The Winston

The Winston

"The Winston" -- Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18 is the non-points event in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. The awards for "The Winston" at this time are $2,200,000 and for "The Winston Open" is $800,000. The largest field ever for the event...

"The Winston" -- Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18 is the non-points event in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. The awards for "The Winston" at this time are $2,200,000 and for "The Winston Open" is $800,000. The largest field ever for the event will take the green flat at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday for "The Winston Open". The main event, "The Winston" will start at 9:00 p.m.

Penske teamates Rusty Wallace and Jeremy Mayfield race side by side..
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FORMAT FOR THE WINSTON:

The Winston Qualifying

Qualifying for The Winston begins with a four-tire pit stop. At the completion of the pit stop, each driver will run three laps. There is no speed limit exiting pit road following the four-tire mandatory pit stop. The total elapsed time of the pit stops and laps will make up each team’s qualifying effort. The winning team will earn $50,000.

The Winston Open Qualifying

Qualifying for The Winston Open session will consist of two laps for each team with the quickest lap determining that team’s qualifying position.

The 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 laps run under caution 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

The Winston will be 90 laps total and consists of three segments totaling 40, 30 and 20 laps. The field will be inverted for the final segment as determined by fan voting. At present, the field for The Winston will be 27 cars - 19 race winners from 2001, three 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 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 fan voting (either four, six, eight or 10 positions). The start of the final segment will be double file. Only green flag laps count. The winner of The Winston will earn $750,000.

NOTES OF INTEREST:

* The posted awards for the The Winston Open are $800,000; The Winston $2,200,000.

* RJR has paid in excess of $16 million to the competitors at the 17 previous events.

* The Winston has been won from the pole position three times. The Winston has been won from the top-five starting spots 11 times.

* Terry Labonte has competed in 16 of the 17 all-star events, missing the 1991 event when he finished ninth in The Winston Open and failed to transfer.

* Michael Waltrip, winner of The Winston in 1996, became the only driver to win from a transfer position. Waltrip, who finished in the final transfer spot in The Winston Open and therefore started from the rear of The Winston, came from last (20th) to post his first victory in this prestigious event.

* The winner of The Winston has carried the momentum through the season to win the NASCAR Winston Cup championship eight times: Darrell Waltrip (1985), Dale Earnhardt (1987,' 90,' 93) Rusty Wallace (1989) and Jeff Gordon (1995,' 97 and 2001).

* The 27-car field for the 2002 The Winston is the largest field since the inception of the program. The previous largest field was 21 entrants in 1999 and 2001.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Darrell Waltrip , Terry Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield , Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Andy Petree