2001 Coca-Cola 600

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2001 Coca-Cola 600
Race details[1]
Race 12 of 36 in the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
Layout of Lowe's Motor Speedway
Layout of Lowe's Motor Speedway
Date May 27, 2001 (2001-05-27)
Location Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 400 laps, 600 mi (965.606 km)
Weather Temperatures ranging from 51.1 °F (10.6 °C) and 67.4 °F (19.7 °C); wind speeds approaching 12.7 miles per hour (20.4 km/h)
Average speed 138.107 mph (222.262 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Penske Racing
Most laps led
Driver Jeff Burton Roush Racing
Laps 125
Winner
No. 99 Jeff Burton Roush Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

The 2001 Coca-Cola 600, the 42nd running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race held on May 27, 2001 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. Contested at 400 laps on the 1.5 mile (2.4 km) speedway, it was the twelfth race of the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Jeff Burton of Roush Racing won the race.

Background[edit]

Lowe's Motor Speedway, the track where the race was held.

Lowe's Motor Speedway is a motorsports complex located in Concord, North Carolina, United States 13 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina. The complex features a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) quad oval track that hosts NASCAR racing including the prestigious Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend and The Winston, as well as the UAW-GM Quality 500. The speedway was built in 1959 by Bruton Smith and is considered the home track for NASCAR with many race teams located in the Charlotte area. The track is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI) with Humpy Wheeler as track president.

Summary[edit]

Stewart successfully performed the "Double Duty", also running the Indianapolis 500 the same day; Joe Gibbs Racing had Mike McLaughlin on standby if Stewart did not arrive on time. Stewart arrived less than half an hour before the start of the race. If Stewart did not arrive for the start of the Coca-Cola 600, McLaughlin would have been given credit for the start under NASCAR rules. Stewart had to start at the end of the field (43rd place) due to missing the mandatory drivers' meeting that is held 2 hours before any race.[2] Jeff Burton won the race driving for Roush Racing as the team became the first to win 3 races in a row.

Failed to qualify: John Andretti (No. 43), Kyle Petty (No. 45), Derrike Cope (No. 37), Mike Wallace (No. 7), Jeff Fultz (No. 54), Carl Long (No. 85)

Top 10 results[edit]

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 18 99 Jeff Burton Roush Racing Ford 400 185
2 6 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 400 175
3 12 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 400 165
4 10 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 400 165
5 24 18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 400 160
6 5 26 Jimmy Spencer Haas-Carter Motorsports Ford 400 155
7 21 28 Ricky Rudd Robert Yates Racing Ford 400 146
8 37 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 400 142
9 9 22 Ward Burton Joe Gibbs Racing Dodge 400 143
10 34 12 Jeremy Mayfield Penske Racing Ford 400 134

Race statistics[edit]

  • Time of race: 4:20:40
  • Average Speed: 138.107 miles per hour (222.262 km/h)
  • Pole Speed: 185.217
  • Cautions: 6 for 45 laps
  • Margin of Victory: 3.19 sec
  • Lead changes: 28
  • Percent of race run under caution: 11.2%
  • Average green flag run: 50.7 laps

References[edit]


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