2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series


2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series

The 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup began on Saturday, February 10, and ended on Sunday, November 17. Tony Stewart with Joe Gibbs Racing was crowned the Winston Cup champion.

2002 Team Chart

List of full time teams of 2002.

*Greg Biffle ran only seven races.

Budweiser Shootout

The exhibition Budweiser Shootout race, for drivers that won a pole position in the previous season or previously won the event, was held on February 10 at Daytona International Speedway.

Top Ten Results

# Tony Stewart
# Dale Earnhardt Jr.
# Jeff Gordon
# Ken Schrader
# Sterling Marlin
# Dale Jarrett
# Terry Labonte
# Bobby Labonte
# Kenny Wallace
# Todd Bodine

Gatorade Twin 125s

The Gatorade 125s qualifying for the Daytona 500 were held on February 14 at Daytona International Speedway.

Race One: Top Ten Results

# Jeff Gordon
# Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
# Ken Schrader
# Ricky Rudd
# Terry Labonte
# Sterling Marlin
# Kurt Busch
# Mike Wallace
# Ward Burton
# Dale Jarrett

Race Two: Top Ten Results

# Michael Waltrip
# Tony Stewart
# Jerry Nadeau
# Kevin Harvick
# Bobby Labonte
# Robby Gordon
# Dave Marcis
# John Andretti
# Kenny Wallace
# Mike Skinner

Daytona 500

ubway 400

The Subway 400 was held on February 24 at North Carolina Speedway. Ricky Craven won the pole.

# Matt Kenseth
# Sterling Marlin
# Bobby Labonte
# Tony Stewart
# Ricky Craven
# Jeff Burton
# Jeff Gordon
# Rusty Wallace
# Bobby Hamilton
# Kenny Wallace

Failed to qualify: Dick Trickle (#71), Randy Renfrow (#59), Carl Long (#85)

UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400

The UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 was held on March 3 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Todd Bodine won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Sterling Marlin
# Jeremy Mayfield
# Mark Martin
# Ryan Newman
# Tony Stewart
# Jimmie Johnson
# Dale Jarrett
# Bill Elliott
# Jeff Burton
# Jimmy Spencer

Failed to qualify: Derrike Cope (#57)

MBNA America 500

The MBNA America 500 was held on March 10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Tony Stewart
# Dale Earnhardt Jr.
# Jimmie Johnson
# Matt Kenseth
# Ricky Craven
# Rusty Wallace
# Ward Burton
# Mark Martin
# Sterling Marlin
# Ryan Newman

Failed to qualify: Ron Hornaday (#57), Carl Long (#85)

An incident in the previous race with a spin by Sterling Marlin led to a new rule change. After 11 years, NASCAR changed pit road speeding penalties; if a driver was caught speeding on the approach to the pit stall, the penalty was no longer a 15-second penalty; rather, the penalty was a pit pass-through, which also became the penalty for speeding on the pit exit, instead of a stop-and-go. The stop-and-go was used only for repeat violations.

Carolina Dodge Dealers 400

The Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 was held on March 17 at Darlington Raceway. Ricky Craven won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Sterling Marlin
# Elliott Sadler
# Kevin Harvick
# Dale Earnhardt Jr.
# Ryan Newman
# Jimmie Johnson
# Rusty Wallace
# Matt Kenseth
# Jeff Gordon
# Bill Elliott

Failed to qualify: none

Food City 500

The Food City 500 was held on March 24 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Jeff Gordon won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Kurt Busch
# Jimmy Spencer
# Ricky Rudd
# Dale Earnhardt Jr.
# Bobby Labonte
# Matt Kenseth
# Jimmie Johnson
# Jerry Nadeau
# Rusty Wallace
# Kevin Harvick

Failed to qualify: none

amsung/Radio Shack 500

The Samsung/Radio Shack 500 was held at Texas Motor Speedway on April 8. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Matt Kenseth
# Jeff Gordon
# Mark Martin
# Ricky Rudd
# Tony Stewart
# Jimmie Johnson
# Sterling Marlin
# Jimmy Spencer
# Bill Elliott
# Terry Labonte

Failed to qualify: Ron Hornaday (#57)

Virginia 500

The Virginia 500 was held at Martinsville Speedway on April 14, 2002. Jeff Gordon won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Bobby Labonte
# Matt Kenseth
# Dale Jarrett
# Tony Stewart
# Dale Earnhardt Jr.
# Terry Labonte
# Ricky Rudd
# Mark Martin
# Jeff Burton
# Kurt Busch

Kevin Harvick was banned from competing in the race due to rough driving in the Advance Auto Parts 250 Truck Series race the day before.

Failed to qualify: Randy Renfrow (#59)

Aarons 499

The Aaron's 499 was held at Talladega Superspeedway on April 21, 2002. Jimmie Johnson won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Dale Earnhardt Jr.
# Michael Waltrip
# Kurt Busch
# Jeff Gordon
# Sterling Marlin
# Dale Jarrett
# Jimmie Johnson
# Rusty Wallace
# Jeff Burton
# Kyle Petty

Failed to qualify: Shawna Robinson (#49), Rick Mast (#90), Bobby Gerhart (#59), Dick Trickle (#91)

NAPA Auto Parts 500

The NAPA Auto Parts 500 was held at California Speedway on April 28, 2002. Ryan Newman won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Jimmie Johnson*
# Kurt Busch
# Ricky Rudd
# Bill Elliott
# Mark Martin
# Dale Jarrett
# Sterling Marlin
# Rusty Wallace
# Dave Blaney
# Michael Waltrip

*Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was involved in a hard crash when Kevin Harvick cut down a tire and hit Jr's car, sending him head-on into the outside wall. He suffered a severe concussion, but kept the injury a secret for several months and did not miss any races.

*The win was Jimmie Johnson's first career Winston Cup victory.

Failed to qualify: Brendan Gaughan (#62), Chad Little (#74), Hermie Sadler (#02)

Pontiac Excitement 400

The Pontiac Excitement 400 was held at Richmond International Raceway on May 5. Ward Burton won the pole. The race was mostly a day race due to rain. It was scheduled to be a night race, but was moved to daytime due to heavy rain.

Top Ten Results

# Tony Stewart
# Ryan Newman
# Jeff Burton
# Mark Martin
# Jeremy Mayfield
# Matt Kenseth
# Jeff Gordon
# Steve Grissom
# Ricky Craven
# Jimmy Spencer

Failed to qualify: Kevin Grubb (#54)

The Winston

Top Ten Results

# Ryan Newman*
# Dale Earnhardt Jr.
# Matt Kenseth
# Kurt Busch
# Jimmie Johnson
# Tony Stewart
# Robby Gordon
# Kevin Harvick
# Ricky Craven
# Bill Elliott

*Ryan Newman was the second rookie to win The Winston.

Coca-Cola 600

The Coca-Cola 600 was held at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 26, 2002. Jimmie Johnson won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Mark Martin
# Matt Kenseth
# Ricky Craven
# Ricky Rudd
# Jeff Gordon
# Tony Stewart
# Jimmie Johnson
# Michael Waltrip
# Bill Elliott
# Rusty Wallace

Failed to qualify: Chad Little (#74), Carl Long (#85), Derrike Cope (#37), Randy Renfrow (#59)

MBNA Armed Forces Family 400

The MBNA Armed Forces Family 400 was held at Dover International Speedway on June 2. Matt Kenseth won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Jimmie Johnson
# Bill Elliott
# Jeff Burton
# Ryan Newman
# Dale Jarrett
# Jeff Gordon
# Ricky Craven
# Robby Gordon
# Bobby Hamilton
# Elliott Sadler

Failed to qualify: Derrike Cope (#37), Hermie Sadler (#90), Randy Renfrow (#59)

Pocono 500

The Pocono 500 was held at Pocono Raceway on June 9. Qualifying was rained out, so points leader Sterling Marlin started on the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Dale Jarrett
# Mark Martin
# Jimmie Johnson
# Sterling Marlin
# Jeff Gordon
# Jeff Burton
# Tony Stewart
# Michael Waltrip
# Rusty Wallace
# Dave Blaney

Failed to qualify: none

irius 400

The Sirius 400 was held at Michigan International Speedway on June 15. Dale Jarrett won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Matt Kenseth
# Dale Jarrett
# Ryan Newman
# Michael Waltrip
# Jeff Gordon
# Johnny Benson
# Rusty Wallace
# Ricky Rudd
# Mark Martin
# Kurt Busch

Failed to qualify: none

Dodge/Save Mart 350

The Dodge/Save Mart 350 was held at Infineon Raceway on June 23. Tony Stewart won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Ricky Rudd
# Tony Stewart
# Terry Labonte
# Kurt Busch
# Jeff Green
# Elliott Sadler
# Mark Martin
# Bill Elliott
# Ryan Newman
# John Andretti

Failed to qualify: Brandon Ash (#46), Stacy Compton (#14)

Pepsi 400

The Pepsi 400 was held at Daytona International Speedway on July 6. Kevin Harvick won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Michael Waltrip
# Rusty Wallace
# Sterling Marlin
# Jimmy Spencer
# Mark Martin
# Dale Earnhardt Jr.
# Todd Bodine
# Jimmie Johnson
# Ward Burton
# Geoffrey Bodine

Failed to qualify: Ed Berrier (#90), Steve Grissom (#44)

Tropicana 400

The Tropicana 400 was held at Chicagoland Speedway on July 14, 2002. Ryan Newman won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Kevin Harvick
# Jeff Gordon
# Tony Stewart
# Jimmie Johnson
# Ryan Newman
# Kurt Busch
# Bill Elliott
# Robby Gordon
# Mark Martin
# Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Failed to qualify: Ron Hornaday (#49), Kirk Shelmerdine (#72), Tony Raines (#74), Scott Wimmer (#27)

New England 300

The New England 300 was held at New Hampshire International Speedway on July 21. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Ward Burton
# Jeff Green
# Dale Jarrett
# Rusty Wallace
# Ryan Newman
# Todd Bodine
# Robby Gordon
# Kurt Busch
# Kevin Harvick
# Elliott Sadler

Failed to qualify: none

Pennsylvania 500

The Pennsylvania 500 was held at Pocono Raceway on July 28. Bill Elliott swept both qualifying and the race. The race was shortened to 175 laps due to darkness, because of two lengthy red flags - one for rain, and one for fence repairs after Steve Park had a spectacular crash on the first lap.

Top Ten Results

# Bill Elliott
# Kurt Busch
# Sterling Marlin
# Dale Jarrett
# Ryan Newman
# Kevin Harvick
# Tony Stewart
# Matt Kenseth
# Terry Labonte
# Ricky Rudd

Failed to qualify: Carl Long (#79)

Brickyard 400

The Brickyard 400 was held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 4. Tony Stewart won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Bill Elliott
# Rusty Wallace
# Matt Kenseth
# Ryan Newman
# Kevin Harvick
# Jeff Gordon
# Steve Park
# Robby Gordon
# Jimmie Johnson
# Dale Jarrett

Failed to qualify: Ron Hornaday (#49), Derrike Cope (#37), Scott Wimmer (#27), Tony Raines (#74), Jim Sauter (#71), Stuart Kirby (#57), P. J. Jones (#50)

irius at the Glen

The Sirius at the Glen was held at Watkins Glen International Raceway on August 11. Ricky Rudd won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Tony Stewart
# Ryan Newman
# Robby Gordon
# P. J. Jones
# Ricky Rudd
# Scott Pruett
# Jeff Burton
# Todd Bodine
# Michael Waltrip
# Mark Martin

Failed to qualify: Austin Cameron (#62), Shane Lewis (#09), Justin Bell (#46), Jimmy Spencer (#42)

Pepsi 400 presented by Farmer Jack 400

The Pepsi 400 presented by Farmer Jack 400 was held at Michigan International Speedway on August 18. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Dale Jarrett
# Tony Stewart
# Kevin Harvick
# Jeff Burton
# Mark Martin
# Sterling Marlin
# Jimmie Johnson
# Johnny Benson
# Jeff Green
# Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Failed to qualify: Greg Biffle (#16)

harpie 500

The Sharpie 500 was held at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 24. Jeff Gordon won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Jeff Gordon
# Rusty Wallace
# Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
# Kevin Harvick
# Matt Kenseth
# Kurt Busch
# Sterling Marlin
# Jimmy Spencer
# Bobby Labonte
# Mike Wallace

Failed to qualify: Hermie Sadler (#02), Carl Long (#51), Morgan Shepherd (#89), Tim Sauter (#71)

Mountain Dew Southern 500

The Mountain Dew Southern 500 was held at Darlington Speedway on September 1. Qualifying was rained out, so points leader Sterling Marlin started on the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Jeff Gordon
# Ryan Newman
# Bill Elliott
# Sterling Marlin
# Dale Jarrett
# Ward Burton
# Kurt Busch
# Tony Stewart
# Jimmie Johnson
# Jeff Burton

Failed to qualify: Carl Long (#51)

Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400

The Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 was held at Richmond International Raceway on September 7. Jimmie Johnson won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Matt Kenseth
# Ryan Newman
# Jeff Green
# Dale Earnhardt Jr.
# Todd Bodine
# Mark Martin
# Ricky Rudd
# Ward Burton
# Dave Blaney
# Jeremy Mayfield

Failed to qualify: Carl Long (#51)

New Hampshire 300

The New Hampshire 300 was held at New Hampshire International Speedway on September 15. Ryan Newman won the pole. The race was shortened to 207 laps due to rain.

Top Ten Results

# Ryan Newman
# Kurt Busch
# Tony Stewart
# Johnny Benson
# Bobby Labonte
# Ricky Craven
# Dale Jarrett
# Michael Waltrip
# Jimmie Johnson
# Matt Kenseth

Failed to qualify: Carl Long (#51)

MBNA All-American Heroes 400

The MBNA All-American Heroes 400 was held at Dover International Speedway on September 22. Rusty Wallace won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Jimmie Johnson
# Mark Martin
# Dale Jarrett
# Matt Kenseth
# Tony Stewart
# Jeff Burton
# Kurt Busch
# Ryan Newman
# Ricky Craven
# Johnny Benson

Failed to qualify: Scott Wimmer (#27), Brett Bodine (#11), Morgan Shepherd (#51)

Protection One 400

The Protection One 400 was held at Kansas Speedway on September 29. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Jeff Gordon
# Ryan Newman
# Rusty Wallace
# Joe Nemechek
# Bill Elliott
# Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
# Matt Kenseth
# Tony Stewart
# Jeremy Mayfield
# Jimmie Johnson

* Due to a neck injury suffered in a crash, Sterling Marlin did not race again for the rest of the season.

Failed to qualify: Brett Bodine (#11), Kirk Shelmerdine (#27), Carl Long (#51)

EA Sports 500

The EA Sports 500 was held at Talladega Superspeedway on October 6. Qualifying was rained out, so points leader Jimmie Johnson started on the pole. The race was caution-free for the third time in five years at Talladega.

Top Ten Results

# Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
# Tony Stewart
# Ricky Rudd
# Kurt Busch
# Jeff Green
# Steve Park
# Ryan Newman
# Michael Waltrip
# Dale Jarrett
# Ward Burton

Failed to qualify: Morgan Shepherd (#51), Geoffrey Bodine (#09), Robert Pressley (#92), Kerry Earnhardt (#83)

UAW-GM Quality 500

The UAW-GM Quality 500 was held at Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 13. Qualifying was rained out, so points leader Tony Stewart started on the pole. Jamie McMurray, subbing for an injured Sterling Marlin, won his first race in his second career start, setting a new modern era NASCAR record for quickest win.

Top Ten Results

# Jamie McMurray*
# Bobby Labonte
# Tony Stewart
# Jeff Gordon
# Rusty Wallace
# Jimmie Johnson
# Jeff Burton
# Ryan Newman
# Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
# Dave Blaney

Failed to qualify: Carl Long (#59), Kirk Shelmerdine (#72), Scott Wimmer (#27), Jack Sprague (#60), Kerry Earnhardt (#83), Ron Hornaday (#54)

Old Dominion 500

The Subway 500 was held at Martinsville Speedway on October 20. Ryan Newman won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Kurt Busch
# Johnny Benson
# Ricky Rudd
# Dale Earnhardt Jr.
# Ward Burton
# Jimmie Johnson
# Ricky Craven
# Dale Jarrett
# Rusty Wallace
# Mark Martin

Failed to qualify: Brian Rose (#51), Carl Long (#59), Morgan Shepherd (#89), Ryan McGlynn (#80), Kirk Shelmerdine (#27)

NAPA 500

The NAPA 500 was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 27. Qualifying was rained out, so points leader Tony Stewart started on the pole. The race was shortened to 248 laps due to rain.

Top Ten Results

# Kurt Busch
# Joe Nemechek
# Dale Jarrett
# Tony Stewart
# Dale Earnhardt Jr.
# Jeff Gordon
# Jamie McMurray
# Mark Martin
# Matt Kenseth
# Ryan Newman

Failed to qualify: Geoffrey Bodine (#09), Frank Kimmel (#66), Scott Wimmer (#27), Greg Biffle (#16), Buckshot Jones (#00), Jack Sprague (#60), Kerry Earnhardt (#83), Ron Hornaday (#54)

Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400

The Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 was held at North Carolina Speedway on November 3. Ryan Newman won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Johnny Benson*
# Mark Martin
# Kurt Busch
# Jeff Burton
# Jeff Gordon
# Mike Skinner
# Bobby Labonte
# Matt Kenseth
# Ricky Craven
# Jeff Green

Failed to qualify: Tony Raines (#74), Tim Sauter (#71), Carl Long (#59), Ron Hornaday (#54), Hideo Fukuyama (#66)

*This is Johnny Benson's first cup series win.

Checker Auto Parts 500

The Checker Auto Parts 500 was held at Phoenix International Raceway on November 10. Ryan Newman won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Matt Kenseth
# Rusty Wallace
# Jeff Gordon
# Mark Martin
# Dale Earnhardt Jr.
# Kurt Busch
# Dave Blaney
# Tony Stewart
# Dale Jarrett
# Elliott Sadler

Failed to qualify: Ted Musgrave (#07), Jack Sprague (#60), Brett Bodine (#11), Jerry Robertson (#51), Morgan Shepherd (#89), Jeff Jefferson (#37), Lance Hooper (#47), Mike Harmon (#93)

Ford 400

The Ford 400 was held at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 17. Kurt Busch won the pole.

Top Ten Results

# Kurt Busch
# Joe Nemechek
# Jeff Burton
# Mark Martin
# Jeff Gordon
# Ryan Newman
# Bill Elliott
# Jimmie Johnson
# Elliott Sadler
# Bobby Hamilton

Failed to qualify: David Green (#54), Brett Bodine (#11), Hermie Sadler (#02), Tony Raines (#74), Boris Said (#67), Carl Long (#59), Geoffrey Bodine (#09), Mike Harmon (#93)

Final Points Standings

# Tony Stewart - 4800
# Mark Martin - 4762
# Kurt Busch - 4641
# Jeff Gordon - 4607
# Jimmie Johnson - 4600
# Ryan Newman - 4593
# Rusty Wallace - 4574
# Matt Kenseth - 4432
# Dale Jarrett - 4415
# Ricky Rudd - 4323
# Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 4270
# Jeff Burton - 4259
# Bill Elliott - 4158
# Michael Waltrip - 3985
# Ricky Craven - 3888
# Bobby Labonte - 3810
# Jeff Green - 3704
# Sterling Marlin - 3703
# Dave Blaney - 3670
# Robby Gordon - 3632
# Kevin Harvick - 3501
# Kyle Petty - 3501
# Elliott Sadler - 3418
# Terry Labonte - 3417
# Ward Burton - 3362
# Jeremy Mayfield - 1491
# Jimmy Spencer - 1613
# John Andretti - 1639
# Johnny Benson - 1668
# Ken Schrader - 1846
# Mike Skinner - 1914
# Bobby Hamilton - 1968
# Steve Park - 2106
# Joe Nemechek - 2118
# Casey Atwood - 2179
# Brett Bodine - 2524
# Jerry Nadeau - 2550
# Todd Bodine - 2813
# Kenny Wallace - 2932
# Hut Stricklin - 3019
# Mike Wallace - 3249
# Stacy Compton - 3273
# Geoffrey Bodine - 3997

All information in this article is from [http://www.racing-reference.info/raceyear?yr=2002&series=W Racing Reference]

Rookie of the Year

Because he had more wins, a teammate/mentor in Jeff Gordon, and the higher position in points, Jimmie Johnson was the favorite to win Rookie of the Year. But in the end, his rival Ryan Newman was named the victor. Newman's one win seemed mild to Johnson's record-tying three victories and even leading the championship standings at one point, but Newman broke the record for pole positions. The rookie points system is separate from the championship system, and only a driver's 15 best finishes counted towards the award. Newman's 15 best finishes were better than Johnson's, despite Johnson having the better run in championship points. Shawna Robinson and Carl Long, the only other racers who declared for the award, did not run enough races to remain eligible.


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