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       1 Jeff Gordon 4108
       2 Ricky Rudd 3886
       3 Tony Stewart 3658
       4 Sterling Marlin 2972
       5 Dale Jarrett 2999
       6 Rusty Wallace 2803
       7 D. Earnhardt Jr 2846
       8 Kevin Harvick * 2743
       9 Bobby Labonte 2805
      10 J. Benson  2788
      11 Jeff Burton 2573
      12 Mark Martin 2687 
      13 Jimmy Spencer 2563
      14 Bill Elliott 2544 
      15 Matt Kenseth 2613
      16 Bobby Hamilton 2272 
      17 Steve Park 2698 
      18 Jerry Nadeau 2194
      19 Elliott Sadler 2353
      20 Ward Burton 2278
      21 Ken Schrader 2272
      22 J. Mayfield 2239
      23 Ricky Craven 2112
      24 Dave Blaney 2092   
      25 Terry Labonte 2045  
      26 Kurt Busch 
      27 R. Pressley 2053
      28 Michael Waltrip 2086
      29 John Andretti 1941
      30 Brett Bodine 1919
      31 C. Atwood * 1831
      32 Todd Bodine 1874
      33 Joe Nemechek 1664
      34 S. Compton 1790
      35 Mike Skinner 1710
      36 Ron Hornaday * 1659
      37 Jason Leffler * 1614
      38 Mike Wallace 1422
      39 Kevin Lepage 1183
      40 Buckshot 1195
      41 Hut Stricklin 1214
      42 Kyle Petty 1047
      43 Andy Houston * 928
      44 Kenny Wallace 755
      45 Robby Gordon 898
      46 Rick Mast 797
      47 Ryan Newman 333
      48 Jeff Green 255
      49 Boris Said 269
      50 Scott Pruett 259
      51 Bobby Hamilton 174
      52 Dale Earnhardt 132
      53 Jeff Purvis 132
      54 Dave Marcis 104
      55 Ron Fellows 96
      56 Brian Simo 89
      57 Schroeder 88
      58 Wally Dallenbach 85
      59 Ted Musgrave 76
      60 Rich Bickle 67
      61 Shawna Robinson 61
      62 Anthony Lazzaro 61

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Latest News and Commentary

Perfect weekend for Elliott and Evernham
by Frank Ryan
November 11, 2001


Team owner Ray Evernham was all smiles after this win

For Bill Elliott and Evernham Motorsports, it was a perfect weekend. After winning the Bud Pole on Friday, Bill Elliott claimed his 41st Winston Cup victory in the Pennzoil Freedom 400. Elliott led for 59 laps as he visited Victory Lane for the first time in 227 races.

After setting a hot lap of 155.226 miles per hour in qualifying Friday for the Pennzoil Freedom 400, Bill Elliott led the field to green flag racing as six Dodge Intrepids started the race in the top 10. The Bud Pole was Elliott's second of the year, as he claimed another in sunny Florida back in February at Daytona. 

Elliott and his Dodge Dealers Intrepid set the pace for the first 54 laps, lapping 15 cars before finally relinquishing the lead after heading to the pits for fuel and tires. After all the teams had cycled through green flag pit stops it was Casey Atwood at the point. 


Fourth place finisher Jeff Burton leads Todd Bodine at Homestead. Bodine went on to finish in the 16th position.
Photo Credit: Autostock

As Elliott's teammate paced the field, the 22nd fast qualifier was hunting him, and by lap 80 Tony Stewart was in the lead. Stewart has been absolutely dominant at Homestead-Miami Speedway, winning both Winston Cup races at the track, charging to the front to lead his 11th Winston Cup race of the season. With Stewart in control of the race, a dark cloud would fall on the track during the second caution period of the day. 

On lap 111 NASCAR officials waved the second caution flag of the day. With the lead lap cars all in the pits, it would get ugly on pit road. As Ward Burton was leaving his pit stall, Casey Atwood slammed into the right side of his car. The impact from the collision sent Burton directly into three of Ricky Rudd's crewmen and a NASCAR official. Two of Rudd's crewmembers were injured required medical treatment; the most seriously injured was Bobby Burrell, the right front tire changer on the Yates team. The crewmen, unconscious and suffering a head injury, was immediately airlifted from the scene. It was later reported that Burrell was awake and in serious condition in a local hospital.


Ricky Rudd pits on his way to a 21st place finish at Homestead. Rudd's title hopes are starting to fade as he attempts to overhaul Jeff Gordon with only two races remaining.
Photo Credit: Autostock

While Tony Stewart continued his run to the front, Jeff Gordon's quest to clinch the Championship would have to wait another week. Dents and dings on pit road and the race track would give Gordon a 28th place finish, one lap off the pace.

With 43 laps to go, the fifth caution period of the day flew when Stacy Compton would spin and crash hard into the wall. Prior to this caution, the first four caution periods were for debris on the track.

After the ensuing pit stops for Compton's accident, Casey Atwood and Bill Elliott came out of the pits running in first and second for Evernham Motorsports, and as the laps ticked away the Dodge Dealer Intrepids held their position. 

Tony Stewart, who had been so dominant early on, faded badly at the finish, fighting a loose handling race car and a penalty accessed for a pit road infraction.

With just 10 laps to go, Atwood and Elliott still ran first and second, and with just four laps to go, Elliott slipped underneath Atwood and pulled away to win the first ever race for Evernham Motorsports.

Rounding out the top five behind Elliott were Michael Waltrip, Casey Atwood, Jeff Burton and Sterling Marlin.

In the championship point's race, Jeff Gordon leads Ricky Rudd b 305 points.

Driver Car Status
1) Bill Elliott  No. 9 Dodge/Dodge Dealers Dodge  267 laps
2) Michael Waltrip  No. 15 NAPA Chevrolet  267
3) Casey Atwood  No. 19 Dodge/Dodge Dealers Dodge  267
4) Jeff Burton  No. 99 CITGO Ford  267
5) Sterling Marlin  No. 40 Coors Light Dodge  267
6) Dave Blaney  No. 93 BP/Amoco Dodge  267
7) Kevin Harvick  No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet  267
8) Bobby Labonte  No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac  267
9) Jeff Green  No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet  267
10) Jason Leffler  No. 01 Cingular Dodge  267
11) Terry Labonte  No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet  267
12) Rusty Wallace  No. 2 Miller Lite Ford  267
13) Ward Burton  No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge  267
14) Kenny Wallace  No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet  267
15) Dale Earnhardt Jr.  No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet  267
16) Todd Bodine  No. 66 Kmart Ford  267
17) Kyle Petty  No. 45 Sprint Dodge  267
18) Jimmy Spencer  No. 26 Kmart Ford  267
19) Tony Stewart  No. 20 Home Depot Pontiac  266
20) Johnny Benson  No. 10 Valvoline Pontiac  266
21) Ricky Rudd  No. 28 Havoline Ford  266
22) John Andretti  No. 43 Cheerios Dodge  266
23) Mark Martin  No. 6 Viagra Ford  266
24) Jimmie Johnson  No. 48 Hendrick Chevrolet  266
25) Kurt Busch  No. 97 Sharpie/Rubbermaid Ford  266
26) Mike Wallace  No. 12 Mobil 1 Ford  266
27) Matt Kenseth  No. 17 DeWalt Tools Ford  266
28) Jeff Gordon  No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet  266
29) Kevin Lepage  No. 7 NationsRent Ford  266
30) Ricky Craven  No. 32 Tide Ford  266
31) Joe Nemechek  No. 33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet  266
32) Brett Bodine  No. 11 Ralph's Ford  265
33) Jerry Nadeau  No. 25 UAW/Delphi Chevrolet  264
34) Buckshot Jones  No. 44 Georgia-Pacific Dodge  264
35) Bobby Hamilton Jr.  No. 4 Kodak Chevrolet  264
36) Elliott Sadler  No. 21 Motorcraft Ford  264
37) Geoff Bodine  No. 09 Miccosukee Indians Gaming Ford  264
38) Rick Mast  No. 90 Donlavey Ford  262
39) Bobby Hamilton  No. 55 Square D Chevrolet  261
40) Robert Pressley  No. 77 Jasper Engines Ford  256
41) Dale Jarrett  No. 88 UPS Ford  256
42) Ken Schrader  No. 36 M&Ms Pontiac  255
43) Stacy Compton  No. 92 Kodiak Dodge  222

 

QUOTES

JEFF BURTON --99-- Citgo SUPERGARD Taurus (Finished 4th) -- "We're bringing knives to a gunfight. The Dodges and Chevrolets get to you and they can run up under you and get you loose, but with a Ford when you get behind a guy you're just screwed. There's no way you can pass. You can't pass. They keep giving everybody all this stuff and we're so disadvantaged that it's really frustrating. I don't think anybody is intentionally trying to screw us, but that's what's happened in this process. I'm proud of my guys. I think we got all we could get today. We did a great job. We had great pit stops and the car was good. The car was good by itself, but in traffic we were junk. That's where we're really being hurt is in traffic. I should be happy with fourth. That's another top five for us and we're showing a lot of strength at the end of the year, but we just don't have what we need. We need to be able to plant the front of the car without having to unhook the back of the car and that's what they can do. We can't do that." AT A FLAT TRACK LIKE HOMESTEAD IS THAT MORE NOTICEABLE? "It's such a big deal here because the corners are so long and they are so flat. They're able to get their noses down on the ground and receive all the downforce. We get our nose on the ground, but it doesn't help us as much because we don't have the kickout. I hate to whine. We had a great day and I'm proud of my guys, but it's just hard when you know you're disadvantaged." YOU HAD A GOOD DAY THOUGH. "We did. I'm real proud of my guys, they did a great job. Everybody right now is really frustrated because we know we're disadvantaged. We keep coming to the race track and we're fighting really hard, and I think they'll make the rules right but they're not right right now. Nobody is intentionally trying to screw us, it's just kind of worked out that way. We've got to get the rules where they ought to be. Three or four years ago, the Ford was the best car and right now we're the worst car. I hate to whine, I like talking about the things we did and how well we did it, but the problem we've got is that when we get in traffic we're really in trouble. The other makes don't seem to have that problem."

RICKY RUDD --28-- Texaco Havoline Taurus (Finished 21st) -- "We missed our setup early in the race. After the accident on pit road, our heart just wasn't in it."

NOTE: The following crew members tookover on pit road for the Texaco Havoline team after the accident on pit road. Scott Naset (front tire changer) and Kirk Almquist (front tire carrier) work with the No. 31 team while Shane Callis (jackman) is a crew member with the No. 88 team.

MICHAEL MCSWAIN, Crew Chief --28-- Texaco Havoline Taurus -- WHAT DID YOU SEE FROM THE PIT BOX? "NASCAR has the tape, so I'd rather let them make a comment on that. Some cars got together on the end of pit road and slammed right into our car with my guys changing tires." WOULD HELMETS HAVE HELPED? "Of course it would have helped Bobby because he's got some head injuries, but it wouldn't have helped Johnny because he's got a broken leg." WAS YOUR HEART OUT OF IT AFTER THAT? "I mean, what do you do? These guys that got hurt are racers, they'd want us to continue to race, so that's all we could do."

RUSTY WALLACE --2-- Miller Lite Taurus (Finished 12th) -- "It was an up-and-down race for us all day. It was tight at the very beginning of the race and then we were loose. We took a right-rear spring rubber out and that helped. We just had to keep on tweaking on the thing the whole day. It got really tight after that last pit stop. Track position was important all day, so we stayed out during that last yellow. We were better than where we finished, but 11th was all we could get out of it."

TODD BODINE --66-- Blue Light Special/Kmart Taurus (Finished 17th) -- "The last set of tires didn't match up and we weren't as good. We pumped the air up and probably shouldn't have, but for where we were in practice to the way we ran was a big improvement, so I'm pretty happy with it even though it's not a great finish." MAYBE YOU GOT YOUR BAD LUCK OUT OF THE WAY IN HAPPY HOUR YESTERDAY. "I hope so. It's been pretty bad the last couple weeks, but this is a decent comeback. It's not what we wanted, but we finished in one piece and made improvements on the car all day. We made some improvement from happy hour and it was definitely better."

MATT KENSETH --17-- DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 27th) -- "We really ran excellent, I thought we had a good car. What happened was that we had a fitting break on the alternator and the battery went dead before I knew what was going on. We replaced that, but in the process of doing that it shorted out and burned a hole in an oil line, so for having to rebuild our car and getting one of our laps back thanks to Tony (Stewart), we got the best finish we could out of it. I feel good about it because we ran really well. I thought we ran within the top five cars most of the day." YOU WERE UP THERE ALL DAY UNTIL THE PROBLEM. "We started 21st and were up to seventh before we had that problem and we were gaining on it. I felt like we had a car that could have finished up front. We couldn't run with the 20 and a couple of those other guys, but I felt we could have had a shot at it if we would have been up there at the end."

JIMMY SPENCER --26-- Kmart Taurus (Finished 18th) -- "We had a tough day. We just never could get the front of the car and the back of the car balanced. We never could get the grip we needed. Once in a while we ran decent, but when we would try to make it better, we would make it worse. I think we just missed it a little bit. We didn't have a real good day, but we finished. We really slipped back in the points and that really bothers us a lot. I guess we're still in the top 15, but it's gonna be hard to maintain that if we keep doing what we're doing." DO YOU FEEL THE FORD IS AT A DISADVANTAGE? "I think the Fords are a little bit disadvantaged right now versus the Chevys and the Dodges, without question. I think that we need an inch pulled out from our front valance. I don't think we need two, but an inch would sure be nice. They gave Chevy two and Dodge two, so give us half."

MIKE WALLACE --12-- Mobil 1 Taurus (Finished 26th) -- "There were just some situations with pit strategy. Roger (Penske) was here today and he wanted to try something different late in the race with some tire strategy as far as pitting early and the caution came out. That's all that happen was the caution came out. If the 92 would have spun out, we would have been fine. I really feel we were a top 10 car again and at the worst we would have finished somewhere between fifth through eighth, but it didn't happen." IS IT HARD TO GET THE DOWNFORCE YOU NEED? "It is hard with them and it's very evident. First of all, I want to compliment Ray Evernham and his group. I'm happy for Bill Elliott and those guys, but they had an aero advantage and it really shows up at this place. I thought we had a really good car and I even put four tires on at the end and I couldn't chase them down. I guess I could have gotten everybody but the leaders, but you can't get in that race when you're a lap down. We need a little help and maybe they saw that today. Maybe they'll help us."

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