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Daytona International Speedway
Feb. 10, 2002



2001Daytona 500 Winner
Michael Waltrip

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Final 2001
Point Standings

Pos/Driver/Points

 1 JEFF GORDON 5112 
 2 TONY STEWART 4763 
 3 STERLING MARLIN 4741 
 4 RICKY RUDD 4706 
 5 DALE JARRETT 4612 
 6 BOBBY LABONTE 4561 
 7 RUSTY WALLACE 4481 
 8 EARNHARDT, JR 4460 
 9 KEVIN HARVICK 4406 
10 JEFF BURTON 4394 
11 JOHNNY BENSON 4152 
12 MARK MARTIN 4095 
13 MATT KENSETH 3982 
14 WARD BURTON 3846 
15 BILL ELLIOTT 3824 
16 JIMMY SPENCER 3782 
17 JERRY NADEAU 3675 
18 BOBBY HAMILTON 3575 
19 KEN SCHRADER 3480 
20 ELLIOTT SADLER 3471 
21 RICKY CRAVEN 3379 
22 DAVE BLANEY 3303 
23 TERRY LABONTE 3280 
24 MICHAEL WALTRIP 3159 
25 ROBERT PRESSLEY 3156 
26 CASEY ATWOOD 3132 
27 KURT BUSCH 3081 
28 JOE NEMECHEK 2994 
29 TODD BODINE 2960 
30 BRETT BODINE 2948 
31 JOHN ANDRETTI 2943 
32 STEVE PARK 2859 
33 STACY COMPTON 2752 
34 MIKE WALLACE 2693 
35 JEREMY MAYFIELD 2651 
36 KEVIN LEPAGE 2461 
37 JASON LEFFLER 2413 
38 RON HORNADAY 2305 
39 KENNY WALLACE 2054 
40 MIKE SKINNER 2029 
41 BUCKSHOT JONES 1939 
42 HUT STRICKLIN 1770 
43 KYLE PETTY 1673 
44 ROBBY GORDON 1552 
45 RICK MAST 1187 
46 ANDY HOUSTON 1123 
47 BOBBY HAMILTON, JR 748 
48 JEFF GREEN 539 
49 RYAN NEWMAN 497 
50 BORIS SAID 272 
51 SCOTT PRUETT 262 
52 JIMMIE JOHNSON 210 
53 DAVE MARCIS 171 
54 JEFF PURVIS 169 
55 CARL LONG 147 
56 RICH BICKLE 137 
57 DALE EARNHARDT 132 
58 HERMIE SADLER 131 
59 RON FELLOWS 96 
60 DERRIKE COPE 91 
61 BRIAN SIMO 89 
62 DORSEY SCHROEDER 88 
63 WALLY DALLENBACH 85 
64 TED MUSGRAVE 76 
65 DICK TRICKLE 64 
66 SHAWNA ROBINSON 61 
67 ANTHONY LAZZARO 61 
68 GEOFFREY BODINE 52 
69 STUART KIRBY 37 
70 LANCE HOOPER 37 

* = Rookie

    

 

Latest News and Commentary

UAW-GM Motorsports Media Tour - Monday
by Pete McCole
January 15, 2002

Day one of the UAW-GM Motorsports Media Tour hosted by Lowe's Motor Speedway kicked off on Monday. Appropriately enough, it started with the driver who has made the biggest headlines since last year's Daytona 500, no other than Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Along with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. teammate Kenny Wallace, Earnhardt, Jr. fielded questions about his team's previous success, his future expectations, and of course all the usual questions that have followed the team since the tragic death of his father and team owner Dale Earnhardt as the team prepares for the Daytona 500.

"Going back to Daytona and running the 500 will drum up some attention on my father's death," said Earnhardt. "But once we race the 500 and we pull out of Daytona and carry on with the rest of the season, there'll really, really be closure. If there ever was, that will be the day."


Dale Earnhardt Jr answered the media with honesty and integrity.

"I'm looking forward to it. I dealt with everything back in July, getting reacclimated to the place, and getting used to being there again. Everytime we go to Daytona will be special for me, it's a great race track. I've dreamed of running there since I was a little kid, making the field for the 500 in my rookie season was probably was one of my proudest moments. Everytime we pull through the gate on the front straightaway, I just get the chills, because it's just such a beautiful place."

Earnhardt and Wallace were one of several teams who participated in a recent test session at Daytona, getting used to the new rule changes being tested by NASCAR. Earnhardt is considered one of the favorites to win the 500 this year, after finishing second to DEI teammate Michael Waltrip in the same race last season, and winning the Pepsi 400 at Daytona last July.

"I'd like to think I would be the favorite or one of them." Earnhardt said. "I don't even really know if NASCAR has decided which plate they're going to run or not, or how that will effect everything."

"We're one of the cars, if you could pick five favorites, we'd definitely be in that group."

Wallace will be driving the #1 Pennzoil Chevy for at least the first few weeks of the 2002 season, in place of regular driver Steve Park. Park is still suffering from injuries sustained in a crash at Darlington last year, most notably, double vision. Wallace will also attempt to run a full season in the Busch Grand National series for Innovative Motorsports. Wallace says he's ready to give the driver's seat back to Park whenever he's ready.


Kenny Wallace keeps the Pennzoil ride at least until Steve Park is on the mend.

"My total approach to the whole season is this - if Steve Park doesn't get back, I've got to win a race while I'm in it, I might not get an another opportunity like this." Wallace said, "On the other hand, I've got this Busch Grand National ride that is a complete full-fledged effort. My car owner got the car totally full of sponsors, so the car is ready to run for a championship."

"I'm not worried about when he comes back. He can come any time he wants, he can come back tomorrow, because I've got this Busch Grand National ride. It's not like if Steve comes back I won't be racing, I'm going to be racing whether he comes back or not."

After finishing 7th in the point's standings in 2001, Earnhardt, Jr. is again favored to be one of the driver's competing for the championship in 2002.

"Winning championships, that's the ultimate goal, that's what we all put these programs together for." Earnhardt said, "It depends on whether we can run good every week. We can put four out of six races together that are pretty good and the other two are awful, if you want to run up front every week you got to have 22 top five finishes."


Earnhardt Jr finished 2nd to teammate Michael Waltrip in the Daytona 500, but won at Daytona in July.

"I've always said the first five or six races are a tell-tale sign of who's going to be the champion and who's not. If we can get out of the first five races and be somewhere near the top ten and not have to climb up through the points like we did last year, we'll have a better shot at it."

Earnhardt has done much to promote NASCAR in the past year. He has helped introduce a whole new generation of fans to automobile racing and is now being seen as one of the drivers to represent the sport, much like his father once did.

"I've been hearing a lot of talk about representing the sport and whether I'd be one of those guys to do that. I might not represent the average mold for a NASCAR driver" Earnhardt said, "Walking around in a pair of Addias is pretty cool to me, and I want everyone to know that that's who I am, and if you don't mind that guy to represent the sport wearing Addias and a hat on backwards then that's fine."

Earnhardt, Jr. and Wallace also took time out to send their support to the men and women in the armed forces serving in Afghanistan with a surprise conference call to the USS Theodore Roosevelt. The drivers answered questions for about 45 minutes from several sailors serving on the Roosevelt, which has been on duty in the Arabian Sea since September.

The two drivers answered questions as well as give praise to the sailors for their dedicated service. 

"Junior, I just wanted to let you know that your Dad is still my number one race car driver," said sailor James Harris, a Kannapolis, NC native. "I guess I'll let you be number 1-A." 

Lowe's Motor Speedway president H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler offered free tickets for the upcoming Busch Grand National race at the speedway to all 5,500 sailors on the ship.

The author can be contacted nascar@autoracing1.com

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