2002 Brickyard 400

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2002 Brickyard 400
Race details[1]
Race 21 of 36 in the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
2002 Brickyard 400 program cover
2002 Brickyard 400 program cover
Date August 4, 2002 (2002-August-04)
Official name Brickyard 400
Location Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.023 km)
Distance 160 laps, 400 mi (643.737 km)
Weather Hot with temperatures approaching 91.9 °F (33.3 °C); wind speeds up to 20.8 miles per hour (33.5 km/h)
Average speed 125.033 miles per hour (201.221 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Most laps led
Driver Bill Elliott Evernham Motorsports
Laps 93
No. 9 Bill Elliott Evernham Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Wally Dallenbach Jr. and Benny Parsons
Nielsen Ratings 6.3/16 (10.2 million)

The 2002 Brickyard 400, the 9th running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race held on August 4, 2002, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. Contested at 160 laps on the 2.5 mile (4.023 km) speedway, it was the twenty-first race of the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Bill Elliott of Evernham Motorsports won the race.

This was the first race to feature Steel and Foam Reduction (SAFER) barrier at Indianapolis that will used to make racing accidents safer.


Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the track where the race was held.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, located in Speedway, Indiana, (an enclave suburb of Indianapolis) in the United States, is the home of the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400. It is located on the corner of 16th Street and Georgetown Road, approximately six miles (10 km) west of Downtown Indianapolis. It is a four-turn rectangular-oval track that is 2.5 miles (4.023 km) long. The track's turns are banked at 9 degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, has no banking. The back stretch, opposite of the front, also has a zero degree banking. The racetrack has seats for more than 250,000 spectators.


Kurt Busch and Jimmy Spencer, locked in a burgeoning feud dating back to Bristol, collided on lap 36. Busch hit the turn 3 wall. Veteran Bill Elliott added the Brickyard to his long resume, and Rusty Wallace finished second for the third time

Following the race, Tony Stewart was fined $50,000 and placed into probation not by NASCAR, but by his sponsor, The Home Depot, for punching a photographer post-race.[2]

Race results[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 9 Bill Elliott Evernham Motorsports Dodge
2 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Ford
3 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford
4 12 Ryan Newman Penske Racing Ford
5 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
6 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
7 1 Steve Park Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet
8 31 Robby Gordon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford
11 18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac
12 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac
13 5 Terry Labonte Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
14 36 Ken Schrader MB2 Motorsports Pontiac
15 77 Dave Blaney Jasper Motorsports Ford
16 15 Michael Waltrip Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet
17 23 Hut Stricklin Bill Davis Racing Dodge
18 28 Ricky Rudd Robert Yates Racing Ford
19 30 Jeff Green Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
20 25 Joe Nemechek Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
21 07 Ted Musgrave Ultra Motorsports Dodge
22 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrlet
23 55 Bobby Hamilton Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet
24 44 Jerry Nadeau Petty Enterprises Dodge
25 45 Kyle Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge
26 43 John Andretti Petty Enterprises Dodge
27 40 Sterling Marlin Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge
28 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford
29 99 Jeff Burton Roush Racing Ford
30 22 Ward Burton Bill Davis Racing Dodge
31 41 Jimmy Spencer Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge
32 98 Kenny Wallace Innovative Motorsports Chevrolet
33 32 Ricky Craven PPI Motorsports Ford
34 26 Todd Bodine Haas-Carter Motorsports Ford
35 21 Elliott Sadler Wood Brothers Racing Ford
36 4 Mike Skinner Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet
37 10 Johnny Benson MB2 Motorsports Pontiac
38 7 Casey Atwood Ultra-Evernham Motorsports Dodge
39 19 Jeremy Mayfield Evernham Motorsports Dodge
40 09 Geoff Bodine Phoenix Racing Ford
41 97 Kurt Busch Roush Racing Ford
42 11 Brett Bodine Brett Bodine Racing Ford
43 14 Mike Wallace A. J. Foyt Racing Pontiac

Failed to qualify: Ron Hornaday Jr. (#49), Derrike Cope (#37), Scott Wimmer (#27), Tony Raines (#74), Jim Sauter (#71), Stuart Kirby (#57), P. J. Jones (#50)

Race statistics[edit]

  • Time of race: 3:11:57
  • Average Speed: 125.033 miles per hour (201.221 km/h)
  • Pole Speed: 182.96
  • Cautions: 8 for 36 laps
  • Margin of Victory: 1.269 sec
  • Lead changes: 16
  • Percent of race run under caution: 22.5%
  • Average green flag run: 13.8 laps


  1. ^ "2002 Brickyard 400 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  2. ^ Associated Press (2002-08-08). "Home Depot issues fine, probation". rpm.espn.com. Retrieved 2021-09-13.