2005 Pepsi 400

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2005 Pepsi 400
Race details
Race 17 of 36 in the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
2005 Pepsi 400 program cover
2005 Pepsi 400 program cover
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 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 No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing 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] Pop singer Jojo sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to the event.

Fireworks after the conclusion of the race.

This was the last Pepsi 400 to be broadcast on NBC until 2015.

Qualifying[edit]

Pos.[6][7] No. Driver Manufacturer Sponsor Avg. Speed Time Time behind leader
1 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 185.582 48.496 0.000
2 10 Scott Riggs Chevrolet Valvoline / Herbie: Fully Loaded 185.418 48.539 -0.043
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 185.273 48.577 -0.081
4 36 Boris Said Chevrolet CENTRIX Financial 185.204 48.595 -0.099
5 01 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet U.S. Army 184.904 48.674 -0.178
6 38 Elliott Sadler Ford M&M's 184.468 48.789 -0.293
7 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet GM Goodwrench 184.468 48.789 -0.293
8 11 Jason Leffler Chevrolet FedEx Express 184.426 48.800 -0.304
9 2 Rusty Wallace Dodge Miller Lite 184.377 48.813 -0.317
10 33 Kerry Earnhardt Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 184.238 48.850 -0.354
11 7 Robby Gordon Chevrolet Fruit of the Loom 184.098 48.887 -0.391
12 32 Bobby Hamilton Jr Chevrolet Tide 184.053 48.899 -0.403
13 88 Dale Jarrett Ford UPS 184.045 48.901 -0.405
14 0 Mike Bliss Chevrolet NetZero Best Buy 184.045 48.901 -0.405
15 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont / Pepsi 183.932 48.931 -0.435
16 25 Brian Vickers Chevrolet ditech.com / GMAC 183.812 48.963 -0.467
17 15 Michael Waltrip Chevrolet NAPA Auto Parts 183.752 48.979 -0.483
18 16 Greg Biffle Ford National Guard 183.591 49.022 -0.526
19 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 183.542 49.035 -0.539
20 9 Johnny Sauter Dodge Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 183.471 49.054 -0.558
21 92 Hermie Sadler Chevrolet Taco Bell 183.456 49.058 -0.562
22 18 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 183.221 49.121 -0.625
23 6 Mark Martin Ford Viagra 183.150 49.140 -0.644
24 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge R&J Racing 183.094 49.155 -0.659
25 77 Travis Kvapil Dodge Kodak / Jasper Engines 183.057 49.165 -0.669
26 22 Scott Wimmer Dodge Caterpillar 183.050 49.167 -0.671
27 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Alltel 183.031 49.172 -0.676
28 97 Kurt Busch Ford Smirnoff Ice 182.968 49.189 -0.693
29 41 Casey Mears Dodge Target 182.878 49.213 -0.717
30 07 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 182.723 49.255 -0.759
31 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW / "Bad News Bears" 182.667 49.270 -0.774
32 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Kellogg's / Cheez-it 182.571 49.296 -0.800
33 42 Jamie McMurray Dodge Home123 Corp. 182.537 49.305 -0.809
34 99 Carl Edwards Ford Pennzoil Platinum 182.039 49.440 -0.944
35 21 Ricky Rudd Ford Motorcraft Genuine Parts 181.925 49.471 -0.975
36 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Georgia-Pacific / Stars & Stripes 181.759 49.516 -1.020
37 40 Sterling Marlin Dodge Prilosec OTC 181.558 49.571 -1.075
38 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT Power Tools 181.437 49.604 -1.108
39 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet Budweiser 181.148 49.683 -1.187
40 49 Ken Schrader Dodge Schwan's Home Service 181.068 49.705 -1.209
41 43 Jeff Green Dodge Cheerios / Chex Most Popular Driver 180.603 49.833 -1.337
42 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Cingular Wireless 180.267 49.926 -1.430
43 4 Mike Wallace Chevrolet Lucas Oil Products 183.023 49.174 -0.678
44 66 Mike Garvey Ford Jani-King / Peak Fitness 49.234
45 00 Kenny Wallace Dodge Aaron's Dream Machine 49.419

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.[8] 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.[9] On Lap 73, points leader Greg Biffle was hit by Michael Waltrip, who was spinning due to a cut tire.[10] 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.[8] With 15 laps to go, the 2nd big one struck taking out 7 cars. It started when Carl Edwards hooked Kevin Harvick into Jeff Burton and both Harvick and Edwards spun. More cars spun in the tri-oval and going into turn 1 from going through the wet infield grass including Kyle Busch, Robby Gordon, Scott Wimmer, and Elliott Sadler.[10]

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,[8] 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.[10] 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.[11]

Results[edit]

POS[12] ST # DRIVER SPONSOR / OWNER CAR LAPS MONEY STATUS LED PTS
1 1 20   Tony Stewart The Home Depot   (Joe Gibbs) Chevrolet 160 368261 running 151 190
2 33 42   Jamie McMurray Home123 Corp.   (Chip Ganassi) Dodge 160 201750 running 0 170
3 39 8   Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Budweiser   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 160 207108 running 0 165
4 9 2   Rusty Wallace Miller Lite   (Roger Penske) Dodge 160 159608 running 0 160
5 13 88   Dale Jarrett UPS   (Yates Racing) Ford 160 157683 running 1 160
6 3 48   Jimmie Johnson Lowe's   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 160 156416 running 0 150
7 15 24   Jeff Gordon DuPont / Pepsi   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 160 151361 running 0 146
8 43 4   Mike Wallace Lucas Oil Products   (Larry McClure) Chevrolet 160 110400 running 0 142
9 38 17   Matt Kenseth DeWalt Power Tools   (Jack Roush) Ford 160 145036 running 0 138
10 40 49   Ken Schrader Schwan's Home Service   (Beth Ann Morgenthau) Dodge 160 99075 running 0 134
11 42 31   Jeff Burton Cingular Wireless   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 160 126120 running 0 130
12 31 19   Jeremy Mayfield Dodge Dealers / UAW / Bad News Bears   (Ray Evernham) Dodge 160 122545 running 0 127
13 35 21   Ricky Rudd Motorcraft Genuine Parts   (Wood Brothers) Ford 160 123289 running 0 124
14 27 12   Ryan Newman Alltel   (Roger Penske) Dodge 160 135341 running 0 121
15 5 01   Joe Nemechek U.S. Army   (Nelson Bowers) Chevrolet 160 121058 running 0 118
16 19 9   Kasey Kahne Dodge Dealers / UAW   (Ray Evernham) Dodge 160 124700 running 3 120
17 20 09   Johnny Sauter Miccosukee Gaming & Resorts   (James Finch) Dodge 160 88175 running 0 112
18 8 11   Jason Leffler FedEx Express   (Joe Gibbs) Chevrolet 160 91050 running 1 114
19 36 45   Kyle Petty Georgia-Pacific / Stars & Stripes   (Petty Enterprises) Dodge 160 106358 running 0 106
20 14 0   Mike Bliss NetZero / Best Buy   (Gene Haas) Chevrolet 160 91400 running 0 103
21 6 38   Elliott Sadler M&M's   (Yates Racing) Ford 160 125216 running 4 105
22 37 40   Sterling Marlin Prilosec OTC   (Chip Ganassi) Dodge 160 115808 running 0 97
23 25 77   Travis Kvapil Kodak / Jasper Engines   (Doug Bawel) Dodge 160 96625 running 0 94
24 7 29   Kevin Harvick GM Goodwrench   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 160 131186 running 0 91
25 24 37   Kevin Lepage R&J Racing   (John Carter) Dodge 160 86150 running 0 88
26 11 7   Robby Gordon Fruit of the Loom   (Robby Gordon) Chevrolet 160 85000 running 0 85
27 30 07   Dave Blaney Jack Daniel's   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 159 92350 running 0 82
28 4 36   Boris Said Centrix Financial   (Bob Sutton) Chevrolet 159 80725 running 0 79
29 16 25   Brian Vickers GMAC / ditech.com   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 158 91000 running 0 76
30 21 92   Hermie Sadler Taco Bell   (Bob Jenkins) Chevrolet 156 80825 running 0 73
31 32 5   Kyle Busch Kellogg's / Cheez-it   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 146 88150 crash 0 70
32 26 22   Scott Wimmer Caterpillar   (Bill Davis) Dodge 146 102183 crash 0 67
33 34 99   Carl Edwards Pennzoil Platinum   (Jack Roush) Ford 146 98850 crash 0 64
34 41 43   Jeff Green Chex Most Popular Driver   (Petty Enterprises) Dodge 141 108711 running 0 61
35 22 18   Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries   (Joe Gibbs) Chevrolet 134 114215 running 0 58
36 18 16   Greg Biffle National Guard   (Jack Roush) Ford 129 97475 running 0 55
37 28 97   Kurt Busch Smirnoff Ice   (Jack Roush) Ford 102 131750 running 0 52
38 12 32   Bobby Hamilton, Jr. Tide   (Cal Wells) Chevrolet 101 90833 crash 0 49
39 23 6   Mark Martin Viagra   (Jack Roush) Ford 88 97050 running 0 46
40 17 15   Michael Waltrip NAPA Auto Parts   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 87 106114 crash 0 43
41 2 10   Scott Riggs Valvoline / Herbie: Fully Loaded   (James Rocco) Chevrolet 64 97372 running 0 40
42 10 33   Kerry Earnhardt Bass Pro Shops / Tracker   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 53 78665 brakes 0 37
43 29 41   Casey Mears Target   (Chip Ganassi) Dodge 35 86874 crash 0 34
Failed to qualify or withdrew
POS NAME NBR SPONSOR OWNER CAR
44 Mike Garvey 66 Jani-King / Peak Fitness Jeff Stec Ford
45 Kenny Wallace 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Bill Davis Dodge
WD Dan Pardus 73 ARC Dehooker Ed Raabe Chevrolet
WD Morgan Shepherd 89 Cornerstone Bancard / Victory in Jesus Morgan Shepherd Dodge

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[13]
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. Archived from the original on 2012-10-06. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
  4. ^ "TV RATINGS 2005". Jayski's Silly Season Site. Archived from the original on 2014-02-14. 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. ^ "Qualifying times: Pepsi 400". Crash. 2005-07-02. Retrieved 2021-06-01.
  7. ^ "Pepsi 400 Qualifying Results and Starting Lineup Daytona International Speedway NASCAR 2005". NASCAR Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 2021-06-01.
  8. ^ a b c McCormick, Steve (2005-07-03). "Stewart Dominates Daytona". About.com. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
  9. ^ James, Brant (2005-07-03). "Stewart dominant in Daytona victory". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
  10. ^ a b c Hinton, Ed (2005-07-03). "2005 Pepsi 400: Stewart gets Daytona win after long night". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
  11. ^ "Tony Stewart Plays Poker". Daytona International Speedway. 2006-06-15. Retrieved 2013-01-31.
  12. ^ "Race Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2021-06-01.
  13. ^ "2005 Pepsi 400". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
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