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Wed 15 Dec 2004
BUSCH: Truex Jr celebrates championshipHeadline

BUSCH: Truex Jr celebrates championship

New Jersey's Martin Truex Jr was toast of the town as the Busch series invaded Orlando Florida to hold its annual awards ceremony. Filling the Tuscan Ballroom of the Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal studios Truex, in his first full year in the...

Wed 08 Dec 2004
Gracious Busch accepts his awardsHeadline

Gracious Busch accepts his awards

After a crazy week of television appearances and functions, inaugural NEXTEL Cup series champion Kurt Busch finally got to collect his check. Busch was awarded 5.36 million dollars for his efforts in 2004, which led him to his first Cup ...

Fri 26 Nov 2004
Kurt Busch holds on to win the championshipHeadline

Kurt Busch holds on to win the championship

It came down to the last lap -- and even beyond -- to determine the inaugural NEXTEL Cup champion at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In the end, Kurt Busch drove the wheels off the No. 97 Roush Racing Ford to take fifth place and earn his first Cup ...

Wed 24 Nov 2004
Biffle brings home victory at HomesteadHeadline

Biffle brings home victory at Homestead

Greg Biffle made the move to pass Tony Stewart as the field received the final green flag, and just as Stewart appeared to run out of fuel. The race ended under the green-white-checkered rule as Biffle took the win in the season finale at the ...

Tue 23 Nov 2004
BUSCH: Harvick scores season finale at HomesteadHeadline

BUSCH: Harvick scores season finale at Homestead

Kevin Harvick scored the win in what was a wild NASCAR Busch Series finale at the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway oval on Saturday. The race ended with the green-white-checkered sequence, with Harvick clinching his 13th career Busch ...

Sun 21 Nov 2004
Biffle paces final practice at HomesteadHeadline

Biffle paces final practice at Homestead

Greg Biffle paced the final practice in his No. 16 Roush Racing Ford at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup series finale on Sunday. Biffle has emerged as a strong contender to win the Ford 400; he qualified second and was quickest...

Kurt Busch on pole for season finaleHeadline

Kurt Busch on pole for season finale

NASCAR Nextel Cup series points leader Kurt Busch made his stand going into the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Busch, who leads the standings by just 18 points, will start the No. 97 Roush Ford from the pole for the Ford ...

Martin sentimental favorite heading into finaleHeadline

Martin sentimental favorite heading into finale

Earlier this season Mark Martin announced that 2005 will be his final year in NEXTEL Cup racing. After 23 years in NASCAR's premium league where he racked up 33 wins, Martin is the sentimental favorite to win the title. Press conference:...

Sat 20 Nov 2004
A review of ESPN's upcoming Earnhardt biopicHeadline

A review of ESPN's upcoming Earnhardt biopic

A review of ESPN's upcoming Dale Earnhardt biopic Special to by Bill King Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 16, 2004 - The house lights came up as images faded on the big screen. Three score ink-stained wretches and talking heads from...

Sun 14 Nov 2004
Jeff Gordon seeks to gain groundHeadline

Jeff Gordon seeks to gain ground

With just two races remaining to decide the 2004 Cup series championship, no one is in better position to pull it off than four-time champion Jeff Gordon. Gordon trails leader Kurt Busch by just 41 points entering one of Gordon's strongest ...

Sat 13 Nov 2004
The last Southern 500Headline

The last Southern 500

This weekend NASCAR brings to a close a rich part of stock car racing history: on Sunday, the final Southern 500 will be run at Darlington Raceway. In a world where traditions are as sacred as used tissues, it might not come as a surprise that ...

Tue 09 Nov 2004
Earnhardt soars in darkness to PIR winHeadline

Earnhardt soars in darkness to PIR win

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. dominated at Phoenix International Raceway to earn his sixth win of the season. Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon mounted a charge on Earnhardt but a series of late-race cautions slowed their progress. Dale Earnhardt ...

Mon 08 Nov 2004
BUSCH: McMurray grabs PIR victoryHeadline

BUSCH: McMurray grabs PIR victory

Jamie McMurray had a mirror full of Kyle Busch as the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 came to a close at Phoenix International Raceway. But in the end McMurray held off the young Busch to grab Ganassi Racing's first victory in the series. It was McMurray...

Sun 07 Nov 2004
Martin to mark milestone in PhoenixHeadline

Martin to mark milestone in Phoenix

When Mark Martin straps himself into his Roush Racing Ford Taurus to take the green flag on Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, he will become the 13th driver in the modern history of NASCAR to make his 600th start. Mark ...

Robby Gordon fastest in Phoenix Happy HourHeadline

Robby Gordon fastest in Phoenix Happy Hour

Robby Gordon piloting the No. 31 RCR Chevrolet turned the fastest lap in final practice for NEXTEL Cup teams. Gordon's lap of 130.312 mph bested the field b nearly one mile-per-hour. Robby Gordon. Photo by Kurt Dahlstrom. "The guys...

Newman captures PIR poleHeadline

Newman captures PIR pole

Ryan Newman captured his fourth consecutive pole tonight, for the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Newman went out late in the session and knocked off rookie Brian Vickers, who had gone out second, and sits atop the grid ...

Tue 02 Nov 2004
Johnson takes emotional win in AtlantaHeadline

Johnson takes emotional win in Atlanta

Jimmie Johnson, carrying photos of remembrance of the fallen passengers of flight 501 on the hood, wheeled his No. 48 Chevy into victory lane at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This was Johnson's third consecutive win, and first since the plane crash that...

Sun 31 Oct 2004
Points leader Busch rolls into AtlantaHeadline

Points leader Busch rolls into Atlanta

It's hard to think of Kurt Busch as a late bloomer. The 26-year-old Las Vegas native has enjoyed a meteoric rise to stock car racing's highest level. Yet Busch always seems to save his best for last. Kurt Busch. Photo by Eric ...

Sat 30 Oct 2004
Burton named to drive No. 31 RCR ChevyHeadline

Burton named to drive No. 31 RCR Chevy

As many had expected, Richard Childress Racing and Cingular Wireless announced that veteran driver Jeff Burton will assume driving duties of the No. 31 Chevy at the start of the 2005 season. Burton moves from the No. 30 RCR car and replaces Robby...

Newman grabs pole at AtlantaHeadline

Newman grabs pole at Atlanta

Speed demon Ryan Newman has seeming carved out a permanent spot at the top of the NEXTEL Cup series speed chart, scoring his third consecutive pole in Atlanta. Newman put down a lap of 191.575 mph to earn his series-high eighth pole of the ...

Tue 26 Oct 2004
Johnson wins MartinsvilleHeadline

Johnson wins Martinsville

Jimmie Johnson took the lead for the final time on lap 439 to earn the first short track win of his career on the 0.75-mile Martinsville Speedway. The Henderick Motorsports' driver took his second consecutive win in the 'Chase for the...

Sat 23 Oct 2004
Newman shatters track record at MartinsvilleHeadline

Newman shatters track record at Martinsville

Under threatening skies, NEXTEL Cup teams took to the short track at Martinsville Speedway for time-trial efforts after a forty minute delay due to AM showers, and "rocket man" Ryan Newman shattered the old track record by nearly two miles per...

Tue 19 Oct 2004
It's a season sweep for Johnson at CharlotteHeadline

It's a season sweep for Johnson at Charlotte

Jimmie Johnson performed the season sweep of both NEXTEL Cup races at Lowe's Motor Speedway, by scoring the win in the UAW-GM 500. It is Johnson's fifth win of the season, which ties Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for the most wins this ...

Sun 10 Oct 2004
Surprising Sadler a championship contenderHeadline

Surprising Sadler a championship contender

Sometimes it's hard to take Elliott Sadler seriously. The 29-year-old Virginian has an easy-going attitude and a great sense of humor. He looks as comfortable playing video games or basketball as he does behind the wheel of a race ...