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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

    

 

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Ward Burton wins a most exciting Daytona 500
by Dave Yaeck
February 17, 2002


Penske Teammates Rusty Wallace and Ryan Newman race side by side during the Daytona 500. Rookie Newman finished 7th with Wallace ending up in the 18th position
Photo Credit: Autostock

In one of the most dramatic and bizarre Daytona 500 in recent years, Ward Burton outlasts Elliot Sadler in a 3-lap shootout to win the 44th running of the Great American Race. Rounding out the top 5 were Geoffrey Bodine, Kurt Busch, and defending race championship Michael Waltrip. This race was full of drama, hysteria, and many twist and turns.

"I didn't know if we was going to win it or not, but I know we were going to have one hell of a chance at it" Ward Burton said in victory lane. This is his first Daytona 500 victory. Second place finisher, Elliot Sadler, was a little more relaxed with his second place finish, "To struggle all week like what we have, and to come in here and finish second, it's unbelievable". Another surprise was the 3rd place finish of veteran driver, Geoffrey Bodine, who almost lost his life at the same track just 2 years ago. He is running a limited 6-race deal with James Finch. "I think a lot of people had written me off, but they shouldn't have done that, because I'm back". Bodine said with a smile after the race.

This race was drama from start to finish. Tony Stewart, one of the favorites to win this race and one of the most dominant all of speedweeks, lost his engine in just the second lap. "Whatever happened was a freak deal," Tony Stewart said after getting up to as high as 4th place but bringing it to the garage when said "We're done, It's junk" speaking about the motor that just died on him.

Then there was Dale Earnhardt Jr. another favorite to win the 500 had a right front tire go out on him on lap 22. He managed to keep it off the wall but sustained serious damage to the body of the car. That did not dampen his spirits though, he came in got it fixed and still was on the lead lap contending for a while with a beat up car lots of tape and a new nose.

From the time of Dale Jr.'s mishap till about lap 146, there was not a lot of action to speak of. Ford and Dodges got what they wanted as this race was pretty much and even playing field with all the manufactures getting a chance to share the lead.

Then on lap 148 came THE BIG ONE. Kevin Harvick in the #29 GM Goodwrench car went down to block the #24 Dupont car of Jeff Gordon. When he did, Gordon got a piece of his left rear fender and that sent Harvick spinning. Since they were fighting for the 2nd place position, there were at least 25 cars behind him and when he started spinning, he was hit 2 or 3 times by different cars that were in the mix. All in all the wreck ate up 17 cars in all, including Ricky Rudd, Todd Bodine, Kenny Wallace, Jeremy Mayfield, Bobby Labonte just to name a few.

 


Matt Kenseth, Ricky Craven and Kurt Busch race through turn 4 during the Daytona 500. Kenseth crashed out and finished 33rd while Craven finished 17th and Busch an excellent 4th.
Photo Credit: Autostock

After that it turned into a Ford and Dodge show with a few Chevy's and Pontiac's. On lap 161, sophomore driver from Roush racing, Kurt Busch took fellow Fords Elliot Sadler and Rusty Wallace with him to overtake Marlin for the lead.

With 23 laps to go, Jeff Gordon takes the lead and keeps it all the way till 9 laps to go, and that's when it gets crazy. On lap 191, Robby Gordon, hits the wall and we have a single file restart with 5 laps to go. On the restart, Mark Martin spins around Waltrip and Marlin, going under the yellow line, spun out Jeff Gordon. At the time of the yellow, NASCAR Called the red flag to make sure that the race ended under the green flag. At that time NASCAR was trying to make a decision weather or not they were going to give the black flag to Marlin for advancing his position under the yellow line. While that was happening, and while the cars were stopped and shut down, Sterling Marlin jumps out of his car and starts to check out his right front fender that he made contact with Gordon just a lap before. While looking at it, he starts to pull it out from rubbing the tire, which is a NASCAR no-no. Subsequently, he ended up having to go to the tail end of the lead lap.

In my personal point of view, he should have been black flagged for going under the yellow line, but that was not to be.

With just 3 laps to go, Ward Burton restarted the race in the lead and was not really threatened with the other top 5 that could not get together to make a formidable run on him, thus Ward Burton wins his first Daytona 500.

It was a race filled with drama and excitement, and if this is just a prelude to this 2002 season, it's going to be a great one.

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