The NASCAR 2005 schedule has been announced, and there are a number of changes to be noted. Two races have been eliminated from the schedule. Rockingham, North Carolina, and Darlington were both dropped, ending a 38-year association with Rockingham. New events are planned for Texas and Phoenix. Daytona 500 will now conclude in primetime, with start times being moved later. The new schedule will allow NASCAR to expand its fan base by moving races from primetime to early morning.
Carl Edwards was the most popular driver in his first year.
After three semesters at Missouri, the young driver started his career in 2001. His mother helped fund his racing career and he soon began getting attention in the NASCAR world. In 2002, he earned his first career win at Kansas, and the next year, he began competing full-time in the Sprint Cup. He finished the season in 15th, his worst NASCAR finish.
Edwards was promoted to the Sprint Cup and Cup series after his first year in NASCAR Truck Series. He won nine of his 25 starts, including seven poles. In addition, he finished second in the NEXTEL Cup at Homestead in 2005, tied with Greg Biffle, only 35 points behind Tony Stewart. Edwards’ outstanding performance solved sponsorship issues and secured an Office Depot one-year contract.
Edwards’ string of crashes and accidents took a lot out of him, despite his initial success. He was also involved in a serious car accident at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Despite the accident, Edwards managed to recover to finish the race. His second win was in Atlanta, with a pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Edwards is married with two young children. He has a successful NASCAR career. He lives in Missouri, unlike most NASCAR drivers who live in North Carolina.
Scott Riggs placed second for his career-best finish
Scott Riggs’s career wasn’t over with the Xfinity Series. After being released from his No. Riggs was released from his No. 14 Ford Fusion for Keyed-Up Motorsports. His stint with RAB Racing was short-lived, as Riggs was unable to secure sponsorships for the team. After the Nashville 300, Riggs signed with Richard Childress Racing, where he shared duties with Clint Bowyer. His career lasted until the Kentucky 500 and he placed eighth at both races.
After the season ended, Riggs found himself a new home with the Cup team. He won the Michigan race in August and was second in the Daytona 500. He didn’t unpack his belongings, and was only able earn a second-place finish. However, he found himself a new home in the Cup Series and has continued to improve his career.
After his success with the Xfinity Series, Riggs was promoted to the Nextel Cup series. Riggs finished third at the Chase for Sprint Cup in his first season. Riggs won the No. 3 spot for Valvoline in 2005. This year, Riggs and the Valvoline team will take their momentum to the next NASCAR race on Sunday at the California Speedway.
Tony Stewart won the nascar championship on tiebreaker basis for wins
Tony Stewart won the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, October 26, 2005. This win clinched the 2005 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title. After leading with 36 laps remaining, Stewart pushed past Carl Edwards and won the championship. Despite the teams being tied in championship standings, Stewart won tiebreaker for wins based upon his five-race winning streak. The 2005 championship was the closest ever in NASCAR, and many fans consider it one of the best title races in the sport’s history.
After winning two championships with Gibbs Racing in 2004, Tony Stewart decided to pursue a career in ownership, and he joined Haas CNC Racing, which he later renamed to Stewart-Haas Racing. Stewart won five of the ten Chase races in 2011, including the Daytona 500. This extended his streak of winning at most one race per season to fifteen. During the 2013 season, Stewart broke his leg during a crash in a sprint car, missing the final 15 races of the season.
Besides racing, Stewart has a number of charitable activities. He was the USA Weekend’s “Most Caring Atlete” in 2004 and the “NASCAR Good Guy” by Sporting News in 2005. He was awarded the NMPA’s Humanitarian Award in 2010 for his charitable contributions. Stewart was also awarded the NMPA Spirit award in 2010.
Races marred by tire problems
There were several instances of tires blowing out in the 2005 NASCAR season, including the California Grand Prix and the Lowe’s Motor Speedway race. While most of the drivers finished the races, some were out for the day. In one case, Kasey Kahne maneuvered his wrecked car in front of Kyle Busch under caution. He was fined $25,000 and docked 25 points. He was also placed on probation for the rest of the season. The following year, the race was marred by tire problems, similar to those that plagued the 2005 United States Grand Prix. Drivers were forced into driving at 75% of their normal speeds and the excessive heat in front tire continued to blow tires.
Another race was shortened because of tire problems, with rain reducing visibility. Four laps into the second stage, the first major crash occurred. Drivers could barely see the cars in front of them because of the water that had logged up the backstretch. Many of the other drivers had similar problems. Despite the problems, the race was still worth watching. It was one the most thrilling races in recent NASCAR history.
Checker Auto Parts 500 controversy
The controversy surrounding Checker Auto Parts 500 during NASCAR 2005 revolved around a driver’s intoxication. Kurt Busch, who won the race last year, was suspended from the rest of the season following a collision with Maricopa County deputies. The defending champion was also suspended after a citation for reckless driving. Busch was not above the Arizona legal alcohol limit of.008 but a cop believed that Busch had taken a “wiff” or alcohol. The incident led to Busch’s suspension, and the defending champion was replaced by Kenny Wallace.
The Checker Auto Parts 500 was one of the biggest races on the NASCAR schedule. It was held on November 13, 2005, at the Phoenix International Raceway. It was the 35th race in the 2005 Nextel Cup Series schedule. The winner was Kyle Busch of Hendrick Motorsports. The race had been delayed due to the crash of a plane and was extended to 315 laps.
The race was also controversial, with some drivers calling for it to be canceled. Tony Stewart, who was leading the series points standings, was disqualified from the race following a controversial start. However, Jimmie Johnson won the race and tied Tony Stewart for the series lead. Tony Stewart, who placed 25th, holds tie-breaker. The top three finishers were all included in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.
Subway Fresh 500
The 2005 Nascar schedule will tell you when the Subway Fresh 500 will take place. The Subway Fresh 500 will take place at the end of April, leaving you with half a year to plan your schedule. There are many events you shouldn’t miss. You can find them all right here. In addition to the Subway Fresh 500, there are also several other races that will take place this year.
The Subway Fresh 500 was the 32nd stock car race of the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and the sixth race in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. It was held at Martinsville Speedway, a 0.526-mile oval. Kurt Busch won, with Michael Waltrip (and Jeff Burton) finishing on the podium. In addition to the Subway Fresh 500, two other races will be held at Phoenix this year.
Rookie of the Year battle in NEXTEL Cup
The NEXTEL Cup Series offers an exciting storyline this season with the race for the coveted NEXTEL Cup title. Eight drivers are involved in this year’s Rookie-of-the Year battle. Four of those drivers have won races, while one is still on the chase list. The Chase for the NEXTEL Cup is also on the agenda. Reed Sorenson and Denny Hamlin will be battling for Rookie of the year. The race promises to be entertaining and draw a large crowd.
Several aspiring rookies have given up their future eligibility to compete for the Rookie of the Year award. Brad Keselowski, for instance, ran 15 races, and won the Talladega Race in 2009. Other candidates have run only 13 Cup races and failed to win the award. Marcos Ambrose is another potential Cup driver, but he ran only 11 races his rookie year and didn’t win the award this season.
In the NEXTEL Cup, the Rookie of the Year battle has several drivers in contention. The most interesting race is between Johnny Sauter, Ryan Yeley. The performance of each driver in the next races will determine who wins. The top five drivers will be considered for the title, while those below the top 10 will be considered for other awards.