2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Race Facts: WHAT: COCA-COLA RACING FAMILY 600 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Race ...
2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Race Facts:
WHAT: COCA-COLA RACING FAMILY 600
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Race #12 of 36
WHERE: Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.
1.5-Mile Banked Paved Oval
WHEN: Sunday, May 26, 2002
DISTANCE: 600 Miles/400 Laps
POSTED AWARDS: $4,866,864
FIELD: Field consists of the fastest 36 cars through time trials. Also, seven provisional starting positions based on 2002 owner points, for maximum 43-car field. The 43rd position is reserved for a past NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion, if needed. If unused, it will go to the next eligible owner.
SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR)
PROMOTER: Charlotte Motor Speedway, LLC
TV: FOX (Live)
Pre-Race Show: 5 p.m. ET
Race Coverage: 5:30 p.m. ET
RADIO: PRN Radio (Live)
Airtime: 4:45 p.m. ET
SCHEDULE (All Times Local):
Thursday, May 23:
3-5 p.m. - Practice
7:05 p.m. - Qualifying All Positions, 2 laps
Saturday, May 25:
9:30-10:15 a.m. - Practice
11:15 a.m.-noon - Final Practice 5 p.m. Introduction of Drivers
Sunday, May 26:
5:30 p.m. - Start of the Coca-Cola Racing Family 600
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 5/25/00, 186.034 mph (29.027 seconds)
Bobby Labonte, 5/28/95, 151.952 mph (3 hrs., 56 mins., 55 seconds)
THE TRACK: Lowe's Motor Speedway is a 1.5 mile paved oval with 24-degree banking in all four turns. The length of the front straightaway measures 1,952.8 feet with a 5-degree banking. The length of the back straightaway measures 1,360 feet with a 5-degree banking. Lowe's Motor Speedway has hosted the Coca-Cola Racing Family 600 since 1960.
2001 REVIEW: Ryan Newman led the 43-car field to the green flag and held the lead through Lap 10. Jimmy Spencer assumed the lead but was passed by Mike Skinner on Lap 23. Jeff Gordon assumed the lead on Lap 26 until the third caution came out on Lap 53. Gordon and Kenny Wallace got together on pit road and due to damage Gordon lost the top spot. A long green-flag run ensued with Skinner being overtaken by Rusty Wallace. Wallace led 39 laps but was passed on Lap 100 by Spencer. A series of green-flag pit stops saw Ward Burton, Sterling Marlin, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth and Elliott Sadler all lead before recycling back to Spencer on Lap 121. A second cycle of green-flag pit stops allowed Bobby Labonte, Burton, Sadler and Marlin to lead briefly. During the fourth caution of the day, Jeff Burton emerged from pit road as the race leader and along with Labonte, dominated the remaining 135 laps of the event. The final series of green-flag pit stops began on Lap 319 when Jerry Nadeau, Michael Waltrip and Steve Park short-pitted in attempt to gain a strategic advantage. The final caution of the day sent several teams opting for track position and remained on the track. On the Lap 341 restart, Burton, Martin and Spencer, all who did not pit, led Nadeau to the green. Nadeau faded with transmission problems. Burton held off challenges from Spencer and Marlin as well as Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart to win. It was Burton's 16th NASCAR Winston Cup Series victory.
PARTICIPATING AWARD SPONSORS:
Winston, Anheuser-Busch, Auto Meter Products, Bowman Distribution, Clevite Engine Parts, Competition Cams, EA Sports, Edelbrock Manifolds, Gatorade Sports Beverage, Goodyear Belts & Hoses, Goodyear Tires, Holley Carburetors, Infogrames, JE Pistons, Jesel Rocker Arms, MAC Tools, Mechanix Wear, Moog Chassis Parts, Outback Steakhouse, Raybestos Brakes, 76 Gasoline, 76/NASCAR High Performance Motor Oil, Simpson Firesuits, 3M Automotive Products, True Value Hardware, Waste Management, Wix Air Filters.
NOTES OF INTEREST:
* The posted awards for the Coca-Cola Racing Family 600 are $4,866,864.
* The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader bonus is worth $70,000 for the Coca-Cola Racing Family 600.
* Jeff Gordon has won seven Bud Poles in his 18 NASCAR Winston Cup races at Charlotte, most recently starting from the No. 1 spot in the 2000 UAW-GM Quality 500.
* The Coca-Cola 600 has been won from the pole 12 times. The second starting position has provided 13 winners. Third has produced 11 winners and fourth has produced seven for a total of 43 victories from the top-four starting positions.
* Five drivers have won 13 of the 16 NASCAR Winston Cup races at Charlotte since 1994: Jeff Gordon (four), Dale Jarrett (three), Mark Martin (two), Jeff Burton (two) and Bobby Labonte (two).
* Kurt Busch has used a provisional to make the field in all three of his races at Charlotte. He has finished 22nd, 12th and 13th in those three races.
* Dale Jarrett (1994 Mello-Yello 500) and Jeff Gordon (1999 UAW-GM Quality 500) both won a Charlotte race from the 22nd starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started at Charlotte. Matt Kenseth won the 2000 Coca-Cola 600 from 21st.