2004 Season





Lucky Dog Racing began under the name Red Zone Racing in 2004. The concept and site was designed by Lou Demian and officially broke ground on February 17 2004. The pages were created in the weeks that followed. After the initial site was created, recruitment of members began. Lou and his soon-to-be wife were the first two members. Shawn Jackson and Ron Cyphers were recruited on February 28 and formed Jerry Jones Racing and Ron Racing. Other members followed in the next few weeks, some who are still in the league and others who have since left.

Red Zone Racing, March 2004

Click above to take a look at the main page of the site the way it looked in March of '04 just prior to the league starting. The links have all been disabled.

Originally the league was to begin on April 25 at Talladega, however the site building went way ahead of schedule, so we moved up the start date and had our first "pre-season" race on March 28, 2004 at Bristol. The points wouldn't count, but we would get the feel of how everything would work. That first race had 21 teams in the field and the now defunct team Ryno Racing won. The initial scores were very low, many teams having negative numbers. Therefore, the President decided to tweak the points system, cutting back the penalty points.

The following week we went live, with the points counting. We also had an additional team joining making 22 teams total. Trapt Racing won the first race of the season with Wilson MotorSports coming in 2nd and Armchair Racing, Inc. 3rd. The first race went well however, 4 teams from the previous week decided not to submit their picks so only 18 cars were in the field. Out of those 22 original teams, only 14 remained until the end of the season.

It only took 2 weeks before a problem occurred. Following the race results at Martinsville, an error was discovered in scoring Jeff Gordon. Originally Team Echo Racing was thought to have won the race, but after the re-count with 5 points added to Jeff Gordon's score, the win went to the President's team, Intimidator Racing.

In the third week of the season Wilson MotorSports won at Talladega and assumed the league lead from Trapt Racing. He would hold the lead for several weeks until Jerry Jones Racing finally took it from him and would hold it for the entire season.

The next two weeks were won by Jerry Jones Racing at California Speedway and Old Time Racing at Richmond. On May 22nd the league would have its first All-Star race for the Nextel All-Star Challenge at Lowe's MotorSpeedway. Since the league had just started everyone was eligible for the event. A different race format was used with everyone predicting the top 10. The scores were pretty close, but the first All-Star event was won by Jerry Jones Racing.

The following weeks went by with races won by NASCAR Fan Racing, Inc. who won 2 races in a row in only her 2nd and 3rd starts. Ron Racing won his first race of the season at Pocono and Jerry Jones Racing won again at Michigan. After Michigan the salaries were re-aligned for the first time altering many people's strategies.

The next 11 races were won by 9 different first timers. The only 2 teams to repeat were Ron Racing and NASCAR Fan Racing, Inc. For the final 10 races and the first Chase for the Championship, the salaries were changed again. Jerry Jones Racing was still leading the standings. June Bug Racing won his 2nd race followed by the first wins for Bump And Go Racing and Legacy Racing. Dodge Boys Racing won his 2nd and 3rd races of the season, and June Bug Racing won his 3rd race too. Pitbull Racing, Intimidator Racing and Syracuse Alpine Racing each won their second races of the season at Atlanta, Phoenix and Darlington. The final race of the season was won by Kay's Racing Team and Jerry Jones Racing became the league's first champion.

Throughout its first season the league saw many new additions, rules changes and revisions. The League Stats and Record page was introduced several weeks in. The Message Board went under a transformation. The League Entry and weekly submission page had a couple different incarnations. There were changes to teams not submitting their picks. Originally they were not even in the field and were docked 15 points. Later it was changed that they would be in the field but would be docked 5 points the first week, then 10 points the 2nd week and 20 points the 3rd week. Later the points were raised to 10, 20 and 30. The exact pick tiebreaker was instituted halfway through the season. Originally the win would just go to the team higher in the standings until the driver rank was instituted.

A little more than halfway through the season, the President decided to switch servers to allow the league to grow. Originally the league was using Geocities, but switched over to Hostingu.com, a better webservice. The new site was built between June-August, but wouldn't open until the conclusion of the 2004 season.

Many teams came and went throughout the first season. We started with 21 teams and ended with 24. The most teams we had at one point were 31. Not bad for a first year league. Here is a list of all the teams:

2004 Teams at the End of the Season

Click on each team to see their 2004 driver pick stats

Listed in order of sign-up date
Sign-Up Date
Team Name
Driver
#
Sponsor
Starts
Feb. 17 Intimidator Racing Lou Demian #138 Best Buy 31
Feb. 24 Oceanside Racing Gwen Demian #183 A.C. Moore 31
Feb. 28 Jerry Jones Racing Shawn Jackson #105 Dallas Cowboys 31
Feb. 28 Ron Racing Ron Cyphers #122 WalMart 31
Mar. 9 Green Flag Racing Carol Siddens #150 Big R Stores 31
Mar. 12 Bump And Go Racing James Sisson #127 Redneckjunk.com 31
Mar. 16 Armchair Racing, Inc. Steven Cotter #109 Canadian Tire 31
Mar. 19 Trapt Racing Chris Robidoux #142 Cingular Wireless 31
Mar. 27 Team Echo MotorSports George Richard #149 Coors Light 31
Mar. 27 Dodge Boys Racing Ken Fitz #106 Pepsi 29
Apr. 9 Zipperhead Racing Stephen Dutko #177 Samuel Adams 30
Apr. 29 Syracuse Alpine Racing Charquillia Addison #194 WWE 28
May 15 Nascar Fan Racing, Inc. Kim #111 Abercrombie & Fitch 26
May 16 June Bug Racing Matt Sealey #188 Killian's Irish Red 26
May 25 Shawnda's Redneck Racing Shawnda Moore #102 Wrangler 25
May 26 Big Country MotorSports Kendall Moore #124 Peterbilt 25
Jun. 1 Hamar Racing Bo Johansen #165 Goodwrench Service 24
Jun. 3 Pitbull Racing Justin #126 Havoline 23
Jun. 4 Dupont24 Racing Mike Mecca #114 Dupont 24
Jun. 6 Rock Bottom Racing Ryan Jackson #145 The Athlete's Foot 23
Jun. 15 KAM Racing, Inc. Kim Morgan #158 Coca-Cola 22
Jun. 17 Legacy Racing Herb Holloway #153 Edelbrock 22
Jul. 18 Suezbele Racing, Inc. Sue Perna #118 Husky Tools 18
Aug. 27 Kay's Racing Team Kay Rogers #168 Bon-Jovi 12


A number of teams didn't quite make it to the end, here are a list of them in alphabetical order. Note: pre-season starts count here.

Defunct 2004 Teams

Team Name
Driver
#
Sponsor
Starts
Barr Racing, Inc. Dan Barr #133 Sears 18
Buck Fever MotorSports Don Rush #167 Mossy Oak 5
Coors Drinkers Racing Brady Engle None None 1
11G's Racing Brad Paulson #185 Freightliner 1
Ford-F150Pimpen Racing Cody #185 Burger King 7
Git R Dun Racing Sheldon #169 Hooters 10
Jolly Rogers Racing Chris Rogers #180 Corona Extra 11
Klowns Racing Terry Sarber #112 Big Daddy Gear 3
Muffet's Spiders, Inc. Sheri #123 Michelob Ultra 23
NOS Racing Michael #101 Asics 3
Old Time Racing Ron Borton #120 Home Depot 23
Ryno Racing Ryan Kort #171 Marlboro 8
Shuten7 Racing Mike Adair None None 1
Simple Man Plan Racing Richie Steele #118 Miller Lite 1
Snoop Dogg Racing Edward Sarber #124 Busch Beer 4
SR3 Racing Lonny Holman #130 Sunday Racer 3 4
Taylor Baby Racing Racquel Hunsucker #184 Outlaw 16
Team Echo Racing Chad Richard #103 Budweiser 17
Wilson MotorSports Karl Wilson Jr. #108 eBay 17



2004 Final Standings


League Standings

Power Gauge (Final Week)

League Statisitics




2004 Race Results


Click on the race to see the results
Date
Track
Race
NASCAR Winner
League Winner
2/15 Daytona Intl. Speedway Daytona 500 Dale Earnhardt Jr. N/A
2/22 North Carolina Speedway Subway 400 Matt Kenseth N/A
3/7 Las Vegas Motor Speedway UAW-Daimer Chrysler 400 Matt Kenseth N/A
3/14 Atlanta Motor Speedway Golden Corral 500 Dale Earnhardt Jr. N/A
3/21 Darlington Raceway Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Jimmie Johnson N/A
3/28 Bristol Motor Speedway Food City 500 Kurt Busch Ryno Racing
(Pre-Season)
4/4 Texas Motor Speedway SamSung/Radio Shack 400 Elliott Sadler Trapt Racing
4/18 Martinsville Speedway Advance Auto Parts 500 Rusty Wallace Intimidator Racing
4/25 Talladega SuperSpeedway Aaron's 499 Jeff Gordon Wilson MotorSports
5/2 California Speedway Auto Club 500 Jeff Gordon Jerry Jones Racing
5/15 Richmond Intl. Raceway Chevrolet American Revolution 400 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Old Time Racing
5/22 Lowe's Motor Speedway Nextel All-Star Challenge Matt Kenseth Jerry Jones Racing
5/30 Lowe's Motor Speedway Coca-Cola 600 Jimmie Johnson Nascar Fan Racing, Inc.
6/6 Dover Intl. Speedway MBNA America 400 Mark Martin Nascar Fan Racing, Inc.
6/13 Pocono Raceway Pocono 500 Jimmie Johnson Ron Racing
6/20 Michigan Intl. Speedway DHL 400 Ryan Newman Jerry Jones Racing
6/27 Infineon Raceway Dodge/SaveMart 350 Jeff Gordon June Bug Racing
7/3 Daytona Intl. Speedway Pepsi 400 Jeff Gordon Ron Racing
7/11 Chicagoland Speedway Tropicana 400 Tony Stewart Syracuse Alpine Racing
7/25 New Hampshire Intl. Speedway Siemens 300 Kurt Busch Dodge Boys Racing
8/1 Pocono Raceway Pennsylvania 500 Jimmie Johnson Pitbull Racing
8/8 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Brickyard 400 Jeff Gordon Git R Dun Racing
8/15 Watkins Glen International Sirius At The Glen Tony Stewart Nascar Fan Racing, Inc.
8/22 Michigan Intl. Speedway GFS Marketplace 400 Greg Biffle Armchair Racing, Inc.
8/28 Bristol Motor Speedway Sharpie 500 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team Echo MotorSports
9/5 California Speedway Pop Secret 500 Elliott Sadler Suezbele Racing, Inc.
9/11 Richmond Intl. Speedway Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Jeremy Mayfield Oceanside Racing
9/19 New Hampshire Intl. Speedway Sylvania 300 Kurt Busch June Bug Racing
9/26 Dover Intl. Speedway MBNA 400 Ryan Newman Bump And Go Racing
10/3 Talladega SuperSpeedway EA Sports 500 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Legacy Racing
10/10 Kansas Speedway Banquet 400 Joe Nemechek Dodge Boys Racing
10/16 Lowe's Motor Speedway UAW-GM Quality 500 Jimmie Johnson June Bug Racing
10/24 Martinsville Speedway Subway 500 Jimmie Johnson Dodge Boys Racing
10/31 Atlanta Motor Speedway Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 Jimmie Johnson Pitbull Racing
11/7 Phoenix International Raceway Checker Auto Parts 500 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Intimidator Racing
11/14 Darlington Raceway Mountain Dew Southern 500 Jimmie Johnson Syracuse Alpine Racing
11/21 Homestead-Miami Speedway Ford 400 Greg Biffle Kay's Racing Team

17 Feb 2004
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