2002 MBNA Platinum 400

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2002 MBNA Platinum 400
Race details[1]
Race 13 of 36 in the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Layout of Dover International Speedway
Layout of Dover International Speedway
Date June 2, 2002 (2002-June-02)
Official name MBNA Platinum 400
Location Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware
Course Permanent racing facility
1.000 mi (1.609 km)
Distance 400 laps, 400.0 mi (804.6 km)
Weather Very hot with temperatures approaching 86 °F (30 °C); wind speeds up to 19 miles per hour (31 km/h)
Average speed 117.551 miles per hour (189.180 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Roush Racing
Most laps led
Driver Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 188
Winner
No. 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network FX
Announcers Mike Joy
Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds

The 2002 MBNA Platinum 400 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that was held on June 2, 2002, at Dover International Speedway in the American community of Dover, Delaware.

Tony Raines would start his NASCAR Cup Series career during this event while Dick Trickle and Chad Little would end theirs after this race.

Summary[edit]

There were 43 drivers on the starting grid; all of them were born in the United States of America. Derrike Cope, Hermie Sadler, and Randy Renfrow failed to qualify for this race. Joe Nemechek was credited as the last-place finisher due to a crash on lap 42. This racing event lasted for 400 laps and Jimmie Johnson defeated Bill Elliott by almost half a second. Matt Kenseth would clinch his first ever pole position start by driving up to 154.939 miles per hour (249.350 km/h) during his solo qualifying run.[2][3]

The race itself would last approximately three hours and twenty-four minutes; the green flag was officially waved at 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Saving Time while the checkered flag came at approximately 4:24 PM EDT.[4] Jimmie Johnson's average speed during his winning run was 117.551 miles per hour (189.180 km/h). Any yellow flags in this race were caused by accidents, debris, and an oil spill on lap 373. About 40 laps of this race were done under caution with each green flag session lasting an average of 45 laps. Ricky Rudd, Bill Elliott, John Andretti, and Mark Martin would jointly lead the first 100 laps while the last 100 laps saw the first-place position of the race split between Ricky Rudd and eventual race winner Jimmie Johnson. Sterling Marlin kept his championship lead after this racing event.[2]

Winnings for this racing event varied from $56,712 ($77,161.90 when adjusted for inflation) to $152,400 ($207,354.23 when adjusted for inflation).[5] The overall racing purse for this event added up to $3,450,082 ($4,694,154.12 when adjusted for inflation).[6]

Qualifying[edit]

Grid[2] No. Driver Manufacturer
1 17 Matt Kenseth Ford
2 9 Bill Elliott Dodge
3 10 Jerry Nadeau Pontiac
4 15 Michael Waltrip Chevrolet
5 97 Kurt Busch Ford
6 32 Ricky Craven Ford
7 28 Ricky Rudd Ford
8 21 Elliot Sadler Ford
9 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
11 45 Kyle Petty Dodge
12 31 Robby Gordon Chevrolet
13 6 Mark Martin Ford
14 22 Ward Burton Dodge
15 36 Ken Schrader Pontiac
16 18 Bobby Labonte Pontiac
17 73 Tony Raines Chevrolet
18 41 Jimmy Spencer Dodge
19 55 Bobby Hamilton Chevrolet
20 4 Mike Spencer Chevrolet
21 2 Rusty Wallace Ford
22 1 Steve Park Chevrolet
23 7 Casey Atwood Dodge
24 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge
25 20 Tony Stewart Pontiac

Top ten finishers[edit]

Pos[2] Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Laps led
1 10 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 400 188
2 2 9 Bill Elliott Dodge 400 17
3 33 99 Jeff Burton Ford 400 0
4 38 12 Ryan Newman Ford 400 0
5 31 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 400 15
6 9 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 400 17
7 6 23 Ricky Craven Ford 400 1
8 12 31 Robby Gordon Chevrolet 400 0
9 19 55 Bobby Hamilton Chevrolet 400 0
10 8 21 Elliott Sadler Ford 400 0

Timeline[edit]

Section reference: [2]

  • Start of race: Matt Kenseth started the race with the pole position but quickly lost it to Ricky Rudd
  • Lap 19: Caution due to debris; green flag racing on lap 22
  • Lap 42: Joe Nemechek had a terminal crash; forcing him to become the last-place finisher
  • Lap 44: Caution due to Joe Nemechek and Todd Bodine's accident; green flag racing on lap 50
  • Lap 48: Mark Martin took over the lead from Ricky Rudd before being overtaken by Jimmie Johnson on lap 125
  • Lap 126: Caution due to 3-car accident; green flag racing on lap 136
  • Lap 144: Jimmie Johnson took over the lead from Jeff Gordon before being overtaken by Ricky Craven on lap 217
  • Lap 170: A fuel pump issue forced Dick Trickle out of the race for the day
  • Lap 216: Caution due to Matt Kenseth's accident; green flag racing resumed on lap 220
  • Lap 218: Jimmie Johnson took over the lead from Ricky Craven before being overtaken by Dale Jarrett on lap 293
  • Lap 283: Mark Martin had a terminal crash; ending his day on the track
  • Lap 292: Caution due to Jeff Green's accident; green flag racing resumed on lap 297
  • Lap 307: Caution due to debris; green flag racing on lap 311
  • Lap 308: Ricky Rudd took over the lead from Dale Jarrett before being overtaken by Jimmie Johnson on lap 363
  • Lap 370: Ken Schrader had a terminal crash; bringing his NASCAR race weekend to an early end
  • Lap 373: Caution due to oil on track; green flag racing on lap 378
  • Finish: Jimmie Johnson was officially declared the winner of the event

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[2] Differential
1 1rightarrow.png Sterling Marlin 1899 0
2 1rightarrow.png Matt Kenseth 1763 -136
3 Increase Jeff Gordon 1739 -160
4 Decrease Matt Kenseth 1731 -168
5 Increase Rusty Wallace 1688 -211
6 Decrease Mark Martin 1677 -222
7 1rightarrow.png Tony Stewart 1674 -225
8 1rightarrow.png Kurt Busch 1656 -243
9 Increase Bill Elliott 1612 -287
10 Decrease Ricky Rudd 1606 -293

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weather information for the 2002 MBNA Platinum 400 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c d e f 2002 MBNA Platinum 400 racing information at Racing Reference
  3. ^ 2002 MBNA Platinum 400 racing information at Race Database
  4. ^ 2002 MBNA Platinum 400 racing information at NASCAR.com
  5. ^ 2002 MBNA Platinum 400 racing information at Driver Averages
  6. ^ 2002 MBNA Platinum 400 racing information at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
Preceded by
2002 Coca-Cola Racing Family 600
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
2002
Succeeded by
2002 Pocono 500