2005 NASCAR Cup Series (Simpsonverse)

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The 2005 NASCAR Cup Series was the 57th season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 34th modern-era Cup series. The season began on Saturday, February 12, and ended on Sunday, November 20, with the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500. Tony Stewart was the champion.

Four prominent drivers announced that this would be their final season in NASCAR: Ernie Irvan, Mark Martin, Ricky Rudd, and 1989 Winston Cup Champion Rusty Wallace. Irvan, Wallace and Rudd would stay with their word and retire at season's end, but Martin however, would return for 2006 due to circumstances with Roush Racing and Kurt Busch at the end of 2005. He would then drive full-time Hendrick Motorsports from 2007-2010, picking up an additional 5 wins with the team, and with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. from 2011-2014, before retiring at the end of that season. This was also the final full season for Ron Fellows. He continued doing road-course races occasionally until 2013.

The number of cars entered for each race was up slightly from the previous year. The Daytona 500 saw a dramatic increase in its car count from 45 to 56. The increase was in part attributable to a new NASCAR rule that allowed hard liquor brands to become sponsors on its race cars. Roush Racing (Crown Royal), Richard Childress Racing (Jack Daniels), and Robby Gordon Motorsports (Jim Beam) were the first to sign such deals.

At the end of the 2005 season, Chevrolet won the NASCAR Manufacturers' Championship after winning 17 events and garnering 259 points over second place Ford who captured 16 victories and 146 points.

Teams and drivers

Complete schedule

List of full-time teams at the start of 2005.

Car(s) Team No. Driver(s) Crew Chief Model
Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 1 Ron Fellows Tony Gibson Monte Carlo
8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Tony Eury, Jr.
15 Michael Waltrip Pete Rondeau
81 Steve Park Tony Eury, Sr.
Front Row Motorsports 92 Stanton Barrett (R) Template:Tooltip Fred Wanke 2004 Monte Carlo
Tony Raines Template:Tooltip
Hermie Sadler Template:Tooltip
Eric McClure (R) Template:Tooltip
Kenny Wallace Template:Tooltip
Johnny Miller Template:Tooltip
Joey McCarthy Template:Tooltip
Mike Skinner Template:Tooltip
P. J. Jones Template:Tooltip
Chad Chaffin Template:Tooltip
Haas CNC Racing 0 Mike Bliss Bootie Barker Monte Carlo
Hendrick Motorsports (Start Your Engines!) 5 Kyle Busch (R) Alan Gustafson Impala
24 Jeff Gordon Robbie Loomis
25 Brian Vickers Lance McGrew
48 Jimmie Johnson Chad Knaus
Joe Gibbs Racing 11 Denny Hamlin (R) Dave Rogers Template:Tooltip
Mike Ford Template:Tooltip
18 Bobby Labonte Steve Addington
20 Tony Stewart Greg Zipadelli
80 Jason Leffler Bryant Frazier
MB2 Motorsports 01 Jerry Nadeau Ryan Pemberton Monte Carlo
MBV Motorsports 10 Scott Riggs Doug Randolph Monte Carlo
Morgan-McClure Motorsports (Start Your Engines!) 4 Ernie Irvan Chris Carrier Monte Carlo
NEMCO Motorsports 67 Joe Nemechek Gary Putnam Monte Carlo
87 John Nemechek Eric Phillips
PPI Motorsports 32 Bobby Hamilton, Jr. Template:Tooltip Harold Holly Impala
Ron Fellows Template:Tooltip
Earnhardt-Childress Racing (Start Your Engines!) 3 Jeff Burton Kevin Hamlin Monte Carlo
30 Kevin Harvick Todd Berrier
31 Dave Blaney Phillipe Lopez
Robby Gordon Motorsports 7 Robby Gordon Bob Temple Impala
Dodge BAM Racing 49 Ken Schrader David Hyder 2003 Stratus
Bill Davis Racing 22 Scott Wimmer Derrick Finley Charger
Chip Ganassi Racing
with Felix Sabates
39 Jamie McMurray Tony Glover Stratus
40 Sterling Marlin Template:Tooltip Donnie Wingo
Scott Pruett Template:Tooltip
41 Casey Mears Jimmy Elledge
42 Kenny Irwin, Jr. Lee McCall
Evernham Motorsports 9 Kasey Kahne Tommy Baldwin Jr. Charger
19 Jeremy Mayfield Kenny Francis
91 Blaise Alexander Sammy Johns
Penske-Jasper Racing 2 Rusty Wallace Larry Carter Charger
12 Ryan Newman Matt Borland
77 Travis Kvapil (R) Shane Wilson
Petty Enterprises 43 John Andretti Greg Steadman Stratus
44 Jeff Green Mark Tudor
45 Adam Petty Paul Andrews
46 Austin Petty Steven Lane
R&J Racing 73 Kevin Lepage Template:Tooltip Billy Poindexter 2004 Intrepid
Anthony Lazzaro Template:Tooltip
Tony Raines Template:Tooltip
Mike Garvey Template:Tooltip
Jimmy Spencer Template:Tooltip
Mike Skinner Template:Tooltip
Ford Orr Motorsports 37 Rodney Orr John Page Taurus
Peak Fitness Racing 66 Hermie Sadler Template:Tooltip James Ince Mustang
Mike Garvey Template:Tooltip
Johnny Borneman, III Template:Tooltip
Jimmy Spencer Template:Tooltip
Kevin Lepage Template:Tooltip
Robert Yates Racing 38 Elliott Sadler Todd Parrott Template:Tooltip
Kevin Buskirk Template:Tooltip
88 Dale Jarrett Mike Ford Template:Tooltip
Bill Wilburn Template:Tooltip
Todd Parrott Template:Tooltip
Roush Racing 6 Mark Martin Pat Tryson Roush Mustang
17 Matt Kenseth Robbie Reiser
60 Greg Biffle Doug Richert
97 Kurt Busch Template:Tooltip Jimmy Fennig
Kenny Wallace Template:Tooltip
99 Carl Edwards Bob Osborne
Steele/Favre Motorsports 16 Tim Steele Joey Knuckles Taurus
90 Tony Roper Darrell Bryant
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Ricky Rudd Michael McSwain Shelby GT500

Limited schedule

Casa Team No. Driver(s) Crew Chief Rounds Model
Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Braun Racing 08 Shane Hmiel Keith Montgomery Template:Tooltip 2004 Monte Carlo
McGlynn Racing Ryan McGlynn Template:Tooltip
Derrike Cope Template:Tooltip
Conely Racing 79 Stan Boyd Template:Tooltip Monte Carlo
Derrike Cope Template:Tooltip
Bryan Reffner Template:Tooltip
Competitive Edge Motorsports 51 Stuart Kirby Template:Tooltip 2002 Monte Carlo
Bryan Reffner Template:Tooltip
Mike Garvey Template:Tooltip
Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (Start Your Engines!) 03 Martin Truex, Jr. Pete Rondeau Template:Tooltip Monte Carlo
Paul Menard Template:Tooltip
Furniture Row Racing 78 Kenny Wallace Template:Tooltip 2002 Camaro
Jerry Robertson Template:Tooltip
Hendrick Motorsports (Start Your Engines!) 44 Terry Labonte Peter Sospenzo Template:Tooltip Monte Carlo
MB Sutton Motorsports 36 Boris Said Template:Tooltip Monte Carlo
Mach 1 Motorsports 34 Randy LaJoie Mike Steurer Template:Tooltip 2003 Impala
Steve Portenga Template:Tooltip
Jeff Fuller Template:Tooltip
P. J. Jones Template:Tooltip
Joey McCarthy Template:Tooltip
Ted Christopher Template:Tooltip
Eric McClure (R) Template:Tooltip
Chad Chaffin Template:Tooltip
NEMCO Motorsports 87 Chris Cook Template:Tooltip Monte Carlo
Raabe Racing Enterprises 73 Eric McClure (R) Tim Brewer Template:Tooltip 2002 Camaro
Earnhardt-Childress Racing (Start Your Engines!) 33 Kerry Earnhardt Gil Martin Template:Tooltip Monte Carlo
Clint Bowyer Template:Tooltip
Brian Simo Template:Tooltip
Stanton Barrett Motorsports 95 Stanton Barrett David Ifft Template:Tooltip
Mike Dayton Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip 2003 Monte Carlo
SWAT Racing 55 Derrike Cope Template:Tooltip 2004 Monte Carlo
Dodge Arnold Motorsports 50 Jimmy Spencer Template:Tooltip 2002 Stratus
Jorge Goeters Template:Tooltip
Bill Davis Racing 23 Mike Skinner Doug Wolcott Template:Tooltip Charger
Johnny Benson, Jr. Template:Tooltip
Bobby Hamilton Racing 04 Bobby Hamilton Danny Rollins Template:Tooltip 2004 Intrepid
Buddy Sisco Racing 61 Jeff Fuller Template:Tooltip 2002 Intrepid
Tony Raines Template:Tooltip
Wayne Anderson Template:Tooltip
Chip Ganassi Racing
with Felix Sabates
39 Bill Elliott Lee McCall Template:Tooltip Stratys
Scott Pruett Template:Tooltip
David Stremme Template:Tooltip
Reed Sorenson Template:Tooltip
Evernham Motorsports 98 Bill Elliott Chris Andrews Template:Tooltip Charger
GIC-Mixon Motorsports 93 Geoffrey Bodine Lee McCall Template:Tooltip 2004 Intreid
Phoenix Racing 09 Johnny Sauter Tony Liberati Template:Tooltip
Ralph Wingfield Template:Tooltip
Marc Reno Template:Tooltip
Joe Shear, Jr. Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip Charger
Bobby Hamilton Template:Tooltip
Reed Sorenson Template:Tooltip
Rick Ware Racing 52 Larry Gunselman Rick Ware Template:Tooltip Charger
Derrike Cope Template:Tooltip
José Luis Ramírez Template:Tooltip
Rinaldi Racing 75 Wayne Anderson Barry Haefele Template:Tooltip Stratus
Mike Garvey Template:Tooltip
Sacks Motorsports 13 Greg Sacks Paul Sacks Template:Tooltip 2004 Stratus
Shepherd Racing Ventures 89 Morgan Shepherd Troy Kelly Template:Tooltip 2004 Intrepid
Jason Jarrett Template:Tooltip
Ford Kirk Shelmerdine Racing 27 Kirk Shelmerdine Phil Harris Template:Tooltip Taurus
Brad Teague Template:Tooltip
Tom Hubert Template:Tooltip
Ted Christopher Template:Tooltip
ppc Racing 14 John Andretti Dave Charpentier Template:Tooltip 2004 Taurus
Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!)
Michael Waltrip Racing 00 David Reutimann Gere Kennon Template:Tooltip
Dom Turse Template:Tooltip
Ryan McGlynn Template:Tooltip
Jeff Spraker Template:Tooltip
Terry Wooten Template:Tooltip
Dennis Fieble Template:Tooltip
Butch Hylton Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip Impala

2002 Camaro

2004 Monte Carlo


2004 Intrepid

2004 Stratus

2004 Taurus

Johnny Benson, Jr. Template:Tooltip
Kenny Wallace Template:Tooltip
Bill Davis Racing Template:Tooltip
Mach 1 Motorsports Mike Skinner Template:Tooltip
McGlynn Racing Carl Long Template:Tooltip
Derrike Cope Template:Tooltip
80 Carl Long Stan Hover Template:Tooltip
Dom Turse Template:Tooltip
Dennis Fieble Template:Tooltip
Hover Motorsports Template:Tooltip
Andy Belmont Template:Tooltip
Joe Gibbs Racing J. J. Yeley Template:Tooltip
Ash Motorsports 02 Brandon Ash Ed Ash Template:Tooltip 2004 Intrepid


Manufacturer Changes

  • Dodge replaced the discontinued Intrepid with the newly-relaunched Charger. The Stratus remained in competition
  • Ford introduced the newly-redesigned Mustang into competition.


No. Race Title Track Date TV
Budweiser Shootout Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach February 12 MGM
Gatorade Duel February 17 MGM
1 Daytona 500 February 20 MGM
2 Subway 400 North Carolina Speedway, Rockingham February 27 FOX
3 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada March 13 FOX
4 Budweiser 400 Riverside International Raceway, Moreno Valley March 20 MGM
5 Old Spice 400 Gateway International Raceway, Madison April 3 CBS
6 Advance Auto Parts 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway April 10 FOX
7 Samsung/Radio Shack 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth April 17 FOX
8 Subway Fresh 500 Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix April 23 FOX
9 Aaron's 499 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega May 1 FOX
10 Howard Johnson's 400 Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain May 7 CBS
11 Chevy American Revolution 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond May 14 FX
NASCAR Open Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord May 21 FX
NASCAR All-Star Challenge FX
12 Coca-Cola 600 May 29 FOX
13 Music City 420 Presented by TNN Music City Motorplex, Nashville June 5 TNN
14 Camp Lazlo 400 Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth June 12 FOX


15 McDonald's 400 Chicago Motor Speedway, Cicero June 19 FOX
16 USG Sheetrock 400 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet June 26 FOX
17 Pepsi 400 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach July 2 MGM
18 Batman Begins 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn July 10 NBC
19 New England 300 New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon July 17 TBS
20 Pennsylvania 500 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond July 24 TBS
21 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway August 7 MGM
22 Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen August 14 MGM
23 Jacob's Grand Prix Brands Hatch, West Kingsdown, Kent, England August 21 NBC
24 Sharpie 500 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol August 27 NBC
25 Mountain Dew Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington September 4 MGM
26 Keystone Light 400 Milwaukee Mile, West Allis September 10 TBS
27 Tyson Holly Farms 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro September 18 TBS
28 MBNA NASCAR RacePoints 400 Dover International Speedway, Dover September 25 TBS
29 UAW-Ford 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega October 2 MGM
30 Banquet 400 Presented by ConAgra Foods Kansas Speedway, Kansas City October 9 MGM
31 UAW-GM Quality Roval 500 Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord (Roval) October 15 MGM
32 Auto Club 500 California Speedway, Fontana October 23 MGM
33 Ford 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead October 30 MGM


34 Dodge/Save Mart 350 Infineon Raceway, Sonoma November 6 MGM
35 Checker Auto Parts 500 Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix November 13 NBC
36 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton November 20 MGM


No. Race Pole position Most laps led Winning driver Model
Budweiser Shootout Dale Jarrett Greg Biffle Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Impala
Gatorade Duel 1 Dale Jarrett Jeff Gordon Michael Waltrip Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Gatorade Duel 2 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Tony Stewart Chevrolet Impala
1 Daytona 500 Dale Jarrett Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Chevrolet Impala
2 Subway 400 Jeff Gordon Greg Biffle John Andretti Dodge Stratus
3 UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 Ryan Newman Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Impala
4 Budweiser 400 Ryan Newman Jimmie Johnson Carl Edwards Ford Roush Mustang
5 Old Spice 500 Elliott Sadler Rusty Wallace Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Monte Carlo
6 Advance Auto Parts 500 Scott Riggs Tony Stewart Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Impala
7 Samsung/Radio Shack 500 Ryan Newman Greg Biffle Greg Biffle Ford Roush Mustang
8 Subway Fresh 500 Jeff Gordon Kurt Busch Kurt Busch Ford Roush Mustang
9 Aaron's 499 Kevin Harvick Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Impala
10 Howard Johnson's 400 Kasey Kahne Greg Biffle Greg Biffle Ford Roush Mustang
11 Chevy American Revolution 400 Kasey Kahne Kasey Kahne Kasey Kahne Dodge Charger
Nextel Open Mike Bliss Mike Bliss Brian Vickers Chevrolet Impala
Nextel All-Star Challenge Ryan Newman Ryan Newman Mark Martin Ford Roush Mustang
12 Coca-Cola 600 Ryan Newman Brian Vickers Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Impala
13 Music City 420 Presented by TNN Jimmie Johnson Greg Biffle Adam Petty Dodge Stratus
14 Avatar: The Last Airbender 400 Michael Waltrip Brian Vickers Steve Park Chevrolet Monte Carlo
15 McDonald's 400 Ryan Newman Tony Stewart Greg Biffle Ford Roush Mustang
16 USG Sheetrock 400 Jimmie Johnson Matt Kenseth Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Monte Carlo
17 Pepsi 400 Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Chevrolet Impala
18 Batman Begins 400 Jeff Gordon Tony Stewart Greg Biffle Chevrolet Impala
19 New England 300 Brian Vickers Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Chevrolet Impala
20 Pennsylvania 500 Jamie McMurray Kurt Busch Kurt Busch Ford Roush Mustang
21 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Elliott Sadler Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Chevrolet Impala
22 Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Chevrolet Impala
23 Jacob's Grand Prix Joe Nemechek Kurt Busch Ron Fellows Chevrolet Impala
24 Sharpie 500 Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Mustang
25 Mountain Dew Southern 500 Carl Edwards Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Chevrolet Impala
26 Keystone Light 400 Rusty Wallace Jeff Gordon Jeff Burton Chevrolet Monte Carlo
27 Tyson Holly Farms 400 Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Ernie Irvan Chevrolet Monte Carlo
28 MBNA NASCAR RacePoints 400 Ryan Newman Kurt Busch Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Impala
29 UAW-Ford 500 Elliott Sadler Tony Stewart Dale Jarrett Ford Taurus
30 Banquet 400 Presented by ConAgra Foods Matt Kenseth Mark Martin Mark Martin Ford Roush Mustang
31 UAW-GM Quality Roval 500 Elliott Sadler Elliott Sadler Jeff Burton Chevrolet Monte Carlo
32 Auto Club 500 Kyle Busch Joe Nemechek Tim Steele Ford Taurus
33 Ford 400 Carl Edwards Carl Edwards Austin Petty Dodge Stratus
34 Dodge Save/Mart 350 Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon Tony Stewart Chevrolet Impala
35 Checker Auto Parts 500 Denny Hamlin Greg Biffle Kyle Busch Chevrolet Impala
36 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 Ryan Newman Dale Earnhardt Jr. Carl Edwards Ford Roush Mustang