2005 Sylvania 300

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2005 Sylvania 300
Race details
Race 27 of 36 in the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
Layout of New Hampshire Motor Speedway
2005 Sylvania 300 program cover, with artwork by Jane Bready
Date September 18, 2005 (2005-09-18)
Location New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire
Course Permanent racing facility
1.058 mi (1.702 km)
Distance 300 laps, 317.4 mi (510.805 km)
Weather Mild with temperatures approaching 73.9 °F (23.3 °C); wind speeds up to 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)[1]
Average speed 95.891 mph (154.322 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 29.043
Most laps led
Driver Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 173
Winner
No. 12 Ryan Newman Penske-Jasper Racing
Television in the United States
Network TNT
Announcers Bill Weber, Wally Dallenbach Jr. and Benny Parsons
Nielsen Ratings
  • 3.4/9
  • (3.786 million)[2]

The 2005 Sylvania 300 was the twenty-seventh stock car race of the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and the first in the ten-race season-ending Chase for the Nextel Cup. It was held on September 18, 2005 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. The 300-lap race was won by Ryan Newman of the Penske-Jasper Racing team. Tony Stewart finished second and Matt Kenseth came in third.

Background[edit]

New Hampshire Motor Speedway aerial photo
New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where the race was held

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is one of ten intermediate tracks that hold NASCAR races.[3] The standard track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a four-turn oval track, 1 mile (1.6 km) long.[4] Its banking in the turns varies from two to seven degrees, while the front stretch, the finish line, and the back stretch are all banked at one degree.[4]

Before the race, Tony Stewart led the Drivers' Championship with 5,050 points, followed by Greg Biffle with 5,045. Jimmie Johnson was fourth with 5,035 points and Kurt Busch in fifth had 5,030 points. Mark Martin was sixth with 5,025 points with Jeremy Mayfield seventh on 5,020 points. Matt Kenseth was tied with Carl Edwards on 5,015 points and Ryan Newman on 5,005 points rounded out the top ten.[5] In the Manufacturers' Championship,

Busch was the race's defending champion.[6]

Entry list[edit]

Car # Driver Hometown Make Sponsor Team Crew Chief
0 Mike Bliss Milwaukie, OR Chevrolet NetZero Best Buy Gene Haas
00 Carl Long Roxboro, NC Dodge Royal Administration Raynard McGlynn
01 Joe Nemechek Lakeland, FL Chevrolet U.S. Army Nelson Bowers
2 Rusty Wallace St. Louis, MO Dodge Miller Lite Roger Penske
4 Mike Wallace St. Louis, MO Chevrolet Lucas Oil Products Larry McClure
5 Kyle Busch Las Vegas, NV Chevrolet Kellogg's Rick Hendrick
6 Mark Martin Batesville, AR Ford Viagra Jack Roush
07 Dave Blaney Hartford, OH Chevrolet Jack Daniel's Richard Childress
7 Robby Gordon Bellflower, CA Chevrolet Jim Beam James Smith
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kannapolis, NC Chevrolet Budweiser Teresa Earnhardt
9 Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW Ray Evernham
10 Scott Riggs Bahama, NC Chevrolet Valvoline James Rocco
11 J.J. Yeley Phoenix, AZ Chevrolet FedEx Express J D Gibbs
12 Ryan Newman South Bend, IN Dodge Mobil 1 / Speedpass Roger Penske
15 Michael Waltrip Owensboro, KY Chevrolet NAPA Auto Parts Teresa Earnhardt
16 Greg Biffle Vancouver, WA Ford National Guard Geoff Smith
17 Matt Kenseth Cambridge, WI Ford DEWALT Power Tools Mark Martin
18 Bobby Labonte Corpus Christi, TX Chevrolet Interstate Batteries Joe Gibbs
19 Jeremy Mayfield Owensboro, KY Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW Ray Evernham
20 Tony Stewart Rushville, IN Chevrolet The Home Depot Joe Gibbs
21 Ricky Rudd Chesapeake, VA Ford Motorcraft Genuine Parts Glen Wood
22 Scott Wimmer Wausau, WI Dodge Caterpillar Bill Davis
24 Jeff Gordon Vallejo, CA Chevrolet DuPont Rick Hendrick
25 Brian Vickers Thomasville, NC Chevrolet GMAC / ditech.com Mary Hendrick
27 Kirk Shelmerdine Winston-Salem, NC Ford Freddie B's Kirk Shelmerdine
29 Kevin Harvick Bakersfield, CA Chevrolet GM Goodwrench Richard Childress
31 Jeff Burton South Boston, VA Chevrolet Cingular Wireless Richard Childress
32 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Nashville, TN Chevrolet Tide Calvin Wells III
34 Ted Christopher Plainville, CT Chevrolet Mach One Inc. William Edwards
37 Tony Raines LaPorte, IN Dodge BoSPOKER.net John Carter
38 Elliott Sadler Emporia, VA Ford M&M's Robert Yates
40 Sterling Marlin Columbia, TN Dodge Coors Light Felix Sabates
41 Casey Mears Bakersfield, CA Dodge Target Chip Ganassi
42 Jamie McMurray Joplin, MO Dodge Texaco Havoline Floyd Ganassi
43 Jeff Green Owensboro, KY Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker Richard L Petty
45 Kyle Petty Trinity, NC Dodge Georgia-Pacific / Brawny Kyle Petty
48 Jimmie Johnson El Cajon, CA Chevrolet Lowe's Jeff Gordon
49 Ken Schrader Fenton, MO Dodge Schwan's Home Service Elizabeth Morgenthau
50 Jimmy Spencer Berwick, PA Dodge Allied Steel Buildings Don Arnold
51 Stuart Kirby Bowling Green, KY Chevrolet Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Joe Auer
66 Mike Garvey McDonough, GA Ford EAS Jeff Stec
75 Wayne Anderson Wildwood, FL Dodge Rinaldi Air Conditioning Robert Rinaldi
77 Travis Kvapil Janesville, WI Dodge Kodak / Jasper Engines Douglas Bawel
88 Dale Jarrett Hickory, NC Ford UPS Robert Yates
89 Morgan Shepherd Conover, NC Dodge Victory in Jesus / Dutch Quality Stone Cindy Shepherd
92 Joey McCarthy Mendham, NJ Dodge TrimSpa Bob Jenkins
95 Stanton Barrett Bishop, CA Chevrolet Stanton Barrett Racing Stanton Barrett
97 Kurt Busch Las Vegas, NV Ford Sharpie Georgetta Roush
99 Carl Edwards Columbia, MO Ford Office Depot Jack Roush

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Two practice sessions were held on Friday before the Sunday race—both of which lasted 60 minutes.[7] During the first practice session, Gordon was fastest, placing ahead of Stewart in second and Robby Gordon in third. Newman was scored fourth, and Bobby Labonte placed fifth. Jamie McMurray, Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Green and Casey Mears rounded out the top ten fastest drivers in the session.[8] Later that day, Rusty Wallace set the second session's fastest time, ahead of Kyle Busch, brother Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne in second, third and fourth respectively. Stewart was fifth, while the rest of the top ten consisted of Travis Kvapil, J.J. Yeley, Newman, Martin and Jeff Burton.[9]

Although forty-nine cars attempted to qualify; according to NASCAR's qualifying procedure, only forty-three could race.

Qualifying results[edit]

Start[10] Car Driver Sponsor Make Avg. Speed Time Behind
1 20 Tony Stewart The Home Depot Chevrolet 131.143 29.043 0.000
2 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevrolet 131.076 29.058 00.015
3 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser Chevrolet 130.779 29.124 00.081
4 17 Matt Kenseth DEWALT Power Tools Ford 130.667 29.149 00.106
5 10 Scott Riggs Valvoline Chevrolet 130.465 29.194 00.151
6 38 Elliott Sadler M&M's Ford 130.305 29.230 00.187
7 2 Rusty Wallace Miller Lite Dodge 130.229 29.247 00.204
8 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge Dealers / UAW Dodge 130.060 29.285 00.242
9 29 Kevin Harvick GM Goodwrench Chevrolet 129.851 29.332 00.289
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 129.820 29.339 00.296
11 01 Joe Nemechek U.S. Army Chevrolet 129.798 29.344 00.301
12 97 Kurt Busch Sharpie Ford 129.727 29.360 00.317
13 12 Ryan Newman Mobil 1 / Speedpass Dodge 129.657 29.376 00.333
14 31 Jeff Burton Cingular Wireless Chevrolet 129.454 29.422 00.379
15 6 Mark Martin Viagra Ford 129.441 29.425 00.382
16 07 Dave Blaney Jack Daniel's Chevrolet 129.415 29.431 00.388
17 18 Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries Chevrolet 129.397 29.435 00.392
18 43 Jeff Green Cheerios / Betty Crocker Dodge 129.397 29.435 00.392
19 7 Robby Gordon Jim Beam Chevrolet 129.366 29.442 00.399
20 42 Jamie McMurray Texaco Havoline Dodge 129.300 29.457 00.414
21 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dealers / UAW Dodge 129.221 29.475 00.432
22 0 Mike Bliss NetZero Best Buy Chevrolet 129.129 29.496 00.453
23 41 Casey Mears Target Dodge 129.081 29.507 00.464
24 99 Carl Edwards Office Depot Ford 129.003 29.525 00.482
25 4 Mike Wallace Lucas Oil Products Chevrolet 128.989 29.528 00.485
26 16 Greg Biffle National Guard Ford 128.963 29.534 00.491
27 77 Travis Kvapil Kodak, Jasper Engines & Transmissions Dodge 128.959 29.535 00.492
28 21 Ricky Rudd Motorcraft Genuine Parts Ford 128.710 29.592 00.549
29 11 J.J. Yeley FedEx Express Chevrolet 128.454 29.651 00.608
30 5 Kyle Busch Kellogg's Chevrolet 128.446 29.653 00.610
31 25 Brian Vickers GMAC / ditech.com Chevrolet 128.230 29.703 00.660
32 32 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Tide Chevrolet 127.975 29.762 00.719
33 88 Dale Jarrett UPS Ford 127.928 29.773 00.730
34 51 Stuart Kirby Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Chevrolet 127.696 29.827 00.784
35 75 Wayne Anderson Rinaldi Air Conditioning Dodge 127.564 29.858 00.815
36 15 Michael Waltrip NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 127.453 29.884 00.841
37 40 Sterling Marlin Coors Light Dodge 127.372 29.903 00.860
38 34 Ted Christopher Mach One Inc. Chevrolet 127.248 29.932 00.889
39 92 Joey McCarthy TrimSpa Dodge 126.909 30.012 00.969
40 49 Ken Schrader Schwan's Home Service Dodge 126.749 30.050 01.007
41 22 Scott Wimmer Caterpillar Dodge 126.500 30.109 01.066
42 45 Kyle Petty Georgia-Pacific / Brawny Chevrolet 30.127
43 50 Jimmy Spencer Allied Steel Buildings Dodge 126.812 30.035 00.992
Failed to qualify or driver changes
44 00 Carl Long Royal Administration Dodge 30.047
45 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory In Jesus / Dutch Quality Stone Dodge 30.075
46 95 Stanton Barrett Stanton Barrett Racing Chevrolet 30.130
47 66 Mike Garvey EAS Ford 30.195
48 37 Tony Raines BoSPOKER.net Dodge 30.208
49 27 Kirk Shelmerdine Freddie B's Ford 0.000 0.000 0.000
DC 45 Mark Green Georgia-Pacific / Brawny Dodge 30.127

Race recap[edit]

Tempers flared during the race day with the tone of the afternoon was set early when Scott Riggs tangled with playoff driver Kurt Busch on lap 3. Busch was sent to the garage for repairs and fell 66 laps down. Busch stormed Riggs' pit box, and had words with crew chief, Rodney Childers.[11][12] On lap 166, Kyle Busch tangled with Kasey Kahne, who was sent hard into the wall. During the caution, Kahne maneuvered his wrecked car in front of Kyle Busch.[13][11] On lap 191, Michael Waltrip and Robby Gordon crashed. The next time by, Gordon attempted ram Waltrip's car with his wrecked machine, then threw his helmet at Waltrip's car.[13][11] Ryan Newman eventually won the race by leading a total of 66 out of the 300 laps. Pole sitter Tony Stewart led 173 before getting passed by Newman on lap 298 of 300. This victory for Newman would jump him up in the Chase standings from 10th to 3rd with just 9 races to go with him finishing 6th at the end of the season.

Race results[edit]

Fin[14] St # Driver Sponsor Make Laps Led Status Pts
1 13 12 Ryan Newman Mobil 1, Alltel Dodge 300 66 running 185
2 1 20 Tony Stewart Home Depot Chevy 300 173 running 180
3 4 17 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Ford 300 0 running 165
4 26 16 Greg Biffle National Guard Ford 300 1 running 165
5 3 8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Budweiser Chevy 300 8 running 160
6 7 2 Rusty Wallace Miller Lite Dodge 300 0 running 150
7 15 6 Mark Martin Viagra Ford 300 31 running 151
8 10 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevy 300 0 running 142
9 14 31 Jeff Burton Cingular Wireless Chevy 300 0 running 138
10 9 29 Kevin Harvick GM Goodwrench Chevy 300 1 running 139
11 37 40 Sterling Marlin Coors Light Dodge 300 4 running 135
12 20 42 Jamie McMurray Texaco, Havoline Dodge 300 0 running 127
13 31 25 Brian Vickers GMAC, ditech.com Chevy 300 8 running 129
14 2 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevy 300 2 running 126
15 36 15 Michael Waltrip NAPA Auto Parts Chevy 300 0 running 118
16 8 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge Dealers, UAW Dodge 300 0 running 115
17 18 43 Jeff Green Cheerios, Betty Crocker Dodge 300 1 running 117
18 33 88 Dale Jarrett UPS Ford 300 0 running 109
19 24 99 Carl Edwards Office Depot Ford 300 0 running 106
20 28 21 Ricky Rudd Motorcraft Ford 300 0 running 103
21 42 45 Kyle Petty Georgia-Pacific, Brawny Dodge 300 0 running 100
22 25 4 Mike Wallace Lucas Oil Chevy 300 0 running 97
23 23 41 Casey Mears Target Dodge 299 0 running 94
24 17 18 Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries Chevy 299 0 running 91
25 11 01 Joe Nemechek U.S. Army Chevy 299 0 running 88
26 41 22 Scott Wimmer Caterpillar Dodge 299 0 running 85
27 30 5 Kyle Busch Kellogg's Chevy 299 0 running 82
28 5 10 Scott Riggs Valvoline Chevy 299 0 running 79
29 32 32 Bobby Hamilton, Jr. Tide Chevy 299 0 running 76
30 6 38 Elliott Sadler M&M's Ford 298 4 running 78
31 39 92 Joey McCarthy TrimSpa Dodge 295 0 running 70
32 34 51 Stuart Kirby Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Chevy 289 0 running 67
33 16 07 Dave Blaney Jack Daniel's Chevy 271 0 running 64
34 29 11 J.J. Yeley FedEx Express Chevy 251 0 running 61
35 12 97 Kurt Busch Sharpie Ford 233 0 running 58
36 22 0 Mike Bliss NetZero, Best Buy Chevy 194 0 crash 55
37 19 7 Robby Gordon Jim Beam Chevy 190 1 crash 7
38 21 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dealers, UAW Dodge 164 0 crash 24
39 43 50 Jimmy Spencer Allied Steel Buildings Dodge 144 0 crash 46
40 40 49 Ken Schrader Schwan's Home Service Dodge 111 0 crash 43
41 27 77 Travis Kvapil Kodak, Jasper Engines & Transmissions Dodge 105 0 crash 40
42 38 34 Ted Christopher Mach One Inc. Chevy 29 0 transmission 37
43 35 75 Wayne Anderson Rinaldi Air Conditioning Dodge 16 0 engine 34
Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
44 00 Carl Long Royal Administration Dodge
45 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory In Jesus / Dutch Quality Stone Dodge
46 95 Stanton Barrett Stanton Barrett Racing Chevrolet
47 66 Mike Garvey EAS Ford
48 37 Tony Raines BoSPOKER.net Dodge
49 27 Kirk Shelmerdine Freddie B's Ford
DC 45 Mark Green Georgia-Pacific / Brawny Dodge

Post-race[edit]

NASCAR issued the following penalties following the race:

  • Kasey Kahne was $25,000 and docked him 25 points[13] and was placed on probation for the remainder of the season for the deliberate collision against Kyle Busch.[13]
  • Robby Gordon was fined a total of $35,000, docked 50 points[13][12] and was also placed on probation for the balance of the season for calling Waltrip a "piece of shit" on the post-race live interview on TNT and for throwing his helmet at Waltrip's car; the 50-point penalty covered both charges at 25 point each.[13] Waltrip was also fined $10,000 and docked 25 points for using what seemed to be an obscene gesture, but after review of video on appeal, there was no obscene gesture and the penalty was overturned.[13]
  • Brian Vickers was fined $15,000 and docked 25 points for failing post-race inspection, unrelated to incidents above.[13]

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "NASCAR Race Tracks". NASCAR. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on September 12, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
  4. ^ a b "NASCAR Tracks—The New Hampshire Motor Speedway". New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Speedway Motorsports. Archived from the original on September 20, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
  5. ^ "Drivers' Championship Classification". NASCAR. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on August 17, 2009. Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  6. ^ "2004 Sylvania 300". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  7. ^ "The Race: Sylvania 300". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN Internet Ventures. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  8. ^ "Practice One Speeds". NASCAR. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on November 20, 2005. Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  9. ^ "Practice Two Speeds". NASCAR. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on November 21, 2005. Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  10. ^ "Qualifying times - New Hampshire". Crash. 2005-09-18. Retrieved 2021-06-15.
  11. ^ a b c Jenkins, Chris (2005-09-19). "Chase tactics leave drivers in bad disposition". USAToday.com. Retrieved 2009-11-04.
  12. ^ a b "Auto racing notebook: Bids rise for Gordon's thrown helmet". The Seattle Times. 2005-09-21. Retrieved 2009-11-04.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h "Gordon, Kahne fined for Loudon outbursts". USAToday.com. 2005-09-19. Retrieved 2009-11-04.
  14. ^ "2005 Sylvania 300 - The Third Turn". www.thethirdturn.com. Retrieved 2021-06-15.


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