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2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series

The 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup began on Saturday February 8 and ended on Sunday November 16. Matt Kenseth with Roush Racing driving a Ford was crowned the Winston Cup champion, despite winning only one race all year.

This was the last year in which Winston was the title sponsor of the Cup series. After it decided not to renew its sponsorship, NASCAR decided on the telecommunications firm Nextel to be the title sponsor of the new series.

In addition, NASCAR instituted a new points system after this season entitled the Chase for the Cup, in which after 26 races, all the points standings in the top ten as well as any position within 400 points of the lead, would be reset, so the drivers in those positions would be eligible for the championship. This was done primarily because of the huge lead Kenseth accumulated during 2003 despite winning one race.

2003 Team Chart

List of full time teams of 2003.

Number Driver Make Sponsor(s) Team 2002 Owner's Points
0 Jack Sprague (R) Pontiac NetZero Haas CNC Racing 52nd
01 Jerry Nadeau/Joe Nemechek Pontiac U.S. Army MB2 Motorsports 33rd
1 Steve Park/Jeff Green/John Andretti Chevrolet Pennzoil Dale Earnhardt Incorporated 31st
2 Rusty Wallace Dodge Miller Lite Penske Racing South 7th
4 Mike Skinner Pontiac Kodak Morgan-McClure Motorsports 35th
5 Terry Labonte Chevrolet Kellogg's Hendrick Motorsports 25th
6 Mark Martin Ford Viagra Roush Racing 2nd
7 Jimmy Spencer Dodge Sirius Satellite Radio Ultra Motorsports 38th
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser Dale Earnhardt Incorporated 12th
9 Bill Elliott Dodge Dodge Dealers/UAW Evernham Motorsports 14th
10 Johnny Benson Pontiac Valvoline MB2 Motorsports 21st
12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL Penske Racing South 6th
14 Larry Foyt (R) Dodge Harrah's A.J. Foyt Racing 37th
15 Michael Waltrip Chevrolet NAPA Auto Parts Dale Earnhardt Incorporated 15th
16 Greg Biffle (R) Ford Grainger Roush Racing 57th
17 Matt Kenseth Ford DeWALT Roush Racing 9th
18 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Interstate Batteries Joe Gibbs Racing 17th
19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge Dodge Dealers/UAW Evernham Motorsports 28th
20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing 1st
21 Ricky Rudd Ford Motorcraft Wood Brothers Racing 24th
22 Ward Burton Dodge Caterpillar Bill Davis Racing 26th
24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont Hendrick Motorsports 4th
25 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Delphi/UAW Hendrick Motorsports 34th
29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet GM Goodwrench Richard Childress Racing 22nd
30 Jeff Green/Steve Park Chevrolet America Online Richard Childress Racing 18th
31 Robby Gordon Chevrolet Cingular Wireless Richard Childress Racing 20th
32 Ricky Craven Pontiac Tide PPI Motorsports 16th
38 Elliott Sadler Ford M&M's Robert Yates Racing 11th
40 Sterling Marlin Dodge Coors Light Chip Ganassi Racing 8th
41 Casey Mears (R) Dodge Target Chip Ganassi Racing 27th
42 Jamie McMurray (R) Dodge Havoline Chip Ganassi Racing 77th
43 John Andretti/Christian Fittipaldi/Jeff Green Dodge General Mills Petty Enterprises 30th
45 Kyle Petty Dodge Georgia Pacific Petty Enterprises 23rd
48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's Hendrick Motorsports 5th
49 Ken Schrader Dodge 1-800-CALLATT BAM Racing 41st
54 Todd Bodine Ford United States National Guard BelCar Racing 36th
74 Tony Raines (R) Chevrolet Unsponsored BACE Motorsports 'New Team
77 Dave Blaney Ford Jasper Engines & Transmissions Jasper Motorsports 19th
88 Dale Jarrett Ford UPS Robert Yates Racing 10th
97 Kurt Busch Ford Sharpie/Rubbermaid Roush Racing 3rd
99 Jeff Burton Ford Citgo Roush Racing 13th

Budweiser Shootout

The Budweiser Shootout was held February 8 at Daytona International Speedway. It was won by #8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.. The race featured drivers who have won a pole in the previous season or have won the event before. 2003 marked changes to the race's format, for the first time the race ran at night. The 70 lap event was now split into two segments. After the first 20 lap segment a 10 minute intermission took place allowing drivers to make pit stops and repair their cars. The second segment featured a 50 lap race to the finish with cars restarting double file on all restarts. Drivers were also required to make at least one pit stop under the green flag.

Top Ten Results:

Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
3 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Racing
4 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Penske Racing
5 22 Ward Burton Dodge Bill Davis Racing
6 49 Ken Schrader Dodge BAM Racing
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
8 21 Ricky Rudd Ford Wood Brothers Racing
9 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
10 32 Ricky Craven Pontiac PPI Motorsports

Gatorade Twin 125s

The Gatorade 125s qualifying for the Daytona 500 were held on February 12 at Daytona International Speedway.

Race One: Top Ten Results

  1. Robby Gordon
  2. Jeff Green
  3. Ricky Rudd
  4. Sterling Marlin
  5. Jeff Burton
  6. Dale Jarrett
  7. Jeff Gordon
  8. Joe Nemechek
  9. Ward Burton
  10. Jamie McMurray

Race Two: Top Ten Results

  1. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  2. Michael Waltrip
  3. Todd Bodine
  4. Rusty Wallace
  5. Tony Stewart
  6. Jimmie Johnson
  7. John Andretti
  8. Bill Elliott
  9. Elliott Sadler
  10. Mike Wallace

Daytona 500

Subway 400

The Subway 400 was held on February 23 at North Carolina Speedway. Dave Blaney was the pole winner.

  1. Dale Jarrett
  2. Kurt Busch
  3. Matt Kenseth
  4. Ricky Craven
  5. Jamie McMurray
  6. Rusty Wallace
  7. Mark Martin
  8. Jimmie Johnson
  9. Elliott Sadler
  10. Dave Blaney

Failed to qualify: none

UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400

The UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 was held on March 2 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Matt Kenseth won this race, the only win of his championship season. Bobby Labonte was the pole winner.

Top Ten Results

  1. Matt Kenseth
  2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  3. Michael Waltrip
  4. Bobby Labonte
  5. Tony Stewart
  6. Jeff Burton
  7. Ryan Newman
  8. Sterling Marlin
  9. Joe Nemechek
  10. Steve Park

Failed to qualify: Greg Biffle (#16), Brandon Ash (#02)

Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500

The Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 was held on March 9 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Ryan Newman sat on the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Bobby Labonte
  2. Jeff Gordon
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  4. Matt Kenseth
  5. Tony Stewart
  6. Elliott Sadler
  7. Jimmy Spencer
  8. Dave Blaney
  9. Joe Nemechek
  10. Ryan Newman

Failed to qualify: Bobby Hamilton, Jr. (#35), Jeff Fultz (#57)

Carolina Dodge Dealers 400

The Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 was held on March 16 at Darlington Raceway. This was the last time a Darlington race would be held on this date. Ricky Craven beat Kurt Busch by .002 in the closest finish in NASCAR history. Elliott Sadler qualified on the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Ricky Craven
  2. Kurt Busch
  3. Dave Blaney
  4. Mark Martin
  5. Michael Waltrip
  6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  7. Elliott Sadler
  8. Matt Kenseth
  9. Bill Elliott
  10. Tony Stewart

Failed to qualify: none

Food City 500

The Food City 500 was held on March 23 at Bristol Motor Speedway. It was the 2000th race in Winston Cup history. Ryan Newman was the pole winner for this race.

Top Ten Results

  1. Kurt Busch
  2. Matt Kenseth
  3. Bobby Labonte
  4. Ricky Rudd
  5. Greg Biffle
  6. Sterling Marlin
  7. Kevin Harvick
  8. Jimmie Johnson
  9. Jeff Gordon
  10. Kenny Wallace

Failed to qualify: Hermie Sadler (#02), Larry Foyt (#14)

Samsung/Radio Shack 500

The Samsung/Radio Shack 500 was held at Texas Motor Speedway on March 30, 2003. Texas native Bobby Labonte was the pole sitter for this race.

Top Ten Results

  1. Ryan Newman
  2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  3. Jeff Gordon
  4. Jerry Nadeau
  5. Mark Martin
  6. Matt Kenseth
  7. Jeff Green
  8. Jimmie Johnson
  9. Kurt Busch
  10. Jamie McMurray

Failed to qualify: Kerry Earnhardt (#83), David Starr (#75)

Aarons 499

The Aaron's 499 was held at Talladega Superspeedway on April 6, 2003. Jeremy Mayfield was the polewinner for this race while Dale Earnhardt Jr. became the first driver to win four consecutive races at Talladega. The "Big One" did not take long; collecting 27 cars on the fourth lap - the largest crash in a Cup race in the modern era. The crash barely included Earnhardt Jr, who started in the back of the field and managed to race his way to victory lane anyways.

Top Ten Results

  1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Elliott Sadler
  4. Ricky Craven
  5. Terry Labonte
  6. Sterling Marlin
  7. Ward Burton
  8. Jeff Gordon
  9. Matt Kenseth
  10. Robby Gordon

Failed to qualify: Brett Bodine (#11), Larry Foyt (#14), David Green (#60)

Virginia 500

The Virginia 500 was held at Martinsville Speedway on April 13, 2003. Jeff Gordon won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Jeff Gordon
  2. Bobby Labonte
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  4. Jeff Burton
  5. Elliott Sadler
  6. Tony Stewart
  7. Sterling Marlin
  8. Rusty Wallace
  9. Jimmie Johnson
  10. Ken Schrader

Failed to qualify: none

Auto Club 500

The Auto Club 500 was held at California Speedway on April 27, 2003. Steve Park won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Kurt Busch
  2. Bobby Labonte
  3. Rusty Wallace
  4. Bill Elliott
  5. Jamie McMurray
  6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  7. Michael Waltrip
  8. John Andretti
  9. Matt Kenseth
  10. Sterling Marlin

Failed to qualify: Kerry Earnhardt (#83), Hideo Fukuyama (#66)

Pontiac Excitement 400

The Pontiac Excitement 400 was held at Richmond International Raceway on May 3, 2003. Terry Labonte won the pole. Jerry Nadeau, driver of the #01 U.S. Army Pontiac for MB2/MBV Motorsports, was critically injured in a practice session for this race, and hasn't raced since. This race was shortened to 393 laps due to rain

Top Ten Results

  1. Joe Nemechek
  2. Bobby Labonte
  3. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  4. Robby Gordon
  5. Mark Martin
  6. Kevin Harvick
  7. Matt Kenseth
  8. Kurt Busch
  9. Jeff Burton
  10. Rusty Wallace

Failed to qualify: Hermie Sadler (#02), Derrike Cope (#37), Hideo Fukuyama (#66)

The Winston

Results

  1. Jimmie Johnson
  2. Kurt Busch
  3. Bobby Labonte
  4. Joe Nemechek
  5. Michael Waltrip
  6. Matt Kenseth
  7. Kevin Harvick
  8. Jeff Gordon
  9. Jeff Burton×
  10. Ricky Craven
  11. Ricky Rudd
  12. Sterling Marlin
  13. Terry Labonte
  14. Tony Stewart
  15. Mark Martin
  16. Bill Elliott
  17. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  18. Dale Jarrett
  19. Ryan Newman
  20. Ward Burton
  21. Ricky Rudd
  22. Rusty Wallace
  23. Jamie McMurray
  24. Elliott Sadler
  25. Johnny Benson

×Burton entered via winning the Winston Open

Coca-Cola 600

The Coca-Cola 600 was held at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 25, 2003. Ryan Newman was the pole winner. The race was shortened to 276 laps due to inclement weather.

Top Ten Results

  1. Jimmie Johnson
  2. Matt Kenseth
  3. Bobby Labonte
  4. Jimmy Spencer
  5. Ryan Newman
  6. Michael Waltrip
  7. Sterling Marlin
  8. Jeff Gordon
  9. Dale Jarrett
  10. Ward Burton

Failed to qualify: Hermie Sadler (#02), Brett Bodine (#11), Derrike Cope (#37)

MBNA Armed Forces Family 400

The MBNA Armed Forces Family 400 was held at Dover International Speedway on June 1, 2003. Ryan Newman swept qualifying as well as the race. This was also the last career start for Brett Bodine.

Top Ten Results

  1. Ryan Newman
  2. Jeff Gordon
  3. Bobby Labonte
  4. Tony Stewart
  5. Johnny Benson
  6. Rusty Wallace
  7. Matt Kenseth
  8. Ricky Craven
  9. Robby Gordon
  10. Terry Labonte

Failed to qualify: Derrike Cope (#37), Hermie Sadler (#02)

Pocono 500

The Pocono 500 was held at Pocono Raceway on June 8, 2003. Jimmie Johnson grabbed the top starting spot. On Lap 7 Ken Schrader gets loose and hits the wall and flips once before catching fire. He was uninjured

Top Ten Results

  1. Tony Stewart
  2. Mark Martin
  3. Matt Kenseth
  4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  5. Ryan Newman
  6. Sterling Marlin
  7. Terry Labonte
  8. Ward Burton
  9. Elliott Sadler
  10. Ricky Craven

Failed to qualify: Derrike Cope (#37), Morgan Shepherd (#89)

Sirius 400

The Sirius 400 was held at Michigan International Speedway on June 15, 2003. Bobby Labonte was the pole sitter.

Top Ten Results

  1. Kurt Busch
  2. Bobby Labonte
  3. Jeff Gordon
  4. Matt Kenseth
  5. Michael Waltrip
  6. Sterling Marlin
  7. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  8. Tony Stewart
  9. Mark Martin
  10. Terry Labonte

Failed to qualify: Mike Skinner (#4), Larry Foyt (#14)

Dodge/Save Mart 350

The Dodge/Save Mart 350 was held at Infineon Raceway on June 22, 2003. Boris Said was the pole sitter.

Top Ten Results

  1. Robby Gordon
  2. Jeff Gordon
  3. Kevin Harvick
  4. Bill Elliott
  5. Ryan Newman
  6. Boris Said
  7. Ron Fellows
  8. Rusty Wallace
  9. Bobby Labonte
  10. Jeremy Mayfield

Failed to qualify: P. J. Jones (#14), Brandon Ash (#02), Paul Menard (#33), Jim Inglebright (#00)

Pepsi 400

The Pepsi 400 was held at Daytona International Speedway on July 5, 2003. Steve Park won the pole.

  1. Greg Biffle
  2. Jeff Burton
  3. Ricky Rudd
  4. Terry Labonte
  5. Bobby Labonte
  6. Matt Kenseth
  7. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  8. Jeremy Mayfield
  9. Kevin Harvick
  10. Dale Jarrett

Failed to qualify: Kerry Earnhardt (#83), Tony Raines (#74), Shane Hmiel (#43), Christian Fittipaldi (#44)

Tropicana 400

The Tropicana 400 was held at Chicagoland Speedway on July 13, 2003. Tony Stewart sat on the pole.

  1. Ryan Newman
  2. Tony Stewart
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Jeff Gordon
  5. Michael Waltrip
  6. Jeff Burton
  7. Robby Gordon
  8. Jamie McMurray
  9. Elliott Sadler
  10. Jeremy Mayfield

Failed to qualify: Jason Keller (#81)

New England 300

The New England 300 was held at New Hampshire International Speedway on July 20, 2003. Matt Kenseth won the pole.

  1. Jimmie Johnson
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Matt Kenseth
  4. Ryan Newman
  5. Robby Gordon
  6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  7. Dale Jarrett
  8. Steve Park
  9. Jeff Burton
  10. Greg Biffle

Failed to qualify: Tim Sauter (#71), David Reutimann (#04), Carl Long (#46), Larry Foyt (#50)

Pennsylvania 500

The Pennsylvania 500 was held at Pocono Raceway on July 27, 2003. Ryan Newman won the pole.

  1. Ryan Newman
  2. Kurt Busch
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  4. Michael Waltrip
  5. Terry Labonte
  6. Jeff Burton
  7. Joe Nemechek
  8. Todd Bodine
  9. Dave Blaney
  10. Sterling Marlin

Failed to qualify: Brett Bodine (#4)

Brickyard 400

The Brickyard 400 was held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 3, 2003. Kevin Harvick won the pole.

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Matt Kenseth
  3. Jamie McMurray
  4. Jeff Gordon
  5. Bill Elliott
  6. Robby Gordon
  7. Kurt Busch
  8. Jimmy Spencer
  9. Mark Martin
  10. Rusty Wallace

Failed to qualify: Brett Bodine (#11), Ken Schrader (#49), Billy Bigley (#79), Ted Musgrave (#07), Robert Pressley (#4), Jim Sauter (#71), Christian Fittipaldi (#43), David Reutimann (#04), Hermie Sadler (#02)

Sirius at the Glen

The Sirius at the Glen was held at Watkins Glen International Raceway on August 10, 2003. Jeff Gordon was the pole sitter.

  1. Robby Gordon
  2. Scott Pruett
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  4. Jimmie Johnson
  5. Kevin Harvick
  6. Ward Burton
  7. Dale Jarrett
  8. Matt Kenseth
  9. Ryan Newman
  10. Mark Martin

Failed to qualify: Ken Schrader (#49), Joe Varde (#35), Scott Maxwell (#43), Larry Foyt (#50)

GFS Marketplace 400

The GFS Marketplace 400 was held at Michigan International Speedway on August 17, 2003. Bobby Labonte won the pole. Meanwhile through the race,Todd Bodine bounces off Kurt Busch and then into Kenny Wallace, causing Bodine to get airborne and land on Wallace and erupt in flames. Fortuneatly both drivers escaped.

  1. Ryan Newman
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Tony Stewart
  4. Greg Biffle
  5. Steve Park
  6. Robby Gordon
  7. Michael Waltrip
  8. Ken Schrader
  9. Matt Kenseth
  10. Johnny Benson

Failed to qualify: Stacy Compton (#4)

Sharpie 500

The Sharpie 500 was held at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2003. Jeff Gordon sat on the pole.

  1. Kurt Busch
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Jamie McMurray
  4. Matt Kenseth
  5. Jimmie Johnson
  6. Ryan Newman
  7. Dale Jarrett
  8. Ricky Craven
  9. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  10. Jeremy Mayfield

Failed to qualify: Hermie Sadler (#02), Billy Bigley (#79), Derrike Cope (#37)

Mountain Dew Southern 500

The Mountain Dew Southern 500 was held at Darlington Speedway on August 31, 2003. This was the last time the race was held on this date. Ryan Newman sat on the pole.

  1. Terry Labonte
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Jamie McMurray
  5. Bill Elliott
  6. Jeremy Mayfield
  7. Bobby Labonte
  8. Ricky Craven
  9. Elliott Sadler
  10. Greg Biffle

Failed to qualify: Larry Foyt (#50)

Chevy Rock and Roll 400

The Chevy Rock and Roll 400 was held at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2003. Mike Skinner sat on the pole.

  1. Ryan Newman
  2. Jeremy Mayfield
  3. Ricky Rudd
  4. Jeff Burton
  5. Rusty Wallace
  6. Bobby Labonte
  7. Matt Kenseth
  8. Terry Labonte
  9. Johnny Benson
  10. Jeff Gordon

Failed to qualify: Larry Foyt (#50), Billy Bigley (#79)

Sylvania 300

The Sylvania 300 was held at New Hampshire International Speedway on September 14, 2003. Ryan Newman sat on the pole.

  1. Jimmie Johnson
  2. Ricky Rudd
  3. Joe Nemechek
  4. Bill Elliott
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  6. Rusty Wallace
  7. Matt Kenseth
  8. Elliott Sadler
  9. Ryan Newman
  10. Jamie McMurray

Failed to qualify: Larry Foyt (#50), Derrike Cope (#37), Morgan Shepherd (#89), Carl Long (#46)

Dover 400

The Dover 400 was held at Dover International Speedway on September 21, 2003. Qualifying was cancelled due to Hurricane Isabel; as a result, Matt Kenseth sat on the pole on owner points.

  1. Ryan Newman
  2. Jeremy Mayfield
  3. Tony Stewart
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Jeff Gordon
  6. Jamie McMurray
  7. Greg Biffle
  8. Jimmie Johnson
  9. Matt Kenseth
  10. Ricky Rudd

Failed to qualify: Larry Foyt (#50), Morgan Shepherd (#89), Billy Bigley (#79), Scott Wimmer (#27), Christian Fittipaldi (#44), Tim Sauter (#71)

EA Sports 500

The EA Sports 500 was held September 28, 2003 at Talladega Superspeedway. Elliott Sadler won the pole. An early wreck took place on lap 10 when #19-Jeremy Mayfield had a tire go down, during pit stops #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. made contact with #43-Jeff Green resulting in damage to his car's nose. Earnhardt Jr. would go a lap down on lap 62 after damage repair to his car. On lap 143 the 3rd caution came out when leader #48-Jimmie Johnson was sent spinning down to the inside of Turn 1 after Dale Earnhardt Jr. bumped #15-Michael Waltrip who slapped the side of Johnson, Johnson's car slid back up the Turn 1 banking barely missing a few cars. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the lucky dog during the caution and got back on the lead lap. On lap 158 Johnson retired to the garage with engine problems. On lap 182 with 7 laps of racing left #38-Elliott Sadler who was racing four wide near the front of the pack down the backstretch went to block #97-Kurt Busch. The #38 car made contact with the #97 and was turned around, as the car spun it became airborne flipping through the air then landing on the roof near the entrance of Turn 3. The car continued to slide across the grass to the track pavement in Turn 3, when the car caught the pavement it tumbled 4 more times before coming to a stop. Elliott Sadler was removed from the car and was ok. The race was red flagged as track workers cleaned up debris. Michael Waltrip lead during the restart with 5 laps to go, Waltrip lead all of the last five laps with drafting help from teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., as the checkered flag waved cars were running 5 wide mid pack when #9-Bill Elliott made contact with #18-Bobby Labonte creating a small wreck in Turn 1. Waltrip celebrated the win by popping out of his car's newly installed emergency roof hatch after doing donuts on the infield grass.

Top Ten Results:

Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 15 Michael Waltrip Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt Inc.
2 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt Inc.
3 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
4 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Penske Racing
5 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
6 97 Kurt Busch Ford Roush Racing
7 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
8 32 Ricky Craven Pontiac PPI Motorsports
9 2 Rusty Wallace Dodge Penske Racing
10 09 Mike Wallace Dodge Phoenix Racing

Did not Qualify: #0-Jason Leffler, #4-Kevin Lepage, #30-Steve Park, #45-Kyle Petty, #80-Mike Bliss, #54-Todd Bodine

Banquet 400

The Banquet 400 was held at Kansas Speedway on October 5, 2003. Jimmie Johnson sat on the pole.

  1. Ryan Newman
  2. Bill Elliott
  3. Jeremy Mayfield
  4. Tony Stewart
  5. Jeff Gordon
  6. Kevin Harvick
  7. Jimmie Johnson
  8. Jamie McMurray
  9. Rusty Wallace
  10. Ricky Rudd

Failed to qualify: Larry Foyt (#14), Johnny Sauter (#4)

UAW-GM Quality 500

The UAW-GM Quality 500 was held at Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 11, 2003. Ryan Newman sat on the pole.

  1. Tony Stewart
  2. Ryan Newman
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Bill Elliott
  5. Jeff Gordon
  6. Bobby Labonte
  7. Jamie McMurray
  8. Matt Kenseth
  9. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  10. Kevin Harvick

Failed to qualify: Ken Schrader (#49), Hermie Sadler (#02), Mark Green (#14), Jeff Fultz (#55)

Subway 500

The Subway 500 was held at Martinsville Speedway on October 19, 2003. Jeff Gordon sat on the pole.

  1. Jeff Gordon
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Tony Stewart
  4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  5. Ryan Newman
  6. Terry Labonte
  7. Kevin Harvick
  8. Jamie McMurray
  9. Bill Elliott
  10. Jeff Burton

Failed to qualify: Mark Green (#14), Morgan Shepherd (#89)

Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500

The Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 26-October 27, 2003. Ryan Newman sat on the pole. The race was a two-day event, as it started on Sunday but 39 laps into the race, the race was postponed till Monday.

  1. Jeff Gordon
  2. Tony Stewart
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Bill Elliott
  5. Bobby Labonte
  6. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  7. Jeremy Mayfield
  8. Kurt Busch
  9. Jimmy Spencer
  10. Joe Nemechek

Failed to qualify: Jeff Green (#43), Buckshot Jones (#00), Larry Foyt (#14), Mike Wallace (#09), Billy Bigley (#79), Shelby Howard (#27)

Checker Auto Parts 500

The Checker Auto Parts 500 was held Phoenix International Raceway on November 2, 2003. Ryan Newman sat on the pole.

  1. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Ryan Newman
  4. Kurt Busch
  5. Michael Waltrip
  6. Matt Kenseth
  7. Jeff Gordon
  8. Jeff Burton
  9. Scott Wimmer
  10. Mark Martin

Failed to qualify: Derrike Cope (#37), Brandon Ash (#02)

Pop-Secret Microwave Popcorn 400

The Pop-Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 was held at North Carolina Speedway on November 9, 2003. This was the last fall race held at Rockingham. Ryan Newman sat on the pole.

  1. Bill Elliott
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Jeremy Mayfield
  4. Matt Kenseth
  5. Ryan Newman
  6. Tony Raines
  7. Jeff Burton
  8. Bobby Labonte
  9. Tony Stewart
  10. Sterling Marlin

Failed to qualify: Hermie Sadler (#02), Tim Sauter (#71), Rich Bickle (#79)

Ford 400

The Ford 400, the final race of the season, and the last Winston Cup race ever, was held at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2003. Jamie McMurray sat on the pole.

  1. Bobby Labonte
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Johnny Benson
  5. Jeff Gordon
  6. Jeremy Mayfield
  7. Tony Stewart
  8. Bill Elliott
  9. Jamie McMurray
  10. Sterling Marlin

Failed to qualify: Ken Schrader (#49), Kyle Petty (#45), Mike Wallace (#09), Derrike Cope (#37), Rich Bickle (#79)

Final Points Standings

  1. Matt Kenseth - 5022
  2. Jimmie Johnson - 4932
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 4815
  4. Jeff Gordon - 4785
  5. Kevin Harvick - 4770
  6. Ryan Newman - 4711
  7. Tony Stewart - 4549
  8. Bobby Labonte - 4377
  9. Bill Elliott - 4303
  10. Terry Labonte - 4162
  11. Kurt Busch - 4150
  12. Jeff Burton - 4109
  13. Jamie McMurray - 3965
  14. Rusty Wallace - 3950
  15. Michael Waltrip - 3934
  16. Robby Gordon - 3856
  17. Mark Martin - 3769
  18. Sterling Marlin - 3745
  19. Jeremy Mayfield - 3736
  20. Greg Biffle - 3696
  21. Ward Burton - 3550
  22. Elliott Sadler - 3525
  23. Ricky Rudd - 3521
  24. Johnny Benson - 3448
  25. Joe Nemechek - 3426
  26. Dale Jarrett - 1664
  27. Ricky Craven - 1688
  28. Dave Blaney - 1828
  29. Jimmy Spencer - 1875
  30. Kenny Wallace - 1961
  31. Todd Bodine - 2046
  32. Steve Park - 2099
  33. Tony Raines - 2250
  34. Jeff Green - 2366
  35. Casey Mears - 2384
  36. Ken Schrader - 2571
  37. Kyle Petty - 2608
  38. John Andretti - 2643
  39. Mike Skinner - 3062
  40. Jack Sprague - 3738
  41. Larry Foyt - 3794
  42. Mike Wallace - 3833
  43. Kevin Lepage - 4145

All information in this article is from Racing Reference

Rookie of the Year

The easy favorite for Rookie of the Year heading was Jamie McMurray, who had won the previous year in just his second start, and he did not disappoint, posting thirteen top-tens and a pole position despite not winning again. Runner-up Greg Biffle finished in the top-25 in the first two races, failed to qualify at Las Vegas, then won the Pepsi 400, while Tony Raines posted just one top ten finish in BACE Motorsports' only full season in Winston Cup. Casey Mears couldn't finish higher than 15th in his debut season, but has gone on since to garner sixteen top-tens. Former Craftsman Truck Series champion Jack Sprague only lasted eighteen races before being released from his #0 ride, while Larry Foyt's best finish in 20 starts was a sixteenth at the season ending race at Homestead. The only other declared candidate, Hideo Fukuyama, dropped out early due to a lack of funding from his BelCar Racing team.

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