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2002 Brickyard 400

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Official name  Brickyard 400
2002 Brickyard 400
Date  August 4, 2002 (2002-August-04)
Location  Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana
Course  Permanent racing facility 2.5 mi (4.023 km)
Distance  160 laps, 400 mi (643.737 km)
Weather  Hot with temperatures approaching 91.9 °F (33.3 °C); wind speeds up to 20.8 miles per hour (33.5 km/h)

The 2002 Brickyard 400, the 9th running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race held on August 4, 2002 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. Contested at 160 laps on the 2.5 mile (4.023 km) speedway, it was the twenty-first race of the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Bill Elliott of Evernham Motorsports won the race.

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This was the first race to feature Steel and Foam Reduction (SAFER) barrier at Indianapolis that will used to make racing accidents safer.

Background

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, located in Speedway, Indiana, (an enclave suburb of Indianapolis) in the United States, is the home of the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400. It is located on the corner of 16th Street and Georgetown Road, approximately six miles (10 km) west of Downtown Indianapolis. It is a four-turn rectangular-oval track that is 2.5 miles (4.023 km) long. The track's turns are banked at 9 degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, has no banking. The back stretch, opposite of the front, also has a zero degree banking. The racetrack has seats for more than 250,000 spectators.

Summery

Kurt Busch and Jimmy Spencer, locked in a burgeoning feud dating back to Bristol, collided on lap 36. Busch hit the turn 3 wall. Veteran Bill Elliott added the Brickyard to his long resume, and Rusty Wallace finished second for the third time.

Failed to qualify: Ron Hornaday (#49), Derrike Cope (#37), Scott Wimmer (#27), Tony Raines (#74), Jim Sauter (#71), Stuart Kirby (#57), P. J. Jones (#50)

Race statistics

  • Time of race: 3:11:57
  • Average Speed: 125.033 miles per hour (201.221 km/h)
  • Pole Speed: 182.96
  • Cautions: 8 for 36 laps
  • Margin of Victory: 1.269 sec
  • Lead changes: 16
  • Percent of race run under caution: 22.5%
  • Average green flag run: 13.8 laps
  • References

    2002 Brickyard 400 Wikipedia


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