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2001 Coca Cola 600

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2001 Coca-Cola 600
Date  May 27, 2001 (2001-05-27)
Location  Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina
Course  Permanent racing facility 1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance  400 laps, 600 mi (965.606 km)
Weather  Temperatures ranging from 51.1 °F (10.6 °C) and 67.4 °F (19.7 °C); wind speeds approaching 12.7 miles per hour (20.4 km/h)
Average speed  138.107 mph (222.262 km/h)

The 2001 Coca-Cola 600, the 42nd running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race held on May 27, 2001 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. Contested at 400 laps on the 1.5 mile (2.4 km) speedway, it was the twelfth race of the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Jeff Burton of Roush Racing won the race.



Lowe's Motor Speedway is a motorsports complex located in Concord, North Carolina, United States 13 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina. The complex features a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) quad oval track that hosts NASCAR racing including the prestigious Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend and the The Winston, as well as the UAW-GM Quality 500. The speedway was built in 1959 by Bruton Smith and is considered the home track for NASCAR with many race teams located in the Charlotte area. The track is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI) with Humpy Wheeler as track president.


Stewart successfully performed the "Double Duty", also running the Indianapolis 500 the same day; Joe Gibbs Racing had Mike McLaughlin on standby if Stewart did not arrive on time. Stewart arrived less than half an hour before the start of the race. If Stewart did not arrive for the start of the Coca-Cola 600, McLaughlin would have been given credit for the start under NASCAR rules. Stewart had to start at the end of the field (43rd place) due to missing the mandatory drivers' meeting that is held 2 hours before any race. Jeff Burton won the race driving for Roush Racing as the team became the first to win 3 races in a row.

Failed to qualify: John Andretti (No. 43), Kyle Petty (No. 45), Derrike Cope (No. 37), Mike Wallace (No. 7), Jeff Fultz (No. 54), Carl Long (No. 85)

Race statistics

  • Time of race: 4:20:40
  • Average Speed: 138.107 miles per hour (222.262 km/h)
  • Pole Speed: 185.217
  • Cautions: 6 for 45 laps
  • Margin of Victory: 3.19 sec
  • Lead changes: 28
  • Percent of race run under caution: 11.2%
  • Average green flag run: 50.7 laps
  • References

    2001 Coca-Cola 600 Wikipedia

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