2001 The Winston

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2001 The Winston
Race details[1][2][3]
Date May 19, 2001 (2001-05-19)
Location Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance Winston Open:
30 laps, 45 mi (72 km)
No Bull Sprint:
16 laps, 24 mi (39 km)
The Winston:
70 laps, 105 mi (169 km)
Avg Speed All-Star Race:
185.022 mph (297.764 km/h)
Winston Open
Pole position Johnny Benson, Jr. (MBV Motorsports)
Winner Johnny Benson, Jr. (MBV Motorsports)
No Bull 5 Sprint
Pole position Mike Wallace (Ultra Motorsports)
Winner Todd Bodine (Travis Carter Motorsports)
Sprint All-Star Race
Pole position Rusty Wallace (Penske Racing)
119.112 seconds
Showdown transfers Johnny Benson, Jr. (Open winner)
Todd Bodine (No Bull Sprint winner)
Most laps led Ward Burton (Bill Davis Racing)/Johnny Benson, Jr. (MBV Motorsports)
20 laps
Winner Jeff Gordon (Hendrick Motorsports)
Network FX
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

The 2001 edition of the Winston was held on May 19, 2001, at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. The race is mostly remembered for the start, when rain progressed onto the track, causing cars to get loose and start to crash into the wall. One of the first ones to crash was Kevin Harvick, in his first appearance at the speedway. Then Jeff Gordon got sideways and wrecked after tapping Jeff Burton from behind, then Michael Waltrip wrecked Gordon, destroying his car, at which point the race was stopped. All of the drivers returned with back-up cars. At the end, Gordon came across the line and won his third All-Star race, tying Dale Earnhardt. Drivers Johnny Benson and Todd Bodine advanced from The Winston Open, with Benson winning the Open and Bodine winning the No Bull 5 Sprint race.

2001 The Winston drivers and eligibility[edit]

The Winston Open/No Bull 5 Sprint[edit]

During the Winston Open, part-time driver Ryan Newman led for most of the end of the race until he blew up an engine with 2 laps to go. Second-place driver Johnny Benson took the lead and headed on to win the race. In the No Bull 5 Sprint race, Buckshot Jones touched 60-year-old driver Dave Marcis in turn one. Which caused Jones crashed hard into the wall and Jason Leffler was also involved in the accident when he spun around. Jones was uninjured and was wearing the HANS Device. As for Marcis, it was his last chance of making it to the Winston as he retired after the 2002 Daytona 500. Todd Bodine won the 16-lap event and made it into the main race.

First lap mayhem[edit]

At the start of the race, pole sitter Rusty Wallace led off the green flag when rain was starting to fall at the track. Then Kevin Harvick, the third car in line, got loose and hit the wall in turn one. Jeff Gordon then hit Jeff Burton from behind, and both hit the wall. Gordon was spinning and was hit by e rain was coming down even more, Gordon's car was lying at the grass. The red flag came out once the rain was coming down hard. The drivers involved in the crash restarted the race with back-up cars. Harvick would be the only driver to not finish the race, only completing 19 laps.

Comeback and victory[edit]

After the wreck, Jeff Gordon came back from the mayhem to win his third career All-Star race victory, tying Dale Earnhardt.[4] Gordon led for 10 laps during the race and earned $515,000 for the win.

Race results[edit]

  1. 24-Jeff Gordon
  2. 88-Dale Jarrett
  3. 20-Tony Stewart
  4. 18-Bobby Labonte
  5. 25-Jerry Nadeau
  6. 22-Ward Burton
  7. 8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  8. 66-Todd Bodine (No Bull 5 Sprint winner)
  9. 10-Johnny Benson (The Winston Open winner)
  10. 55-Bobby Hamilton
  11. 5-Terry Labonte
  12. 12-Jeremy Mayfield
  13. 6-Mark Martin
  14. 17-Matt Kenseth
  15. 2-Rusty Wallace
  16. 99-Jeff Burton
  17. 9-Bill Elliott
  18. 21-Elliott Sadler
  19. 1-Steve Park
  20. 15-Michael Waltrip
  21. 29-Kevin Harvick


  1. ^ "2001 Winston Open". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ "2001 No Bull Sprint". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ "2001 The Winston". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ Fish, Mike (May 19, 2001). "Rainy crashfest decimates start of The Winston". CNN Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 14, 2014.