Welcome back to NASCAR Thunder 2004 Season Mode But It Uses Stadium Super Truck Rules! Last time, we hit a short track swing that saw a lot of pole sitters lead the most laps only to not win.

In this part, we head westward (but not too westward; that’s for next).


Rounds 21–22: Texas Motor Speedway Infield

Saturday

  • Fastest qualifier: Mark Martin
  • Most laps led: Kurt Busch

Top 20 finishers

  1. Mark Martin
  2. Ricky Craven
  3. Jeff Gordon
  4. Kurt Busch
  5. Kevin Harvick
  6. Jimmie Johnson
  7. Steve Park
  8. Robby Gordon
  9. Tony Stewart
  10. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  11. Ricky Rudd
  12. Johnny Benson
  13. Michael Waltrip
  14. Rusty Wallace
  15. Dale Jarrett
  16. Sterling Marlin
  17. Jeremy Mayfield
  18. Elliott Sadler
  19. Ward Burton
  20. Jamie McMurray

Standings after race

  1. Jeff Gordon (20): 331
  2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (11): 330
  3. Mark Martin (1 + 25): 295
  4. Dale Jarrett (6): 281
  5. Jimmie Johnson (15): 275
  6. Ricky Rudd (10): 268
  7. Kevin Harvick (16): 261
  8. Michael Waltrip (8): 253
  9. Kurt Busch (18): 240
  10. Ryan Newman: 221
  11. Ricky Craven (22): 214
  12. Tony Stewart (12): 202
  13. Bobby Labonte: 189
  14. Bill Elliott: 177
  15. Sterling Marlin (5): 162
  16. Jerry Nadeau: 147
  17. Rusty Wallace (7): 128
  18. Elliott Sadler (3): 121
  19. Robby Gordon (13): 119
  20. Matt Kenseth: 107
  21. Jeff Burton: 101
  22. Johnny Benson (9): 82
  23. Ward Burton (2): 67
  24. Jeff Green: 44
  25. Jeremy Mayfield (4): 37
  26. Steve Park (14): 27
  27. Kenny Wallace: 25
  28. Kyle Petty: 22
  29. Christian Fittipaldi: 18
  30. Jamie McMurray (1): 17
  31. Joe Nemechek: 13
  32. Ken Schrader: 6
  33. Greg Biffle: 3
  34. Kevin Lepage: 2
  35. Casey Mears: 1

Sunday

  • Fastest qualifier: Jeff Gordon
  • Most laps led: Jeff Gordon

Top 20 finishers

  1. Jeff Gordon
  2. Dale Jarrett
  3. Kurt Busch
  4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  5. Jimmie Johnson
  6. Ricky Rudd
  7. Mark Martin
  8. Kevin Harvick
  9. Ryan Newman
  10. Michael Waltrip
  11. Johnny Benson
  12. Tony Stewart
  13. Jerry Nadeau
  14. Elliott Sadler
  15. Ricky Craven
  16. Christian Fittipaldi
  17. Kyle Petty
  18. Steve Park
  19. Joe Nemechek
  20. Sterling Marlin

Standings after race

  1. Jeff Gordon (1 + 3 + 25): 360
  2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (18): 348
  3. Mark Martin (14): 309
  4. Dale Jarrett (22): 303
  5. Jimmie Johnson (16): 291
  6. Ricky Rudd (15): 283
  7. Kevin Harvick (13): 274
  8. Michael Waltrip (11): 264
  9. Kurt Busch (20): 260
  10. Ryan Newman (12): 233
  11. Ricky Craven (6): 220
  12. Tony Stewart: 202
  13. Bobby Labonte: 189
  14. Bill Elliott: 177
  15. Sterling Marlin (1): 163
  16. Jerry Nadeau (8): 155
  17. Elliott Sadler (7): 128
  18. Rusty Wallace: 128
  19. Robby Gordon: 119
  20. Matt Kenseth: 107
  21. Jeff Burton: 101
  22. Johnny Benson (10): 92
  23. Ward Burton: 67
  24. Jeff Green: 44
  25. Jeremy Mayfield: 37
  26. Steve Park (3): 30
  27. Kyle Petty (4): 26
  28. Kenny Wallace: 25
  29. Christian Fittipaldi (5): 23
  30. Jamie McMurray: 17
  31. Joe Nemechek (2): 15
  32. Ken Schrader: 6
  33. Greg Biffle: 3
  34. Kevin Lepage: 2
  35. Casey Mears: 1
  • Overall weekend winner: Jeff Gordon (49 total points)

Rounds 23–24: Devil’s Canyon Speedway

In the first round, my race came to a very unusual end. While running fifth at the white flag, I exited the final turn a tad too low and slammed into the pit road-dividing wall, triggering a massive pile-up that (once again) drove my alliance with Robby Gordon into the red. Just my luck.

And yes, Jerry Nadeau of all people indeed swept the weekend. Can’t say I saw that coming

Saturday

  • Fastest qualifier: Jeff Gordon
  • Most laps led: Jerry Nadeau

Top 20 finishers

  1. Jerry Nadeau
  2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  3. Jeff Gordon
  4. Tony Stewart
  5. Ricky Rudd
  6. Jimmie Johnson
  7. Ryan Newman
  8. Ricky Craven
  9. Kevin Harvick
  10. Johnny Benson
  11. Kurt Busch
  12. Bobby Labonte
  13. Bill Elliott
  14. Dale Jarrett
  15. Matt Kenseth
  16. Michael Waltrip
  17. Jamie McMurray
  18. Jeremy Mayfield
  19. Steve Park
  20. Rusty Wallace

Standings after race

  1. Jeff Gordon (1 + 20): 381
  2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (22): 370
  3. Dale Jarrett (7): 310
  4. Mark Martin: 309
  5. Jimmie Johnson (15): 306
  6. Ricky Rudd (16): 299
  7. Kevin Harvick (12): 286
  8. Kurt Busch (10): 270
  9. Michael Waltrip (5): 269
  10. Ryan Newman (14): 247
  11. Ricky Craven (13): 233
  12. Tony Stewart (18): 220
  13. Bobby Labonte (9): 198
  14. Bill Elliott (8): 185
  15. Jerry Nadeau (3 + 25): 183
  16. Sterling Marlin: 163
  17. Rusty Wallace (1): 129
  18. Elliott Sadler: 128
  19. Robby Gordon: 119
  20. Matt Kenseth (6): 113
  21. Johnny Benson (11): 103
  22. Jeff Burton: 101
  23. Ward Burton: 67
  24. Jeff Green: 44
  25. Jeremy Mayfield (3): 40
  26. Steve Park (2): 32
  27. Kyle Petty: 26
  28. Kenny Wallace: 25
  29. Christian Fittipaldi: 23
  30. Jamie McMurray (4): 21
  31. Joe Nemechek: 15
  32. Ken Schrader: 6
  33. Greg Biffle: 3
  34. Kevin Lepage: 2
  35. Casey Mears: 1

Sunday

  • Fastest qualifier: Ricky Rudd
  • Most laps led: Jerry Nadeau

Top 20 finishers

  1. Jerry Nadeau
  2. Ricky Rudd
  3. Christian Fittipaldi
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Jeff Gordon
  6. Kurt Busch
  7. Jimmie Johnson
  8. Dale Jarrett
  9. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  10. Rusty Wallace
  11. Tony Stewart
  12. Sterling Marlin
  13. Ricky Craven
  14. Ryan Newman
  15. Bobby Labonte
  16. Mark Martin
  17. Matt Kenseth
  18. Elliott Sadler
  19. Ward Burton
  20. Michael Waltrip

Standings after race

  1. Jeff Gordon (16): 397
  2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (12): 382
  3. Dale Jarrett (13): 323
  4. Ricky Rudd (1 + 22): 322
  5. Jimmie Johnson (14): 320
  6. Mark Martin (5): 314
  7. Kevin Harvick (18): 304
  8. Kurt Busch (15): 285
  9. Michael Waltrip (1): 270
  10. Ryan Newman (7): 254
  11. Ricky Craven (8): 241
  12. Tony Stewart (10): 230
  13. Jerry Nadeau (3 + 25): 211
  14. Bobby Labonte (6): 204
  15. Bill Elliott: 185
  16. Sterling Marlin (9): 172
  17. Rusty Wallace (11): 140
  18. Elliott Sadler (3): 131
  19. Robby Gordon: 119
  20. Matt Kenseth (4): 117
  21. Johnny Benson: 103
  22. Jeff Burton: 101
  23. Ward Burton (2): 69 (nice)
  24. Jeff Green: 44
  25. Christian Fittipaldi (20): 43
  26. Jeremy Mayfield: 40
  27. Steve Park: 32
  28. Kyle Petty: 26
  29. Kenny Wallace: 25
  30. Jamie McMurray: 21
  31. Joe Nemechek: 15
  32. Ken Schrader: 6
  33. Greg Biffle: 3
  34. Kevin Lepage: 2
  35. Casey Mears: 1
  • Overall weekend winner: Jerry Nadeau (56 total points)

Rounds 25–26: Phoenix International Raceway Infield

More like Jeff Gordon Raceway amirite

Though I guess in this case, it’s more like Mark Martin Raceway.

Saturday

  • Fastest qualifier: Mark Martin
  • Most laps led: Mark Martin

Top 20 finishers

  1. Mark Martin
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  4. Bill Elliott
  5. Kurt Busch
  6. Ryan Newman
  7. Dale Jarrett
  8. Elliott Sadler
  9. Ricky Rudd
  10. Robby Gordon
  11. Matt Kenseth
  12. Michael Waltrip
  13. Jeff Burton
  14. Jeff Gordon
  15. Kevin Harvick
  16. Tony Stewart
  17. Jeremy Mayfield
  18. Sterling Marlin
  19. Johnny Benson
  20. Christian Fittipaldi

Standings after race

  1. Jeff Gordon (7): 404
  2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (20): 402
  3. Mark Martin (1 + 3 + 25): 343
  4. Jimmie Johnson (22): 342
  5. Dale Jarrett (14): 337
  6. Ricky Rudd (12): 334
  7. Kevin Harvick (6): 310
  8. Kurt Busch (16): 301
  9. Michael Waltrip (9): 279
  10. Ryan Newman (15): 269
  11. Ricky Craven: 241
  12. Tony Stewart (5): 235
  13. Jerry Nadeau: 211
  14. Bobby Labonte: 204
  15. Bill Elliott (18): 203
  16. Sterling Marlin (3): 175
  17. Elliott Sadler (13): 144
  18. Rusty Wallace: 140
  19. Robby Gordon (11): 130
  20. Matt Kenseth (10): 127
  21. Jeff Burton (8): 109
  22. Johnny Benson (2): 105
  23. Ward Burton: 69 (nice)
  24. Jeremy Mayfield (4): 44
  25. Christian Fittipaldi (1): 44
  26. Jeff Green: 44
  27. Steve Park: 32
  28. Kyle Petty: 26
  29. Kenny Wallace: 25
  30. Jamie McMurray: 21
  31. Joe Nemechek: 15
  32. Ken Schrader: 6
  33. Greg Biffle: 3
  34. Kevin Lepage: 2
  35. Casey Mears: 1

Sunday

  • Fastest qualifier: Mark Martin
  • Most laps led: Dale Jarrett

Top 20 finishers

  1. Dale Jarrett
  2. Mark Martin
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  4. Rusty Wallace
  5. Jeff Gordon
  6. Steve Park
  7. Ricky Rudd
  8. Kevin Harvick
  9. Robby Gordon
  10. Elliott Sadler
  11. Jerry Nadeau
  12. Ricky Craven
  13. Jimmie Johnson
  14. Kenny Wallace
  15. Bill Elliott
  16. Ward Burton
  17. Jeff Burton
  18. Michael Waltrip
  19. Tony Stewart
  20. Matt Kenseth

Standings after race

  1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (20): 422
  2. Jeff Gordon (16): 420 (blaze it)
  3. Mark Martin (1 + 22): 366
  4. Dale Jarrett (3 + 25): 365
  5. Jimmie Johnson (8): 350
  6. Ricky Rudd (14): 348
  7. Kevin Harvick (13): 323
  8. Kurt Busch: 301
  9. Michael Waltrip (3): 282
  10. Ryan Newman: 269
  11. Ricky Craven (9): 250
  12. Tony Stewart (2): 237
  13. Jerry Nadeau (10): 221
  14. Bill Elliott (6): 209
  15. Bobby Labonte: 204
  16. Sterling Marlin: 175
  17. Rusty Wallace (18): 158
  18. Elliott Sadler (11): 155
  19. Robby Gordon (12): 142
  20. Matt Kenseth (1): 128
  21. Jeff Burton (4): 113
  22. Johnny Benson: 105
  23. Ward Burton (5): 74
  24. Steve Park (15): 47
  25. Jeremy Mayfield: 44
  26. Christian Fittipaldi: 44
  27. Jeff Green: 44
  28. Kenny Wallace (7): 32
  29. Kyle Petty: 26
  30. Jamie McMurray: 21
  31. Joe Nemechek: 15
  32. Ken Schrader: 6
  33. Greg Biffle: 3
  34. Kevin Lepage: 2
  35. Casey Mears: 1
  • Overall weekend winner: Mark Martin (52 total points)