2004 Chase for the Nextel Cup

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The 2004 Chase for the Nextel Cup served as the premiere 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. Kurt Busch won the driver's championship for the first time in his career.

Participants[edit]

  1. Jeff Gordon — Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 5050
  2. Jimmie Johnson — Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 -5
  3. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. — Dale Earnhardt, Inc. No. 8 -10
  4. Tony Stewart — Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 (Joe Gibbs) -15
  5. Matt Kenseth — Roush Racing No. 17 (Mark Martin 2) -20
  6. Elliott Sadler — Robert Yates Racing (Robert Yates) No. 38 -25
  7. Kurt Busch — Roush Racing No. 97 (Georgetta Roush 3) -30
  8. Mark Martin — Roush Racing No. 6 (Jack Roush) -35
  9. Jeremy Mayfield — Evernham Motorsports No. 19 (Ray Evernham) -40
  10. Ryan Newman — Penske Racing No. 12 (Roger Penske) -45

Final standings[edit]

  1. Kurt Busch – 6506[1]
  2. Jimmie Johnson – 6498
  3. Jeff Gordon – 6490
  4. Mark Martin – 6399
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. – 6368
  6. Tony Stewart – 6326
  7. Ryan Newman – 6180
  8. Matt Kenseth – 6069
  9. Elliott Sadler – 6024
  10. Jeremy Mayfield – 6000

Notes[edit]

1 – Jeff Gordon is the official owner of the No. 48, though his work in signing Johnson to Hendrick Motorsports, licensing of merchandising through Hendrick Gordon Licensing LLC, and holds minority interest in the team.

2 – Mark Martin is the official owner of the No. 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 No. 97.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Standings". ESPN. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
Preceded by
Inaugural season of the Chase for the Nextel Cup

2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series

NASCAR seasons
2004
Succeeded by
2005 Chase for the Nextel Cup