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2002 Daytona 500

2002 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 1 of 36 in the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season

Daytona International Speedway
Date February 17, 2002 (2002-02-17)
Location Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.02336 km)
Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
WeatherTemperatures reaching up to 70 °F (21 °C); wind speeds approaching 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)[1]
Average speed 130.810 miles per hour (210.518 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Qualifying race winners
Duel 1 Winner Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Duel 2 Winner Michael Waltrip Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
Most laps led
Driver Sterling Marlin Chip Ganassi Racing
Laps 78
No. 22
Ward Burton
Bill Davis Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons, and Wally Dallenbach Jr.
Nielsen Ratings 10.9/26
(18.8 million viewers)

The 2002 Daytona 500, the 44th running of the event, was held on February 17 at Daytona International Speedway. The race was won by Ward Burton. Rookie Jimmie Johnson won the pole, with fellow Daytona 500 rookie Kevin Harvick qualifying second, the first time the field would be led by two first-time Daytona 500 drivers. The race was the last for long-time veteran driver Dave Marcis.

As part of the television contract signed at the end of the 2000 NASCAR season, the 2002 Daytona 500 was televised by NBC. Allen Bestwick provided the play-by-play in the booth alongside color commentators Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach, Jr. The prerace show was hosted by Bill Weber, who reported from the pits with Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, and Dave Burns. This was the first time NBC televised the Daytona 500.

Race summary

Early favorite Tony Stewart was struck with an engine failure on lap 3. Another favorite, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., cut a tire at lap 23 after running over debris in second position, which prompted the race's first yellow flag. He managed to come through the pack into the Top 10 with a new nose after the tire tore up the right-front fender. On lap 79, Dave Marcis had engine problems causing him to exit the race, which brought his Winston Cup career to an end. Just before halfway, Earnhardt Jr. got into more trouble when his brakes failed as he tried to pit bringing out a third caution. On the following restart Brett Bodine spun off Kenny Wallace's bumper, and the yellow flag came back out.

On lap 138 rookie Shawna Robinson and Mike Skinner touched exiting Turn 2, bringing out the fifth yellow flag of the race. But the course of the race took a twist on Lap 148 when contact between Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick (racing in the Top 5) triggered The Big One, collecting 18 cars. Contenders Matt Kenseth, Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader, John Andretti, Jerry Nadeau, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr (his third problem in the race) were eliminated.

On a restart with 5 laps to go, 1997 and 1999 winner Jeff Gordon led '94 and '95 winner Sterling Marlin. A chain reaction began in the 8th or 9th position after someone missed a gear. 5 cars were damaged, including Michael Waltrip who spun into the pits and nearly hit the pace car being driven by Jay Leno. Up front Marlin came through the gears a bit quicker than Gordon, and took his momentum to the inside. Gordon went to block, but only turned himself. Marlin just beat Ward Burton to the yellow flag, but on the backstretch during the red flag, he got out of the car and pulled on his damaged fender. NASCAR rules forbid work of ANY kind occurring under a red flag, except for non-points events. Thus he was penalized before the restart. South Boston's Ward Burton and Emporia's Elliott Sadler (for the Wood Brothers from Stuart) were first and second for the state of Virginia. 1986 winner Geoffrey Bodine was the feel-good story of the day, finishing third at the track that nearly claimed his life in a 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, which was Phoenix Racing's best finish until winning with Brad Keselowski at the 2009 Aaron's 499.

Ward Burton's Daytona 500 win was the first for Dodge since 1974, when Richard Petty won.


Pos Grid Car Driver Sponsor Team Manufacturer Laps Laps Led Status
1 19 22 Ward Burton Caterpillar Bill Davis Racing Dodge 200 5 Running
2 41 21 Elliott Sadler Motorcraft Wood Brothers Racing Ford 200 0 Running
3 35 09 Geoffrey Bodine (W) Miccosukee Indian Gaming Phoenix Racing Ford 200 0 Running
4 15 97 Kurt Busch Rubbermaid Roush Racing Ford 200 16 Running
5 4 15 Michael Waltrip (W) NAPA Auto Parts Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 200 20 Running
6 39 6 Mark Martin Pfizer/Viagra Roush Racing Ford 200 0 Running
7 23 12 Ryan Newman (R) Alltel Penske Racing Dodge 200 39 Running
8 13 40 Sterling Marlin (W) Coors Light Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 200 78 Running
9 3 24 Jeff Gordon (W) DuPont 200 Years Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 29 Running
10 38 10 Johnny Benson Valvoline MBV Motorsports Pontiac 200 0 Running
11 29 9 Bill Elliott (W) Dodge Dealers/UAW Evernham Motorsports Dodge 200 0 Running
12 33 99 Jeff Burton Citgo Supegard Roush Racing Ford 200 2 Running
13 12 31 Robby Gordon Cingular Wireless Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 0 Running
14 21 88 Dale Jarrett (W) UPS Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 0 Running
15 1 48 Jimmie Johnson (R) Lowe's Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 199 0 Flagged
16 27 11 Brett Bodine Wells Fargo/Timberland Brett Bodine Racing Ford 199 0 Flagged
17 43 32 Ricky Craven Tide PPI Motorsports Ford 199 0 Flagged
18 37 2 Rusty Wallace Miller Lite Penske Racing Ford 198 0 Flagged
19 30 30 Jeff Green (R) America Online Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 197 0 Flagged
20 11 5 Terry Labonte Kellogg's Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 194 0 Contact FS
21 17 33 Mike Wallace Autoliv Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet 193 0 Flagged
22 31 92 Robert Pressley Brand Source Melling Racing Dodge 190 0 Engine
23 20 4 Mike Skinner Kodak Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 190 0 Flagged
24 36 49 Shawna Robinson (R) n/a BAM Racing Dodge 187 0 Flagged
25 42 77 Dave Blaney Jasper Engines & Transmissions Jasper Motorsports Ford 186 0 Flagged
26 7 36 Ken Schrader M&M's MBV Motorsports Pontiac 179 46 Flagged
27 24 14 Stacy Compton Conseco A.J. Foyt Racing Pontiac 178 0 Flagged
28 8 25 Jerry Nadeau UAW-Delphi Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 174 3 Contact T1
29 5 8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Budweiser Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 171 0 Flagged
30 18 1 Kenny Wallace Pennzoil Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 171 0 Flagged
31 22 66 Todd Bodine Kmart Blue Light Special Haas-Carter Motorsports Ford 158 0 Flagged
32 32 55 Bobby Hamilton Schneider Electric Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet 156 0 Flagged
33 40 17 Matt Kenseth Stanley Roush Racing Ford 154 4 Contact T1
34 10 18 Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 153 3 Overheating
35 26 7 Casey Atwood Sirius Satellite Radio Ultra Evernham Motorsports Dodge 153 0 Contact T1
36 2 29 Kevin Harvick (R) GM Goodwrench Service Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 148 3 Contact T1
37 16 43 John Andretti Cheerios Petty Enterprises Dodge 148 1 Contact T1
38 9 28 Ricky Rudd Havoline Robert Yates Racing Ford 148 0 Contact T1
39 28 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge Dealers/UAW Evernham Motorsports Dodge 148 0 Contact T1
40 25 26 Joe Nemechek Kmart School Spirit Haas-Carter Motorsports Ford 148 0 Contact T1
41 34 45 Kyle Petty Sprint Petty Enterprises Dodge 146 0 Engine
42 14 71 Dave Marcis RealTree Camoflauge Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet 79 0 Engine
43 6 20 Tony Stewart Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 2 0 Engine
Failed to Qualify
41 Jimmy Spencer Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge
23 Hut Stricklin Hills Brothers Coffee Bill Davis Racing Dodge
44 Buckshot Jones Georgia-Pacific Petty Enterprises Dodge
16 Greg Biffle (R) n/a Roush Racing Ford
90 Rick Mast Duke's Mayonnaise/Sauer's Donlavey Racing Ford
59 Bobby Gerhart (R) n/a Gerhart Racing Pontiac
02 Hermie Sadler (R) n/a SCORE Motorsports Chevrolet
85 Carl Long (R) n/a Mansion Motorsports Ford
84 Norm Benning (R) n/a Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet
80 Kirk Shelmerdine (R) Hooters Hover Motorsports Ford
72 Dwayne Leik (R) Team Realtree Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet


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