2001 Mountain Dew Southern 500

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2001 Mountain Dew Southern 500
Race details
Race 25 of 36 in the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Layout of Darlington Raceway
Layout of Darlington Raceway
Date September 2, 2001 (2001-September-02)
Official name Mountain Dew Southern 500
Location Darlington Raceway, Darlington County, South Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.366 mi (2.198 km)
Distance 367 laps, 501.322 mi (806.800 km)
Weather Temperatures hovering around 82.4 °F (28.0 °C); wind speeds reaching up to 10.2 miles per hour (16.4 km/h)[1]
Average speed 122.773 miles per hour (197.584 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Roush Racing
Most laps led
Driver Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 138
No. 22 Ward Burton Bill Davis Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach, Jr.

The 2001 Mountain Dew Southern 500, the 52nd running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race held on September 2, 2001 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. Contested at 367 laps on the 1.366 mile (2.198 km) speedway, it was the 25th race of the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Ward Burton of Bill Davis Racing won the race.


Darlington Raceway, nicknamed by many NASCAR fans and drivers as "The Lady in Black" or "The Track Too Tough to Tame" and advertised as a "NASCAR Tradition", is a race track built for NASCAR racing located near Darlington, South Carolina. It is of a unique, somewhat egg-shaped design, an oval with the ends of very different configurations, a condition which supposedly arose from the proximity of one end of the track to a minnow pond the owner refused to relocate. This situation makes it very challenging for the crews to set up their cars' handling in a way that will be effective at both ends.

The track, Darlington Raceway, is a four-turn 1.366 miles (2.198 km) oval. The track's first two turns are banked at twenty-five degrees, while the final two turns are banked two degrees lower at twenty-three degrees.

Top 10 results[edit]

Pos. Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps
1 37 22 Ward Burton Bill Davis Racing Dodge 367
2 2 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 367
3 10 18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 367
4 33 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 367
5 9 9 Bill Elliott Evernham Motorsports Dodge 367
6 23 99 Jeff Burton Roush Racing Ford 367
7 26 28 Ricky Rudd Robert Yates Racing Ford 367
8 5 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 367
9 11 25 Jerry Nadeau Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 367
10 8 36 Ken Schrader MBV Motorsports Pontiac 367

Race statistics[edit]

  • Time of race: 4:05:00
  • Average Speed: 122.773 miles per hour (197.584 km/h)
  • Pole Speed: 168.048
  • Cautions: 11 for 51 laps
  • Margin of Victory: under caution
  • Lead changes: 19
  • Percent of race run under caution: 14.2%
  • Average green flag run: 28.6 laps