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Martinsville Speedway
April 14, 2002



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2002 Points
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Pos

Driver

Pts

1

Sterling Marlin

1082 

2

Matt Kenseth

1012 

3

Jimmie Johnson*

963 

4

Rusty Wallace

950 

5

Mark Martin

938 

6

Jeff Gordon

909 

7

Kurt Busch

893 

8

Tony Stewart

887 

9

Ricky Rudd

847 

10

Bill Elliott

837 

11

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

833 

12

Ryan Newman*

826 

13

Ricky Craven

787 

14

Jeff Burton

786 

15

Ward Burton

762 

16

Elliott Sadler

757 

17

Bobby Labonte

738 

18

Jeremy Mayfield

736 

19

Terry Labonte

731 

20

Dave Blaney

714 

21

Jimmy Spencer

696 

22

Kevin Harvick

692 

23

Jerry Nadeau

681 

24

Dale Jarrett

653 

25

Kyle Petty

641 

26

Mike Skinner

618 

27

Michael Waltrip

613 

28

Jeff Green

612 

29

Johnny Benson

611 

30

Bobby Hamilton

588 

31

Robby Gordon

580 

32

John Andretti

540 

33

Ken Schrader

540 

34

Buckshot Jones

495 

35

Stacy Compton

469 

36

Casey Atwood

463 

37

Brett Bodine

448 

38

Joe Nemechek

447 

39

Hut Stricklin

424 

40

Rick Mast

399 

41

Kenny Wallace

386 

42

Shawna Robinson*

281 

43

Steve Park

245 

44

Todd Bodine

218 

45

Geoffrey Bodine

165 

46

Mike Wallace

149 

47

Robert Pressley

97 

48

Dick Trickle

74 

49

Hermie Sadler

67 

50

Frank Kimmel

64 

51

Jay Sauter

52 

52

Dave Marcis

37 

53

Andy Hillenburg

34

 


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Earnhardt Jr. dominates Talladega
 
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No question about it, Dale Earnhardt Enterprises builds the best superspeedway cars.  Once again, DEI Enterprises dominated at Talladega, taking 1st (Earnhardt Jr.), 2nd (Michael Waltrip) and 5th (Kenny Wallace).  Kurt Bush was 3rd and Jeff Gordon was 4th in another Chevy.  Story

The story behind the rescue of Jack Roush

Geoff Smith, president of Roush Racing, met with the media at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Sunday morning prior to the NASCAR Winston Cup Aaron's 499 to provide another update on the condition of Jack Roush, who was injured in a plane crash Friday evening.  More

Jack Roush Update

Roush Racing owner Jack Roush is listed in critical but stable condition at the intensive care unit at University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center after being injured in a plane crash late Friday afternoon near Troy, Ala. Roush suffered closed head injuries  More

Jimmie Johnson leads Chevy sweep in Dega Quals
 
by Adam Sewell

Jimmie Johnson won the Bud Pole Award for Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. Johnson was the 10th car on the track and turned a lap in 51.337 seconds, an average speed of 186.532 mph in the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet. He led a Chevrolet onslaught on the top-10, with Monte Carlos sweeping the top-four and taking six of the top-10 spots. Robby Gordon went out 30 cars after Johnson, as the temperature slowly cooled on a warm day, and fell just .034 seconds shy of stealing the pole. Michael Waltrip was just .002 seconds behind Gordon in the No. 15 NAPA Chevrolet, at 186.401 mph.  Story and Results

Kevin Harvick - NASCAR's latest example
 by Dave Yaeck

Race weekends at NASCAR’s oldest track, Martinsville Speedway, always brings excitement for this is the second short track of the season that the circuit visits. The .526-mile paper clip shaped track brings out the skills of a driver to maneuver around the tight turns as well as the fast straight a ways. This weekend did not disappoint.... Story 

Labonte Breaks Slump at Martinsville

Since winning the 2000 Winston Cup championship, Bobby Labonte has struggled. Things suddenly got better Sunday for driver of the Interstate Batteries Pontiac. Labonte took the lead in the Virginia 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Martinsville Speedway on lap 446 and raced to his first victory in front of 
a sellout crowd.   Story | Results

Inside The Winston
 by Pete McCole

IThe 2002 edition of The Winston all-star race will be "Survival Of The Fastest", as a record number of drivers will be competing for a share of a $3 million dollar purse in the richest race in motorsports on May 18th at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Winning the final 20 lap segment will net the victor a staggering $750,000.   Story 

The Winston: Survival of the Fastest

The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., and its Winston brand today announced the revised format for the 2002 running of The Winston, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series' all-star event. Drivers will be eliminated from the grid following both the first and second segments, leaving just the 10 fastest drivers to compete for the winner's share of a $3 million purse   Story | New Format

Matt Kenseth gets 2nd win in Texas
 by David Yaeck

Matt Kenseth earned his second Winston Cup victory of the year, winning the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.  Jeff Gordon ended his draught of sorts by finishing second.
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Rain postpones NASCAR race at TMS

UPDATE  Persistent rain Sunday postponed the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway until noon ET Monday. The Winston Cup garage is scheduled to open at 8 a.m. ET and the track's spectator gates at 8:30 a.m. FX will carry the race live at noon. PRN Radio's pre-race show begins at 11:30 a.m. Earlier: Persistent rain the last 24 hours at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday delayed the start of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Samsung/RadioShack 500.  At right Jeff Burton (left) and his brother Ward stand next to the #22 Bill Davis Racing Dodge during the rain delay.  Photo Courtesy Dodge/Getty Images | Jeff Burton Interview

Bill Elliott wins pole for Samsung/Radio Shack 500

With a record speed of 194.223 MPH, Bill Elliott claimed the Bud Pole for Sunday's Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Elliott Sadler will start second at 193.070 MPH.  Ricky Rudd's Ford followed Sadler with a lap of 193.016, exactly the same as the fourth-place Chevrolet of Michael Waltrip. Dale Jarrett earned the fifth spot with a lap of 192.967, the same as sixth-place Stacy Compton. The rest of the record breakers were Jeremy Mayfield at 192.726, Mark Martin at 192.658, Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 192.486, Ricky Craven at 192.438, Steve Park at 192.342 and Ken Schrader at 192.321.  Lineup | Ford Quotes | Photo courtesy Dodge

In the Fast Lane at Texas
 by Pete McCole

In auto racing, speed is everything, but this weekend's race at Texas Motor Speedway has some wondering if this is too much of a good thing.  Off season repaving has made this 1.5 mile speedway one of the fastest tracks on the Winston Cup tour.   Story 

Pit Pass: FanzRacing.com
 
by John Hammer

John Hammer and AutoRacing1.com bring you this special Pit Pass program with Fanz Enterprises, Inc. (www.fanzracing.com) who are forming a multi-car team owned by everyday race fans, that will compete in NASCAR-sanctioned races including Winston Cup, Busch Grand National and the Craftsman Truck series. Fanz plans to field as many as five race teams and establish merchandising operations. Audio (7:01 min. Real Player)

Busch Wins First in Winston Cup
 by Pete McCole

Kurt Busch pushed his way into Victory Lane to earn the first Winston Cup victory of his career today at Bristol Motor Speedway.  Busch used his bumper to move past Jimmy Spencer with 55 laps to go and kept his Taurus at the front for the rest of the race.     Story  |  Results

Bristol - Where NASCAR Meets the WWF
 by David Yaeck

As the saying goes, "the more things change, the more they stay the same". Most NASCAR enthusiasts look forward to the two weekends at Bristol because the short track racing brings out the driver and the...temper in everyone, this weekend in the mountains of Tennessee was no different.    Story  

Jeff Gordon on the Pole at Bristol

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To Err is Human, To Crash is NASCAR
 by Pete McCole

As if the lady in black wasn't tough enough on her own, lapped traffic helped create havoc and heartbreak in Sunday's race at Darlington. At least 19 cars were involved in five separate incidences during Sunday's race. Two of those crashes involved the race leaders getting tangled with lapped cars, ending the day for many of the top contenders.    Story  

Scenes From Darlington
 by Pete McCole

As expected, the Darlington proved to be "Too Tough To Tame" for many of the drivers on Sunday.  But while the Lady in Black bit her fair share, she was kind to others.  See the action behind the scenes and in the garage area with our photos from the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400.      Photos

Marlin Versus the Young Guns
 by Doug Belliveau

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That Rookie Stripe
 by Frank Ryan

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Victory Lane is Sterling
 by Pete McCole

It doesn't matter where he starts, Sterling Marlin finds a way to win.  An engine change before the race placed Marlin at the back of the pack, but the day got better from there.  Marlin escaped a massive 11 car pile up and would be one of only 10 cars to finish on the lead lap.    Story  |  Results

Craven the Pole

A wild qualifying session at Darlington is over with Ricky Craven claiming the Bud Pole of 170.088 mph, edging Jeff Gordon by a mere two one thousands of a second.  Rookies Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson qualified in third and fifth while Steve Park qualified in 4th place. Grid & Quotes

An Interview with Steve Park
 by Tim Barrett

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Time to take it out of Park
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After six months on the sidelines, Steve Park's long road back from injuries he suffered last year is finally coming to an end. Reassuming the driving duties of the #1 Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo this week in Darlington.      Story

Redemption in Atlanta for Stewart and Pontiac
 by David Yaeck

For the last four years, my weekend starts with Winston Cup qualifying on Friday, because I know that means in just a day or two there will be a race with 43 of the best drivers in the world competing for one goal - VICTORY!      Story  

Tony Stewart rolls in Atlanta
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Tony Stewart rolled to victory today in the MBNA America 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Stewart led for 143 laps and claimed his first ever win in a Winston Cup race of 500 miles.  Holding off Dale Earnhardt Jr. to garner his 13th career victory, Rookie Jimmie Johnson finished a career high third, Matt Kenseth was fourth and Ricky Craven fifth.      Story | Results | Photos

Bill Elliott on the pole at Atlanta
 by Tim Barrett

Evoking screams from a hometown crowd, Bill Elliott bumped Rookie Ryan Newman off the Bud Pole and out of his long-standing first place-qualifying run with a time of 28.944 seconds, and a blistering 191.542 mph. Elliott, being the 42nd car on the track only had to wait while four other cars attempted to dethrone him.   Story | Grid

Early Surprises on the Tour
 by Adam Sewell

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Scenes from the UAW - Daimler Chrysler 400
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Marlin Becomes Sterling in Las Vegas
 by David Yaeck

Sterling Marlin, driver of the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge picked up his first win this year today in Las Vegas. Marlin led the last 30 laps after passing Jeremy Mayfield after a late-race restart. Mayfield was second with Mark Martin third and rookie Ryan Newman fourth with Tony Stewart rounding out the top five. Results | Story  | Photos
                                                                              
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Saturday Winston Cup Report from Vegas
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Todd Bodine wins pole in Vegas
 by David Yaeck

Todd Bodine, driver of the No. 66 Ford owned by Haas Carter Motorsports, came into Las Vegas Motor Speedway without a sponsor. He started things off on a good roll by laying down a record-breaking run of 172.850 mph (31.241 seconds). Starting outside of Bodine will be rookie Ryan Newman. Rounding out the first two rows will be the hometown favorite of Kurt Busch with Jimmy Spencer in the No. 41 Target Doge starting outside of him. Results | Story

UAW 400 Festivities Kick off with NO BULL 5 Parings

by Dave Yaeck

The NASCAR Winston Cup weekend in Las Vegas started on Thursday afternoon with the pairings for this weekends NO BULL 5 portion of the UAW Daimler/Chrysler 400. The pairings took place at the luxurious Mandalay Bay Hotel, home of the show STORM.   Story 

Mark Martin a Favorite in Las Vegas

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Scenes from the Subway 400
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Catch all the action from the Subway 400 with our photo pages.  Images from before, during and after the race at North Carolina Speedway.   Page 1   Page 2

Will the One Engine Rule Work?
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It's all about the engines. In Daytona it was all about the restrictor plate engines, this week it was all about the single engine, as NASCAR's new one-engine rule went into effect. All teams had to practice, qualify and race using the same engine this weekend at Rockingham. Story    

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