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
2001 Southern 500 program cover
2001 Southern 500 program cover
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
Time 29.263
Most laps led
Driver Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 138
Winner
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.

Background[edit]

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.

Entry list[edit]

#[2] Driver Team Make Sponsor
1 Kenny Wallace Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet Pennzoil
01 Jason Leffler Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge Cingular Wireless
2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing South Ford Miller Lite
4 Kevin Lepage Morgan–McClure Motorsports Pontiac Kodak
5 Terry Labonte Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Kellogg's
6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford Viagra, Pfizer
7 Mike Wallace Ultra Motorsports Ford NationsRent
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet Budweiser
9 Bill Elliott Evernham Motorsports Dodge Dodge 'Grab Life by the Horns', UAW
10 Johnny Benson Jr. MBV Motorsports Pontiac Vavoline
11 Brett Bodine Brett Bodine Racing Ford Ralph's
12 Jeremy Mayfield Penske Racing South Ford Mobil 1
14 Ron Hornaday Jr. A.J. Foyt Racing Chevrolet Conseco
15 Michael Waltrip Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet NAPA Auto Parts
17 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford DeWalt
18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac Interstate Batteries
19 Casey Atwood Evernham Motorsports Dodge Dodge Dealers, UAW
20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Home Depot
21 Elliott Sadler Wood Brothers Racing Ford Motorcraft
22 Ward Burton Bill Davis Racing Pontiac Caterpillar
24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet DuPont Automotive
25 Jerry Nadeau Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet UAW-Delphi
26 Jimmy Spencer Haas-Carter Motorsports Ford Kmart
27 Rick Mast Eel River Racing Pontiac Duke's Mayonnaise, Sauer's
28 Ricky Rudd Robert Yates Racing Ford Texaco, Havoline
29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet GM Goodwrench
31 Mike Skinner Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Lowe's
32 Ricky Craven PPI Motorsports Chevrolet Tide
33 Joe Nemechek Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet Oakwood Homes
36 Ken Schrader MBV Motorsports Pontiac M&M's
40 Sterling Marlin Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge Coors Light
43 John Andretti Petty Enterprises Dodge Cheerios
44 Buckshot Jones Petty Enterprises Dodge Georgia-Pacific
45 Kyle Petty Petty Enterprises Ford Sprint
55 Bobby Hamilton Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet Square D
66 Todd Bodine Haas-Carter Motorsports Ford Kmart Blue Light Special
71 Dave Marcis Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet Team Realtree
77 Robert Pressley Jasper Motorsports Ford Jasper Engines & Transmissions
88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford UPS
90 Hut Stricklin Donlavey Racing Ford Hills Brothers Coffee
92 Stacy Compton Melling Racing Dodge Kodiak
93 Dave Blaney Bill Davis Racing Dodge Amoco
96 Andy Houston PPI Motorsports Ford McDonald's
97 Kurt Busch Roush Racing Ford Sharpie, Rubbermaid
99 Jeff Burton Roush Racing Ford MDA, Citgo Supergard

Qualifying[edit]

Pos.[3][4] # Driver Make Team Time Avg. Speed (mph)
1 97 Kurt Busch Ford Roush Racing 29.263 168.048
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 29.286 167.916
3 12 Jeremy Mayfield Ford Penske Racing South 29.287 167.911
4 2 Rusty Wallace Ford Penske Racing South 29.292 167.882
5 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 29.294 167.871
6 43 John Andretti Dodge Petty Enterprises 29.360 167.493
7 32 Ricky Craven Ford PPI Motorsports 29.377 167.396
8 36 Ken Schrader Pontiac MBV Motorsports 29.402 167.254
9 9 Bill Elliott Dodge Evernham Motorsports 29.406 167.231
10 18 Bobby Labonte Pontiac Joe Gibbs Racing 29.410 167.208
11 25 Jerry Nadeau Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 29.442 167.027
12 40 Sterling Marlin Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing 29.448 166.993
13 6 Mark Martin Ford Roush Racing 29.456 166.947
14 93 Dave Blaney Dodge Bill Davis Racing 29.471 166.862
15 26 Jimmy Spencer Ford Haas-Carter Motorsports 29.482 166.800
16 77 Robert Pressley Ford Jasper Motorsports 29.505 166.670
17 10 Johnny Benson, Jr. Pontiac MBV Motorsports 29.513 166.625
18 8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 29.554 166.394
19 5 Terry Labonte Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 29.559 166.366
20 21 Elliott Sadler Ford Wood Brothers Racing 29.561 166.354
21 55 Bobby Hamilton Chevrolet Andy Petree Racing 29.563 166.343
22 92 Stacy Compton Dodge Melling Racing 29.621 166.017
23 99 Jeff Burton Ford Roush Racing 29.622 166.012
24 33 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Andy Petree Racing 29.627 165.984
25 15 Michael Waltrip Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 29.632 165.956
26 28 Ricky Rudd Ford Robert Yates Racing 29.639 165.917
27 88 Dale Jarrett Ford Robert Yates Racing 29.641 165.905
28 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Racing 29.664 165.777
29 4 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet Morgan–McClure Motorsports 29.669 165.749
30 19 Casey Atwood Dodge Evernham Motorsports 29.673 165.726
31 66 Todd Bodine Ford Haas-Carter Motorsports 29.680 165.687
32 11 Brett Bodine Ford Brett Bodine Racing 29.693 165.615
33 20 Tony Stewart Pontiac Joe Gibbs Racing 29.695 165.604
34 1 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 29.704 165.553
35 31 Mike Skinner Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 29.707 165.537
36 90 Hut Stricklin Ford Donlavey Racing 29.784 165.109
Provisionals
37 22 Ward Burton Dodge Bill Davis Racing 0.000 0.000
38 01 Jason Leffler Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing 0.000 0.000
39 7 Mike Wallace Ford Ultra Motorsports 0.000 0.000
40 14 Ron Hornaday, Jr. Pontiac A.J. Foyt Racing 0.000 0.000
41 44 Buckshot Jones Dodge Petty Enterprises 0.000 0.000
42 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Petty Enterprises 0.000 0.000
43 27 Rick Mast Pontiac Eel River Racing 0.000 0.000
Failed to qualify
44 96 Andy Houston Ford PPI Motorsports 29.924 164.336
45 71 Dave Marcis Chevrolet Marcis Auto Racing 30.020 163.811

Results[edit]

Fin[5][6] St # Driver Make Team Sponsor Laps Led Status Pts Winnings
1 37 22 Ward Burton Dodge Bill Davis Racing Caterpillar 367 27 running 180 $181435
2 2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports DuPont Automotive 367 138 running 180 $153127
3 10 18 Bobby Labonte Pontiac Joe Gibbs Racing Interstate Batteries 367 17 running 170 $133327
4 33 20 Tony Stewart Pontiac Joe Gibbs Racing Home Depot 367 0 running 160 $93900
5 9 9 Bill Elliott Dodge Evernham Motorsports Dodge 'Grab Life by the Horns', UAW 367 0 running 155 $92583
6 23 99 Jeff Burton Ford Roush Racing MDA, Citgo Supergard 367 0 running 150 $100726
7 26 28 Ricky Rudd Ford Robert Yates Racing Texaco, Havoline 367 0 running 146 $85657
8 5 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing GM Goodwrench 367 0 running 142 $93727
9 11 25 Jerry Nadeau Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports UAW-Delphi 367 0 running 138 $55660
10 8 36 Ken Schrader Pontiac MBV Motorsports M&M's 367 0 running 134 $70815
11 19 5 Terry Labonte Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports Kellogg's 367 0 running 130 $78875
12 39 7 Mike Wallace Ford Ultra Motorsports NationsRent 367 0 running 127 $63570
13 3 12 Jeremy Mayfield Ford Penske Racing South Mobil 1 367 53 running 129 $84444
14 17 10 Johnny Benson, Jr. Pontiac MBV Motorsports Valvoline 367 0 running 121 $52670
15 21 55 Bobby Hamilton Chevrolet Andy Petree Racing Square D 367 0 running 118 $55750
16 12 40 Sterling Marlin Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing Coors Light 367 2 running 120 $59196
17 18 8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Budweiser 367 0 running 112 $74788
18 7 32 Ricky Craven Ford PPI Motorsports Tide 367 1 running 114 $43290
19 14 93 Dave Blaney Dodge Bill Davis Racing Amoco 367 0 running 106 $42935
20 13 6 Mark Martin Ford Roush Racing Viagra, Pfizer 366 0 running 103 $88091
21 6 43 John Andretti Dodge Petty Enterprises Cheerios 366 0 running 100 $77967
22 4 2 Rusty Wallace Ford Penske Racing South Miller Lite 366 0 running 97 $84135
23 28 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Racing DeWalt 365 0 running 94 $50025
24 35 31 Mike Skinner Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing Lowe's 365 0 running 91 $74049
25 30 19 Casey Atwood Dodge Evernham Motorsports Dodge Dealers, UAW 364 0 running 88 $41990
26 42 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Petty Enterprises Sprint 362 0 running 85 $38705
27 32 11 Brett Bodine Ford Brett Bodine Racing Ralph's 362 0 running 82 $45760
28 29 4 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet Morgan–McClure Motorsports Kodak 361 0 running 79 $43610
29 20 21 Elliott Sadler Ford Wood Brothers Racing Motorcraft 359 0 running 76 $55900
30 43 27 Rick Mast Pontiac Eel River Racing Duke's Mayonnaise, Sauer's 359 0 running 73 $37815
31 15 26 Jimmy Spencer Ford Haas-Carter Motorsports Kmart 358 0 crash 70 $46155
32 36 90 Hut Stricklin Ford Donlavey Racing Hills Brothers Coffee 358 0 running 67 $37540
33 24 33 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Andy Petree Racing Oakwood Homes 357 2 crash 69 $65720
34 27 88 Dale Jarrett Ford Robert Yates Racing UPS 356 53 running 66 $82417
35 41 44 Buckshot Jones Dodge Petty Enterprises Georgia-Pacific 355 0 running 58 $45255
36 25 15 Michael Waltrip Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. NAPA Auto Parts 355 0 running 55 $47170
37 40 14 Ron Hornaday, Jr. Pontiac A.J. Foyt Racing Conseco 355 0 running 52 $37081
38 16 77 Robert Pressley Ford Jasper Motorsports Jasper Engines & Transmissions 348 0 crash 49 $44910
39 1 97 Kurt Busch Ford Roush Racing Sharpie, Rubbermaid 316 74 running 51 $50375
40 31 66 Todd Bodine Ford Haas-Carter Motorsports Kmart Blue Light Special 282 0 transmission 43 $36775
41 34 1 Kenny Wallace DC Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Pennzoil 279 0 overheating 40 $62968
42 22 92 Stacy Compton Dodge Melling Racing Kodiak 191 0 crash 37 $36675
43 38 01 Jason Leffler Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing Cingular Wireless 90 0 overheating 34 $44880
Failed to qualify
44 96 Andy Houston Ford PPI Motorsports McDonald's 31o
45 71 Dave Marcis Chevrolet Marcis Auto Racing Team Realtree 28o

NOTES:

  • Steve Park was injured during the support race Saturday. Kenny Wallace started the car.
  • (o): Teams that did not qualify were awarded owner points based on speed. (The procedure ended in 2011.)

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weather information at the Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ "2001 Nascar Cup Series Mountain Dew Southern 500 | Motorsport Stats". results.motorsportstats.com. Retrieved 2021-06-25.
  3. ^ "rpm.espn.com: Southern 500 lineup". www.espn.com. Retrieved 2021-06-25.
  4. ^ "Starting line up: Darlington". Crash. 2001-09-01. Retrieved 2021-06-25.
  5. ^ "2001 Mountain Dew Southern 500 race results". Racing-Reference. Archived from the original on 2021-04-28.
  6. ^ "2001 Mountain Dew Southern 500 - The Third Turn". www.thethirdturn.com. Retrieved 2021-06-25.