2004 NASCAR Cup Series (Simpsonverse)

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The 2004 NASCAR Cup season was the 56th season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 33rd modern-era Cup series season. The season began on Saturday, February 7, and ended on Sunday, November 21. Dale Earnhardt Jr., driving for Dale Earnhardt, Inc., was the NASCAR Cup champion.

The NASCAR Manufacturers' Championship was won by Chevrolet when they captured 26 wins and 266 points. Ford finished in second place with 10 wins, and 224 points, while Dodge followed in third with 4 wins and 194 points.

The season was marked by tragedy. On October 24, a charter airplane owned by Hendrick Motorsports crashed at Bull Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, near Martinsville Speedway. Ten people aboard the plane died, including four relatives of team owner Rick Hendrick, as well as Randy Dorton, Hendrick's chief engine builder. Jimmie Johnson, a Hendrick driver, had won the race, but the post-race victory ceremony was cancelled as word spread of the incident.

This was the first season under NASCAR's new tiered sponsorship model after cigarette brand Winston was the title sponsor of the Cup Series for 33 seasons, from 1971 to 2003.

Teams and drivers

Full-time schedule

Make Team No. Driver Crew chief Model
Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt Incorporated 1 Ron Fellows Tony Gibson Monte Carlo
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tony Eury Jr
15 Michael Waltrip Slugger Labbe
81 Steve Park Tony Eury, Sr.
Haas CNC Racing 0 Ward Burton Bootie Barker Monte Carlo
Mike Bliss
Hendrick Motorsports 5 Terry Labonte Jim Long Impala
24 Jeff Gordon Robbie Loomis
25 Brian Vickers (R) Peter Sospenzo
48 Jimmie Johnson Chad Knaus
Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Bobby Labonte Brandon Thomas Impala
20 Tony Stewart Greg Zipadelli
80 Jason Leffler Bryant Frazier
MBV Motorsports 01 Jerry Nadeau Ryan Pemberton Monte Carlo
10 Scott Riggs (R) Doug Randolph
Morgan-McClure Motorsports 4 Ernie Irvan Chris Carrier Monte Carlo
NEMCO Motorsports 67 Joe Nemechek Phillipe Lopez Monte Carlo
87 John Nemechek Eric Phillips
PPI Motorsports 32 Ricky Craven Template:Tooltip Harold Holly Impala
Bobby Hamilton Jr. Template:Tooltip
Earnhardt-Childress Racing (Start Your Engines!) 3 Jeff Burton Kevin Hamlin Monte Carlo
30 Kevin Harvick Todd Berrier
31 Robby Gordon Chris Andrews
Dodge BAM Racing 49 Ken Schrader David Hyder 2003 Stratus
Bill Davis Racing 22 Scott Wimmer (R) Frank Stoddard Intrepid
Chip Ganassi Racing (Start Your Engines!) 39 Jamie McMurray Donnie Wingo Stratus
40 Sterling Marlin Tony Glover
41 Casey Mears Jimmy Elledge
42 Kenny Irwin Jr. Lee McCall
Evernham Motorsports 9 Kasey Kahne (R) Tommy Baldwin Jr. Intrepid
19 Jeremy Mayfield Kenny Francis
91 Blaise Alexander Sammy Johns
Penske-Jasper Racing 2 Rusty Wallace Larry Carter Intrepid
12 Ryan Newman Matt Borland
77 Brendan Gaughan (R) Shane Wilson
Petty Enterprises 43 John Andretti Greg Steadman Stratus
44 Jeff Green Mark Tudor
45 Adam Petty Bill Henderson
46 Austin Petty Steven Lane
Ford Kirk Shelmerdine Racing 72 Kirk Shelmerdine Template:Tooltip Phil Harris 2001 Mustang
Tom Hubert Template:Tooltip
Ted Christopher Template:Tooltip
Brad Teague Template:Tooltip
Orr Motorsports 37 Rodney Orr John Page Taurus
Robert Yates Racing 38 Elliott Sadler Todd Parrott Taurus
88 Dale Jarrett Mike Ford
Roush Racing 6 Mark Martin Pat Tryson Roush Mustang
17 Matt Kenseth Robbie Reiser
60 Greg Biffle Doug Richert
97 Kurt Busch Jimmy Fennig
99 Carl Edwards (R) Bob Osbourne
Steele/Favre Motorsports 16 Tim Steele Joey Knuckles Taurus
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Ricky Rudd Michael McSwain Shelby GT500

Limited schedule

Make Team No. Driver Crew Chief Rounds Model
Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Brewco Motorsports 27 David Green Template:Tooltip 2002 Camaro
Competitive Edge Motorsports 51 Kevin Lepage Template:Tooltip 2001 Monte Carlo
Tony Raines Template:Tooltip
Conely Racing 79 Stan Boyd Template:Tooltip Monte Carlo
Dale Earnhardt Incorporated 08 Martin Truex Jr. Pete Rondeau 5 Monte Carlo
Gary Keller Racing 35 Mike Wallace Template:Tooltip 2003 Monte Carlo
Kenny Hendrick Template:Tooltip
GIC-Mixon Motorsports 93 Geoffrey Bodine Template:Tooltip 2001 Camaro
Haas CNC Racing 60 David Green Template:Tooltip Monte Carlo
Hendrick Motorsports (Start Your Engines!) 84 Kyle Busch Gary DeHart Template:Tooltip Impala
Hollenbeck Motorsports 62 Larry Hollenbeck Template:Tooltip Monte Carlo
Joe Gibbs Racing 11 J.J. Yeley Doug Hewitt Template:Tooltip Impala
Ricky Craven Template:Tooltip
Mike Bliss Template:Tooltip
Earnhardt-Childress Racing (Start Your Engines!) 33 Mike Skinner Gil Martin Template:Tooltip
Bobby Leslie Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip Monte Carlo
Kerry Earnhardt Template:Tooltip
Johnny Sauter Template:Tooltip
MB2 Motorsports 36 Boris Said Template:Tooltip Monte Carlo
Michael Waltrip Racing 00 Kenny Wallace Template:Tooltip 2003 Impala
McGlynn Racing Ryan McGlynn Template:Tooltip
Carl Long Template:Tooltip
08 Ryan McGlynn Template:Tooltip
Carl Long Template:Tooltip
Morgan-McClure Motorsports (Start Your Engines!) 04 Eric McClure Template:Tooltip Impala
Dodge Arnold Motorsports 50 Derrike Cope Mike Hillman Template:Tooltip 2002 Stratus
Mike Wallace Template:Tooltip
P. J. Jones Template:Tooltip
Todd Bodine Template:Tooltip
Jeff Fuller Template:Tooltip
BAM Racing 59 Klaus Graf Template:Tooltip 2003 Stratus
Larry Foyt Template:Tooltip
70 Template:Tooltip
Bill Davis Racing 23 Dave Blaney Template:Tooltip Intrepid
Tony Raines Template:Tooltip
Shane Hmiel Template:Tooltip
Evernham Motorsports 90 Bill Elliott Sammy Johns 3 Intrepid
Chip Ganassi Racing (Start Your Engines!) 04 Scott Pruett Template:Tooltip Stratus
Gary Trout Autosports 34 Geoffrey Bodine Template:Tooltip 2001 Intrepid
Glenn Racing 46 Carl Long Template:Tooltip 2001 Intrepid
Haefele Racing 75 Mike Garvey Template:Tooltip 2003 Stratus
Penske-Jasper Racing 06 Chad Blount Roy McCauley Template:Tooltip Intrepid
Travis Kvapil Template:Tooltip
Phoenix Racing 09 Johnny Benson, Jr. Jerry Pitts Template:Tooltip 2002 Intrepid
Joe Ruttman Template:Tooltip
Bobby Hamilton, Jr. Template:Tooltip
Tony Raines Template:Tooltip
Scott Pruett Template:Tooltip
Mike Wallace Template:Tooltip
Johnny Sauter Template:Tooltip
R&J Racing 37 Todd Bodine Billy Poindexter Template:Tooltip Stratus
Chad Blount Template:Tooltip
Kevin Lepage Template:Tooltip
Andy Hillenburg Template:Tooltip
Stanton Barrett Template:Tooltip
Sacks Motorsports 13 Greg Sacks Template:Tooltip Stratus
Shepherd Racing Ventures 89 Morgan Shepherd Troy Kelly Template:Tooltip
Darin Kummrow Template:Tooltip
Terry Allen Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip Intrepid
Ultra Motorsports 7 Jimmy Spencer Bob Temple Template:Tooltip Intrepid
Dave Blaney Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip
Ware Racing Enterprises 52 Stanton Barrett Template:Tooltip 2002 Stratus
A. J. Foyt Enterprises 14 Larry Foyt Keith Koppenal Template:Tooltip
Dave Charpentier Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip Intrepid
Ford ppc Racing John Andretti Template:Tooltip Taurus
Donlavey Racing 90 Tony Roper Junie Donlavey 18 2001 Mustang
Front Row Motorsports 92 Brad Teague Template:Tooltip Taurus
Tony Raines Template:Tooltip
Stanton Barrett Template:Tooltip
Harrah Racing 78 Jeff Fultz Template:Tooltip 2003 Taurus
Hover Motorsports 80 Andy Hillenburg Stan Hover Template:Tooltip Mustang
Randy LaJoie Template:Tooltip
Carl Long Template:Tooltip
Tony Ave Template:Tooltip
Ted Christopher Template:Tooltip
Derrike Cope Template:Tooltip
Mario Gosselin Template:Tooltip
Andy Belmont Template:Tooltip
Pontiac (Start Your Engines!) Andy Belmont Racing 59 Andy Belmont Template:Tooltip 2003 Grand Prix
Dodge
Ford
Mach 1 Motorsports 96 Larry Gunselman Mike Steurer Template:Tooltip 2001 Strautus

2001 Taurus

Derrike Cope Template:Tooltip
Randy LaJoie Template:Tooltip
98 Larry Gunselman Mike Steurer Template:Tooltip
Sammy Johns Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip
Todd Bodine Template:Tooltip
Geoffrey Bodine Template:Tooltip
Bill Elliott Template:Tooltip
Derrike Cope Template:Tooltip
Chad Chaffin Template:Tooltip
Randy LaJoie Template:Tooltip
Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!)
Ford
Pontiac (Start Your Engines!)
SCORE Motorsports 02 Carl Long Ernie Cope Template:Tooltip
Ed Ash Template:Tooltip
Jeff Buckner Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip 2002 Camaro

2003 Mustang

2003 Grand Prix

Andy Belmont Template:Tooltip
Hermie Sadler Template:Tooltip
Derrike Cope Template:Tooltip
Brandon Ash Template:Tooltip
Jason Jarrett Template:Tooltip
Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!)
Dodge
Ford
W.W. Motorsports 94 Stanton Barrett Terry Allen Template:Tooltip Monte Carlo

Stratus

Taurus

Derrike Cope Template:Tooltip
Brad Teague Template:Tooltip

Schedule

No. Race Title Track Date TV
Budweiser Shootout Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach February 7 CBS
Gatorade 125s February 12 CBS
1 Daytona 500 February 15 CBS
2 Subway 400 North Carolina Speedway, Rockingham February 22 MGM
3 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas March 7 Fox
4 Golden Corral 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton March 14 Fox
5 Old Spice 400 Gateway International Raceway, Madison March 21 CBS
6 Food City 500 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol March 28 Fox
7 Samsung/RadioShack 500 Texas World Speedway, College Station April 4 Fox
8 Aaron's 499 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega April 18 Fox
9 Howard Johnson's 400 Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain April 25 CBS
10 Auto Club 500 California Speedway, Fontana May 2 Fox
11 Budweiser 400 Riverside International Raceway, Moreno Valley May 15 MGM
NASCAR Open Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord May 22 FX
NASCAR All-Star Challenge FX
12 Coca-Cola 600 May 30 Fox
13 MBNA America 400 "A Salute to Heroes" Dover International Speedway, Dover June 6 FX
14 Danny Phantom 400 Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth June 13 Fox

Nickelodeon

15 DHL 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn June 20 Fox
16 Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Havoline Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix June 27 Fox
17 Pepsi 400 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach July 3 MGM
18 Tropicana 400 Presented by Meijer Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet July 11 NBC
19 Siemens 300 New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon July 25 TBS
20 Pennsylvania 500 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond August 1 TBS
21 Brickyard 400 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway August 8 NBC
22 Sirius at The Glen Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen August 15 NBC
23 Jacob's Grand Prix Brands Hatch, West Kingsdown, Kent, England August 22 TBS
24 Keystone Light 400 Milwaukee Mile, West Allis August 28 TBS
25 Mountain Dew Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington September 5 NBC
26 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond September 11 TBS
27 Tyson Holly Farms 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro September 19 TBS
28 MBNA America 400 Dover International Speedway, Dover September 26 TBS
29 EA Sports 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega October 3 NBC
30 Banquet 400 Presented by ConAgra Foods Kansas Speedway, Kansas City October 10 NBC
31 UAW-GM Quality Roval 500 Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord (Roval) October 16 NBC
32 Subway 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway October 24 NBC
33 Ford 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead October 31 NBC

TBS

34 Dodge/Save Mart 350 Infineon Raceway, Sonoma November 7 NBC
35 Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 North Carolina Speedway, Rockingham November 14 TBS
36 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton November 21 NBC

Races

No. Race Pole position Most laps led Winning driver Model
Budweiser Shootout Jeremy Mayfield Terry Labonte Dale Jarrett Ford Taurus
Gatorade 125 #1 Greg Biffle Greg Biffle Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet
Gatorade 125 #2 Elliott Sadler Elliott Sadler Elliott Sadler Ford
1 Daytona 500 Greg Biffle Tony Stewart Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet
2 Subway 400 Ryan Newman Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth Ford
3 UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 Kasey Kahne Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth Ford
4 Golden Corral 500 Ryan Newman Tony Stewart Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet
5 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Kasey Kahne Kurt Busch Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
6 Food City 500 Ryan Newman Kurt Busch Kurt Busch Ford
7 Samsung/Radio Shack 500 Bobby Labonte Kasey Kahne Elliott Sadler Ford
8 Advance Auto Parts 500 Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon Rusty Wallace Dodge
9 Aaron's 499 Ricky Rudd Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
10 Auto Club 500 Kasey Kahne Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
11 Chevy American Revolution 400 Brian Vickers Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet
Nextel Open Dave Blaney Jamie McMurray Sterling Marlin Dodge
Nextel All-Star Challenge Rusty Wallace Ryan Newman Matt Kenseth Ford
12 Coca-Cola 600 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
13 MBNA America 400 "A Salute to Heroes" Jeremy Mayfield Tony Stewart Mark Martin Ford
14 Pocono 500 Kasey Kahne Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
15 DHL 400 Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon Ryan Newman Dodge
16 Dodge/Save Mart 350 Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
17 Pepsi 400 Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
18 Tropicana 400 Presented by Meijer Jeff Gordon Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Chevrolet
19 Siemens 300 Ryan Newman Ryan Newman Kurt Busch Ford
20 Pennsylvania 500 Casey Mears Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
21 Brickyard 400 Casey Mears Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
22 Sirius at the Glen Jimmie Johnson Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Chevrolet
23 GFS Marketplace 400 Jimmie Johnson Greg Biffle Greg Biffle Ford
24 Sharpie 500 Jeff Gordon Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet
25 Mountain Dew Southern 500 Kurt Busch Jeff Gordon Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Impala
26 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Ryan Newman Jeremy Mayfield Jeremy Mayfield Dodge
27 Tyson Holly Farms 400 Jeff Gordon Kurt Busch Rusty Wallace Dodge
28 MBNA America 400 Jeremy Mayfield Ryan Newman Ryan Newman Dodge
29 EA Sports 500 Joe Nemechek Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet
30 Banquet 400 Presented by ConAgra Foods Joe Nemechek Jeremy Mayfield Joe Nemechek Chevrolet
31 UAW-GM Quality 500 Ryan Newman Kasey Kahne Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
32 Subway 500 Ryan Newman Kurt Busch Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
33 Ford 400 Ryan Newman Mark Martin Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
34 Checker Auto Parts 500 Ryan Newman Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet
35 Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 Tony Stewart Jeff Gordon Ernie Irvan Chevrolet Monte Carlo
36 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 Ryan Newman Mark Martin Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Impala