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Budweiser Shootout
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

Daytona 500 comes to NBC

February 8, 2002

"GREAT AMERICAN RACE" CULMINATES COMPREHENSIVE DAYTONA SPEEDWEEKS COVERAGE, BEGINNING FEB. 9 ON NBC AND TNT

             NEW YORK (Feb. 7, 2002) -- NBC and TNT drop the green flag on the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup season with comprehensive coverage of the 44th annual Daytona 500 - the "Great American Race" - beginning with NBC's coverage of Bud Pole Qualifying from noon-3 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 9 and culminating with the network's inaugural broadcast of the Daytona 500 at noon on Sunday, Feb. 17. 

            TNT will air the Budweiser Shootout at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 10; the Gatorade 125s beginning at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 14; and on Saturday, Feb. 17, Daytona 500 "Happy Hour" (noon ET), followed by the NASCAR Busch Series EAS/GNC Live Well 300 (1:00 p.m. ET). 

            The TNT and NBC coverage is anchored by play-by-play announcer Allen Bestwick; analysts Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach; and pre-race host/lead pit reporter Bill Weber.  Pit reporters Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Matt Yocum complete the team.

Dale Jr. and Jeff Gordon:  The Drivers to Beat

            Parsons, the 1975 Daytona 500 champion, believes Jeff Gordon, who last year won his fourth NASCAR Winston Cup championship, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., are the drivers to beat.  "Based on the first six days of practice (during January testing), Chevrolet had seven of the top 10 cars.  That bodes well for Dale Jr. and the DEI team and Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports.  Plus, since it's Daytona, you know how badly they want to win.      

            "Daytona is the place.  Winning there means more.  I've been talking to a lot of drivers and when they talk about the special moments of their careers, they're usually talking about special moments they've had at Daytona.  They first raced (at Daytona International Speedway) in 1959.  Ever since, race car drivers have been asking each other, `how'd you run at the beach?'  They've built some great tracks since then, but none have reached the acclaim of Daytona." 

            Of course, restrictor plate racing is always a hot topic at Daytona.  "Restrictor plate racing is fun," Dallenbach said.  "You're wheel-to-wheel in traffic with the best drivers in the world.  I think that's fun.  That's the nature of the beast at Daytona."

            Dallenbach also thinks the depth of the Hendrick Motorsports team could give Gordon an edge.  "If Dale Jr. and the Hendrick team run half as well as they did in practice, those are going to be the guys to beat.  Hendrick has the depth.  If you have two teammates who are as strong as you, they're going to gang up on everybody, which will obviously help Gordon."

            Parsons looks for a strategic race.  "The new (aerodynamic) rules are going to make it more of a strategic race.  The drivers are going to have to some how, some way, stay up front.  You just can't give up track position at Daytona, so there's a lot of strategy involved.

            "The late rules changes will help the Fords run faster, so practice at Daytona will be extremely important.  Crew chiefs are going to have to determine how long they can run on tires that are 200 miles old, for example.   Gas only...right side tires...left side tires, all of those types of decisions will be made in practice."

            Dallenbach anticipates unpredictability this year.  "Nobody really knows what's going to happen.  The NASCAR Busch race will be a good indicator.  Some drivers will be really happy and others really mad."

            This year's Daytona 500 features a record payoff of at least $1,327,030 to the winner.  The total prize money will exceed $12 million, an increase of more than $1 million over last year's purse.

Dallenbach:  Olympic bobsled run like "a quick lap at Bristol"

            NBC's Daytona 500 pre-race show at noon ET, hosted by Weber, will include live interviews with as many as eight drivers, including Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr.  In addition, Weber will contribute a segment chronicling his recent scuba-diving trip with Gordon ("Viewers will see a different side of Jeff Gordon," Weber said) and Wally Dallenbach experienced first-hand the thrills of the Olympic bobsled run at Utah Olympic Park.  "You could say our talent entered the danger zone for this pre-race show," said Sam Flood, Producer of NASCAR on NBC/TNT, who is also considering asking pit reporter Dave Burns to ride a street luge to demonstrate just how steep the 31-degree banking is at Daytona. 

            "The Olympic bobsled run is the ultimate roller coaster ride," said Dallenbach, who visited Salt Lake City in late January.  "They stick so good and corner so tight.  It's more like an Indy car, but a quick lap at Bristol gives the same sensation.  My first thought was, this is slow, but by the time we came through the second corner, we were whistling.  The first time you hit one of those 90-degree banking corners, your Adam's apple goes through your seat.  It was really a blast.  I highly recommend it." 

            NBC's coverage of the Daytona 500 will be heavily promoted during the network's coverage of the Salt Lake Winter Games (Feb. 8-24) and NBA All-Star Game (Feb. 10).

"Earnhardt will always be the racer at Daytona"

            Parsons and Dallenbach agree the absence of Dale Earnhardt at the Daytona 500 will be unusual.  "It's going to be different when they throw the green flag and that black No. 3 car is not on the racetrack," Parsons said.  "Once the racing is underway, though, I think the fans at Daytona and the viewers at home will turn their attention to the racing."

Dallenbach:  "His absence will be on everybody's mind.  It's a big void that you can't fill.  I don't care how many races anybody else wins.  Earnhardt will always be the racer at Daytona." 

            In fact, Dallenbach, who began racing at Daytona International Speedway in 1983, says his favorite memory there involves Earnhardt.   "I was a rookie taking it all in.  We were all lined up on the racetrack to go out in practice.  Next to me is the black No. 3 car.  Dale is sitting there, looking cool.  He gave me the Earnhardt look - the Intimidator look.  I gave him the finger.  I didn't know how he'd react - he cracked up.  We became friends and `exchanged gestures,' so to speak, at the racetrack each week.  He was always great to me." 

"We want to honor the race"

            NBC and TNT NASCAR Producer Sam Flood and Director Mike Wells have a production arsenal at their disposal that includes 68 cameras, including in-car cameras in 10 cars.  NBC will deploy eight unmanned robotic cameras, including one mounted on the fence in each of the four turns.  Those robotic cameras pan as the cars race by, providing "speed shots."

            "We want to honor the race," Flood said.  "It's not about toys and bells and whistles.  It's about telling the story of the Great American Race.  We'll have all the power and technology prepared and refined for Daytona, but that's not what the race is about. 

            "We want to give you the best seat in the house and take you inside.  Our goal is that when we hit the air with qualifying on Feb. 9, the Daytona 500 has begun.  We're going to push one total package.  As far as we're concerned, the Budweiser Shootout is the first race of the season, not a specialty race.  The same goes for the two 125-mile qualifying races on Valentine's Day and the NASCAR Busch race."

Daytona qualifying and Budweiser Shootout covered by NBC and TNT

On Saturday, Feb. 9 at noon NBC airs coverage of Bud Pole Qualifying, with the two fastest cars getting locked into the starting grid at the pole and outside pole positions for the Daytona 500. 

            TNT kicks off its season on Sunday, Feb. 10, with pre-race coverage of the 23rd annual Budweiser Shootout at 1:30 p.m. ET.  The race, a 70-lap, 175-mile showdown of last year's pole winners and past Budweiser Shootout winners, airs at 2 p.m. ET.  Tony Stewart, last year's Budweiser Shootout winner, Gordon, Earnhardt Jr. and Dale Jarrett are among the record field of 22 drivers.   The Budweiser Shootout pre-race show will include a feature examining the impact of "new school" drivers, including Stewart, Harvick and Earnhardt Jr., and takes a look at "old school" veterans, such as Jarrett, Terry Labonte and Mark Martin.     

            Speedweek continues on TNT on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 1 p.m. ET with the Gatorade 125s.  Drivers who qualified on Feb. 9 in odd-numbered positions during Bud Pole Qualifying, compete in the first 125-mile race.  Drivers who qualified in even-numbered positions battle in the second.  The top 14 finishers in each 125-mile race (with the exceptions of the already-qualified pole winner and outside pole winner) earn positions 3-30 on the starting grid.  The rest of the 43-car field is filled based on qualifying speeds and car owner provisional points. 

TNT's coverage continues with the Daytona 500's "Happy Hour" on Saturday, Feb. 16, at noon, followed by the start of the NASCAR Busch Series season with the EAS/GNC Live Well 300 at 1 p.m. ET

"One of the biggest success stories in sports"

NBC and TNT head into the second year of their NASCAR partnership off the runaway success of 2001, when ratings increased by 34 percent over the comparable races the year before.

"While we don't expect ratings to increase by 34 percent again, last year proved that not only is there a core audience for NASCAR but, more important, that audience is growing and becoming more diverse," said Ken Schanzer, President, NBC Sports.  "Last year's performance exceeded every one of our expectations and projections.  Beginning with Daytona, we look forward to bringing this great sport to even more new fans all across the country."

Mark Lazarus, President of Turner Sports, said, "NASCAR's robust growth in 2001 was one of the biggest success stories of the year in televised sports and we were delighted to be a part of it through our broadcasts and through NASCAR.com. We envision continued growth unrivaled by any other major sport in 2002, and are looking forward to continuing to provide NASCAR's growing allegiance of fans with unique opportunities to get as close to the action as possible without getting behind the wheel."

Paul Brooks, vice president of broadcasting for NASCAR, said, "The 2001 season marked the first time that NASCAR's broadcast partners embraced our sport and its drivers, teams and tracks as a national franchise.  In 2002 NBC and TNT will bring the thrills and excitement of NASCAR to a bigger audience than ever before.  We appreciate their investment in production and promotion, as well as their unique ability to bring to both new fans and core fans the incredible racing, drama, and excitement of NASCAR."

DAYTONA 500 FACTS AND FIGURES

 

Event:                                      44th Annual Daytona 500

 Site:                                         Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

                                                (2.5 mile oval, 200 laps)

 Telecast Date:                          Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002

Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show:  Noon ET

Daytona 500 Live Race Coverage: 12:30 p.m. ET

Additional Programming:       

Bud Pole Qualifying:  Saturday, Feb. 9, at Noon ET on NBC

Budweiser Shootout Pre-Race:  Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Budweiser Shootout:  Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. ET on TNT

 

Gatorade 125s:  Thurs., Feb. 14, at 1 p.m. ET on TNT

 

Daytona 500 "Happy Hour":  Sat., Feb. 16 at Noon ET on TNT

Busch GNC Live Well 300:  Sat., Feb. 16, 1 p.m. ET on TNT

 

Daytona 500 Encore:   Monday, Feb.18 at Noon ET on TNT 

 

Announcers:                            Allen Bestwick, play-by-play

                                                Benny Parsons, analyst

                                                Wally Dallenbach, analyst

Bill Weber, pre-race host, lead pit reporter

                                                Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Matt Yocum, pit reporters

 

Production:                              Sam Flood, producer; Mike Wells, director

 

Equipment:                              Total Cameras:                          68

                                                Cars with "In-Car" Cameras:        10  (3 cameras per car)

                                                Helicopter:                                   1

                                                Overhead Pit Cameras:               10

                                                Hard Cameras:                            9

                                                Pit RF Cameras:                          4

                                                Robotic Cameras:                        8*

                                                Fan-Cam:                                    1

                                                Flag-Cam                                    1

                                                Booth Cameras:               2

                                                JIB Cameras:                               2

                                                ENG Cameras:                            2

* Includes "speed shot" cameras in each of the four turns, "fan-cam," and "flag-cam."

 

Did You Know?                        NBC will produce the Daytona 500 from five mobile units and a production/engineering staff of 120.                 

 

Daytona Veterans:                   NBC and TNT analyst Benny Parsons has raced at the Daytona International Speedway 38 times and won the1975 Daytona 500.  NBC and TNT analyst Wally Dallenbach has raced at the Daytona International Speedway 19 times.

NBC & TNT Affiliation:              With the Daytona 500, NBC & TNT begin the second year of a six-year partnership with NASCAR.  The agreement calls for NBC to broadcast the Daytona 500 in 2002, 2004 and 2006.  NBC and TNT will annually broadcast the "Race for Championship" over the second half of the NASCAR season through 2006. 

                       

Distribution:                             The Daytona 500 will be seen on 225 NBC owned stations and affiliates.

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