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.

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

Top 10 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

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.