Tony Stewart led the most laps, but Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon had the emotional victory, winning almost a year after the tragic plane crash that took the lives of all ten on board, including several members of the Hendrick family. Stock photography by izmostock. Before the race, Greg Biffle had promised to reporters and commentators that he would have the lead within 5 laps. The main story out of the Gatorade Duel was a racing accident between Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick , which turned into a minor feud. On lap , the last caution of the race is brought out after Kasey Kahne hits the wall, and after pitting Greg Biffle takes the lead. Earnhardt expressed that his decision was based entirely on his desires to achieve his career goal of a Sprint Cup Championship , and his apparent belief that he would not be able to attain that objective while driving for DEI.
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With 34 laps to go, the 7th caution came out because Jason Leffler was in trouble. At Talladega, Earnhardt started cgex and led for 31 laps. Mark Martin got his first victory of the season as Roush Racing cars finished 1—2—3.
Greg Biffle led a race-high of laps en route to his third Nextel Cup victory of An error by Johnson lost him 0. Tony Stewart led the most laps, but Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon had the emotional victory, winning almost a year after the tragic plane crash that took the lives of all ten on board, including several members of the Hendrick family. His father also used No. At Kansas, he started 22nd and finished 15th.
Earnhardt and Letarte reassured that this move would not interfere from them winning races and competing for the championship at season’s end.
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He followed that up five days later with a win in the first of the Gatorade Duels. Retrieved December 19, However, with a caution for a crash on lap 43, Earnhardt got the free pass to get back on the lead lap. However, while Earnhardt was leading after the nasxar from a fhex caution due to a rain delayDenny Hamlin cut a tire and the carcass came up the track and was struck by Earnhardt’s splitter and also by Jimmie Johnson ‘s car, causing significant damage.
Ultimately Earnhardt would end up 13 laps behind. The regular season finale would take place at Richmond for the 26th race.
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Jeremy Mayfield gambled on fuel mileage, taking the lead in the waning laps to win the race. Vehicle Type see all. Newman and Johnson battled for the lead at the restart. These are hard to see unless looking hard. Vickers and Kyle Busch later criticized Earnhardt, who denied purposely clipping Vickers.
In the end, the ten racers who qualified for the Chase for the Cup were: He then went on to win the first Can-Am Duel race for the second year in a row.
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The team will enter the Daytona and eleven other events on super speedways that are at least a mile and a half long. Take Us With You! At Talladega, he went a lap down early after some banging with Joe Nemechek. In the fall, Earnhardt became the first driver to sweep a weekend at Bristol by winning both the Busch and Cup races in the same weekend.
Magic Johnson gave the command to drivers to start their engines, and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger waved the green flag, which was taken by year-old Kyle Busch.
However, Nemechek’s success was short-lived: Anscar think it would look great in your collection. Leading into the final race before the Chase, ten racers were still mathematically contending for the final four spots in the Chase and only one point separated Jamie McMurray in 10th from Ryan Newman in 11th.
In Victory Lane, he stated, “I’m just too damn fat to be climbing fences, but had to! Retrieved April 30, During the race at New Chxe, he experienced moost second engine failure of his season, ultimately leading to a 43rd-place finish.
Jamie McMurray saw the signal, and slowed down, but the driver behind him, Scott Riggsdid not. He then sweated out a four lap shootout on the last restart to take his 3rd win of the year, marking the first time since that a driver swept both Pocono races Denny Hamlin was the last driver.