Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR What: The NASCAR Winston Cup Series will make its 14th consecutive appearance at Sears Point Raceway in 2002 for the Dodge/Save Mart 350. Forty-three drivers will tackle the twisting 10-turn, 2-mile road course. This...
Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR
What: The NASCAR Winston Cup Series will make its 14th consecutive appearance at Sears Point Raceway in 2002 for the Dodge/Save Mart 350. Forty-three drivers will tackle the twisting 10-turn, 2-mile road course. This is one of just two road-course events on the 36-race NASCAR schedule.
When: June 20-23. The Dodge/Save Mart 350 is the 16th race on the 36-race NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule in 2002.
Where: Sears Point Raceway, Highways 37 and 121, Sonoma, Calif. 95476 (800-870-RACE or www.searspoint.com)
Circuit: Sears Point Raceway is a 10-turn, 2-mile road course for all NASCAR-sanctioned events.
Race Length: The Dodge/Save Mart 350 is measured in kilometers. The race distance is 220 miles or 110 laps around the 2-mile road course.
Of note: In past years, nine teams were forced to pit on the inside of Turn 11, known as "Gilligan's Island." That no longer exists. Pit road now features 43 pit stalls. * Mario Andretti will serve as Grand Marshal of this year's event. *. Qualifying will feature a twist: Teams will start up the drag strip and loop around the backside of the course (Turns 7-12) before taking the green flag at start/finish. Once the qualifying lap is complete, drivers will exit the course by making a left-hand turn under the FRAM Autolite Bridge into the paddock at Turn 1. * This marks the largest purse ever for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at $3,907,910. * The road course as been permanently separated from the drag strip at Turns 12-1 by a permanent wall.
Entries: Forty-six drivers attempted to qualify for last year's 43-car Dodge/Save Mart 350 starting field. The starting field in 2002 will feature 43 cars. It will be the largest grid of any feature automobile race weekend at Sears Point Raceway.
What To Expect: Tony Stewart returns as the defending champion. His win at Sears Point in 2001 was the first Winston Cup road-course win of his career. * Jeff Gordon has dominated at Sears Point in recent years, winning three of the last four events (1998-2000). His three victories is a NASCAR record at Sears Point. * Two-time winners at Sears Point include Rusty Wallace (1990, '96) and Ernie Irvan (1992, '94). * The late Dale Earnhardt posted the only road-course win of his career at Sears Point (1995). * Ricky Rudd holds the record with four poles at Sears Point.
Tickets: Call 800-870-RACE or visit www.searspoint.com or www.tickets.com.