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 Motor Speedway
March 10, 2002



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2002 Points
After Las Vegas

Pos/Driver/Points

 

Driver

Pts

1

STERLING MARLIN

507 

2

RYAN NEWMAN

432 

3

JEFF BURTON

420 

4

MARK MARTIN

415 

5

WARD BURTON

414 

6

BILL ELLIOTT

402 

7

JEFF GORDON

401 

8

KURT BUSCH

400 

9

RUSTY WALLACE

381 

10

MATT KENSETH

375 

11

TONY STEWART

359 

12

BOBBY LABONTE

358 

13

JIMMIE JOHNSON

352 

14

RICKY CRAVEN

342 

15

ELLIOTT SADLER

324 

16

DALE JARRETT

309 

17

MICHAEL WALTRIP

300 

18

JEREMY MAYFIELD

297 

19

JOHNNY BENSON

295 

20

KENNY WALLACE

294 

21

DAVE BLANEY

294 

22

JERRY NADEAU

290 

23

RICKY RUDD

287 

24

JEFF GREEN

287 

25

DALE EARNHARDT, JR

281 

26

ROBBY GORDON

267 

27

TERRY LABONTE

267 

28

KEVIN HARVICK

254 

29

BRETT BODINE

246 

30

JIMMY SPENCER

242 

31

BOBBY HAMILTON

239 

32

KEN SCHRADER

233 

33

JOHN ANDRETTI

230 

34

TODD BODINE

218 

35

JOE NEMECHEK

213 

36

MIKE SKINNER

210 

37

HUT STRICKLIN

178 

38

KYLE PETTY

170 

39

GEOFFREY BODINE

165 

40

STACY COMPTON

162 

41

MIKE WALLACE

149 

42

CASEY ATWOOD

144 

43

BUCKSHOT JONES

134 

44

SHAWNA ROBINSON

128 

45

RICK MAST

104 

46

ROBERT PRESSLEY

97 

47

DAVE MARCIS

37 

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Bill Elliott wins pole in Atlanta
by Tim Barrett
March 8, 2002


The crowd at AMS still cheers for "Awesome Bill from Dawsonville"
Photo: Tim Barrett

Evoking screams from a hometown crowd, Bill Elliott bumped Rookie Ryan Newman off the Bud Pole and out of his long-standing first place-qualifying run with a time of 28.944 seconds, and a blistering 191.542 mph. Elliott, being the 42nd car on the track only had to wait while four other cars attempted to dethrone him. The crowd waited as, the #99 of Jeff Burton, the #25 of Jerry Nadeau, the #97 car of Kurt Busch and the #23 car of Hut Stricklin made their qualifying attempt. 

It was obvious from the roar of the crowd that "Awesome Bill from Dawsonville" still has plenty of fans at what could be considered his "hometown" track.

Elliott has five career wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway, having won one race in 2001 after a long winless drought it was evident in the expression on Elliott's face as he received the Bud Pole award was that he wouldn't mind at all taking home the trophy from a sixth win here. 

Ryan Newman will start from the outside of the front row for the second week in a row, and rounding out the top 5 were Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch and Jimmy Spencer.

Bobby Labonte who won the fall race here in 2001 qualified in eighteenth position. Labonte, also with five wins here, always seems to run well at AMS, a trick brother Terry has yet to master, as he has never won in Atlanta. Terry starts just out of the top ten in the thirteenth spot and surely hopes this thirteen is a lucky one.


Kevin Harvick is back to the Busch series for RCR.
Photo: Tim Barrett

Chevrolet continues to struggle with the only two Chevy's in the top ten starting positions, one being that of the defending race winner Kevin Harvick in the 8th spot and Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the second row in third.

In a press conference called earlier today, Richard Childress Racing announced that Kevin Harvick would drive part time in the Busch series, and that he would pilot the #29 Sonic Chevrolet in the Busch race at Texas. Kevin said the Chevrolet he will race on Sunday has sixty points less downforce than the same car had last year. "That's a lot!" says Kevin who along with other top Chevy drivers Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt jr. are struggling in the points back in the mid twenties. "But it's early" says Harvick, who indicated that it would take time for NASCAR to "Even things out." I'm not a fan of the politics of this sport said Harvick, "now it's our (Chevy's) turn to complain and whine and whatever, till something is changed."

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