2001 Protection One 400

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2001 Protection One 400
Race details
Race 28 of 36 in the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
2001 Protection One 400 program cover
2001 Protection One 400 program cover
Date September 30, 2001 (2001-09-30)
Location Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 267 laps, 400 mi (644.542 km)
Weather Mild with temperatures of 73.9 °F (23.3 °C); wind speeds of 7 miles per hour (11 km/h)[1]
Average speed 110.576 mph (177.955 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Chip Ganassi Racing
Time 30.595
Most laps led
Driver Rusty Wallace Penske Racing
Laps 117
Winner
No. 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
Nielsen Ratings 4.7[2]

The 2001 Protection One 400 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series stock car race held on September 30, 2001, at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. The race was the 28th of the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. The race was the inaugural Cup race held at the 1.5-mile (2.4 km) track.[3] Jason Leffler from Chip Ganassi Racing won his first career pole position with a qualifying speed of 176.499 miles per hour (284.048 km/h). Penske Racing's Rusty Wallace led the most laps with 117, while Jeff Gordon of Hendrick Motorsports won the race.[4]

Due to the September 11 attacks happening earlier in the month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered a no-fly zone, prohibiting aircraft from flying within three miles of any sporting event area, which also includes an altitude of 300 feet. To increase security, coolers and large bags were banned from the track, while other items like purses and binoculars were subject to inspection. Meanwhile, in a sense of patriotism after the attacks, Sterling Marlin ran a "God Bless America" paint scheme, which had not been prepared in time for the 2001 MBNA Cal Ripken, Jr. 400 the week before. To support victims of the attacks, Marlin's sponsor Coors Brewing Company donated $10 for every lap completed at the race by Marlin.[4]

Entry list[edit]

Car[5] Driver Team Manufacturer 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
02 Ryan Newman Penske Racing South Ford Alltel
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 Dealers, UAW
10 Johnny Benson Jr. MBV Motorsports Pontiac Valvoline MaxLife
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 "We Keep America Running"
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 Save-A-Lot
28 Ricky Rudd Robert Yates Racing Ford Texaco, Havoline
29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet GM Goodwrench
31 Robby Gordon 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 MB2 Motorsports Pontiac Pedigree
40 Sterling Marlin Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge Proud to be an American
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
57 Derrike Cope Team CLR Ford CLR
66 Todd Bodine Haas-Carter Motorsports Ford Kmart Blue Light Special
77 Robert Pressley Jasper Motorsports Ford Jasper Engines & Transmissions
88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford UPS "We Want to Race the Truck"
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 Citgo Supergard

Qualifying[edit]

Pos.[6][7] Car Driver Manufacturer Time Avg. Speed (mph)
1 01 Jason Leffler Dodge 30.595 176.499
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 30.629 176.304
3 9 Bill Elliott Dodge 30.638 176.252
4 92 Stacy Compton Dodge 30.656 176.148
5 19 Casey Atwood Dodge 30.684 175.987
6 10 Johnny Benson, Jr. Pontiac 30.707 175.856
7 20 Tony Stewart Pontiac 30.753 175.593
8 28 Ricky Rudd Ford 30.757 175.570
9 32 Ricky Craven Ford 30.772 175.484
10 18 Bobby Labonte Pontiac 30.802 175.313
11 2 Rusty Wallace Ford 30.829 175.160
12 43 John Andretti Dodge 30.830 175.154
13 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 30.838 175.109
14 26 Jimmy Spencer Ford 30.854 175.018
15 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 30.862 174.972
16 96 Andy Houston Ford 30.884 174.848
17 02 Ryan Newman Ford 30.884 174.848
18 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 30.892 174.803
19 40 Sterling Marlin Dodge 30.892 174.803
20 5 Terry Labonte Chevrolet 30.908 174.712
21 93 Dave Blaney Dodge 30.943 174.514
22 8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet 30.950 174.475
23 6 Mark Martin Ford 30.950 174.475
24 55 Bobby Hamilton Chevrolet 30.985 174.278
25 25 Jerry Nadeau Chevrolet 30.990 174.250
26 99 Jeff Burton Ford 30.991 174.244
27 66 Todd Bodine Ford 31.000 174.194
28 36 Ken Schrader Pontiac 31.045 173.941
29 7 Mike Wallace Ford 31.048 173.924
30 57 Derrike Cope Ford 31.092 173.678
31 4 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet 31.099 173.639
32 21 Elliott Sadler Ford 31.100 173.633
33 44 Buckshot Jones Dodge 31.133 173.449
34 31 Robby Gordon Chevrolet 31.142 173.399
35 1 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet 31.156 173.321
36 22 Ward Burton Dodge 31.167 173.260
Provisionals
37 77 Robert Pressley Ford 0.000 0.000
38 12 Jeremy Mayfield Ford 0.000 0.000
39 33 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet 0.000 0.000
40 97 Kurt Busch Ford 0.000 0.000
41 15 Michael Waltrip Chevrolet 0.000 0.000
42 11 Brett Bodine Ford 0.000 0.000
43 90 Hut Stricklin Ford 0.000 0.000
Failed to qualify
44 27 Rick Mast Pontiac 31.187 173.149
45 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 31.208 173.033
46 14 Ron Hornaday, Jr. Pontiac 31.344 172.282

Race recap[edit]

The race was filled with caution flags; the first caution flag flew on the first lap, when John Andretti and Ricky Craven made contact in turn 2. A total of 13 caution flags were flown along with 70 laps were run under caution, both track highs,[8] and a red flag stopped the race for eleven minutes.[9] Meanwhile, Wallace dominated the race, leading a race-high 117 laps. However, he was eventually penalized for speeding on the pit road.[10] Gordon then took the lead and held off Ryan Newman for his sixth win of the season, also giving him a 222-point advantage over Ricky Rudd in the championship standings.[11] Rudd, Wallace, and Sterling Marlin closed out the top five.[12]

Results[edit]

Fin St # Driver Make Team Sponsor Laps Led Status Pts Winnings
1 2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports DuPont Automotive 267 53 running 180 254377
2 17 02 Ryan Newman Ford Penske Racing South Alltel 267 0 running 170 100100
3 8 28 Ricky Rudd Ford Robert Yates Racing Texaco, Havoline 267 20 running 170 138947
4 11 2 Rusty Wallace Ford Penske Racing South Miller Lite 267 117 running 170 130140
5 19 40 Sterling Marlin Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing Proud to be an American 267 1 running 160 98760
6 23 6 Mark Martin Ford Roush Racing Viagra, Pfizer 267 1 running 155 109551
7 37 77 Robert Pressley Ford Jasper Motorsports Jasper Engines & Transmissions 267 0 running 146 77820
8 7 20 Tony Stewart Pontiac Joe Gibbs Racing Home Depot 267 0 running 142 76150
9 40 97 Kurt Busch Ford Roush Racing Sharpie, Rubbermaid 267 0 running 138 67700
10 21 93 Dave Blaney Dodge Bill Davis Racing Amoco 267 1 running 139 61580
11 26 99 Jeff Burton Ford Roush Racing Citgo Supergard 267 0 running 130 100046
12 25 25 Jerry Nadeau Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports UAW-Delphi 267 15 running 132 63200
13 31 4 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet Morgan-McClure Motorsports Kodak 267 0 running 124 60111
14 34 31 Robby Gordon Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing Lowe's 267 0 running 121 86024
15 24 55 Bobby Hamilton Chevrolet Andy Petree Racing Square D 267 0 running 118 64300
16 15 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing GM Goodwrench 267 0 running 115 95727
17 35 1 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Pennzoil 266 1 running 117 78843
18 16 96 Andy Houston Ford PPI Motorsports McDonald's 266 0 running 109 52300
19 29 7 Mike Wallace Ford Ultra Motorsports NationsRent 266 0 running 106 64590
20 39 33 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Andy Petree Racing Oakwood Homes 266 0 running 103 83870
21 9 32 Ricky Craven Ford PPI Motorsports Tide 265 0 running 100 51900
22 14 26 Jimmy Spencer Ford Haas-Carter Motorsports Kmart 265 0 running 97 62175
23 32 21 Elliott Sadler Ford Wood Brothers Racing Motorcraft 265 0 running 94 68800
24 30 57 Derrike Cope Ford Team CLR CLR 263 0 running 91 47500
25 42 11 Brett Bodine Ford Brett Bodine Racing Ralph's 263 0 running 88 51200
26 28 36 Ken Schrader Pontiac MB2 Motorsports Pedigree 262 0 running 85 58100
27 20 5 Terry Labonte Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports Kellogg's 258 0 suspension 82 82130
28 1 01 Jason Leffler Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing Cingular Wireless 256 8 crash 84 59700
29 10 18 Bobby Labonte Pontiac Joe Gibbs Racing Interstate Batteries 246 0 crash 76 98527
30 18 88 Dale Jarrett Ford Robert Yates Racing UPS "We Want to Race the Truck" 246 0 crash 73 91827
31 33 44 Buckshot Jones Dodge Petty Enterprises Georgia-Pacific 245 0 running 70 54100
32 13 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Racing DeWalt 238 14 crash 72 53900
33 22 8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Budweiser 228 3 crash 69 80423
34 4 92 Stacy Compton Dodge Melling Racing Kodiak 202 0 crash 61 45500
35 43 90 Hut Stricklin Ford Donlavey Racing Hills Brothers Coffee 198 0 running 58 45300
36 38 12 Jeremy Mayfield Ford Penske Racing South Mobil 1 192 0 running 55 84384
37 6 10 Johnny Benson, Jr. Pontiac MBV Motorsports Valvoline MaxLife 184 0 engine 52 52900
38 41 15 Michael Waltrip Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. NAPA Auto Parts "We Keep America Running" 164 0 crash 49 54700
39 12 43 John Andretti Dodge Petty Enterprises Cheerios 146 0 running 46 79527
40 3 9 Bill Elliott Dodge Evernham Motorsports Dodge Dealers, UAW 134 33 engine 48 69023
41 36 22 Ward Burton Dodge Bill Davis Racing Caterpillar 67 0 crash 40 77235
42 27 66 Todd Bodine Ford Haas-Carter Motorsports Kmart Blue Light Special 67 0 crash 37 43900
43 5 19 Casey Atwood Dodge Evernham Motorsports Dodge Dealers, UAW 0 0 crash 34 4390\50
Failed to qualify
44 27 Rick Mast Pontiac Eel River Racing Save-A-Lot
45 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Petty Enterprises Sprint
46 14 Ron Hornaday, Jr. Pontiac A.J. Foyt Racing Conseco

Standings after the race[edit]

Race winner Jeff Gordon led the points standings after the race.
Pos Driver Points Differential
1 1rightarrow.png Jeff Gordon 4108 0
2 1rightarrow.png Ricky Rudd 3886 -222
3 1rightarrow.png Tony Stewart 3663 -445
4 Increase Sterling Marlin 3604 -504
5 Decrease Dale Jarrett 3580 -528
6 Increase Rusty Wallace 3525 -583
7 Decrease Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 3498 -610
8 Decrease Kevin Harvick 3495 -613
9 1rightarrow.png Bobby Labonte 3403 -705
10 1rightarrow.png Johnny Benson, Jr. 3220 -888

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "2001 Nascar Cup Series Protection One 400 | Motorsport Stats". results.motorsportstats.com. Retrieved 2021-06-22.
  6. ^ "Starting line up: Kansas". Crash. 2001-09-28. Retrieved 2021-06-22.
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  12. ^ "2001 Protection One 400". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2013-07-01.


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