. 8- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  9. 99- Carl Edwards
  10. 20- Tony Stewart

Failed to qualify: Johnny Sauter (#09), Robby Gordon (#7), Tony Raines (#61), Morgan Shepherd (#89)

Chevy American Revolution 400[edit]

The Chevy American Revolution 400 was a night race held on May 14 at Richmond International Raceway.

Points leader Jimmie Johnson spun out and hit the wall on lap 81 and did it again while coming to pit road. He ended up finishing 40th and losing valuable ground in the points standings. Teammate Jeff Gordon had similar problems on lap 165 and ended up finishing 39th and losing second place in the standings to Greg Biffle. Kasey Kahne led 242 of 400 laps and pulled away from Tony Stewart in the closing laps to win his first Nextel Cup race in 47 starts, followed by Ryan Newman, rookie Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick. After winning this race, Kahne ended up accomplished several tasks during the weekend. He moved up four spots in the standings to 15th position, won the pole for this race and the Busch Series race the day before, was the first driver to win in the new Dodge Charger in 2005, was the final driver to qualify for the Nextel All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway, became the fifth driver in 2005 to have won in all three NASCAR top series for his career, and gave Evernham Motorsports its second consecutive win at Richmond after Jeremy Mayfield's victory in September 2004.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9- Kasey Kahne
  2. 20- Tony Stewart
  3. 12- Ryan Newman
  4. 5- Kyle Busch
  5. 29- Kevin Harvick
  6. 16- Greg Biffle
  7. 38- Elliott Sadler
  8. 18- Bobby Labonte
  9. 15- Michael Waltrip
  10. 42- Jamie McMurray

Failed to qualify: Kevin Lepage (#37), Jeff Fuller (#34), Kirk Shelmerdine (#27), Carl Long (#00)

Nextel All-Star Challenge[edit]

The Nextel-All Star Challenge was a non-points night race held on May 21 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The 90-lap race was divided into three segments with the final paying the most money. Also, the top six finishing cars from the first segment were inverted for the second segment. About half of the field was taken out of the race at lap 35 when Tony Stewart ran into the back of Joe Nemechek which caused an incident in the infield between Nemechek and Kevin Harvick. Mark Martin won this race driving a special "retro" paint scheme that featured the old Valvoline colors but with Viagra as the sponsor. Ironically, his previous All-Star victory was in 1998 when Valvoline was his primary sponsor. Elliott Sadler finished in second place. The rest of the top-5 were Nextel Open winner Brian Vickers, Jeff Gordon, and Jimmie Johnson, who are all teammates at Hendrick Motorsports. Martin Truex, Jr. was chosen in an internet fan poll as the final entrant for the event.

In the Nextel Open qualifying race, Mike Bliss and Brian Vickers were promised a large bonus paycheck if they won the event and qualified in the All-Star Race. Bliss who started up front, led the most laps and led to the white flag. In the final turn of the final lap Vickers went underneath Bliss and wrecked him. Vickers beat a wrecking Bliss for the win, big paycheck and the final and only left spot in the All-Star Race. Bliss was visibly upset and said that Vickers should have been disqualified. Drivers, fans, and owners ridiculed Vickers for his move and sided with Bliss but the results were declared official.

Nextel Open Top Ten Results

  1. 25- Brian Vickers
  2. 0- Mike Bliss
  3. 77- Travis Kvapil
  4. 5- Kyle Busch
  5. 32- Bobby Hamilton Jr.
  6. 41- Casey Mears
  7. 7- Robby Gordon
  8. 21- Ricky Rudd
  9. 49- Ken Schrader
  10. 1- Martin Truex Jr.

Nextel All-Star Challenge Top Ten Results

  1. 6- Mark Martin
  2. 38- Elliott Sadler
  3. 25- Brian Vickers
  4. 24- Jeff Gordon
  5. 48- Jimmie Johnson
  6. 88- Dale Jarrett
  7. 97- Kurt Busch
  8. 19- Jeremy Mayfield
  9. 18- Bobby Labonte
  10. 8- Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Coca-Cola 600[edit]

Main article: 2005 Coca-Cola 600

The Coca-Cola 600 was a night race held on May 29 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, which was the fourth consecutive night race for Nextel Cup in May 2005. This race had 22 caution flags which broke the previous record of 20 held by three races at Bristol Motor Speedway. There was also one red flag which set up the final restart of the night. After approximately 5½ hours of racing, Jimmie Johnson passed Bobby Labonte at the start/finish line on the final lap to win his third straight Coca-Cola 600. The rest of the top-5 were Carl Edwards, Jeremy Mayfield, and Ryan Newman with notable mention given to Ken Schrader in 9th, his second top ten of 2005 which had spearheaded his boom to 26th in the points standings.

Top Ten Results

  1. 48- Jimmie Johnson
  2. 18- Bobby Labonte
  3. 99- Carl Edwards
  4. 19- Jeremy Mayfield
  5. 12- Ryan Newman
  6. 16- Greg Biffle
  7. 1- Martin Truex Jr.
  8. 88- Dale Jarrett
  9. 49- Ken Schrader
  10. 2- Rusty Wallace

Failed to qualify: Jason Leffler (#11), Bobby Hamilton, Jr. (#32), Hermie Sadler (#66), Boris Said (#36), Jeff Fuller (#34), Carl Long (#00), Tony Raines (#92), Mike Garvey (#75), Kirk Shelmerdine (#27), Greg Sacks (#13)

MBNA RacePoints 400[edit]

The MBNA RacePoints 400 was held on June 5 at Dover International Speedway.

Since rain washed out qualifying for the event, the race lineup was determined by the point standings, Jimmie Johnson was on the pole. The MBNA RacePoints 400 had 7 cautions for a total of 33 laps of the 400 completed. The drama began early when on lap 41 an unintentional spin of Jeff Gordon by Tony Stewart brought out the third caution. This ended Jeff Gordon's day with a DNF, which also collected Ricky Rudd. At this point in the race, Kyle Busch was the leader. Just 11 laps later on lap 52, Bobby Labonte incurs another DNF with a blown engine. On lap 145, Kyle Busch reclaims the lead from race leader Elliott Sadler. On lap 285, the last caution of the race is brought out after Kasey Kahne hits the wall, and after pitting Greg Biffle takes the lead. On lap 374, the first in a series of green flag pit stops takes place. Greg Biffle takes 4 tires on lap 375 while Jimmie Johnson pits for right sides only on lap 384. At the finish of the race, Greg Biffle collects his 4th victory of the season, and backs his car into the frontstretch wall during his burnout celebration.

Top Ten Results

  1. 16- Greg Biffle
  2. 5- Kyle Busch
  3. 6- Mark Martin
  4. 48- Jimmie Johnson
  5. 2- Rusty Wallace
  6. 25- Brian Vickers
  7. 17- Matt Kenseth
  8. 12- Ryan Newman
  9. 97- Kurt Busch
  10. 38- Elliott Sadler

Failed to qualify: Mike Skinner (#23), Kirk Shelmerdine (#27)

Pocono 500[edit]

The Pocono 500 was held on June 12 at Pocono Raceway. Michael Waltrip won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 99- Carl Edwards
  2. 25- Brian Vickers
  3. 01- Joe Nemechek
  4. 5- Kyle Busch
  5. 15- Michael Waltrip
  6. 48- Jimmie Johnson
  7. 6- Mark Martin
  8. 29- Kevin Harvick
  9. 24- Jeff Gordon
  10. 42- Jamie McMurray

Failed to qualify: Kirk Shelmerdine (#27), P. J. Jones (#34), Hermie Sadler (#80), Carl Long (#00)

Batman Begins 400[edit]

The Batman Begins 400 was held on June 19 at Michigan International Speedway. Ryan Newman won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 16- Greg Biffle
  2. 20- Tony Stewart
  3. 6- Mark Martin
  4. 17- Matt Kenseth
  5. 99- Carl Edwards
  6. 01- Joe Nemechek
  7. 15- Michael Waltrip
  8. 38- Elliott Sadler
  9. 5- Kyle Busch
  10. 2- Rusty Wallace

Failed to qualify: Eric McClure (#92), Derrike Cope (#79), P. J. Jones (#34), Morgan Shepherd (#89)

Dodge/Save Mart 350[edit]

The Dodge/Save Mart 350 was held on June 26 at Infineon Raceway. Jeff Gordon won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 20- Tony Stewart
  2. 21- Ricky Rudd
  3. 97- Kurt Busch
  4. 2- Rusty Wallace
  5. 88- Dale Jarrett
  6. 38- Elliott Sadler
  7. 19- Jeremy Mayfield
  8. 32- Ron Fellows
  9. 12- Ryan Newman
  10. 33- Brian Simo

Failed to qualify: Brandon Ash (#02), Kevin Lepage (#37), Stanton Barrett (#92), John Borneman III (#66), Jose Luis Ramirez (#52)

  • During qualifying, Jeff Gordon broke his own qualifying record at time of 1:15.950.

Pepsi 400[edit]

Main article: 2005 Pepsi 400

The Pepsi 400 was held on July 2 at Daytona International Speedway.

After a two and a half hour rain delay, the Pepsi 400 finally started, but under a green-yellow start. This start was to allow the cars to dry the track where the jet-dryers could not, mostly in the turns close to the wall. Tony Stewart dominated the race, leading a 400-mile Daytona record 151 of the 160 laps. After the race, Tony Stewart climbed the fence in front of the tri-oval, near the starter's stand. In Victory Lane, he stated, "I'm just too damn fat to be climbing fences, but had to!"

The first laps were uneventful, up to the point of green flag pit stops. On lap 35, coming around Turn 4, Jeff Gordon signaled to pit, and slowed down. Jamie McMurray saw the signal, and slowed down, but the driver behind him, Scott Riggs, did not. Riggs drove into the back end of McMurray, forcing Mark Martin to take evasive measures to try to escape. Martin could not get out of the way, bounced off the wall, and created a nine-car pile-up in the process. Martin was out of the race and headed to the garage. Also collected in the wreck was Kurt Busch, whose car was wrecked beyond competitive form. Busch complained on camera that he thought the current points system, that would reward him for taking a non-competitive car back on track, was stupid. Elliott Sadler ran out of gas on lap 39 and had to be pushed back to pit road, where he lost a lap. He was able to gain it back on lap 65 with the lucky dog award when the caution came out due to debris on the track.

On lap 101, Bobby Hamilton, Jr.'s car hit the wall, right after Dale Jarrett and Elliott Sadler pit, allowing them to take the lead. On lap 109, Sadler took the lead from Jarrett, only to give it back to Tony Stewart on lap 110.

Lap 141: Caution again, with the leaders on pit road. Tony Stewart takes four tires and nearly stalls, losing five spots, only to take them back on lap 145, in a four wide pass.

Other cautions: Lap 69, Jeff Green; Lap 72, Michael Waltrip loses control due to a flat tire, also giving serious damage to the car of Greg Biffle; Lap 113, Boris Said takes a spin in the grass; Lap 147, seven car incident.

Top Ten Results

  1. 20- Tony Stewart
  2. 42- Jamie McMurray
  3. 8- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  4. 2- Rusty Wallace
  5. 88- Dale Jarrett
  6. 48- Jimmie Johnson
  7. 24- Jeff Gordon
  8. 4- Mike Wallace
  9. 17- Matt Kenseth
  10. 49- Ken Schrader

Failed to qualify: Mike Garvey (#66), Kenny Wallace (#23), Dan Pardus (#73), Morgan Shepherd (#89)

  • The race had started at 10:45 pm ET and ended at 1:48 AM

USG Sheetrock 400[edit]

The USG Sheetrock 400 was held on July 10 at the Chicagoland Speedway, and it ended up being a story of tires. Five of the ten cautions were due to blown tires, and on the last caution, Dale Earnhardt Jr. took only two tires, giving him the lead.

Matt Kenseth arguably had the best car on the track, leading 176 of the 267 laps, 66% of the race, but on lap 243, a debris caution brought most of the field, including Kenseth, come to pit road, allowing Scott Wimmer, who did not pit, to take the lead, followed by Earnhardt, and three cars between him and Kenseth. With one full lap of green-flag racing (249) before another caution, the race was essentially yellow until lap 255, and with only twelve laps, Kenseth was unable to pass four cars and Earnhardt.

Top Ten Results

  1. 8- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  2. 17- Matt Kenseth
  3. 48- Jimmie Johnson
  4. 25- Brian Vickers
  5. 20- Tony Stewart
  6. 19- Jeremy Mayfield
  7. 21- Ricky Rudd
  8. 97- Kurt Busch
  9. 41- Casey Mears
  10. 6- Mark Martin

Failed to qualify: Kenny Wallace (#92), Mike Garvey (#66), P. J. Jones (#34), Wayne Anderson (#75)

New England 300[edit]

The New England 300 was held on July 17 at the New Hampshire International Speedway.

Tony Stewart dominated the race, leading 232 of the 300 laps, on his way to win his third race of the year. Qualifying in 14th position, he wasted little time in moving to the front, gaining seven spots in the first eight green-flag laps, seizing control of the race on lap 51. The only car that seemed remotely close to being able to catch Stewart, was that of Kurt Busch. Once Stewart took the lead, Busch was the only car that could catch up to and pass Stewart under the green flag, only to be passed again five laps later.

As part of his victory celebration, Tony Stewart again climbed the catch fence up to the flag stand, similar to how he celebrated after the Pepsi 400, two races earlier. When later asked he commented: "Yes, it wore me out climbing the fence again. Yes, I'm still too old and too fat to do it. But I'm not going to stop, so I'll have to hire a trainer."

Top Ten Results

  1. 20- Tony Stewart
  2. 97- Kurt Busch
  3. 18- Bobby Labonte
  4. 5- Kyle Busch
  5. 16- Greg Biffle
  6. 9- Kasey Kahne
  7. 12- Ryan Newman
  8. 2- Rusty Wallace
  9. 8- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  10. 17- Matt Kenseth

Failed to qualify: Joey McCarthy (#34), Derrike Cope (#52), Wayne Anderson (#75), Hermie Sadler (#92)

Pennsylvania 500[edit]

The Pennsylvania 500 was held on July 24 at Pocono Raceway. Kurt Busch was the victor in the race that was lengthened by three laps due to the "Green-White-Checkered" rule.

Top Ten Results

  1. 97- Kurt Busch
  2. 2- Rusty Wallace
  3. 6- Mark Martin
  4. 99- Carl Edwards
  5. 12- Ryan Newman
  6. 29- Kevin Harvick
  7. 20- Tony Stewart
  8. 18- Bobby Labonte
  9. 0- Mike Bliss
  10. 21- Ricky Rudd

Failed to qualify: Morgan Shepherd (#89), Hermie Sadler (#92), Carl Long (#00), Derrike Cope (#52)

Allstate 400 at the Brickyard[edit]

The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard was held on August 7 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Tony Stewart won in front of his home state crowd in Indiana and for the fourth time in the season. A late race crash by Jimmie Johnson, combined with the win by Stewart, put him into the Nextel Cup points lead. As part of the victory celebration, Tony Stewart went to turn two, where a fan handed him a can of Coca-Cola. Then upon returning to the frontstrech, Tony Stewart climbed the fence, along with the rest of his teammates. Kasey Kahne and Jeremy Mayfield finished 2nd and 4th for Evernham Motorsports. If Bill Elliott had finished in the top 10, all Evernham drivers would've finished in the top 10 for the first time that season.

Top Ten Results

  1. 20- Tony Stewart
  2. 9- Kasey Kahne
  3. 25- Brian Vickers
  4. 19- Jeremy Mayfield
  5. 17- Matt Kenseth
  6. 41- Casey Mears
  7. 6- Mark Martin
  8. 24- Jeff Gordon
  9. 40- Sterling Marlin
  10. 5- Kyle Busch

Failed to qualify: Kevin Lepage (#37), Tony Raines (#92), Mike Garvey (#66), Stuart Kirby (#51), Mike Wallace (#4), P. J. Jones (#34), Morgan Shepherd (#89), Kenny Wallace (#00), Jimmy Spencer (#50)

Sirius at The Glen[edit]

The Sirius at The Glen was held on August 14 at Watkins Glen International.

Tony Stewart was the victor in the race that was lengthened due to the "Green-White-Checkered" rule.

Top Ten Results

  1. 20- Tony Stewart
  2. 7- Robby Gordon
  3. 36- Boris Said
  4. 40- Scott Pruett*
  5. 48- Jimmie Johnson
  6. 2- Rusty Wallace
  7. 6- Mark Martin
  8. 25- Brian Vickers
  9. 01- Joe Nemechek
  10. 8- Dale Earnhardt Jr.

* Scott Pruett was substituting for Sterling Marlin, who was attending his father Coo Coo's funeral.

Failed to qualify: Scott Pruett (#39), Chris Cook (#87), Tom Hubert (#27)

GFS Marketplace 400[edit]

The GFS Marketplace 400 was held on August 21 at Michigan International Speedway.

Joe Nemechek sat on the pole. The race saw an unusually-high number of drivers suffering from flat left-rear tires, including Jeff Green, Mike Bliss, Bobby Labonte, Kevin Harvick and Stuart Kirby. Overheating continued to be a problem at Michigan, with trash frequently getting caught in the grills of the cars. Johnny Benson lost his engine due to overheating. As the race ended, many drivers were running out of fuel. Some drivers pitted while others risked staying out to try to win. Jeremy Mayfield gambled on fuel mileage, taking the lead in the waning laps to win the race.

Top Ten Results

  1. 19- Jeremy Mayfield
  2. 10- Scott Riggs
  3. 17- Matt Kenseth
  4. 99- Carl Edwards
  5. 20- Tony Stewart
  6. 16- Greg Biffle
  7. 97- Kurt Busch
  8. 01- Joe Nemechek
  9. 25- Brian Vickers
  10. 48- Jimmie Johnson

Failed to qualify: P. J. Jones (#34), Carl Long (#00), Eric McClure (#92), Bryan Reffner (#79), Morgan Shepherd (#89)

Note: Tony Stewart clinched a spot in the "Chase for the Cup" top ten as a result of this race.

Sharpie 500[edit]

The Sharpie 500 was held on August 27 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Matt Kenseth won from the pole and led 415 of the 500 laps on his way to victory.

Top Ten Results

  1. 17- Matt Kenseth
  2. 31- Jeff Burton
  3. 16- Greg Biffle
  4. 21- Ricky Rudd
  5. 2- Rusty Wallace
  6. 24- Jeff Gordon
  7. 0- Mike Bliss
  8. 20- Tony Stewart
  9. 8- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  10. 97- Kurt Busch

Failed to qualify: Wayne Anderson (#75), Mike Garvey (#66), Johnny Sauter (#09), Morgan Shepherd (#89), P. J. Jones (#34), Tony Raines (#37)

Note: Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle, and Rusty Wallace clinched spots in the "Chase for the Cup" top ten as a result of this race, with two races until the "chase" is locked in.

Sony HD 500[edit]

The Sony HD 500 was held on September 4 at California Speedway. In the next-to-the-last race prior to the Chase for the Nextel Cup, Kyle Busch, at 20 years, 4 months, 2 days, became the youngest driver ever to win a Nextel Cup race. The race was lengthened by five laps due to the "Green-White-Checkered" rule. Carl Edwards sat on the pole. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ended the chase hope after the car expired the engine with 38 laps to go.

Top Ten Results

  1. 5- Kyle Busch
  2. 16- Greg Biffle
  3. 25- Brian Vickers
  4. 99- Carl Edwards
  5. 20- Tony Stewart
  6. 9- Kasey Kahne
  7. 17- Matt Kenseth
  8. 42- Jamie McMurray
  9. 21- Ricky Rudd
  10. 01- Joe Nemechek

Failed to qualify: P. J. Jones (#34), John Andretti (#4)

Note: Mark Martin and Kurt Busch clinched spots in the "Chase for the Cup" top ten as a result of this race, with only one race left until the "chase" is locked in.

  • This is also Kyle Busch's first career NASCAR Nextel Cup Series victory, enabling him to complete the NASCAR Triple Threat of winning a race in each of the top series.

Chevy Rock and Roll 400[edit]

The Chevy Rock and Roll 400 was held on September 10 at Richmond International Raceway. Kevin Harvick sat on the pole after winning the Busch Series race the night before. Coming into the race, which was the final race before the chase for the 2005 NEXTEL Cup, Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon, Elliott Sadler, Dale Jarrett and Kevin Harvick were on the outside looking in at eleventh place and lower. Jamie McMurray and Tony Raines got into each other at lap 362, ending McMurray's chances to get into the Chase for the Cup.

Kevin Harvick led many of the laps early on, but fell behind late and ended up finishing 10th. Kurt Busch won his third race of the season.

Top Ten Results

  1. 97- Kurt Busch
  2. 17- Matt Kenseth
  3. 16- Greg Biffle
  4. 5- Kyle Busch
  5. 2- Rusty Wallace
  6. 19- Jeremy Mayfield
  7. 20- Tony Stewart
  8. 9- Kasey Kahne
  9. 44- Terry Labonte
  10. 29- Kevin Harvick

Failed to qualify: Wayne Anderson (#75), Stanton Barrett (#95), Carl Long (#00), Hermie Sadler (#92), Morgan Shepherd (#89), Joey McCarthy (#34), Kirk Shelmerdine (#27)

This was the final race to determine the contenders for the Chase for the Nextel Cup. Those final ten contenders were:

  1. 20- Tony Stewart (3716–5050)
  2. 16- Greg Biffle (3531–5045)
  3. 2- Rusty Wallace (3412–5040)
  4. 48- Jimmie Johnson (3400–5035)
  5. 97- Kurt Busch (3304–5030)
  6. 6- Mark Martin (3273–5025)
  7. 19- Jeremy Mayfield (3228–5020)
  8. 99- Carl Edwards (3114–5015)
  9. 17- Matt Kenseth (3114–5015)
  10. 12- Ryan Newman (3055–5005)

The first number is the number of points on the old system. Following the race, the Chase contenders had their points reset to the second number. For the complete coverage of the playoff, along with driver results, see the 2005 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup section.

Sylvania 300[edit]

The Sylvania 300 was held on September 18 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Tony Stewart sat on the pole and led most of the laps in the first race of the Chase to the NASCAR Nextel Cup, battling with Ryan Newman in the final laps and ultimately finishing second behind him. Kurt Busch, one of the ten Chase drivers, was involved in an incident with Scott Riggs early on that set him 66 laps behind the leader. After pulling into the garage, Busch stormed to Riggs' pit and had words with his crew chief, Rodney Childers. Busch finished 35th.

Several other incidents also happened during the race. Kyle Busch got tangled with Kasey Kahne, who was sent hard into the wall. Kahne, who was out for the day, maneuvered his wrecked car in front of Busch under caution. Kahne was later fined $25,000 and docked 25 points and was placed on probation for the remainder of the season. Later on, Michael Waltrip and Robby Gordon got together, ending Gordon's day. On the following caution lap, Gordon tried to ram Waltrip's car with his wrecked car and on the lap after that, Gordon threw his helmet at Waltrip's passing car. In the subsequent live interview on TNT, Gordon called Waltrip a "piece of s**t", and TNT quickly ended the interview. Gordon was later fined $35,000, docked 50 points and like Kahne, was placed on probation for the remainder of the season for the two incidents. Waltrip was fined $10,000 and docked 25 points for apparently using an obscene gesture, but Waltrip and DEI contested the fine with NASCAR and it was overturned. Following that incident, NASCAR waved the red flag to stop the field and clean the track, but also warned all teams and crew chiefs to restrain themselves from further retributive incidents.

In a side note to this incident, Gordon put the helmet up for auction on eBay for the benefit of his race team's sponsor Harrah's relief efforts of Hurricane Katrina, and Waltrip signed the helmet as well. At one point, bidding was stopped at $10 million (US) because the bidding was getting out of hand. When the auction reopened, internet gambling site Goldenpalace.com won the bidding, paying $51,100 (US).

Top Ten Results

  1. 12- Ryan Newman
  2. 20- Tony Stewart
  3. 17- Matt Kenseth
  4. 16- Greg Biffle
  5. 8- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  6. 2- Rusty Wallace
  7. 6- Mark Martin
  8. 48- Jimmie Johnson
  9. 31- Jeff Burton
  10. 29- Kevin Harvick

Failed to qualify: Carl Long (#00), Morgan Shepherd (#89), Stanton Barrett (#95), Mike Garvey (#66), Tony Raines (#37), Kirk Shelmerdine (#27)

MBNA NASCAR RacePoints 400[edit]

The MBNA NASCAR RacePoints 400 was held on September 25 at Dover International Speedway. Ryan Newman sat on the pole and won the Busch Series race the day before. Several Chase for the Cup contenders had difficulties with tire problems that caused them to finish poorly, including Matt Kenseth (35th), Greg Biffle (13th) and Kurt Busch (23rd), who led the most laps in the race. Jimmie Johnson battled his teammate Kyle Busch at the end of the race, but Johnson was able to hold on to win. With the win, Johnson moves into the lead in the Chase for the Nextel Cup.

The race was extended by five laps (making it the only very short race in NASCAR history) because of the green-white-checker finish rule.

Top Ten Results

  1. 48- Jimmie Johnson
  2. 5- Kyle Busch
  3. 2- Rusty Wallace
  4. 6- Mark Martin
  5. 12- Ryan Newman
  6. 38- Elliott Sadler
  7. 19- Jeremy Mayfield
  8. 45- Kyle Petty
  9. 99- Carl Edwards
  10. 41- Casey Mears

Failed to qualify: Morgan Shepherd (#89), Hermie Sadler (#92), Ryan McGlynn (#08), Joey McCarthy (#34)

UAW Ford 500[edit]

The UAW Ford 500 was held on October 2 at Talladega Superspeedway. The race was peppered by some early wrecks at this restrictor plate race. On lap 19, Jimmie Johnson spun Elliott Sadler which caused a large wreck that also ended the day for Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Michael Waltrip, who was sent flipping twice across the track. On lap 66, Ryan Newman spun Casey Mears, leading to a 10-car accident that also took out Jeff Burton, Greg Biffle and sent Scott Riggs tumbling end over end.

The leaders battled at the end of the race, but after Ken Schrader got a flat tire and brought out the yellow on lap 185 of 188, Dale Jarrett took the checkered in a race that was extended by 2 laps due to the green-white-checker finish rule, but ended before the end of the final lap due to the caution coming out for an accident by Kyle Petty.

Also, parts of the movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby were filmed during this race.

Top Ten Results

  1. 88- Dale Jarrett
  2. 20- Tony Stewart
  3. 12- Ryan Newman
  4. 99- Carl Edwards
  5. 17- Matt Kenseth
  6. 25- Brian Vickers
  7. 40- Sterling Marlin
  8. 97- Kurt Busch
  9. 01- Joe Nemechek
  10. 29- Kevin Harvick

Failed to qualify: Bobby Hamilton, Jr. (#32), Johnny Sauter (#09), Morgan Shepherd (#89)

Note: Although Hamilton, Jr. had failed to qualify his PPI Motorsports Chevrolet, his team bought the #92 Front Row Motorsports entry that was to be driven by Mike Skinner, put Hamilton in the car and placed Tide logos on it. Skinner's team bought the unsponsored #34 Mach One Racing entry that Hermie Sadler had qualified. Skinner drove the car with the Aaron's sponsorship the #92 car originally had, leaving Sadler without a ride.

Banquet 400[edit]

The Banquet 400 was held on October 9 at Kansas Speedway. Matt Kenseth sat on the pole. Mark Martin got his first victory of the season as Roush Racing cars finished 1–2–3. Chase for the Nextel Cup drivers finished in the top seven positions. The race also marked the Nextel Cup debut for Denny Hamlin, who finished 32nd.

Top Ten Results

  1. 6- Mark Martin
  2. 16- Greg Biffle
  3. 99- Carl Edwards
  4. 20- Tony Stewart
  5. 17- Matt Kenseth
  6. 48- Jimmie Johnson
  7. 2- Rusty Wallace
  8. 41- Casey Mears
  9. 21- Ricky Rudd
  10. 24- Jeff Gordon

Failed to qualify: Robby Gordon (#7), Wayne Anderson (#61), Tony Raines (#37), Carl Long (#00), Greg Sacks (#13), Eric McClure (#34)

UAW-GM Quality 500[edit]

The race, held on October 15 at Lowe's Motor Speedway was delayed by the finish of the Southern California-Notre Dame college football game which was being broadcast on NBC by forty-five minutes and ended after midnight (EDT) because of the green-white-checker finish rule. The race was marred by multiple tire problems, similar to the 2005 United States Grand Prix where tires seemed to "self-destruct" on their own. This was caused by a recent levigation of the track and Goodyear failing to bring an adequate tire to the track. Even with drivers driving at 75% speed, tires continued to explode due to excessive heat in the right-front tire. Not even series point leader and eventual champion Tony Stewart was exempt. At one point, NASCAR even considered calling the race, although they ended up throwing competition caution flags instead. When the smoke cleared, Jimmie Johnson won his fourth straight points-paying race at Lowe's and surged into a tie with Tony Stewart for the top of the standings. Stewart, who has five wins, holds the tie-breaker and retained the lead, finishing 25th. The top three finishers were involved in the 2005 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.

Top Ten Results

  1. 48- Jimmie Johnson
  2. 97- Kurt Busch
  3. 16- Greg Biffle
  4. 01- Joe Nemechek
  5. 6- Mark Martin
  6. 41- Casey Mears
  7. 12- Ryan Newman
  8. 11- Denny Hamlin
  9. 21- Ricky Rudd
  10. 99- Carl Edwards

Failed to qualify: Boris Said (#36), Carl Long (#00), Jimmy Spencer (#50), Mike Garvey (#37), P. J. Jones (#92), Stanton Barrett (#95)

Subway 500[edit]

The Subway 500 was held on October 23 at Martinsville Speedway. Tony Stewart led the most laps, but Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon had the emotional victory, winning almost a year after the tragic plane crash that took the lives of all ten on board, including several members of the Hendrick family.

Top Ten Finishers

  1. 24- Jeff Gordon
  2. 20- Tony Stewart
  3. 48- Jimmie Johnson
  4. 18- Bobby Labonte
  5. 97- Kurt Busch
  6. 31- Jeff Burton
  7. 42- Jamie McMurray
  8. 11- Denny Hamlin
  9. 5- Kyle Busch
  10. 12- Ryan Newman

Failed to qualify: Chad Chaffin (#92), Joey McCarthy (#34), Carl Long (#00), Mike Garvey (#75), Morgan Shepherd (#89), Wayne Anderson (#61)

Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500[edit]

The Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 was held October 30 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Top Ten Finishers

  1. 99- Carl Edwards
  2. 24- Jeff Gordon
  3. 6- Mark Martin
  4. 8- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  5. 17- Matt Kenseth
  6. 42- Jamie McMurray
  7. 16- Greg Biffle
  8. 31- Jeff Burton
  9. 20- Tony Stewart
  10. 38- Elliott Sadler

Failed to qualify: J. J. Yeley (#80), Boris Said, (#36) Bobby Hamilton, Jr. (#32), Johnny Sauter (#09), Robby Gordon (#7), Stuart Kirby (#51), Mike Wallace (#4), Jimmy Spencer (#50), Mike Garvey (#75), Morgan Shepherd (#89), Shane Hall (#96)

Dickies 500[edit]

Main article: 2005 Dickies 500

The inaugural Dickies 500 was held November 6 at Texas Motor Speedway. Carl Edwards won the race – his second in a row – leading a one-two-three finish for Roush Racing. Edwards became the tenth different winner in the races held at "The Great American Speedway."

Top Ten Finishers

  1. 99- Carl Edwards
  2. 6- Mark Martin
  3. 17- Matt Kenseth
  4. 41- Casey Mears
  5. 48- Jimmie Johnson
  6. 20- Tony Stewart
  7. 11- Denny Hamlin
  8. 8- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  9. 38- Elliott Sadler
  10. 97- Kurt Busch

Failed to qualify: Reed Sorenson (#39), Stuart Kirby (#51), P. J. Jones (#92), Johnny Sauter (#09), Robby Gordon (#7), Carl Long (#00)

Checker Auto Parts 500[edit]

The Checker Auto Parts 500 was held November 13 at Phoenix International Raceway. Denny Hamlin, who hadn't competed in a full season in NEXTEL Cup at the time, won the pole. The race was surrounded by controversy when defending champion Kurt Busch was cited for reckless driving and was reported by a cop to have "had the whiff of alcohol", although he was below the legal limit of .008 in Arizona, when it was discovered Kurt Busch actually had .0018 in alcohol. Due to his actions, he was suspended by Roush Racing for the rest of the season, and Kenny Wallace took the wheel of the 97 car. Ironically, his brother Kyle won the race, and in victory lane, criticized the media for their handling of the case.

Top Ten Finishers

  1. 5- Kyle Busch
  2. 16- Greg Biffle
  3. 24- Jeff Gordon
  4. 20- Tony Stewart
  5. 18- Bobby Labonte
  6. 99- Carl Edwards
  7. 48- Jimmie Johnson
  8. 7- Robby Gordon
  9. 88- Dale Jarrett
  10. 77- Travis Kvapil

Failed to qualify: Brandon Ash (#02), Bryan Reffner (#51), Mike Wallace (#4), Kevin Lepage (#66), Derrike Cope (#00), P. J. Jones (#92), Morgan Shepherd (#89)

Ford 400[edit]

The Ford 400 was held November 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Carl Edwards won the pole and was part of a 1–2–3–4 finish for Roush Racing. Meanwhile, Edwards, Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart, and Jimmie Johnson each had a mathematical chance to win the championship. However, Johnson crashed out at Lap 127 with a blown tire in Turn Three. Despite the fact that Edwards and Biffle finished up front while Stewart finished 15th, Stewart still clinched the championship. The race was also the last for Rusty Wallace; he retired afterwards, having competed in NASCAR Cup racing for 25 years.

Top Ten Finishers

  1. 16- Greg Biffle
  2. 6- Mark Martin
  3. 17- Matt Kenseth
  4. 99- Carl Edwards
  5. 41- Casey Mears
  6. 07- Dave Blaney
  7. 12- Ryan Newman
  8. 29- Kevin Harvick
  9. 24- Jeff Gordon
  10. 19- Jeremy Mayfield

Failed to qualify: Chad Chaffin (#92), Mike Garvey (#51), Derrike Cope (#00), Morgan Shepherd (#89), Carl Long (#80)

Final Points Standings[edit]

  1. Tony Stewart – 6533
  2. Greg Biffle – 6498
  3. Carl Edwards – 6498
  4. Mark Martin – 6428
  5. Jimmie Johnson – 6406
  6. Ryan Newman – 6359
  7. Matt Kenseth – 6352
  8. Rusty Wallace – 6140
  9. Jeremy Mayfield – 6073
  10. Kurt Busch – 5974
    Cutoff for the Chase for the Nextel Cup
  11. Jeff Gordon – 4174
  12. Jamie McMurray – 4130
  13. Elliott Sadler – 4084
  14. Kevin Harvick – 4072
  15. Dale Jarrett – 3960
  16. Joe Nemechek – 3953
  17. Brian Vickers – 3844
  18. Jeff Burton – 3803
  19. Dale Earnhardt Jr. – 3780
  20. Kyle Busch – 3753
  21. Ricky Rudd – 3667
  22. Casey Mears – 3637
  23. Kasey Kahne – 3611
  24. Bobby Labonte – 3488
  25. Michael Waltrip – 3452
  26. Dave Blaney – 3244
  27. Kyle Petty – 3245
  28. Mike Bliss – 3271
  29. Jeff Green – 3292
  30. Sterling Marlin – 3350
  31. Ken Schrader – 3374
  32. Scott Wimmer – 3411
  33. Travis Kvapil – 3456
  34. Scott Riggs – 3568
  35. Mike Wallace – 4264
  36. Bobby Hamilton Jr. – 4350
  37. Robby Gordon – 4416
  38. Jason Leffler – 4995
  39. Kevin Lepage – 5073
  40. Terry Labonte – 5462
  41. Denny Hamlin – 5727
  42. Boris Said – 5742
  43. Johnny Sauter – 5811

Rookie of the year[edit]

The 2005 Rookie of the Year battle in NEXTEL Cup was pretty much decided halfway into the season. Twenty-year-old Kyle Busch became a phenomenon by winning twice and breaking the record for the youngest driver to win at NASCAR's premier level. Runner-up Travis Kvapil had a modest season, qualifying for every race, but only finishing in the top-ten twice. After that, the field was quite slim, as only Mike Garvey and Stanton Barrett ran more than seven races during the year. The only other declaree, Eric McClure, had resigned from his #73 Raabe Racing Enterprises ride after the season's third race. And while he had run too many races in 2004 to declare for the ROTY award for 2005, Carl Edwards became the most popular first-year driver – winning four races.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Standings: 2005 Manufacturer Standings". NASCAR; Turner Sports and Entertainment Digital Network. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 

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