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2002 NASCAR WINSTON WEST SERIES RACE FACTS WHAT: PONTIAC WIDETRACK GRAND PRIX 200 NASCAR Winston West Series Race ...

2002 NASCAR WINSTON WEST SERIES RACE FACTS

WHAT: PONTIAC WIDETRACK GRAND PRIX 200
NASCAR Winston West Series Race #3

WHERE: California Speedway, Fontana, Calif.
2-Mile Paved Speedway

WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 2002-- 9:30 a.m. PT

DISTANCE: 100 Laps, 200 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $244,020

FIELD: 32 cars possible. Fastest 27 cars through time trials. Two provisional starting positions based on 2001 NASCAR Winston West Series Championship driver point standings, two additional provisional starting positions based on 2001 NASCAR Winston West Series Championship owner point standings, and one provisional starting position to NASCAR Winston West Series Champion.

TV: NASCAR TV on SPEED Channel (Tape Delay)
Air Time: April 29, 8:00 p.m. ET

SCHEDULE:

Thursday, April 25
7:00 a.m. Registration Opens & NWWS Team Haulers enter
8:00 a.m. Inspection
9:00 a.m. Mandatory Rookie Drivers' Meeting
11:30 a.m. Practice to 1:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. Time Trials (2 laps), All positions
5:00 p.m. Practice to 6:00 p.m.

Friday, April 26
7:00 a.m. Garage opens
8:00 a.m. Final Practice to 9:10 a.m.

Saturday, April 27
6:30 a.m. Garage opens
8:15 a.m. Mandatory Drivers' Meeting

THE RACE: California Speedway is a superspeedway with turns banked 14 degrees, 11 degrees of banking in the front straight and three degrees banking in the back straight. The track has hosted six NASCAR Winston West Series events.

RECORDS: Driver Date Speed Time
Qualifying: Mark Reed April 26, 2001 181.593 mph 39.649 sec
Race: Brendan Gaughan April 28, 2001 152.316 mph 1 hr, 18 min, 47 sec

2001 REVIEW: Bud Pole Award winner Mark Reed led the initial laps, before giving way to Rick Carelli. Young Jon Wood moved to the front by the ninth lap and set the pace for the rest of the field. The lead was shuffled during the first of only two cautions during the race. Brandon Ash and Carelli each led briefly, with Norris moving back out front on lap 47. Norris lost the lead, however, when he had to stop for fuel under green-flag conditions. Wood moved out front and appeared headed for victory, but Brendan Gaughan chased him down in the closing stages of the event and grabbed the win.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Jon Wood , Rick Carelli , Brendan Gaughan , Mark Reed
Teams CIP