2001 Brickyard 400

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2001 Brickyard 400
Race details
Race 21 of 36 in the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Map of the basic speedway
Map of the basic speedway
Date August 5, 2001 (2001-August-05)
Official name Brickyard 400
Location Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.023 km)
Distance 160 laps, 400 mi (643.737 km)
Average speed 130.79 miles per hour (210.49 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Haas-Carter Motorsports
Most laps led
Driver Steve Park Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
Laps 39
Winner
No. 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Wally Dallenbach, Jr. and Benny Parsons
Nielsen Ratings 6.2/16

The 2001 Brickyard 400, the 8th running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race held on August 5, 2001 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. Contested at 160 laps on the 2.5 mile (4.023 km) speedway, it was the twenty-first race of the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Jeff Gordon of Hendrick Motorsports won the race.

Background[edit]

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the track where the race was held.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, located in Speedway, Indiana, (an enclave suburb of Indianapolis) in the United States, is the home of the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400. It is located on the corner of 16th Street and Georgetown Road, approximately six miles (10 km) west of Downtown Indianapolis. It is a four-turn rectangular-oval track that is 2.5 miles (4.023 km) long. The track's turns are banked at 9 degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, has no banking. The back stretch, opposite of the front, also has a zero degree banking. The racetrack has seats for more than 250,000 spectators.

Top 10 results[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2 40 Sterling Marlin Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge
3 10 Johnny Benson Jr. MBV Motorsports Pontiac
4 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Dodge
5 97 Kurt Busch Roush Racing Ford
6 22 Ward Burton Bill Davis Racing Dodge
7 1 Steve Park Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet
8 9 Bill Elliott Evernham Motorsports Dodge
9 32 Ricky Craven PPI Motorsports Ford
10 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet

Race statistics[edit]

  • Time of race: 3:03:30
  • Average Speed: 130.79 miles per hour (210.49 km/h)
  • Pole Speed: 179.666
  • Cautions: 7 for 28 laps
  • Margin of Victory: 0.943 sec
  • Lead changes: 18
  • Percent of race run under caution: 17.5%
  • Average green flag run: 16.5 laps