The 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 was a Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) event that occured at Darlington Speedway on 3-16-2003. Ricky Craven won what could be the most dramatic finish in NASCAR history. Craven grinded on Kurt Busch's car as they came to the checker flag. Craven won by .002 seconds, the closest finish in Nascar history. It was the highlight of a two-lap duel that had seen both cars be put into the wall. Matt Kenseth maintained a healhty points lead with an 8th place finish.

2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400

The Thrilling Finish
General info
Series Winston Cup Series
Location Darlington Raceway
Date March 16, 2003
Pole Sitter Elliott Sadler
Pole Speed 170.214 mph
Race Data
Winner Ricky Craven
Margin of Victory .002 seconds
Average Speed 126.414 mph
Cautions 7 for 33 laps
Points Leader Matt Kenseth (+57)
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The Margin of Victory

Qualifying notes Edit

Elliott Sadler won his first career pole in this race, turning in a lap of 170 mph. Ryan Newman joined him on the front row, while points leader Matt Kenseth started 12th.

43 drivers attempted this race, so none failed to qualify.

Additional race data Edit

  • Leaders: 11
  • Time of race: 3:10:16
  • Average Speed: 126.214 mph
  • Margin of Victory: .002 sec
  • This win was the last for Craven, the last win by a Pontiac, the last win for PPI Motorsports, and the last win by a single-car team to this date.

Results Edit

Finish Start No. Name Sponsor Make Laps Laps Lead Status
1 3132Ricky CravenTidePontiac2931running
2 697Kurt BuschRubbermaidFord29323running
3 1877Dave BlaneyJasper Engines & TransmissionsFord2930running
4 276Mark MartinViagaraFord29371running
5 915Michael WaltripNAPAChevrolet2930running
6 168Dale Earnhardt, Jr.BudweiserChevrolet29391running
7 138Elliott SadlerM&M'sFord29312running
8 1217KensethCupBuschMatt KensethDeWalt Power ToolsFord2930running
9 259EvernhamBill ElliottDodge Dealers/UAWDodge2930running
10 2820Tony StewartThe Home DepotChevrolet2930running
11 234Mike SkinnerKodakPontiac2920running
12 1716Greg Biffle (R)GraingerFord2920running
13 3825Joe NemechekUAW-DelphiChevrolet2923running
14 212Ryan NewmanAlltelDodge2921running
15 3921Ricky RuddMotorcraftFord2920running
16 132Rusty WallaceMiller LiteDodge2910running
17 1549Ken Schrader1-800-Call-ATTDodge2910running
18 3688Dale JarrettUPSFord2917running
19 3230Jeff GreenAmerica OnlineChevrolet2910running
20 351Steve ParkPennnzoilChevrolet2910running
21 47Jimmy SpencerSirius Satellite RadioDodge2914running
22 1942Jamie McMurray (R)HavolineDodge2910running
23 2123Kenny WallaceStacker 2Dodge2910running
24 295Terry LabonteKellogg's/got milk?Chevrolet2910running
25 2210ValvolineJohnny BensonValvolinePontiac2910running
26 4045Kyle PettyGeorgia Pacific/BrawnyDodge2910running
27 1448lowesJimmie JohnsonLowe'sChevrolet2910running
28 3031Robby GordonCingular WirelessChevrolet2911running
29 722Ward BurtonCaterpillarDodge2900running
30 1119Jeremy MayfieldDodge Dealers/UAWDodge2890running
31 4357Brett BodineCLRFord2880running
32 4214Larry Foyt (R)Harrah'sDodge2880running
33 524JGJeff GordonDuPontChevrolet28679running
34 2441Casey Mears (R)TargetDodge2860running
35 301ArmyCupJerry NadeauU.S. ArmyPontiac2860running
36 3329GoodwrenchCupKevin HarvickGM GoodwrenchChevrolet2830running
37 2018Bobby LabonteInterstate BatteriesChevrolet2400running
38 2643CheeriosCupJohn AndrettiCheeriosDodge1870crash
39 840Sterling MarlinCoors LightDodge1450crash
40 340Jack Sprague (R)NetZeroPontiac1440running
41 4174BACECupTony Raines (R)BACE MotorsportsChevrolet600crash
42 3799Jeff BurtonCitgoFord320engine
43 1054Todd BodineNational GuardFord220crash
  • (R) - Denotes rookie

Points Edit

  1. Matt Kenseth +57
  2. Tony Stewart -57
  3. Michael Waltrip -62
  4. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -126
  5. Ricky Craven -143
  6. Kurt Busch -143
  7. Dave Blaney -157
  8. Joe Nemechek -159
  9. Jimmie Johnson -159
  10. Johnny Benson -185

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