2004 Sylvania 300

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2004 Sylvania 300
Race details
Race 27 of 36 in the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season
Date September 19, 2004 (2004-September-19)
Location New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire
Course Permanent racing facility
1.058 mi (1.702 km)
Distance 300 laps, 317.4 mi (510.805 km)
Average speed 109.753 miles per hour (176.630 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Time no time trials
Most laps led
Driver Kurt Busch Roush Racing
Laps 155
Winner
No. 97 Kurt Busch Roush Racing
Television in the United States
Network TNT
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons, & Wally Dallenbach

The 2004 Sylvania 300 was a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race held on September 19, 2004 at New Hampshire International Speedway, in Loudon, New Hampshire. Contested at 300 laps on the 1.058 mile (1.702 km) speedway, it was the 27th race of the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season. Kurt Busch of Roush Racing won the race.

Background

New Hampshire International Speedway is a 1.058-mile (1.703 km) oval speedway located in Loudon, New Hampshire which has hosted NASCAR racing annually since the early 1990s, as well as an IndyCar weekend and the oldest motorcycle race in North America, the Loudon Classic. Nicknamed "The Magic Mile", the speedway is often converted into a 1.6-mile (2.6 km) road course, which includes much of the oval. The track was originally the site of Bryar Motorsports Park before being purchased and redeveloped by Bob Bahre. The track is currently one of eight major NASCAR tracks owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports.

Summary

The 2004 Sylvania 300 was the first time drivers raced in the Chase for the Nextel Cup format. Rain cancelled qualifying, prompting the grid to be set from owner's points. Jeff Gordon led them down to the green flag. Afterward, Greg Biffle got in the back of Robby Gordon sending Gordon spinning. Later in the race Robby Gordon spun Biffle collecting Chase contenders Tony Stewart and Jeremy Mayfield. Robby Gordon was penalized two laps for aggressive driving. Kurt Busch won the race to start his run toward his first Nextel Cup Series championship.

Top 10 results

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 97 Kurt Busch Roush Racing Ford
2 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford
3 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet
4 9 Kasey Kahne Evernham Motorsports Dodge
5 42 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge
6 01 Joe Nemechek HMBV Motorsports Chevrolet
7 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
8 38 Elliott Sadler Robert Yates Racing Ford
9 15 Michael Waltrip Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet
10 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

Race Statistics

  • Time of race: 2:53:31
  • Average Speed: 109.753 miles per hour (176.630 km/h)
  • Pole Speed: no time trials
  • Cautions: 7 for 30 laps
  • Margin of Victory: 2.488 sec
  • Lead changes: 15
  • Percent of race run under caution: 10%
  • Average green flag run: 33.8 laps

References

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