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October 9, 2001

Martinsville Fast Facts

The Winston Returns to Lowes Motor Speedway in 2002

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company announced today the 18th running of The Winston, 
the all-star event of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, would return to Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, 
N.C., on May 18, 2002. 

RJRT also announced next year's Winston No Bull 5 lineup, which will feature the same five venues and events 
as this year - Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway, Daytona International Raceway, Richmond International Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway - will also return. The Winston No Bull 5 is the richest single-season bonus program in NASCAR Winston Cup Series history.

Rich Habegger, vice president of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company's Sports Marketing Enterprises, made the announcements here at a news conference. Next year's event will be the 18th running of The Winston. The 
all-star race has been contested at Lowe's Motor Speedway every year except 1986 when Atlanta Motor 
Speedway hosted the event. The race will be run under the lights as it has been since
1992. 

Eligibility for The Winston remains the same as it was in 2001. The field will consist of a minimum of 18 drivers who have either won races or championships in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. The Winston Open and the No Bull Sprint are qualifying races run immediately prior to The Winston with the winner of each advancing to The Winston. Winners of The Winston receive a five-year exemption into NASCAR's all-star race.

The Winston No Bull 5 program enters its fifth season in 2002. Through the first 19 Winston No Bull 5 events - 
there is still one event at Talladega remaining this year - Winston has awarded $20 million, $10 million to the eligible drivers who have posted wins in Winston No Bull 5 events and $10 million to eligible fans in the "They Win, You Win" fan sweepstakes. Next year's first Winston No Bull 5 event will be at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 
on March 3 followed by events at Lowe's Motor Speedway

(May 26), Daytona International Speedway (July 6), Richmond International Raceway (Sept. 7) and Talladega Superspeedway (Oct. 6). "We think the venues for the Winston No Bull 5 events provide a great mix,
" Habegger said. "We have a very competitive short track, two superspeedways, and two mile-and-a-
half facilities. One of those mile-and-a-half facilities is Lowe's Motor Speedway that hosts the longest race 
on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit, the Coca-Cola 600. Lowe's Motor Speedway was a cornerstone of the
Winston Million and is an inherent part of the Winston No Bull 5 program."

The Winston No Bull 5 began in 1998 as a tribute to NASCAR's 50th anniversary. It replaced The Winston 
Million program that rewarded a driver for winning three of four "crown jewel" races on the NASCAR Winston 
Cup circuit. 


The Winston
May 18, 2002
Current Field

Driver Race Won Car Owner
Michael Waltrip 2001 Daytona 500 Teresa Earnhardt
Steve Park 2001 Dura-Lube 400, Rockingham, N.C. Teresa Earnahrdt
Jeff Gordon 2001 UAW Chrysler 400, Las Vegas Rick Hendrick
Kevin Harvick 2001 Cracker Barrel 500, Hampton, Ga. Richard Childress
Dale Jarrett 2001 Dodge 400, Darlington, S.C. Robert Yates
Elliott Sadler 2001 Food City 500, Bristol, Tenn. Glen Wood
Bobby Hamilton 2001 Talladega 500 Andy Petree
Rusty Wallace 2001 NAPA 500, Ontario, Ca. Roger Penske
Tony Stewart 2001 Pontiac 400, Richmond, Va. Joe Gibbs
Jeff Burton 2001 Coca-Cola 600, Concord, N.C. Jack Roush
Ricky Rudd 2001 Pocono 500, Long Pond, Pa. Robert Yates
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 2001 Pepsi 400, Daytona Beach, Fla. Teresa Earnhardt
Bobby Labonte 2001 Pennsylvania 500, Long Pond, Pa. Joe Gibbs
Sterling Marlin 2001 Pepsi 400, Brooklyn, Mich. Chip Ganassi
Ward Burton 2001 Southern 500, Darlington, S.C. Bill Davis

NASCAR WINSTON CUP CHAMPIONS
(Not Otherwise Exempt) 
Drivers Year(s) won
Bill Elliott 1988 
Terry Labonte 1984, 96


PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE WINSTON
(Last five years, not otherwise exempt)
Drivers Year(s) won
Mark Martin 1998

RACE WINNERS FROM PREVIOUS SEASONS
(Not otherwise exempt)

Drivers Race Won 
None

WINNER THE WINSTON OPEN

WINNER OF THE NO BULL SPRINT

Total Qualified drivers: 20