MRN Flashback: 2004 Ford 400
By: MRN Staff on November 13, 2013 | 2:57 P.M. EST
Greg Biffle gets service from his Roush Racing pit crew en route to victory in the 2004 Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (Photo: ISC Archives)
Jimmie Johnson entered the 2004 season finale having won four of the last five races. But Greg Biffle put the brakes on Johnson’s year-end charge, driving to victory in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Biffle passed race leader Tony Stewart on the final restart in a green-white-checkered finish and drove the No. 16 Jack Roush-owned Ford to his second victory of the season – beating Johnson to the finish by .342 seconds. It was the first of three straight wins for Biffle on the 1.5-mile oval.
Jeff Gordon placed third with Stewart fourth and pole sitter Kurt Busch completing the top five.
Biffle started second and led a race-high 117 laps. Brendan Gaughan was the highest-finishing rookie, in sixth place. The race included 14 lead changes among seven drivers. There were 14 cautions for 79 laps, more than a quarter of the race distance.
Despite Johnson’s late-season surge, he finished second to Busch in the final Cup Series standings … by a mere eight points in the first year of the Chase format. Johnson would finish fifth the following season before putting together his record streak of five straight titles.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway this week for Sunday’s 15th running of the Ford EcoBoost 400.
Visit MRN.com on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. (ET) to hear the complete broadcast of the 2004 Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, anchored by Barney Hall and Joe Moore. Motor Racing Network – "The Voice of NASCAR" – features a classic race broadcast each week on "Throwback Thursday" at MRN.com.