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|2005 Food City 250|
Ryan Newman Celebrates in Victory Lane
|Location||Bristol Motor Speedway|
|Date||August 25, 2005|
|Pole Sitter||Kyle Busch|
|Pole Speed||125.404 mph|
|Margin of Victory||.273 seconds|
|Average Speed||58.81 mph|
|Cautions||12 for 100 laps|
|Points Leader||Martin Truex, Jr + 194|
- The GIC-Mixon Motorsports #24 team withdrew before practice.
- Reed Sorenson, who was second fastest in practice, slammed the wall halfway through practice and went to a backup.
- Kertus Davis spun without contact.
In a stunning turn of events, NASCAR announced that Brian Pattie, crew chief for Reed Sorenson was ejected from the track in a post-practice event. It was later revealed that Pattie had been soaking tires and was suspended for four races. Sorenson, who was locked into the field, skipped qualifying and would start 42nd.
Kyle Busch won the pole, setting a lap of 15.301. Martin Truex Jr., the points leader would start 2nd. Those who did not qualify: Ron Hornaday (#30), Jeff Fuller (#7), Eric McClure (#04), Kevin LePage (#72), Ron Young (#71), Brent Sherman (#10), Brad Teague (#52), John Hayden (#85), Tim Sauter (#56), David Ragan #16).
To the BackEdit
- 23-Mark Green-Engine Change
- 43-Jeff Green-Transmission Change
- 99-Michael Waltrip-Impound adjustments
- 41-Reed Sorenson-Rules violation
Kyle Busch led the field to the green and simply dominated the early portion of the race, leading during two early crashes. On lap 22, Clay Rogers wrecked out in Turn 3. Then, ten laps after the restart, Jason Leffler, Randy LaJoie and Jon Wood had a large accident in Turn 2.
Kyle Busch lost the lead when Reed Sorenson spun and Busch hit pit road when it was closed. That mistake would put him to the back of the line when the race restarted. Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle each lead a lap under caution and then David Stremme used pit strategy to take the lead. However, pouring rain extended the caution and then caused a red flag for 1:32:12.
The race restarted on lap 86, and only went ten laps before Stanton Barrett wrecked his number #36 Darden Company Pontiac wrecked with a flat right-front tire. Stremme stayed out on the caution, but Denny Hamlin quickly flew past him on the restart. Hamlin, however, lost the lead on pit stops when Paul Menard wrecked on lap 139. Ryan Newman took the lead.
More rain delayed the race for an half-hour on lap 155-171. In what must of been a first, Derrike Cope was nowhere to be found to restart and hisJay Robinson Racing had to retire the car. Eight laps after the restart, a massive wreck involving ten cars put the field back under caution. Involved were Kyle Busch and Bobby Labonte.
Newman began to show his dominance when the race restarted and was aided when second-place Kasey Kahne spun off the apron while trying to pass Newman. Biffle tried to take the lead on the restart, but Ashton Lewis wrecked and the race went right back to caution. The next run, Biffle kept track with Newman. However, just like Kahne, Biffle could not find room to pass Newman. He was losing ground to Newman, when Carl Edwards spun in turn four.
This set up a restart with eleven laps to go. Biffle could not capitalize there either and staying menacingly close to Newman when another caution for J.J. Yeley's spin put the field under caution and a green-white-checkered resulted. Biffle once again tried hard, and pulled to Newman's door a number of times. The pair recieved the white flag side-by-side, but Biffle slipped, allowing Newman to win by .273 seconds.
|4||14||2||Clint Bowyer||AC Delco||Chevy||252||0||running|
|5||15||1||Johnny Sauter||Yellow Transportation||Dodge||252||0||running|
|6||2||8||Martin Truex, Jr||Bass Pro Shops||Chevy||252||0||running|
|7||6||Dale Earnhardt, Jr||Menards||Chevy||252||0||running|
|9||26||33||Tony Raines||Outdoor Channel||Chevy||252||0||running|
|11||42||41||Reed Sorenson||Home 123||Dodge||252||0||running|
|13||16||20||Denny Hamlin||Rockwell Automation||Chevy||252||38||running|
|14||31||38||Tyler Walker||Great Clips||Dodge||252||0||running|
|17||27||84||Randy Lajoie||Dollar General||Chevy||252||0||running|
|21||25||34||Todd Bodine||Dexter's Labratory||Chevy||252||0||running|
|23||40||44||Justin Labonte||Coast Guard||Chevy||252||0||running|
|25||12||40||Sterling Marlin||Family Dollar||Dodge||252||0||running|
|32||38||58||Regan Smith||Samson Stone||Dodge||248||0||running|
|33||36||0||Kertus Davis||Race Girl||Chevy||248||0||running|
|39||37||Derrike Cope||Mighty Ezy||Ford||159||0||quit|
|40||39||75||Jay Sauter||Food Country USA||Chevy||147||0||rear end|
|42||34||36||Stanton Barrett||Darden Company||Pontiac||95||0||crash|
|43||32||91||Clay Rogers||Speed Zone||Dodge||20||0||crash|
- Yellow indicates a Nextel Cup Series regular
- Green indicates a full-time driver in both Busch and Cup.
- Blue indicates a regular Busch Series driver
Top Ten in PointsEdit
1) Martin Truex Jr. (6th)
2) Clint Bowyer (4th)
3) Reed Sorenson (11th despite spin and issues)
4) Carl Edwards (29th)
5) Denny Hamlin (13th)
6) Kenny Wallace (35th)
7) David Green (27th)
8) David Stremme (26th)
9) Paul Menard (41st)
10) Jason Keller (12th)