NASCAR began the 2004 season under the care of a new title sponsor -- Nextel Communications -- and a new most-coveted prize: the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. In addition to a new name, the process for winning NASCAR's top prize also changed to a "Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup" among the top 10 drivers for the last 10 races of the season.

See how the revamped season played out -- and how Kurt Busch eked out a narrow victory over Jimmie Johnson to win the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup -- with our 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup results chart below.

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Ryan Newman and Dale Jarrett drive in the 2004 DHL 400, an event in the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season.
Ryan Newman (#12) and Dale Jarrett (#88) drive
in the 2004 DHL 400, one of the first
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season's events.
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2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Results

NumberDate
Site
Race Winner
Car
Speed
1 2/15/04 Daytona Beach, FL
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Chevrolet 156.345
2 2/22/04 Rockingham, NC
Matt Kenseth
Ford 112.016
3 3/07/04 Las Vegas, NV
Matt Kenseth Ford 128.790
4 3/14/04 Atlanta, GA
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet 158.679
5 3/21/04 Darlington, SC
Jimmie Johnson
Chevrolet 114.001
6 3/28/04 Bristol, TN
Kurt Busch
Ford 82.607
7 4/04/04 Ft. Worth, TX
Elliott Sadler
Ford 138.845
8 4/18/04 Martinsville, VA
Rusty Wallace
Dodge 68.169
9 4/25/04 Talladega, AL
Jeff Gordon
Chevrolet 129.396
10 5/02/04 Fontana, CA
Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 137.268
11 5/15/04 Richmond, VA
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet 98.253
12 5/30/04 Charlotte, NC
Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 142.763
13 6/06/04 Dover, DE
Mark Martin
Ford 97.042
14 6/13/04 Pocono, PA
Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 112.129
15 6/20/04 Brooklyn, MI
Ryan Newman
Dodge 139.292
16 6/27/04 Sears Point, CA
Jeff Gordon
Chevrolet 77.456
17 7/03/04 Daytona Beach, FL
Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 145.117
18 7/11/04 Chicago, IL
Tony Stewart
Chevrolet 129.507
19 7/25/04 Loudon, NH
Kurt Busch
Ford 97.862
20 8/01/04 Pocono, PA
Jimmie Johnson
Chevrolet 126.271
21 8/08/04 Indianapolis, IN
Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 115.037
22 8/15/04 Watkins Glen, NY
Tony Stewart
Chevrolet 92.249
23 8/22/04 Brooklyn, MI
Greg Biffle
Ford 139.063
24 8/28/04 Bristol, TN
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Chevrolet 88.538
25 9/05/04 Fontana, CA
Elliott Sadler
Ford 128.324
26 9/11/04 Richmond, VA
Jeremy Mayfield
Dodge 98.946
27 9/19/04 Loudon, NH
Kurt Busch
Ford 109.753
28 9/26/04 Dover, DE
Ryan Newman
Dodge 119.067
29 10/03/04 Talledega, AL
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Chevrolet 156.929
30 10/10/04 Kansas City, KS
Joe Nemechek
Chevrolet 128.058
31 10/16/04 Charlotte, NC
Jimmie Johnson
Chevrolet 130.214
32 10/24/04 Martinsville, VA
Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 66.103
33 10/31/04 Atlanta, GA
Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 145.847
34 11/07/04 Phoenix, AZ
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet 94.848
35 11/14/04 Darlington, SC
Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 125.044
36 11/21/04 Homestead, FL
Greg Biffle
Ford 105.623

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