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Virginia 500
Martinsville Speedway
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

 


 
 

 

Latest News and Commentary

Jimmie Johnson leads Chevy sweep in Dega Qualifying
by Adam Sewell
April 19, 2002

Friday, Jimmy Johnson won the pole for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. He joins his Hendrick teammate Jeff Gordon, Bill Elliott and Ricky Craven as the only two time pole winners in the 2002 season. Johnson sat on the pole earlier this year at Daytona. For Johnson's crew chief, Chad Knaus, it marks his 3rd straight restrictor plate pole, and 3rd pole at Talladega. Knaus was crew chief last season for Stacy Compton's Talladega pole sweep.

Robby Gordon gave the Richard Childress team something to cheer about by capturing the outside pole in the #31 Chevy.

The Chevrolet sweep continued through the second row where Michael Waltrip qualified 3rd, and his Dale Earnhardt, Inc. teammate, Dale Earnhardt ,Jr. qualified 4th.

Ward Burton and Stacy Compton occupy row 3, Johnny Benson and Ryan Newman line up 7th and 8th, while Steve Park and Jeff Gordon round out the top 10.

The Ford and Dodge drivers had little to smile about today. They each only had one car in the top 10. Ford had only 4 cars in the top 20, while Dodge only had 3. The big news came with who occupied Provisional Land. Matt Kenseth (2nd in points) grabbed the first provisional, followed by Rick Rudd in 38th, Bill Elliott (39th) and Dale Jarrett received the 41st starting spot.

Heading into Sunday, all eyes will be on the Chevy teams to see if they can continue their plate-track dominance.

QUOTES
Bill Elliott "The problem is that Talladega is a place where the restrictor plate forces you into doing things that you shouldn't be doing. You start cutting people off. People take it for a while, the guy gets mad and he isn't going to take it anymore. It puts you in a bad situation. That's the one thing that's always tough about going to Talladega, especially in today's scenario. NASCAR has tried to change things around over from what it was last year. I like this a little bit better with what they've got, but whether we need to tweak it around more, we'll know more after this weekend. I think Daytona was a good race for them, but we'll just have to see what happens."

Jeremy Mayfield "It takes everything to run well at Talladega. You have to have good aero and a good motor. We tested at Talladega. We feel like we learned a lot. How much of that is going to show up this weekend, I don't know. It takes some time after you do a test like that to get stuff you learned and turn it into the results you want. I've had some good runs at gotten the pole a couple of times. I'm looking forward to it."

Mark Martin "At Talladega, luck plays a big factor in the outcome of the race. You don't need the best car to win, you just need to avoid the big wreck that is bound to happen with that many cars racing so close together. The rules change they made with the spoiler a few weeks ago certainly won't help us, but we'll just have to do the best we can do."

Kurt Busch "I really like racing at Talladega. My past history with the Superspeedways is pretty good, and I think that we should have an opportunity for another solid performance. Racing at Talladega requires 100% focus and it can be one of the most mentally challenging places that we race. Regardless, I'm looking forward to it, I captured my first third place finish there last year, and I hope to be able to deliver a similar result this weekend."

Bobby Hamilton "It's funny. Everyone thinks that we grip the wheel the whole time, but you're out there for so long and holding it wide open. We just put our foot on the gas and flatten it out. There is no changing gears and hardly any movement. It's really funny. We all wave at each other out there as we drive by. I remember last fall I was battling Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for the lead and I drove up right beside him. I looked over there at him and was going to kid around with him by telling him he was 'number one.' I cracked up when I saw him scratching the back of his neck and not even watching what he was doing. Here we both are, running for the lead, and I'm looking at him, but he's looking down."

Dale Jarrett "We've done a lot of work since Daytona trying to figure out how to make our cars go faster at the plate races. Obviously you have to have a good enough car to draft with and to be near the front. You have to have a lot of patience, but more than anything else, you have to position yourself towards the end of the race. You can see there for 470 miles and it doesn't really make any difference - it's those last 30 miles - that's when you have to get yourself in the right position."

Dale Jarrett will be featured on Beyond The Glory Sunday after the race at 8:00pm on FOX Sports Net.

Miscellaneous Track Happenings

Sirius Satellite Radio, sponsor of the #7 Dodge driven by Casey Atwood, made a deal to be the title sponsor of the June Michigan race, as well as the Winston Cup Race at Watkins Glen. They also signed a sponsorship agreement with 12 ISC tracks.

Kevin Harvick addressed the media for the first time since his Martinsville parking incident. He said that the whole ordeal has been a learning experience, he was sorry for his actions not only affecting himself, but his wife, team, and fans, and he also thanked everyone that showed support to him and offered advice through the week.

During the Busch Series final practice, Casey Mears spun coming out of turn 4. The team was on their toes and had the backup car back out on the track before the practice session ended.

GRID

Pos.

Car

Driver

Make

Sponsor

Speed

Time

Behind

1

#48

Jimmie Johnson*

Chevrolet

Lowe's

186.532

51.337

Leader

2

#31

Robby Gordon

Chevrolet

Cingular Wireless

186.408

51.370

-0.034

3

#15

Michael Waltrip

Chevrolet

NAPA Auto Parts

186.401

51.373

-0.036

4

#8

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Chevrolet

Budweiser

185.912

51.507

-0.171

5

#22

Ward Burton

Dodge

Caterpillar

185.470

51.631

-0.294

6

#14

Stacy Compton

Pontiac

Conseco

185.430

51.641

-0.305

7

#10

Johnny Benson

Pontiac

Valvoline

185.315

51.673

-0.337

8

#12

Ryan Newman*

Ford

ALLTEL

185.297

51.679

-0.342

9

#1

Steve Park

Chevrolet

Pennzoil

185.136

51.723

-0.387

10

#24

Jeff Gordon

Chevrolet

DuPont

185.132

51.724

-0.388

11

#5

Terry Labonte

Chevrolet

Kellogg's

184.989

51.764

-0.428

12

#45

Kyle Petty

Dodge

Sprint

184.907

51.787

-0.451

13

#2

Rusty Wallace

Ford

Miller Lite

184.786

51.821

-0.485

14

#29

Kevin Harvick

Chevrolet

GM Goodwrench Service

184.704

51.845

-0.508

15

#25

Jerry Nadeau

Chevrolet

UAW/Delphi

184.704

51.845

-0.508

16

#7

Casey Atwood

Dodge

Sirius Satellite Radio

184.651

51.860

-0.523

17

#18

Bobby Labonte

Pontiac

Interstate Batteries

184.633

51.865

-0.528

18

#33

Mike Wallace

Chevrolet

Preen 'N Green

184.554

51.887

-0.550

19

#6

Mark Martin

Ford

Pfizer/Viagra

184.529

51.894

-0.557

20

#97

Kurt Busch

Ford

Rubbermaid

184.529

51.894

-0.557

21

#77

Dave Blaney

Ford

Jasper Engines & Transmissions

184.529

51.894

-0.557

22

#23

Hut Stricklin

Dodge

Hills Bros Coffee

184.519

51.896

-0.560

23

#09

Geoffrey Bodine

Ford

Miccosukee Indian Gaming

184.498

51.902

-0.566

24

#11

Brett Bodine

Ford

Hooters Restaurants

184.487

51.905

-0.569

25

#99

Jeff Burton

Ford

CITGO Racing

184.260

51.970

-0.633

26

#20

Tony Stewart

Pontiac

Home Depot

184.217

51.981

-0.645

27

#198

Kenny Wallace

Chevrolet

Aaron's

184.129

52.006

-0.670

28

#43

John Andretti

Dodge

Cheerios

184.107

52.013

-0.676

29

#26

Frank Kimmel

Ford

Advance Auto Parts/Pork

183.952

52.056

-0.720

30

#30

Jeff Green

Chevrolet

America Online

183.892

52.074

-0.737

31

#19

Jeremy Mayfield

Dodge

Dodge Dealers/UAW

183.817

52.095

-0.758

32

#41

Jimmy Spencer

Dodge

Target

183.772

52.108

-0.771

33

#40

Sterling Marlin

Dodge

Coors Light

183.751

52.113

-0.777

34

#44

Steve Grissom

Dodge

Georgia Pacific

183.733

52.118

-0.782

35

#32

Ricky Craven

Ford

Tide

183.659

52.139

-0.803

36

#36

Ken Schrader

Pontiac

M&M's

183.571

52.165

-0.828

 

Provisional

37

#17

Matt Kenseth

Ford

DeWalt Power Tools

182.961

52.339

-1.001

38

#28

Ricky Rudd

Ford

Havoline

183.307

52.240

-0.903

39

#9

Bill Elliott

Dodge

Dodge Dealers/UAW

183.392

52.215

-0.879

40

#21

Elliott Sadler

Ford

Motorcraft

182.292

52.530

-1.194

41

#88

Dale Jarrett

Ford

UPS

183.413

52.209

-0.873

42

#4

Mike Skinner

Chevrolet

Kodak Film

-

-

-

43

#55

Bobby Hamilton

Chevrolet

Schneider Electric

183.213

52.266

-0.930

 

Did not Qualify

44

#90

Rick Mast

Ford

Duke's Mayonnaise/ Sauer's

182.354

52.513

-1.176

45

#49

Shawna Robinson*

Dodge

BAM Racing

182.507

52.469

-1.131

46

#159

Bobby Gerhart

Pontiac

JamesAuto.com

180.747

52.979

-1.643

47

#191

Dick Trickle

Dodge

Dodge Dealers

181.687

52.706

-1.368

 

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