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Daytona 500
Daytona International Speedway
Feb. 17, 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

Mike Helton Comments on safety on Speed Channel

February 14, 2002

A guest on the Feb. 13 edition of Speed Week on Speed Channel, NASCAR President Mike Helton discussed the issue of safety as NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams prepare for this weekend’s Daytona 500. The following are excerpts from that discussion:

 “I think the most important issue around safety is the speed in which we’ve now started reacting to things … everybody in this industry is focused on safety. NASCAR has stepped up its responsibility in the sport to pull all those synergies together and find answers and get results and qualify everything. And from that process since last February, the cockpit that the driver sits in and the parts and pieces he uses -- all of that has improved immensely.”

 “… in August when we announced the findings from Dale’s accident, we announced things that we were going to do operationally, including the hiring of medical liaisons, the use of data recorders on the car, hiring a safety analyst -- and all that is real today. The cars here in Daytona this week during Speedweeks all have data recorders on them, we have medical liaisons moving through the garage area, the safety analyst is working and we have all that in place and we’re proud of that.”

 “… as the development of and the certainties around the head and neck restraints became apparent, we mandated those in October. During the winter, we approved the composite seat that competitors can start using as we’ve learned the importance of that whole cocoon that Michael (Waltrip) spoke of last February and all the intricacies of all the parts of pieces that fit in that.

 “As an example of our modern day reaction to things, when the accident occurred in Homestead (in Nov. 2001) with the crew members of the 28 car, we announced that at the beginning of 2002, that everyone over the wall from the crew perspective, as well as our own officials, would be wearing fire suits and helmets, and that’s all been coming about today. Also during the process, we moved the starting ages in out tours and divisions across the country to 18 years old from the old 16 years old just to give them more chance to be more mature and get more experience and be ready.”

 

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