2001 Food City 500

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2001 Food City 500
Race details[1][2]
Race 6 of 36 in the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
Map of the Bristol Motor Speedway
Map of the Bristol Motor Speedway
Date March 25, 2001 (2001-03-25)
Location Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee
Course Permanent racing facility
0.533 mi (0.858 km)
Distance 500 laps, 266.5 mi (428.8 km)
Weather Temperatures up to 48.2 °F (9.0 °C); wind speeds up to 23.02 miles per hour (37.05 km/h)[3]
Average speed 86.949 mph (139.931 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Roush Racing
Time 15.192
Most laps led
Driver Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing
Laps 137
Winner
No. 21 Elliott Sadler Wood Brothers Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
Nielsen Ratings
  • 6.1 (Final)
  • 5.3/12 (Overnight)[4]

The 2001 Food City 500 was the sixth stock car race of the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. It was held on March 25, 2001 at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. The 500-lap race was won by Elliott Sadler for the Wood Brothers Racing team; it was Sadler's first win in the Winston Cup Series and Wood Brothers Racing first since 1993. John Andretti finished second and Jeremy Mayfield came in third.

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Background[edit]

Bristol Motor Speedway, where the race was held.

The track, Bristol Motor Speedway, is one of five short tracks to hold NASCAR races; the others are Richmond International Raceway, Dover International Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, and Phoenix International Raceway.[5] Its standard track at Bristol Motor Speedway is a four-turn short track oval that is 0.533 miles (0.858 km) long.[6] The track's turns are banked from twenty-four to thirty degrees, while both the front stretch (the location of the finish line) and the back stretch are banked from six to ten degrees.[6]

Before the race Dale Jarrett led the Drivers' Championship with 756 points, with Sterling Marlin and Johnny Benson, Jr. tied for second place with 691 points each. Jeff Gordon and Steve Park rounded out the top five, and Ricky Rudd, Rusty Wallace, Michael Waltrip, Bill Elliott and Ken Schrader rounded out the top ten.[7] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet led with 42 points; Ford was second with 31 points. Pontiac was third with 19 points, with Dodge a close fourth with 17 points.[8] Wallace was the race's defending champion.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Race: Food City 500". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ "2001 Food City 500". Racing-Reference. USA Today Media Sports Group. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Weather Information for Bristol, Tennessee". Old Farmer's Almanac. Yankee Publishing. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ "TV Ratings 2001". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ "NASCAR Race Tracks". NASCAR. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on August 15, 2010. Retrieved August 17, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "NASCAR Tracks—The Bristol Motor Speedway". Bristol Motor Speedway. Archived from the original on August 9, 2010. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ "2001 Official Driver Standings: Carolina Dodge Dealers 400". NASCAR. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on October 4, 2009. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 
  8. ^ "2001 Manufacturers Championship". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 
  9. ^ "2000 Food City 500". Racing-Reference. USA Today Media Sports Group. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 


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