2002 UAW-GM Quality 500

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2002 UAW-GM Quality 500
Race details
Race 31 of 36 in the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
Layout of Lowe's Motor Speedway
Layout of Lowe's Motor Speedway
Date October 13, 2002 (2002-October-13)
Location Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (4.02 km)
Distance 334 laps, 501 mi (806.281 km)
Weather Mild with temperatures approaching 69.8 °F (21.0 °C); wind speeds up to 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)[1]
Average speed 141.481
Attendance 100,000[2]
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time N/A
Most laps led
Driver Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing
Laps 96
Winner
No. 40 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach, Jr.[3]

The 2002 UAW-GM Quality 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series stock car race held at Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 13. Qualifying was canceled because of rain showers, so points leader Tony Stewart started on the pole position. Jamie McMurray, subbing for an injured Sterling Marlin, won his first race in his second career start, setting a new modern era NASCAR record for quickest win.

Rain caused the start of the race to be delayed over 3 hours. After the rain stopped, NASCAR decided to start the race under yellow for the first 5 laps as the track continued to dry. The race began at 3:45 pm Charlotte time (Eastern). Sunset time was 6:51 pm, the race was completed at 7:17, The late finish contributed to a large jump in ratings for the NBC telecast. NASCAR decided to move the fall race at Charlotte from Sunday afternoon to Saturday night for 2003.

Background[edit]

The race was held at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Lowe's Motor Speedway is a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) quad-oval track that hosted two other NASCAR Winston Cup Series races during the 2002 season, the Coca-Cola Racing Family 600 and The Winston. Construction of the speedway began in 1959 and finished in 1960 before the inaugural 600-mile race. Bruton Smith and Curtis Turner were the architects of the track, which is now operated by Smith's company, Speedway Motorsports.

Race results[edit]

Pos Starting Pos Car Driver Team Make
1 5 40 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge
2 18 18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac
3 1 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac
4 8 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
5 6 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Ford
6 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
7 14 99 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Ford
8 4 12 Ryan Newman Penske Racing Ford
9 13 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet
10 21 77 Dave Blaney Jasper Motorsports Ford
11 15 15 Michael Waltrip Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet
12 11 97 Kurt Busch Roush Racing Ford
13 39 44 Jerry Nadeau Petty Enterprises Dodge
14 12 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford
15 34 1 Steve Park Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet
16 2 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford
17 37 14 Mike Wallace A. J. Foyt Racing Pontiac
18 26 10 Johnny Benson MBV Motorsports Pontiac
19 28 21 Elliott Sadler Wood Brothers Racing Ford
20 22 45 Kyle Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge
21 24 5 Terry Labonte Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
22 20 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
23 30 43 John Andretti Petty Enterprises Dodge
24 36 4 Mike Skinner Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet
25 31 23 Kenny Wallace Bill Davis Racing Dodge
26 40 11 Brett Bodine Brett Bodine Racing Ford
27 29 55 Bobby Hamilton Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet
28 25 19 Jeremy Mayfield Evernham Motorsports Dodge
29 17 30 Jeff Green Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
30 38 7 Casey Atwood Ultra Motorsports Dodge
31 32 36 Ken Schrader MB2 Motorsports Pontiac
32 23 41 Jimmy Spencer Chip Ganassi Racing Pontiac
33 27 22 Ward Burton Bill Davis Racing Dodge
34 7 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford
35 9 9 Bill Elliott Evernham Motorsports Dodge
36 16 32 Ricky Craven PPI Motorsports Ford
37 33 26 Todd Bodine Haas-Carter Motorsports Ford
38 19 31 Robby Gordon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
39 10 28 Ricky Rudd Robert Yates Racing Ford
40 35 25 Joe Nemechek Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
41 43 02 Hermie Sadler SCORE Motorsports Chevrolet
42 42 49 Stacy Compton BAM Racing Dodge
43 41 90 Jason Hedlesky Donlavey Racing Ford
Source:[4]

Failed to qualify: Carl Long (#59), Kirk Shelmerdine (#72), Scott Wimmer (#27), Jack Sprague (#60), Kerry Earnhardt (#83), Ron Hornaday (#54)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weather information for the 2002 UAW-GM Quality 500 at the Old Farmer's Almanac
  2. ^ "2002 UAW-GM Quality 500". Racing Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Race: UAW-GM Quality 500". Jayski's Silly Season Site. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Official Race Results: UAW-GM Quality 500". NASCAR. Archived from the original on February 15, 2004. 


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