Kurt Busch took on Hendrick motorsports legend Kurt Busch in NASCAR racing in the NFL

The NASCAR Cup Series has been running for a very long time. Since its inception, the stock car series has gone from strength to strength. Over that long period, there have been a lot of famous races that have happened. Nowadays, such races could bring in a huge number of ratings. Likewise, the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Finals was one of the important races, bringing in 9.9 million viewers.

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The best part was that it blew the NFL out of the water, with the most-watched game that month clocking in at 7.4 million. On ESPN, the most-watched NFL game only brought in 8.4 million viewers. So, one has to wonder what was so special about the 2004 NASCAR season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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With three laps to go, disaster struck Ryan Newman when he hit the wall and crash-landed. To make matters worse for him, he was leading the race at the time of the accident. In the end, the race started again, with Tony Stewart leading. It didn’t last long, however, as Greg Biffle swooped around the outside to grab the lead.

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 16: Kurt Busch, driver of the #45 Monster Energy Toyota, during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Jeff Gordon and Jimmy Johnson were also in the mix, with Kurt Busch falling behind. Johnson finished second, and Gordon attempted to follow past Stewart. The top four quickly broke away from the group, with Kurt Busch leading the second group. Truthfully, he didn’t need to take any chances, because fifth place was enough to seal the title.

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However, he had to be wary of any challenges from behind. In the end, though, Greg Biffle won the race ahead of Jimmie Johnson. Jeff Gordon was third, ahead of Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch in fourth and fifth, respectively. With this fifth-place finish, Busch successfully claimed his first NASCAR Cup Series title. At the same time, he had the honor of being the first champion in the Qualifying Era.

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