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2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Recap


2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Standings

Once Tony Stewart grabbed the lead in the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points standings in June, he was only out of first place a total of two weeks. He spent the early part of the season chasing Jimmie Johnson, who set the early pace, then hit stride and assumed command.

005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champion Tony Stewart
2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
Champion Tony Stewart

Stewart won five of seven races during the midpoint of the campaign, and took a five-point lead into the Chase for the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. The reduced Chase points format was a mere inconvenience for Stewart as he held first place for eight of the final 10 weeks. His final margin of victory was 35 points over Jack Roush drivers Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards.

Five of the 10 players in The Chase were Roush competitors, which prompted a rules change limiting the number of teams one owner could field. Johnson, Stewart's biggest threat for the title, fell from second to fifth in the final race. Defending champion Kurt Busch was suspended for the final two races following a run-in with police in Phoenix, and fell to 10th place in the final standings. See how the other drivers fared this season with the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings chart below.

2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Standings

Rank Driver
Points
Wins
Earnings
1 Tony Stewart
6,533 5 $13,578,168
2 Greg Biffle
6,498 6 8,354,052
3 Carl Edwards
6,498 4 6,893,157
4 Mark Martin
6,428 1 7,731,468
5 Jimmie Johnson
6,406 4 8,336,712
6 Ryan Newman
6,359 1 7,259,518
7 Matt Kenseth
6,352 1 7,034,134
8 Rusty Wallace
6,140 0 6,070,826
9 Jeremy Mayfield
6,073 1 5,741,989
10 Kurt Busch
5,974 3 7,930,830
11 Jeff Gordon
4,174 4 6,855,440
12 Jamie McMurray
4,130 0 3,923,970
13 Elliott Sadler
4,084 0 5,024,120
14 Kevin Harvick
4,072 1 4,970,050
15 Dale Jarrett
3,960 1 4,705,440
16 Joe Nemechek
3,953 0 4,223,380
17 Brian Vickers
3,847 0 3,982,130
18 Jeff Burton
3,803 0 4,265,670
19 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
3,780 1 5,761,830
20 Kyle Busch
3,753 2 4,185,240
21 Ricky Rudd
3,667 0 4,300,410
22 Casey Mears
3,637 0 4,234,170
23 Kasey Kahne
3,611 1 4,874,840
24 Bobby Labonte
3,488 0 4,627,400
25 Michael Waltrip
3,452 0 4,375,090
26 Dave Blaney
3,289 0 3,342,290
27 Kyle Petty
3,288 0 3,465,690
28 Mike Bliss
3,262 0 3,091,110
29 Jeff Green
3,241 0 4,040,430
30 Sterling Marlin
3,183 0 4,080,120
31 Ken Schrader
3,159 0 3,057,530
32 Scott Wimmer
3,122 0 3,682,980
33 Travis Kvapil
3,077 0 3,293,450
34 Scott Riggs
2,965 0 4,030,680
35 Mike Wallace
2,269 0 2,325,740
36 Bobby Hamilton, Jr.
2,183 0 2,898,090
37 Robby Gordon
2,117 0 2,271,310
38 Jason Leffler
1,538 0 1,663,870
39 Kevin Lepage
1,460 0 1,774,790
40 Terry Labonte
1,071 0 1,202,520
41 Denny Hamlin
806 0 610,030
42 Boris Said
791 0 1,006,680
43 Johnny Sauter
722 0 749,453
44 Hermie Sadler
717 0 943,248
45 Bill Elliott
695 0 809,013
46 Jimmy Spencer
667 0 808,985
47 Martin Truex, Jr.
589 0 929,028
48 Mike Garvey
491 0 595,642
49 Mike Skinner
487 0 969,109
50 Tony Raines
419 0 420,500

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