2005 Pepsi 400

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2005 Pepsi 400
Race details
Race 17 of 36 in the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season
Fireworks after the conclusion of the race
Fireworks after the conclusion of the race
Date July 2, 2005 (2005-July-02)
Location Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.02 km)
Distance 160 laps, 400 mi (643.27 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching as low as 77 °F (25 °C); wind speeds up to 19 miles per hour (31 km/h)[1]
Average speed 131.016 miles per hour (210.850 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing
Most laps led
Driver Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 151
Winner
No. 20
Tony Stewart
Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBC[2]
Announcers Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach[3]
Nielsen Ratings 4.9[4]

The 2005 Pepsi 400 was a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series event held on July 2, 2005, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Contested over 160 laps, Tony Stewart, driver of The Home Depot Chevrolet, won the race from the pole position, and led the most laps. Former United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was the grand marshal.[5]

Race[edit]

The race was delayed for two and a half hours because of rain. When the green flag was flown, it was flown with the yellow because track crews were still drying the track; the race officially began thirty minutes later. The official green flag was flown after 11 laps.[6] During a green flag stop, Scott Riggs did not know that drivers in front of him were pitting, and when he attempted to swerve away from a slowing Jamie McMurray,[5] whom Riggs stated did not tell him that he was pitting, Riggs ran into Mark Martin, and Kurt Busch, Casey Mears, Bobby Labonte, and Matt Kenseth are among the drivers collected in the wreck.[7] On Lap 73, points leader Greg Biffle was hit by Michael Waltrip, who was spinning due to a cut tire.[8] The remainder of the race was primarily dominated by Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson, who both led for the first 103 laps of the race.[6]

With nine laps left, Stewart led McMurray, Kasey Kahne, Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Kahne, who was running on old tires, fell out of contention. Stewart would lead for the remainder of the race,[6] marking the first time Stewart won a restrictor plate race. Stewart led a total of 151 laps, which broke Cale Yarborough's record of 142 set in 1968.[8] The race was also the first time Stewart performed his post-victory celebration of climbing the fence to the flag stand to collect the checkered flag.[9]

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[10]
1 Jimmie Johnson 2378
2 Greg Biffle 2305
3 Tony Stewart 2242
4 Elliott Sadler 2178
5 Rusty Wallace 2173

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weather of the 2005 Pepsi 400". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ McCormick, Steve. "2005 Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway". About.com. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  3. ^ "Pepsi 400". Jayski's Silly Season Site. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  4. ^ "TV RATINGS 2005". Jayski's Silly Season Site. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  5. ^ a b "Lap-by-Lap: Pepsi 400". NASCAR. 2005-07-03. Archived from the original on 2006-12-14. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  6. ^ a b c McCormick, Steve (2005-07-03). "Stewart Dominates Daytona". About.com. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  7. ^ James, Brant (2005-07-03). "Stewart dominant in Daytona victory". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  8. ^ a b Hinton, Ed (2005-07-03). "2005 Pepsi 400: Stewart gets Daytona win after long night". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  9. ^ "Tony Stewart Plays Poker". Daytona International Speedway. 2006-06-15. Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
  10. ^ "2005 Pepsi 400". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2013-01-07.