2004 Pop Secret 500

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2004 Pop Secret 500
Race details[1]
Race 25 of 36 in the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season
Track map of the speedway at Auto Club Speedway AKA California Speedway
Track map of the speedway at Auto Club Speedway AKA California Speedway
Date September 5, 2004 (2004-September-05)
Official name Pop Secret 500
Location California Speedway, Fontana, California
Course Permanent racing facility
2.0 mi (3.23 km)
Distance 250 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
Average speed 128.324 miles per hour (206.517 km/h)
Attendance 90,000
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Most laps led
Driver Mark Martin Roush Racing
Laps 65
No. 38 Elliott Sadler Robert Yates Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach, Jr.

The 2004 Pop Secret 500 was a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series stock car race held on September 5, 2004 at California Speedway in Fontana, California. Contested over 250 laps on the 2-mile (3.23 km) asphalt D-shaped oval, it was the twenty-fifth race of the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. Elliott Sadler of Robert Yates Racing won the race.[1]

The first fall race at California Speedway would be held on Labor Day weekend, bumping the Mountain Dew Southern 500 off as part of the 2004 NASCAR Realignment. Brian Vickers won the pole. Portions of this race were filmed for the 2005 film Herbie: Fully Loaded. Rookie Kasey Kahne got his fifth second-place finish of the season.

Top 10 results

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 38 Elliott Sadler Robert Yates Racing Ford
2 9 Kasey Kahne Evernham Motorsports Dodge
3 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford
4 42 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge
5 12 Ryan Newman Penske Racing Dodge
6 99 Carl Edwards Roush Racing Ford
7 10 Scott Riggs MBV Motorsports Chevrolet
8 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford
9 31 Robby Gordon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
10 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Dodge

Race statistics

  • Time of race: 3:53:47
  • Average Speed: 128.324 miles per hour (206.517 km/h)
  • Pole Speed: 187.417
  • Cautions: 11 for 51 laps
  • Margin of Victory: 0.263
  • Lead changes: 29
  • Percent of race run under caution: 20.4%
  • Average green flag run: 16.6 laps


  1. ^ a b "Official Race Results: Pop Secret 500". NASCAR. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on September 9, 2004. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
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