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The 2005 Food City 250 was a Busch Series race held at Bristol Motor Speedway in August 2005. It was won by Ryan Newman, who won his third consecutive race.

2005 Food City 250
Ryan Newman Celebrates in Victory Lane
General info
Series Busch Series
Location Bristol Motor Speedway
Date August 25, 2005
Pole Sitter Kyle Busch
Pole Speed 125.404 mph
Race Data
Winner Ryan Newman
Margin of Victory .273 seconds
Average Speed 58.81 mph
Cautions 12 for 100 laps
Points Leader Martin Truex, Jr + 194

Practice NotesEdit

  • Reed Sorenson, who was second fastest in practice, slammed the wall halfway through practice and went to a backup.

Qualifying EventsEdit

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).

Race RewindEdit

To the BackEdit

  1. 23-Mark Green-Engine Change
  2. 43-Jeff Green-Transmission Change
  3. 99-Michael Waltrip-Impound adjustments
  4. 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.


Finish Start No. Name Sponsor Make Laps Laps Lead Status
1 339PenskeRyan Newman AlltelDodge252114running
2 466Greg BiffleDuraflameFord2521running
3 2021RCRBuschKevin HarvickReese'sChevy2520running
4 142Clint Bowyer AC DelcoChevy2520running
5 151Johnny SauterYellow TransportationDodge2520running
6 28Martin Truex, JrBass Pro ShopsChevy2520running
7 681menardsblueDale Earnhardt, JrMenardsChevy2520running
8 2464Jamie McMurrayTop-FliteDodge2520running
9 2633Tony RainesOutdoor ChannelChevy2520running
10 2219Bobby LabonteBanquetChevy2520running
11 4241Reed SorensonHome 123Dodge2520running
12 935Jason KellerSnap-OnFord2520running
13 1620Denny HamlinRockwell AutomationChevy25238running
14 3138Tyler WalkerGreat ClipsDodge2520running
15 1959Stacy ComptonKingsfordFord2520running
16 1346Robert PressleyTempstarFord2520running
17 2784Randy LajoieDollar GeneralChevy2520running
18 1043Jeff GreenChannellockDodge2520running
19 86Kasey KahneHellmann'sDodge2520running
20 2332Jason LefflerWinFuelChevy2520running
21 2534Todd BodineDexter's LabratoryChevy2520running
22 304BiagiBuschKevin HamlinGEICODodge2520running
23 4044Justin LabonteCoast GuardChevy2520running
24 1799Michael WaltripAaron'sDodge2520running
25 1240Sterling MarlinFamily DollarDodge2520running
26 1814David StremmeNavyDodge25236running
27 3527David GreenKleenexFord2520running
28 3323KCRMark GreenBMARChevy2520running
29 760Carl EdwardsCharterFord2520running
30 2918J.J. YeleyVigoroChevy2520running
31 2125marinesredAshton LewisMarinesFord2510running
32 3858Regan SmithSamson StoneDodge2480running
33 360Kertus DavisRace GirlChevy2480running
34 2812Joel KauffmanKaleidocolorsDodge2480running
35 1122Kenny WallaceAutoZoneFord2350running
36 4349advilSteve GrissomAdvilFord2290running
37 4147Jon WoodCloroxFord2030running
38 15Kyle BuschLowe'sChevy17763crash
39 3728jrrDerrike CopeMighty EzyFord1590quit
40 3975Jay SauterFood Country USAChevy1470rear end
41 511Paul MenardMenardsChevy1370crash
42 3436Stanton BarrettDarden CompanyPontiac950crash
43 3291Clay RogersSpeed ZoneDodge200crash

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)

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