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Daytona International Speedway
Feb. 10, 2002



2001Daytona 500 Winner
Michael Waltrip

Link to Daytona



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 

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Latest News and Commentary

Petty Enterprises Making All The Right Moves
 by Frank Ryan

For Petty Enterprises, the 2002 Winston Cup racing campaign presents a season of hope. More than a year removed from the dreadful tragedy that claimed Adam Petty, the organization is focused and committed to resurrecting a name synonymous with winning. Adding a new engine supplier and general manager for 2002 are steps in the right direction.   Story

Get Ready for the 2002 Motorsports Extravaganza

From the time show attendees enter the Motorsports 2002 Auto Racing Extravaganza, they will have to keep moving to make sure they see all the displays and take advantage of all the opportunities to participate in a variety of show activities. The three day show, set for Friday, January 11, 1 p.m. thru Sunday, January 13, 6 p.m., at the Fort Washington, PA Expo Center offers everything Motorsports.  Story   2001 Pennzoil Motorsports Review

Dale Earnhardt Jr. - NASCAR's Superman
 by Doug Belliveau

He didn't win the Winston Cup championship this year. He didn't finish in the top five in points, either. What Dale Earnhardt Jr. did do is suffer a tremendous loss, yet persevere through severe adversity and rebound to make this a successful season for him and Dale Earnhardt Incorporated. In my book, that earns him the title of Superman.   Story

A Wild and Wooly 2001 Winston Cup Season
 by Adam Sewell

Every sport goes through times of change. The decade of the 90s saw NASCAR grow from a regional sport, with its roots in the southern and eastern states, to the national sport it is today. Even President George W. Bush watches NASCAR events on TV and has attended several at Texas Motor Speedway. Most changes in this sport, such as the construction of speedways and the rise and fall  of a team's dynasty take place over the course of several seasons. But 2001 saw more changes in a single season than I can remember.   Story

Kurt Busch Rookie Review

 A rookie season in NASCAR's Winston Cup can be summarized by a season filled with ups and downs, and challenges one could never even begin to imagine. For Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 97 Sharpie Rubbermaid Ford, 2001 was a season of learning, and what Busch quickly learned is that the competition in Winston Cup is unlike anything he had ever experienced   Story

NASCAR Announces Safety Related Rules Changes

 NASCAR announced a number of rule changes effective for the 2002 racing season.  In the Busch and Craftsman truck series, the minimum age to race has been raised to 18.  While in Cup, Black Boxes have been mandated for the cars and pit crew members and officials will have to hear protective helmets if they head over the pit wall.   Story

NASCAR Winston Cup Preview

The 13th annual T. Wayne Robertson NASCAR Winston Cup Preview will be Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002 at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Preview will be the first official NASCAR Winston Cup Series event of the 2002 season..   Story

Could Jeff Gordon be the Wolfman?
 
by Dick Blom

Many of us have quite literally watched Jeff Gordon grow up. From a slightly geeky teenager driving on ESPN Thunder, to a baby-faced youngster just out of his teens driving in the Busch series with that funny little mustache, .....he always seemed to deserve the label of Wonder Boy, first because of his success and obvious youth.  Now four Winston Cup Championships later, one has to wonder......    Story

Silly Season - Who, What, Where

 The 2002 NASCAR season will quickly be here.  To keep up to speed with the quick pace of changes in Winston Cup drivers, sponsors and teams, visit our Silly Season page for the latest information.   Link to Silly Season

Roush Helps UFA Widows' and Childrens Fund

On Friday, November 30, 2001, Jack Roush along with NASCAR Winston Cup drivers Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch made the holidays a little brighter for the Uniformed Firefighters Association Widows' and Children's Fund. Jack Roush and his drivers stopped by the UFA headquarters in New York to hand deliver a check for more than $89,000 to the chairman of the Widows' and Children Fund, firefighter Jerry Huntzinger.   Story

Next Up, Testing at Daytona

 The 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season officially came to a close last weekend with the banquet at the historic Waldorf-Astoria in New York and the celebration of Jeff Gordon's fourth Winston Cup championship. But now that the dinner has been devoured, the paychecks distributed and the speeches given, it's time to turn our attention to Speedweeks 2002 and the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 17.  Story

Jeff Burton gets the last word

 While everyone else at the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup awards ceremony was allowed to speak, television time restrictions on TNT prohibited Jeff Burton from finishing his acceptance speech.  Much to the delight of his fans, sponsors and media, here is Jeff Burtons speech in its entirety.  Story

IMAX to produce NASCAR Film

 National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR), NASCAR Digital Entertainment (NDE) and IMAX Corporation (Nasdaq: IMAX: TSE: IMX) announced today that they have entered into an exclusive agreement to develop and produce an IMAX(r) film that will capture the thrilling excitement of NASCAR in this larger-than-life film format.  Story

Scenes From New Hampshire
 
by Karen Courcy

Harvick's amazing 2001 season
 
by Pete McCole

Kevin Harvick's goals for the 2001 season were simple - win the Busch Grand National Championship, run a five race Winston Cup schedule in preparation for a full Winston Cup season in 2002.  That was the plan. But all those plans changed on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, when Dale Earnhardt hit the turn four wall.  Story

Robby Gordon wins 1st Winston Cup race at NH

The tempers flew in New Hampshire as former CART driver Robby Gordon took his first Winston Cup win today after bumping Jeff Gordon out of the way late in the race in his #31 Lowe's Chevrolet.  Jeff Gordon had led almost the entire way and retaliated by bumping the back of Robby Gordon's Richard Childress Racing Monte Carlo under the caution, which drew him a 1-lap penalty. Rounding up the top 5 were Sterling Marlin, Bobby Labonte, Matt Kenseth, and Tony Stewart.  Results

Bobby Labonte Wins Race, Gordon Clinches Crown
 
by Tim Barrett

Call it luck or fate or what you will, but whatever powers that be from on high had determined that on this day, last years Winston Cup Champion, Bobby Labonte would be allowed to stand in Victory Lane to pass on his crown to the new Champ and fourth time winner Jeff Gordon. Results Story

Interview with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
 
by Tim Barrett

Dale Earnhardt Jr. sat down today with several members of the media at Atlanta Motor Speedway and answered some questions. I was taken with how at ease he seemed to be and the honesty with which he gave his answers. Here is a guy who some might think has every reason in the world to stay away from the media, sitting down with about ten or so of us and talking like one would to an old friend on a lazy day, sittin' and rockin' on the front porch.  Interview

Dale Earnhardt Jr. nabs Atlanta pole
 
by Tim Barrett

Dale Earnhardt Jr. went out late in the session and turned a lap around the 1.5-mile oval of 28.868 seconds that made him the only driver to get into the 28-second range, and moved Mark Martin to outside pole. Story | Quotes

Target and Spencer join Ganassi Cup team

Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced today that Target Stores will serve as primary sponsor of the No. 41 Dodge IntrepidR/T in the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series, and NASCAR veteran Jimmy Spencer will drive the Target car. Story

Slap Me Silly (Season)
HAMPTON, GA - Silly Season is in full swing down at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Just this morning three different announcements had the paddock buzzing with excitement for next year.  Evernham Motorsports announced a partnership with Ultra Motorsports that would place Jeremy Mayfield behind the wheel of the #19 while moving Casey Atwood to the #7. StoryAfter much anticipation, Richard Childress Racing named Robby Gordon as their driver for the #31 Cingular Wireless Monte Carlo for 2002. Story.  DEI announced that Kenny Wallace has earned a one year contract to drive the #1 Pennzoil Monte Carlo in 2002 for Steve Park, who is still recovering from post concussion syndrome.  Park would drive a second Pennzoil sponsored machine when he returned next year.. Story
Cherished Memories For Nadeau
HAMPTON, GA - As Jerry Nadeau was completing his Victory Lap after winning his first career NASCAR Winston Cup race at last year's NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Dale Earnhardt came up beside the young driver. "The Intimidator" gave him a door tap and a thumbs-up, along with the trademark grin, and drove off. For Nadeau, it was that interchange that meant more to him than the win ever could. "It was weird because my first year in Winston Cup, my first race, I had Earnhardt give me the fist. Story
Labonte Then and Now
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 13, 2001) - Bobby Labonte is still the reigning NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion. Perhaps it is time to remind people of that, even though it is obvious Labonte, the 2000 titlist, won't repeat. What a difference a year makes. That's an old line, but one nonetheless applicable, when reviewing Labonte's 2001 season. Last November, coming into the season-ending NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Labonte already had clinched the NASCAR Winston Cup championship on the strength of a consistent season that included four victories. Story
Bill Elliott wins Pennzoil Freedom 400 at Homestead
 
by Frank Ryan
Bill Elliott has won the Pennzoil Freedom 400 with a late-race pass of his Dodge teammate Casey Atwood with a handful of laps to go.  Atwood faded to 3rd on the last lap as Michael Waltrip got by him for 2nd. It was Elliott's first win since 1994, 227 races ago. The win was the 41st of Elliott’s career. Story
All-Evernham Dodge front-row in Homestead
Bill Elliott said it best, “It was just a ‘Dodge Day Afternoon.’” And he didn’t mean that in a bad way. Elliott was especially pleased Friday when he put the No. 9 Dodge inside the front row earning his second Bud Pole Award of the year. He led an effort that included six Dodges starting in the top 10 for the Pennzoil 400 on Sunday.  Results
One Eye on Gordon, One on Stewart
 
By Frank Ryan
With just three races remaining on the 2001 schedule, Gordon could clinch his fourth title as early as this Sunday. At the very least, Gordon needs to finish only 28th or better in each of the last three races to clinch the Championship and become only the third driver, behind Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, to win four NASCAR Winston Cup championships. Last week at Rockingham, in the Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 at North Carolina Speedway, Gordon finished in 25th position, missing out on a chance to lock up the Championship. Story

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