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April 14, 2002



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2002 Points
After
Texas

Pos

Driver

Pts

1

Sterling Marlin

1082 

2

Matt Kenseth

1012 

3

Jimmie Johnson*

963 

4

Rusty Wallace

950 

5

Mark Martin

938 

6

Jeff Gordon

909 

7

Kurt Busch

893 

8

Tony Stewart

887 

9

Ricky Rudd

847 

10

Bill Elliott

837 

11

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

833 

12

Ryan Newman*

826 

13

Ricky Craven

787 

14

Jeff Burton

786 

15

Ward Burton

762 

16

Elliott Sadler

757 

17

Bobby Labonte

738 

18

Jeremy Mayfield

736 

19

Terry Labonte

731 

20

Dave Blaney

714 

21

Jimmy Spencer

696 

22

Kevin Harvick

692 

23

Jerry Nadeau

681 

24

Dale Jarrett

653 

25

Kyle Petty

641 

26

Mike Skinner

618 

27

Michael Waltrip

613 

28

Jeff Green

612 

29

Johnny Benson

611 

30

Bobby Hamilton

588 

31

Robby Gordon

580 

32

John Andretti

540 

33

Ken Schrader

540 

34

Buckshot Jones

495 

35

Stacy Compton

469 

36

Casey Atwood

463 

37

Brett Bodine

448 

38

Joe Nemechek

447 

39

Hut Stricklin

424 

40

Rick Mast

399 

41

Kenny Wallace

386 

42

Shawna Robinson*

281 

43

Steve Park

245 

44

Todd Bodine

218 

45

Geoffrey Bodine

165 

46

Mike Wallace

149 

47

Robert Pressley

97 

48

Dick Trickle

74 

49

Hermie Sadler

67 

50

Frank Kimmel

64 

51

Jay Sauter

52 

52

Dave Marcis

37 

53

Andy Hillenburg

34

 


 
 

 

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Fact Sheet on The Winston

April 10, 2002


THE WINSTON

* The Winston will be 90 laps total and consists of three segments of 40, 30 and 20 laps. The field will be inverted (either four, six, eight or 10 positions) for the final segment as determined by fan voting.

* At present, the field for The Winston will be 26 cars - 19 race winners from 2001, two race winners from 2002, one NASCAR Winston Cup champion not otherwise exempt, one previous winner of The Winston not otherwise exempt, one car owner (No. 33 - Andy Petree) not otherwise exempt, the Winston Open winner and the No Bull Sprint winner

* The first segment will be 40 laps. 

* Teams must make a mandatory green-flag, four-tire pit stop at some point during this segment. All restarts will be double-file.

* All laps count including caution laps. If a late-segment caution occurs, every effort will be made to ensure a green-flag finish.

* The top-20 finishers from the first segment will advance to the second segment.

* The winner of the first segment will earn $50,000.

* There will be a 10-minute break following the first segment, at which time teams may change tires and make chassis adjustments without losing track position.

* The second segment will be 30 laps. The finish of the first segment will determine the double-file starting order of the 20-car field for the second segment.

* There are no pit-stop requirements, but teams may pit if they wish. All laps count including caution laps. If a late-segment caution occurs, every effort will be made to ensure a green-flag finish.

* Only the top-10 finishers in the second segment will advance to the final segment.

* The winner of the second segment will earn $50,000. 

* There will be a 10-minute break following the second segment, at which time teams may change tires and make chassis adjustments without losing track position. 

* The field will be inverted (either four, six, eight or 10 positions) as determined by fan voting.

* The third and final segment will be 20 laps.

* The top-10 finishers in the second segment will compete in the third and final segment with the field inverted as determined by voting by the fans. The start of the final segment will be double file. Only green flag laps count.

* The winner of the final segment will earn $750,000.


THE WINSTON QUALIFYING

* Eligible teams will begin their qualifying attempt with a mandatory four-tire pit stop. Then, each driver will run three laps. The total elapsed time will make up each team's qualifying effort. There is no speed limit exiting pit road following the mandatory four-tire pit stop. The Winston qualifying will be Friday night.

* The winning team will earn $50,000.




WINSTON OPEN

* This 30-lap event is for all NASCAR Winston Cup teams that competed in a NASCAR Winston Cup Series event in 2001 or 2002 that are not already eligible for The Winston.

* All laps count including caution laps. If a late-segment caution occurs, every effort will be made to ensure a green-flag finish.

* The winner of The Winston Open will advance to The Winston. 



NO BULL SPRINT

* This 16-lap race is for all teams that finished The Winston Open, but did not win the race. There will be four caution laps following the Winston Open to transition into the start of the No Bull Sprint. Teams will have the option to pit but will lose track position. 

* All laps count including cautions laps. If a late-race caution prevents a green-flag finish, there will be one opportunity to end the race under green with the number of laps extended for a green/white/checkered finish. If a caution is necessary during this green/white/checkered, the race will not be extended again and will end under caution.

* The winner of the No Bull Sprint receives the final transfer spot into The Winston.



THE WINSTON OPEN QUALIFYING

* Qualifying for The Winston Open will consist of two laps for each team with the quickest lap determining that team's qualifying position. Qualifying for The Winston Open will be Friday night. 


2002 The Winston Eligibility List
(As of April 10, 2002)

Driver Race Won Car Owner
Michael Waltrip 2001 Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Fla. Teresa Earnhardt
Steve Park 2001 Dura-Lube 400, Rockingham, N.C. Teresa Earnhardt
Jeff Gordon 2001 UAW Chrysler 400, Las Vegas Rick Hendrick
Kevin Harvick 2001 Cracker Barrel 500, Hampton, Ga. Richard Childress
Dale Jarrett 2001 Dodge 400, Darlington, S.C. Robert Yates
Elliott Sadler 2001 Food City 500, Bristol, Tenn. Glen Wood
Bobby Hamilton 2001 Talladega 500, Talladega, Ala. Andy Petree
Rusty Wallace 2001 NAPA 500, Fontana, Calif. Roger Penske
Tony Stewart 2001 Pontiac 400, Richmond, Va. Joe Gibbs
Jeff Burton 2001 Coca-Cola 600, Harrisburg, N.C. Jack Roush
Ricky Rudd 2001 Pocono 500, Long Pond, Pa. Robert Yates
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 2001 Pepsi 400, Daytona Beach, Fla. Teresa Earnhardt
Bobby Labonte 2001 Pennsylvania 500, Long Pond, Pa. Joe Gibbs
Sterling Marlin 2001 Pepsi 400, Brooklyn, Mich. Chip Ganassi
Ward Burton 2001 Southern 500, Darlington, S.C. Bill Davis
Ricky Craven 2001 Old Dominion 500, Martinsville, Va. Cal Wells
Joe Nemechek 2001 Pop Secret 400, Rockingham, N.C. Travis Carter
Bill Elliott 2001 Pennzoil 400, Homestead, Fla. Ray Evernham
Robby Gordon 2001 New Hampshire 300, Loudon, N.H. Richard Childress
Matt Kenseth 2002 Subway 400, Rockingham, N.C. Jack Roush
Kurt Busch 2002 Food City 500, Bristol, Tenn. Jack Roush


NASCAR WINSTON CUP CHAMPIONS
(Not Otherwise Exempt) 
Drivers Year(s) won
Terry Labonte 1984, '96

PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE WINSTON
(Last five years, not otherwise exempt)
Drivers Year(s) won
Mark Martin 1998

OWNER EXEMPTION
(Not otherwise exempt, one-year owner exemption)
Drivers Race Won Car Owner 
TBA, Car No. 33 2001 Pop Secret 400, Rockingham, N.C. Andy Petree

WINNER THE WINSTON OPEN

WINNER OF THE NO BULL SPRINT

TOTAL QUALIFIED DRIVERS: 26





YEAR-BY-YEAR OF THE WINSTON

YEAR WINNER RUNNER-UP WINSTON OPEN WINNER
1985 Darrell Waltrip Harry Gant None 
1986 Bill Elliott Dale Earnhardt Benny Parsons*
1987 Dale Earnhardt Terry Labonte Buddy Baker
1988 Terry Labonte Sterling Marlin Sterling Marlin
1989 Rusty Wallace Ken Schrader Sterling Marlin
1990 Dale Earnhardt Ken Schrader Dick Trickle
1991 Davey Allison Ken Schrader Michael Waltrip
1992 Davey Allison Kyle Petty Michael Waltrip
1993 Dale Earnhardt Mark Martin Sterling Marlin
1994 Geoffrey Bodine Sterling Marlin Jeff Gordon
1995 Jeff Gordon Sterling Marlin Todd Bodine
1996 Michael Waltrip Rusty Wallace Jimmy Spencer
1997 Jeff Gordon Bobby Labonte Ricky Craven
1998 Mark Martin Bobby Labonte Jeremy Mayfield
1999 Terry Labonte Tony Stewart Tony Stewart
2000 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Dale Jarrett Steve Park 
2001 Jeff Gordon Dale Jarrett Johnny Benson

*-- Winner of the Atlanta Invitational 

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