2004 MBNA America 400

The 2004 MBNA America 400 was the 28th stock car race of the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season, the second race of the 2004 Chase for the Nextel Cup, and the 36th iteration of the event. The race was held on Sunday, September 26, 2004, before a crowd of 140,000 in Dover, Delaware at Dover International Speedway, a 1 mile (1.6 km) permanent oval-shaped racetrack. The race took the scheduled 400 laps to complete. At race's end, Ryan Newman of Penske-Jasper Racing would dominate to win his 11th career NASCAR Nextel Cup Series win and his second and final win of the season.[1] To fill out the podium, Mark Martin of Roush Racing and Jeff Gordon of Hendrick Motorsports would finish second and third, respectively.

2004 MBNA America 400
Race details
Race 28 of 36 in the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
The 2004 MBNA America 400 program cover.
The 2004 MBNA America 400 program cover.
Date September 26, 2004
Official name 36th Annual MBNA America 400
Location Dover, Delaware, Dover International Speedway
Course Permanent racing facility
1 mi (1.6 km)
Distance 400 laps, 400 mi (643.737 km)
Scheduled Distance 400 laps, 400 mi (643.737 km)
Average speed 119.067 miles per hour (191.620 km/h)
Attendance 140,000
Pole position
Driver Evernham Motorsports
Time 22.584
Most laps led
Driver Ryan Newman Penske-Jasper Racing
Laps 325
Winner
No. 12 Ryan Newman Penske-Jasper Racing
Television in the United States
Network TNT
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach Jr.
Radio in the United States
Radio Motor Racing Network

BackgroundEdit

 
The layout of Dover International Speedway, the venue where the race was held.

Dover International Speedway is an oval race track in Dover, Delaware, United States that has held at least two NASCAR races since it opened in 1969. In addition to NASCAR, the track also hosted USAC and the NTT IndyCar Series. The track features one layout, a 1 mile (1.6 km) concrete oval, with 24° banking in the turns and 9° banking on the straights. The speedway is owned and operated by Dover Motorsports.

The track, nicknamed "The Monster Mile", was built in 1969 by Melvin Joseph of Melvin L. Joseph Construction Company, Inc., with an asphalt surface, but was replaced with concrete in 1995. Six years later in 2001, the track's capacity moved to 135,000 seats, making the track have the largest capacity of sports venue in the mid-Atlantic. In 2002, the name changed to Dover International Speedway from Dover Downs International Speedway after Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment split, making Dover Motorsports. From 2007 to 2009, the speedway worked on an improvement project called "The Monster Makeover", which expanded facilities at the track and beautified the track. After the 2014 season, the track's capacity was reduced to 95,500 seats.

Entry listEdit

# Driver Team Make Sponsor
0 Ward Burton Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet NetZero Hi Speed
00 Carl Long McGlynn Racing Chevrolet Buyer's Choice Auto Warranties
01 Joe Nemechek MBV Motorsports Chevrolet U. S. Army
2 Rusty Wallace Penske-Jasper Racing Dodge Miller Lite
02 Hermie Sadler SCORE Motorsports Chevrolet Jenkins & Jenkins Attorneys at Law
4 Jimmy Spencer Morgan–McClure Motorsports Chevrolet Lucas Oil
5 Terry Labonte Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Kellogg's
6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford Viagra
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet Budweiser
9 Kasey Kahne Evernham Motorsports Dodge Dodge Dealers, UAW
09 Joe Ruttman Phoenix Racing Dodge Miccosukee Resort & Gaming
10 Scott Riggs MBV Motorsports Chevrolet Valvoline
12 Ryan Newman Penske-Jasper Racing Dodge Alltel
13 Greg Sacks Sacks Motorsports Dodge Vita Coco, ARC Dehooker
15 Michael Waltrip Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet NAPA Auto Parts
16 Greg Biffle Roush Racing Ford National Guard
17 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford DeWalt Power Tools
18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet MBNA America
19 Jeremy Mayfield Evernham Motorsports Dodge Dodge Dealers, UAW
20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet The Home Depot
21 Ricky Rudd Wood Brothers Racing Ford Motorcraft Genuine Parts, U. S. Air Force
22 Scott Wimmer Bill Davis Racing Dodge Caterpillar
24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet DuPont
25 Brian Vickers Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet GMAC Financial Services
29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet GM Goodwrench
30 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet America Online
31 Robby Gordon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Cingular Wireless
32 Bobby Hamilton Jr. PPI Motorsports Chevrolet Tide
35 Kenny Hendrick Gary Keller Racing Chevrolet Gary Keller Racing
37 Kevin Lepage R&J Racing Dodge Carter's Royal Dispos-All
38 Elliott Sadler Robert Yates Racing Ford M&M's
40 Sterling Marlin Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge Coors Light
41 Casey Mears Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge Target
42 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge Texaco, Havoline
43 Jeff Green Petty Enterprises Dodge Cheerios, Betty Crocker
45 Kyle Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge Georgia-Pacific Brawny
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Lowe's
49 Ken Schrader BAM Racing Dodge Schwan's Home Service
50 Jeff Fuller Arnold Motorsports Dodge Arnold Motorsports
51 Tony Raines Competitive Edge Motorsports Chevrolet Lee Jeans
72 Kirk Shelmerdine Kirk Shelmerdine Racing Ford Vote for Bush
75 Mike Garvey Haefele Racing Dodge Jani-King
77 Brendan Gaughan Penske-Jasper Racing Dodge Kodak, Jasper Engines & Transmissions
80 Derrike Cope Hover Motorsports Ford Commercial Truck & Trailer
88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford UPS
89 Morgan Shepherd Shepherd Racing Ventures Dodge Racing with Jesus "Keep The Passion Going"
92 Stanton Barrett Front Row Motorsports Ford Front Row Motorsports
97 Kurt Busch Roush Racing Ford Sharpie
98 Geoff Bodine Mach 1 Motorsports Ford Mach 1 Motorsports
99 Carl Edwards Roush Racing Ford Roush Racing
Official entry list

PracticeEdit

First practiceEdit

The first practice session would occur on Friday, September 24, at 11:05 AM EST and would last for one hour and 55 minutes.[2] Rusty Wallace of Penske-Jasper Racing would set the fastest time in the session, with a lap of 22.536 and an average speed of 159.744 miles per hour (257.083 km/h).[3]

Pos. # Driver Team Make Time Speed
1 2 Rusty Wallace Penske-Jasper Racing Dodge 22.536 159.744
2 19 Jeremy Mayfield Evernham Motorsports Dodge 22.595 159.327
3 12 Ryan Newman Penske-Jasper Racing Dodge 22.643 158.990
Full first practice results

Second practiceEdit

The second practice session would occur on Saturday, September 25, at 9:30 AM EST and would last for 45 minutes.[2] Matt Kenseth of Roush Racing would set the fastest time in the session, with a lap of 23.213 and an average speed of 155.085 miles per hour (249.585 km/h).[4]

Pos. # Driver Team Make Time Speed
1 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford 23.213 155.085
2 16 Greg Biffle Roush Racing Ford 23.283 154.619
3 2 Rusty Wallace Penske-Jasper Racing Dodge 23.305 154.473
Full second practice results

Third and final practiceEdit

The third and final practice session, sometimes referred to as Happy Hour, would occur on Saturday, September 25, at 11:10 AM EST and would last for 45 minutes.[2] Ward Burton of Haas CNC Racing would set the fastest time in the session, with a lap of 23.213 and an average speed of 155.085 miles per hour (249.585 km/h).[5]

Pos. # Driver Team Make Time Speed
1 0 Ward Burton Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet 23.387 153.932
2 9 Kasey Kahne Evernham Motorsports Dodge 23.389 153.919
3 12 Ryan Newman Penske-Jasper Racing Dodge 23.393 153.892
Full Happy Hour practice results

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying would occur on Friday, September 24, at 2:40 PM EST. Each driver would have two laps to set a fastest time; the fastest of the two would count as their official qualifying lap.[2] Positions 1-38 would be decided on time, while positions 39-43 would be based on provisionals. Four spots are awarded by the use of provisionals based on owner's points. The fifth is awarded to a past champion who has not otherwise qualified for the race. If no past champ needs the provisional, the next team in the owner points will be awarded a provisional.[6]

Jeremy Mayfield of Evernham Motorsports would win the pole, setting a time of 28.776 and an average speed of 132.360 miles per hour (213.013 km/h).[7]

Terry Labonte would crash on his second lap, losing the backend of his car in Turn 1. However, he had made a lap that was able to get him in on time, and would still be able to qualify without a provisional.[8]

Seven drivers would fail to qualify: Hermie Sadler, Carl Long, Stanton Barrett, Greg Sacks, Kenny Hendrick, Derrike Cope, and Mike Garvey.

Full qualifying resultsEdit

Pos. # Driver Team Make Time Speed
1 19 Jeremy Mayfield Evernham Motorsports Dodge 22.584 159.405
2 12 Ryan Newman Penske-Jasper Racing Dodge 22.639 159.018
3 25 Brian Vickers Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.735 158.346
4 38 Elliott Sadler Robert Yates Racing Ford 22.749 158.249
5 15 Michael Waltrip Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 22.756 158.200
6 18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 22.787 157.985
7 2 Rusty Wallace Penske-Jasper Racing Dodge 22.822 157.742
8 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford 22.828 157.701
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.831 157.680
10 42 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 22.837 157.639
11 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 22.841 157.611
12 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 22.842 157.604
13 97 Kurt Busch Roush Racing Ford 22.861 157.473
14 21 Ricky Rudd Wood Brothers Racing Ford 22.866 157.439
15 99 Carl Edwards Roush Racing Ford 22.907 157.157
16 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 22.917 157.089
17 0 Ward Burton Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet 22.935 156.965
18 10 Scott Riggs MBV Motorsports Chevrolet 22.957 156.815
19 16 Greg Biffle Roush Racing Ford 22.971 156.719
20 9 Kasey Kahne Evernham Motorsports Dodge 22.975 156.692
21 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.977 156.678
22 32 Bobby Hamilton Jr. PPI Motorsports Chevrolet 22.994 156.563
23 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 23.001 156.515
24 01 Joe Nemechek MBV Motorsports Chevrolet 23.010 156.454
25 77 Brendan Gaughan Penske-Jasper Racing Dodge 23.040 156.250
26 41 Casey Mears Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 23.068 156.060
27 45 Kyle Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge 23.098 155.858
28 43 Jeff Green Petty Enterprises Dodge 23.104 155.817
29 22 Scott Wimmer Bill Davis Racing Dodge 23.124 155.682
30 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 23.134 155.615
31 49 Ken Schrader BAM Racing Dodge 23.149 155.514
32 31 Robby Gordon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 23.185 155.273
33 30 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 23.185 155.273
34 40 Sterling Marlin Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 23.189 155.246
35 37 Kevin Lepage R&J Racing Dodge 23.222 155.025
36 4 Jimmy Spencer Morgan–McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 23.284 154.613
37 51 Tony Raines Competitive Edge Motorsports Chevrolet 23.327 154.328
38 5 Terry Labonte Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 23.341 154.235
Provisionals
39 50 Jeff Fuller Arnold Motorsports Dodge 23.751 151.573
40 09 Joe Ruttman Phoenix Racing Dodge 23.355 154.143
41 98 Geoff Bodine Mach 1 Motorsports Ford 23.595 152.575
42 89 Morgan Shepherd Shepherd Racing Ventures Dodge 23.717 151.790
43 72 Kirk Shelmerdine Kirk Shelmerdine Racing Ford 24.351 147.838
Failed to qualify
44 02 Hermie Sadler SCORE Motorsports Chevrolet 23.379 153.984
45 00 Carl Long McGlynn Racing Chevrolet 23.614 152.452
46 92 Stanton Barrett Front Row Motorsports Ford 23.700 151.899
47 13 Greg Sacks Sacks Motorsports Dodge 23.788 151.337
48 35 Kenny Hendrick Gary Keller Racing Chevrolet 24.135 149.161
49 80 Derrike Cope Hover Motorsports Ford 24.813 145.085
50 75 Mike Garvey Haefele Racing Dodge
Official qualifying results

Race resultsEdit

Fin[9] St # Driver Team Make Laps Led Status Pts Winnings
1 2 12 Ryan Newman Penske-Jasper Racing Dodge 400 325 running 190 $195,477
2 12 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 400 2 running 175 $138,560
3 21 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 1 running 170 $140,533
4 11 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 400 0 running 160 $122,877
5 13 97 Kurt Busch Roush Racing Ford 400 12 running 160 $99,745
6 23 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 400 0 running 150 $117,168
7 1 19 Jeremy Mayfield Evernham Motorsports Dodge 400 0 running 146 $105,015
8 10 42 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 400 0 running 142 $79,715
9 16 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 399 1 running 143 $113,293
10 9 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 399 0 running 134 $86,415
11 19 16 Greg Biffle Roush Racing Ford 399 0 running 130 $75,630
12 14 21 Ricky Rudd Wood Brothers Racing Ford 399 0 running 127 $92,321
13 7 2 Rusty Wallace Penske-Jasper Racing Dodge 398 0 running 124 $105,348
14 6 18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 398 0 running 121 $107,123
15 34 40 Sterling Marlin Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 398 0 running 118 $104,415
16 5 15 Michael Waltrip Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 397 0 running 115 $96,671
17 27 45 Kyle Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge 397 0 running 112 $79,415
18 15 99 Carl Edwards Roush Racing Ford 397 0 running 109 $97,417
19 30 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 397 0 running 106 $99,493
20 4 38 Elliott Sadler Robert Yates Racing Ford 397 0 running 103 $100,648
21 28 43 Jeff Green Petty Enterprises Dodge 396 0 running 100 $89,565
22 25 77 Brendan Gaughan Penske-Jasper Racing Dodge 396 0 running 97 $72,565
23 29 22 Scott Wimmer Bill Davis Racing Dodge 395 0 running 94 $84,740
24 26 41 Casey Mears Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 395 0 running 91 $73,065
25 31 49 Ken Schrader BAM Racing Dodge 394 1 running 93 $62,265
26 36 4 Jimmy Spencer Morgan–McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 393 0 running 85 $62,415
27 38 5 Terry Labonte Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 393 0 running 82 $88,515
28 37 51 Tony Raines Competitive Edge Motorsports Chevrolet 391 0 running 79 $58,590
29 22 32 Bobby Hamilton Jr. PPI Motorsports Chevrolet 385 0 running 76 $77,829
30 32 31 Robby Gordon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 385 0 running 73 $93,377
31 18 10 Scott Riggs MBV Motorsports Chevrolet 363 0 wheel bearing 70 $85,802
32 8 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford 319 58 crash 72 $118,833
33 33 30 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 168 0 crash 64 $66,730
34 42 89 Morgan Shepherd Shepherd Racing Ventures Dodge 105 0 handling 61 $57,595
35 24 01 Joe Nemechek MBV Motorsports Chevrolet 91 0 overheating 58 $65,380
36 35 37 Kevin Lepage R&J Racing Dodge 86 0 vibration 55 $57,250
37 17 0 Ward Burton Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet 50 0 engine 52 $57,125
38 3 25 Brian Vickers Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 46 0 crash 49 $65,100
39 41 98 Geoff Bodine Mach 1 Motorsports Ford 40 0 oil pressure 46 $56,875
40 43 72 Kirk Shelmerdine Kirk Shelmerdine Racing Ford 37 0 engine 43 $56,705
41 40 09 Joe Ruttman Phoenix Racing Dodge 27 0 rear end 40 $56,550
42 20 9 Kasey Kahne Evernham Motorsports Dodge 13 0 flywheel 37 $86,300
43 39 50 Jeff Fuller Arnold Motorsports Dodge 7 0 overheating 34 $56,555
Failed to qualify
44 02 Hermie Sadler SCORE Motorsports Chevrolet
45 00 Carl Long McGlynn Racing Chevrolet
46 92 Stanton Barrett Front Row Motorsports Ford
47 13 Greg Sacks Sacks Motorsports Dodge
48 35 Kenny Hendrick Gary Keller Racing Chevrolet
49 80 Derrike Cope Hover Motorsports Ford
50 75 Mike Garvey Haefele Racing Dodge
Official race results

ReferencesEdit

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