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Food City 500
Bristol Motor Speedway
March 24, 2002



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2002 Points
After Darlington

Pos/Driver/Points

Pos

Driver

Pts

1

Sterling Marlin

825 

2

Ryan Newman*

726 

3

Matt Kenseth

682 

4

Rusty Wallace

677 

5

Jimmie Johnson*

667 

6

Jeff Gordon

664 

7

Jeff Burton

650 

8

Ward Burton

640 

9

Mark Martin

638 

10

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

621 

11

Kurt Busch

614 

12

Tony Stewart

604 

13

Elliott Sadler

600 

14

Bill Elliott

594 

15

Ricky Craven

542 

16

Ricky Rudd

517 

17

Bobby Labonte

510 

18

Jeremy Mayfield

506 

19

Dave Blaney

484 

20

Terry Labonte

482 

21

Dale Jarrett

476 

22

Jerry Nadeau

472 

23

Kevin Harvick

465 

24

Michael Waltrip

461 

25

Johnny Benson

441 

26

Bobby Hamilton

439 

27

Robby Gordon

437 

28

Jeff Green

415 

29

Kyle Petty

414 

30

Joe Nemechek

413 

31

Mike Skinner

392 

32

Kenny Wallace

386 

33

John Andretti

382 

34

Ken Schrader

382 

35

Jimmy Spencer

379 

36

Buckshot Jones

367 

37

Brett Bodine

344 

38

Stacy Compton

314 

39

Casey Atwood

296 

40

Hut Stricklin

279 

41

Rick Mast

259 

42

Shawna Robinson*

226 

43

Todd Bodine

218 

44

Geoffrey Bodine

165 

45

Mike Wallace

149 

46

Robert Pressley

97 

47

Steve Park

51 

48

Dave Marcis

37 

49

Dick Trickle

37 

50

Andy Hillenburg

34



 

Latest News and Commentary

Results of Samsung/Radio Shack 500

April 8, 2002

Fin

St

Car

Driver

Make

Pts/Bonus

Laps

Status

1

43

#17

Matt Kenseth

Ford

180/5

334

Running

2

24

#24

Jeff Gordon

Chevrolet

170/0

330

Running

3

8

#6

Mark Martin

Ford

170/5

330

Running

4

3

#28

Ricky Rudd

Ford

165/5

330

Running

5

29

#20

Tony Stewart

Pontiac

160/5

330

Running

6

13

#48

Jimmie Johnson *

Chevrolet

150/0

330

Running

7

20

#40

Sterling Marlin

Dodge

151/5

330

Running

8

21

#41

Jimmy Spencer

Dodge

142/0

330

Running

9

1

#9

Bill Elliott

Dodge

143/5

330

Running

10

27

#5

Terry Labonte

Chevrolet

134/0

331

Running

11

26

#2

Rusty Wallace

Ford

135/5

330

Running

12

39

#4

Mike Skinner

Chevrolet

132/5

330

Running

13

31

#10

Johnny Benson

Pontiac

124/0

329

Running

14

10

#32

Ricky Craven

Ford

121/0

329

Running

15

37

#77

Dave Blaney

Ford

118/0

329

Running

16

17

#30

Jeff Green

Chevrolet

115/0

329

Running

17

7

#19

Jeremy Mayfield

Dodge

112/0

329

Running

18

2

#21

Elliott Sadler

Ford

114/5

328

Running

19

6

#14

Stacy Compton

Pontiac

106/0

328

Running

20

14

#45

Kyle Petty

Dodge

103/0

328

Running

21

11

#1

Steve Park

Chevrolet

100/0

328

Running

22

18

#43

John Andretti

Dodge

97/0

328

Running

23

19

#97

Kurt Busch

Ford

99/5

328

Running

24

5

#88

Dale Jarrett

Ford

101/10

327

Running

25

25

#29

Kevin Harvick

Chevrolet

93/5

327

Running

26

28

#23

Hut Stricklin

Dodge

90/5

327

Running

27

38

#44

Buckshot Jones

Dodge

82/0

327

Running

28

4

#15

Michael Waltrip

Chevrolet

79/0

327

Running

29

30

#90

Rick Mast

Ford

76/0

327

Running

30

15

#18

Bobby Labonte

Pontiac

73/0

326

Running

31

36

#55

Bobby Hamilton

Chevrolet

70/0

326

Running

32

34

#25

Jerry Nadeau

Chevrolet

67/0

326

Running

33

40

#26

Frank Kimmel

Ford

64/0

326

Running

34

12

#36

Ken Schrader

Pontiac

61/0

325

Running

35

23

#7

Casey Atwood

Dodge

58/0

322

Running

36

16

#49

Shawna Robinson *

Dodge

55/0

318

Running

37

33

#71

Jay Sauter

Chevrolet

52/0

309

Running

38

41

#11

Brett Bodine

Ford

49/0

280

Running

39

35

#99

Jeff Burton

Ford

46/0

255

Off Track

40

32

#12

Ryan Newman *

Ford

48/5

252

Out of Race

41

42

#31

Robby Gordon

Chevrolet

40/0

236

Out of Race

42

9

#8

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Chevrolet

42/5

192

Out of Race

43

22

#22

Ward Burton

Dodge

34/0

169

Out of Race

Post-Race Quotes

RYAN NEWMAN --12-- ALLTEL Taurus (Finished 40th) -- WAS THERE ANY INDICATION THE ENGINE WAS GOING TO GO? "No, just all at once coming off of four. We had a really good race car for qualifying so poorly. My hat's off to the guys. The ALLTEL guys did an awesome job, but, obviously, it was some kind of equipment failure inside that engine. Rusty's is still running and he's got all the same stuff, so, hopefully, his can run throughout the rest of the day and he can put one home for Penske Racing. I'm just happy to be running up front where we were. We struggled when we came here, but we had a top five race car without a doubt there at the end." YOU RAN WELL. "Yeah, we didn't qualify near as well as we should have, but we had a really good race car from the start of the race. We fine-tuned it here and there and were really happy with the balance we came up with. My crew chief, Matt Borland, said we had the second fastest lap of the day on that very last lap, so the truth be known, they always run good before they blow." DID IT GO REALLY FAST? "Yeah, it chunked it all at once. I looked at the oil pressure and it was zero."

JEFF BURTON --99-- Citgo Taurus (Finished 39th) -- WHAT HAPPENED? "We made a change on the car and when we took off we were loose. Buckshot was behind me off the corner and I just got a little bit free and had to breathe the throttle a little bit and he didn't get checked up. He caught me in the left-rear and off I went." JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS? "It's a tough deal with no practice or anything. The car never handled the way we needed it to. It's a brand new car and a totally different kind of car than we've ever run before and we needed some practice with it. This car is more like our teammates have. We're getting more of what they've got and we just didn't have enough time to practice to run and find out what we needed. It's just not a good day."

RUSTY WALLACE --2-- Miller Lite Taurus (Finished 11th) -- "I can't find anything that was wrong with it. It was perfect all day long, just bullet fast, and then all of a sudden after one pit stop I went out and I was so loose that I couldn't get in the corner at all. I thought we must have had an equalized left-front tire and on that last pit stop we got four tires and when I went back out it wasn't any better. We raised the hood after the race and something is all locked up in the right-front corner. We don't know what it is if it's a ball joint or a shock, but something is crazy over there. We don't know what it is. Man, it's disappointing. To come from there, the thing was so fast it was unreal." YOU LED SOME LAPS. "Yeah, we had a great car. Honestly, I really thought we had the best car in the field but something went disarray and I don't know what it is yet." WHAT ABOUT THE TRACK? "I liked the track. The track was good all day long. I ran the second lane a lot. As a matter of fact, right off the bat I started passing cars in the second lane." DID THAT SURPRISE YOU? "Yeah, a little bit that early, but I give it a thumbs up. It's a really neat track. Whenever you get 160,000 people come and see you, there's got to be something cool about the track." SO IT MIGHT NOT TAKE FOUR YEARS FOR THIS TRACK TO COME IN? "No, I wish we had two races here. I wish we had two races at Fontana and two here -- a couple that we run twice at right now ought to go away."

MARK MARTIN --6-- Viagra Taurus (Finished 3rd) -- "Man, I love this team. All of these guys, they're building me better and better race cars and they're doing good on pit road. I'm really, really privileged to work with this Viagra team. They're good guys and I think that we'll be strong this summer. I think we'll get better the more we work together. We maybe had one of the very best cars here today on the long run, but we were pitiful on new tires, so the way it finished up there was good where we could take just two. I wished we didn't have to take any, but we had to. It's just a great, great feeling to work with these guys." AFTER YOUR LAST TOP FIVE YOU SAID IT WAS EASY. WAS THIS EASY? "I didn't mean it was easy, I meant it wasn't any harder than running 21st and it's not. When you've got the stuff to work with it's all as hard as it can be. If you try any harder, you'd wreck. Yeah, that's about the same rate of difficulty as it is to run like 21st, but I just want to thank these guys. What an opportunity I have to work with these guys."

RICKY RUDD --28-- Havoline Taurus (Finished 4th) -- "The strategy on the fuel situation sort of hurt us. We actually got a lap down there or at the tail end of the lead lap. DJ was on the same sync with us and when that happened, we just couldn't get caught up after that. We were lucky to get back to fourth. We had a good race car, but it needed to be out front. It didn't like dirty air." HOW WAS THE TRACK? "I think the track was pretty decent. I think it's about what everybody expected. I think the pace slowed up a little bit, which helped these cars hang together. I'm sure the speeds were 15 miles an hour slower than we qualified, which is a pretty big deal. I'm glad it slowed down for everybody." IS THIS AN INDICATION OF WHAT THE 28 CAN DO THE REST OF THE WAY? "I think so. These guys learned something. We came here and tested because our intermediate track program wasn't very good at all. Today we led some laps and ran well, so I was real pleased with it."

KURT BUSCH --97-- Rubbermaid Taurus (Finished 23rd) -- "We had three flat tires and that's very hard to overcome. We probably overpowered it a little bit too much with the front bar, but you shouldn't have three flat tires in one race. We had a really strong car today, unfortunately, we had a right-front tire that felt like it was going down and that forced us to pit earlier than we would have liked. Then we went a lap down and fought hard through traffic, but couldn't get our lap back. We must have run over some debris and had another tire go down, but the crew did a great job all day."

KURT BUSCH CONTINUED -- WHAT ABOUT THE TRACK? "It was one groove. You could go high if you needed to pass somebody that was slowing you up as far as lap traffic, but it's gonna come it. It's gonna be a really great race track about a year or so down the road."

DAVE BLANEY --77-- Jasper Engines Taurus (Finished 15th) -- "We survived and got a decent finish, but something happened to the engine. We were either down a cylinder or had carburetor trouble, but the whole second half of the race it wouldn't run. In the corner it wouldn't run so good, so we just kind of tried to hang in. We got caught on the one caution and went a lap down and on the other ones we stayed out and were OK. It just played out. We were decent, but I wish it would have stayed running all day."

DALE JARRETT --88-- UPS Taurus (Finished 24th) -- "We basically ran out of gas, there's not much more to say. We had a good race car. I don't know if we had a fuel pickup problem or what it was, but it kind of ruined our day." HOW WAS THE TRACK? "There wasn't much of a second groove, but you didn't have to be right on the bottom. The track was good and wasn't a factor at all." DID YOU HAVE A CAR GOOD ENOUGH TO WIN? "Anybody can say that, but you don't know what would have transpired at the end. We had a good race car. We got a little bit tight and kept trying to make some adjustments and finally there at the very end we got it out of it." WERE YOU SURPRISED WHEN YOU RAN OUT OF GAS? "Yeah."

RICKY CRAVEN --32-- Tide Taurus (Finished 14th) -- "I think, again, it's a product of a second-year team that continues to amaze me because it really was a bad day, but when you're 14th on your bad days things are looking up. We were just challenged with the handling and the guys never gave up on it. They got it really good at one point and then it really turned around on us and got away from us for one run. They put it back to where I could drive it, so it wasn't beautiful but it was productive." HOW WAS THE TRACK? "In a few years it will probably be better. There's too much grip right now. There's so much grip that you're running too fast on the bottom side and it's next to impossible to run faster on the high side right now."

ELLIOTT SADLER --21-- Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 17th) -- "I think that cost us a top 10 (tire problem). If we could have just gone one more lap without that tire shredding, we would have had a good top 10. We just got too far behind at the start of the race. The car was way too tight. We got the car good at the end of the race. The last half I could run with just about everybody, but being a lap down like that is no good. It was a tough day."

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