NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Look Back: 2004
Two days, two races, two wins. October 10, 2004, Front Row Joe Nemechek, swept the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, becoming the first driver to complete the sweep at Kansas. The sweep was also the first time in Nemechek’s career he had swept both races in a weekend.
Nemechek, driving for MB2 Motorsports, (currently Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing), would edge out NASCAR veteran Ricky Rudd by .081-second for his first win of the 2004 season and his first since May 2003 at Richmond when he drove for Hendrick Motorpsorts.
Rudd would make a late race attempt to pass Nemechek with two laps to go but couldn’t make the pass. Nemechek, who stayed out instead of pitting on the last caution, was trying to conserve gas and hold off Rudd.
"I was like, 'Holy Moly,'" said Nemechek."I had to get back on the gas. It was an incredible day.”
Rudd was reunited with his Crew Chief Mike McSwain at Wood Brothers in August and this would be the pair’s first top five of the 2004 season.
Greg Biffle, Elliott Sadler and Jeremy Mayfield, who dominated the first 74 laps, would lead the most laps of the day and would round out the top five. Kurt Busch, who finished sixth, would maintain the lead in the point standings over Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 29 points.
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