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2001 Daytona 500

General info
Series Winston Cup Series
Location Daytona International Speedway
Date February 18, 2001
Qualifying
Pole Sitter Bill Elliott
Pole Speed 183.565 mph
Race Data
Winner Michael Waltrip
Margin of Victory 0.124 seconds
Average Speed 161.783 mph
Cautions 3 for 14 laps
Points Leader Michael Waltrip (+5)

The 2001 Daytona 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) race held on February 18, 2001, at Daytona International Speedway during the 2001 Winston Cup Series. After 462 starts, Michael Waltrip was finally able to capture his first career points-paying Winston Cup win. The race would be marred by tragedy as Waltrip's car owner, Dale Earnhardt, crashed on the last lap and died from the injuries he suffered.

Qualifying notes Edit

In his first race in which he drove for someone else besides himself since 1993, Bill Elliott captured the pole for the Daytona 500. Stacy Compton qualified second for his first career front-row qualification, while defending points champion Bobby Labonte started 37th. Sterling Marlin and Mike Skinner won the Gatorade 125 qualifying races.

The following drivers failed to qualify for the race: Dave Marcis (#71), Todd Bodine (#66), Hut Stricklin (#90), Rick Mast (#50), Derrike Cope (#37), Norm Benning (#84), Carl Long (#85), Morgan Shepherd (#80), Dwayne Leik (#72)

Additional race data Edit

  • Leaders: 14
  • Time of race: 3:05:26
  • Average Speed: 161.783 mph
  • Margin of Victory: 0.124 sec
  • Dodge made its return to Winston Cup for the first since the 1980's in this race.
  • Jeff Purvis and Phoenix Racing made their returns to Winston Cup in this race. This was the first time they ran a Cup race since the late 90's.
  • Earnhardt was blocking a group of cars when he was tapped by Sterling Marlin on the last lap. His car jerked to the right and collected Ken Schrader before crashing head-on into the Turn 4 wall. The two cars slid down onto the racetrack. Earnhardt was pronounced dead within minutes of his arrival at Halifax Medical Center. His death was the advent for several safety modifications in NASCAR, among them the HANS device.

Results Edit

Finish Start No. Name Sponsor Make Laps Laps Lead Status
1 1915DEINapaMichael WaltripNAPAChevrolet20027running
2 68JuniorDale Earnhardt, Jr.BudweiserChevrolet20013running
3 122PenskeBlueRusty WallaceMiller LiteFord2000running
4 3028Ricky RuddTexaco HavolineFord2000running
5 19EvernhamBill Elliott (W)Dodge DealersDodge2001running
6 277Mike WallaceNationsRentFord2000running
7 340Sterling Marlin (W)Coors LightDodge20039running
8 3555Bobby HamiltonSquare DChevrolet2000running
9 3812Jeremy MayfieldMobil 1Ford2000running
10 2StacyCompton92Stacy ComptonKodiakDodge2000running
11 3233Joe NemechekOakwood HomesChevrolet2000running
12 73GoodwrenchDale Earnhardt (W)GM GoodwrenchChevrolet19917crash
13 1436Ken SchraderM&M'sPontiac1997crash
14 3977Robert PressleyJasper EnginesFord1990running
15 4311Brett BodineRalph's SupermarketsFord1991running
16 2845Kyle PettySprintDodge1990running
17 4214Ron Hornaday (R)ConsecoPontiac1990running
18 4021Elliott SadlerMotorcraftFord1990running
19 899Jeff BurtonCitgo SupergardFord1990running
20 2119Casey Atwood (R)Dodge DealersDodge1980running
21 1617KensethCupBuschMatt KensethDeWalt ToolsFord1960Running
22 3188Dale Jarrett (W)UPSFord1861crash
23 1832Ricky CravenTideFord1850running
24 345Terry LabonteKellogg'sChevrolet1840running
25 2327Kenny WallaceHill Brothers CoffeePontiac1840crash
26 431Mike SkinnerLowe'sChevrolet18324running
27 1126Jimmy SpencerKmartFord1830running
28 3310ValvolineJohnny BensonValvolinePontiac1810engine
29 2944Buckshot JonesGeorgia PacificDodge1810crash
30 1324JGJeff Gordon (W)DuPont AutomotiveChevrolet17811crash
31 251Steve ParkPennzoilChevrolet1772running
32 525Jerry NadeauUAW-DelphiChevrolet1760crash
33 226Mark MartinViagra/PfizerFord1751crash
34 1501Jason Leffler (R)Cingular WirelessDodge1740crash
35 1022Ward BurtonCaterpillarDodge17353crash
36 2420Tony StewartHome DepotChevrolet1730crash
37 414Robby GordonKodakChevrolet1730crash
38 996Andy Houston (R)McDonald'sFord1730crash
39 3643CheeriosCupJohn AndrettiCheeriosDodge1730crash
40 3718Bobby LabonteInterstate BatteriesPontiac1733crash
41 2697Kurt Busch (R)Team Ford RacingFord1690running
42 2093Dave BlaneyAmocoPontiac1350engine
43 1751Jeff PurvisPhoenix ConstructionFord470crash
  • (R) - Denotes rookie drivers
  • (W) - Denotes past winner of the race

Points Edit

  1. Michael Waltrip 180 -0
  2. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 175 -5
  3. Rusty Wallace 165 -15
  4. Ricky Rudd 160 -20
  5. Bill Elliott 160 -20
  6. Sterling Marlin 151 -29
  7. Mike Wallace 150 -30
  8. Bobby Hamilton 142 -38
  9. Jeremy Mayfield 138 -42
  10. Stacy Compton 134 -46
  11. Dale Earnhardt 132 -48
  12. Joe Nemechek 130 -50
  13. Ken Schrader 129 -51
  14. Brett Bodine 123 -57
  15. Robert Pressley 121 -59
  16. Kyle Petty 115 -65
  17. Ron Hornaday, Jr. 112 -68
  18. Elliott Sadler 109 -71
  19. Jeff Burton 106 -74
  20. Casey Atwood 103 -77
  21. Dale Jarrett 102 -78
  22. Matt Kenseth 100 -80
  23. Ricky Craven 94 -86
  24. Terry Labonte 91 -89
  25. Mike Skinner 90 -90
  26. Kenny Wallace 88 -92
  27. Jimmy Spencer 82 -98
  28. Johnny Benson, Jr. 79 -101
  29. Jeff Gordon 78 -102
  30. Buckshot Jones 76 -104
  31. Steve Park 75 -105
  32. Mark Martin 69 -111
  33. Ward Burton 68 -112
  34. Jerry Nadeau 67 -113
  35. Jason Leffler 61 -119
  36. Tony Stewart 55 -125
  37. Robby Gordon 52 -128
  38. Andy Houston 49 -131
  39. Bobby Labonte 48 -132
  40. John Andretti 46 -134
  41. Kurt Busch 40 -140
  42. Dave Blaney 37 -143
  43. Jeff Purvis 34 -146

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