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2001 New Hampshire 300

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Official name  New Hampshire 300
2001 New Hampshire 300
Date  November 23, 2001 (2001-November-23)
Location  New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Course  Permanent racing facility 1.058 mi (1.703 km)
Distance  300 laps, 317.4 mi (510.806 km)
Weather  Cold with temperatures approaching 51.1 °F (10.6 °C); wind speeds up to 5.1 miles per hour (8.2 km/h)

The 2001 New Hampshire 300 was a NASCAR Winston Cup race held at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The race was originally scheduled for September 16, but was postponed to November 23 due to the September 11 attacks of that year. New Hampshire was the season finale as a result.

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Summary

NASCAR did not want to cancel the event, but there were no scheduled off weeks from the September 16 date, so NASCAR's only option was November 23–25, the Thanksgiving weekend. The postponement would be a challenge for Goodyear, as they were not expecting a New Hampshire race in November. Goodyear brought a tire they hoped would suit the cold conditions. NBC carried the broadcast live except for the Pacific Coast, which was on tape delay to allow the third hour of Today.

The race saw Robby Gordon, driving the No. 31 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, pick up his first career win. The race was also known to be the last race to have 42 cars or less until the 2014 Quaker State 400, with both races having 42 cars. 14% of this race was held under caution flag while the average green flag run was considered to be 32 laps.

It was controversial though, as he and Jeff Gordon, who had been up front all day, to tangle, putting Robby in the lead. Jeff would retaliate under yellow, and was black flagged. This did not affect Jeff's title hopes, as he had already clinched the title at Atlanta Motor Speedway the week before.

Top 10 finishers

  1. Robby Gordon (No. 31)
  2. Sterling Marlin (No. 40)
  3. Bobby Labonte (No. 18)
  4. Matt Kenseth (No. 17)
  5. Tony Stewart (No. 20)
  6. Jerry Nadeau (No. 25)
  7. Robert Pressley (No. 77)
  8. Brett Bodine (No. 11)
  9. Mark Martin (No. 6)
  10. Dale Jarrett (No. 88)

Timeline

  • Start of race: Jeff Gordon started out with the pole position
  • Lap 2: Kevin Harvick took over the lead from Jeff Gordon
  • Lap 3: Jeff Gordon took over the lead from Kevin Harvick
  • Lap 32: Caution due to Michael Waltrip's accident, ended on lap 36
  • Lap 50: Sterling Marlin took over the lead from Jeff Gordon
  • Lap 51: First mandatory NASCAR competition caution, ended on lap 54
  • Lap 64: Jeff Gordon took over the lead from Sterling Marlin
  • Lap 97: Second mandatory NASCAR competition caution, ended on lap 104
  • Lap 129: Ward Burton ended up as the last-place finisher due to engine issues
  • Lap 138: Buckshot Jones had a terminal crash, ending his race weekend prematurely
  • Lap 142: Caution due to Buckshot Jones' accident, ended on lap 149
  • Lap 201: Caution due to John Andretti's accident, ended on lap 209
  • Lap 259: Bobby Labonte took over the lead from Jeff Gordon
  • Lap 268: Ricky Craven had a terminal crash, making him the final DNF of the race
  • Lap 273: Caution due to Ricky Craven's accident, ended on lap 278
  • Lap 274: Sterling Marlin took over the lead from Bobby Labonte
  • Lap 281: Robby Gordon took over the lead from Sterling Marlin
  • Lap 282: Jeff Gordon took over the lead from Robby Gordon
  • Lap 285: Robby Gordon took over the lead from Jeff Gordon
  • Lap 286: Caution due to Mike Wallace's accident, ended on lap 288
  • Finish: Robby Gordon was officially declared the winner of the event
  • References

    2001 New Hampshire 300 Wikipedia


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