2005 Daytona 500

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2005 Daytona 500
Race details[1][2]
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, U.S.
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)[2]
Attendance 200,000
Pole position
Driver 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 the 47th running of the "Great American Race". It was held on February 20, 2005 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida as the first race of the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup season. Dale Jarrett won the pole and Jeff Gordon won the race, making this his third Daytona 500 win. Kurt Busch finished second[2] and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished third.[2] 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 three laps to go, reaching a total distance of 203 laps and 507.5 miles (816.7 km). It was also the first Daytona 500 to end at sunset, around 6:18 Pm EST.

A crowd of 200,000 people were estimated to have attended this race.[2]

Race summary[edit]

The green flag waved with Dale Jarrett leading the field, 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 1st caution came out on lap 15, halfway through the first fuel run, when Bobby Labonte's engine blew up. Tony Stewart had been leading 11 laps. Scott Wimmer, who had only changed two tires, led when the race restarted.

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

On lap 61, there came to the start of green-flag pit stops, with the Dodges coming in first, as they did not get as good fuel mileage as others. Earnhardt, Jr. 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 through the field. There was a total of seven speeding violations on pit road during these pit stops, most notably Johnson. Once the green flag pit stops cycled through on lap 64, Jeff Gordon had the lead.

Debris on the racetrack brought out the third caution on lap 86, with Gordon still out in front. Stewart led the race at the restart, and he was still leading at halfway and when the fourth caution came out on lap 105 for debris.

On lap 137, there came another round of green-flag pit stops, with Stewart still taking the lead. The fifth caution came out on lap 144 and the sixth one came on lap 155. Waltrip brought out the seventh caution, allowing 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 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 Leffler, taking that driver out of the race. This would bring up the eight caution, with Stewart still out in front.

Stewart became the first driver since Bobby Allison in 1981 and 1982 to lead the most laps in two consecutive Daytona 500's.

The "Big One" occurred on lap 184. This began when Greg Biffle ran into Scott Riggs, collecting 11 cars in turn 3. Scott Wimmer's car took the worst of it, as his car went onto the apron, flipped over four times, spun on its nose, and crashed hard on its wheels. This crash brought out the ninth caution. Only some cars chose to pit, and Stewart and the others stayed out. Earnhardt, Jr., who had languished in midfield for the earlier part of the race, was now up to third place.

When the race restarted on lap 187, Andretti drove straight into Mike Skinner, starting a chain reaction crash involving at least eight cars, bringing out the immediate 10th caution. This crash was the result of someone (possibly Skinner) missing a gear at the restart.

The race restarted with six laps to go. With five to go, Earnhardt, Jr. briefly took the lead, but Stewart retook it on the next lap. The two drivers raced side-by-side until Earnhardt, Jr. retook the lead. Gordon took the lead before the 11th caution came out with three laps to go.

The race length of 200 laps and 500 miles (800 km) was completed under yellow, so a green-white-checker finish would take place. The race restarted on lap 202 with two laps to go. Despite much activity behind him, Gordon was able to hold off Kurt Busch and Earnhardt, Jr. to win his third Daytona 500 victory.

This was the second-slowest Daytona 500 to go the distance, with only the 1960 race slower. Two other runnings of this race in the 2000s were also slower, but they both were rain-shortened.

After this race, Fox ran the 1996 movie Independence Day starring Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, which meant preemption of the network's regular Sunday night lineup.


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 Fenway Ford 203 0 Running
7 4 20 Tony Stewart The 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 U.S. 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 Mortgage 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. ^ a b "Weather of the 2005 Daytona 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "2005 Daytona 500 - Racing-Reference.info". Racing-Reference.info. 
Preceded by
2004 Ford 400
NASCAR Winston Cup Season
Succeeded by
2005 Auto Club 500