2001 Daytona 500

2001 Daytona 500

The 43rd annual Daytona 500 was held February 18 at Daytona International Speedway. Bill Elliott won the pole. The race will be forever remembered for the final lap, Dale Earnhardt was in third behind his Dale Earnhardt, Inc. drivers Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Michael Waltrip when going through turns 3 and 4, the elder Earnhardt lost control of his car, and collected Ken Schrader in a head-on collision with the wall. Earnhardt was killed instantly by a basilar skull fracture. Also during the accident, his seat belts malfunctioned. The race was also marred by a 20-car crash that sent Tony Stewart's car tumbling down the backstretch on lap 173.

Shortly after Earnhardt's crash, Michael Waltrip, in his first race for Dale Earnhardt, Inc., in the #15 car, won the race. It was the first victory of his career, coming in his 463rd start.

Top Ten Results

#Michael Waltrip
#Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
#Rusty Wallace
#Ricky Rudd
#Bill Elliott
#Mike Wallace
#Sterling Marlin
#Bobby Hamilton
#Jeremy Mayfield
#Stacy Compton

After his crash, Dale Earnhardt was scored as finishing in the 12th positionFact|date=April 2008.

For the remainder of the season and the next Daytona 500, racing fans, television and radio broadcasters would fall silent during lap 3 of every Winston Cup race in Earnhardt's honorFact|date=April 2008.

Failed to qualify: 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)

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Daytona 500 — Veranstaltungsort: Daytona International Speedway Hauptsponsor: – Erstes Rennen: 1959 Distanz …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Daytona 500 — For the motorcycle race, see Daytona 200. For the song by Ghostface Killah, see Daytona 500 (song). Daytona 500 Venue Daytona International Speedway Sponsor …   Wikipedia

  • Daytona 500 history — Historical records, statistics, and race recaps of the Daytona 500, held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Contents 1 Pre race history 2 Race recaps 2.1 1959–1969 …   Wikipedia

  • Daytona 500 Experience — Coordinates: 29°11′30″N 81°04′12″W / 29.1918°N 81.07°W / 29.1918; 81.07 …   Wikipedia

  • Daytona 500 — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Daytona. Essais du Daytona 500 en 2004 Le Daytona 500 est une course automobile américaine réservée aux voitures de type stock car qui se tient depuis 1959 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Daytona 500 — a race held each year in Daytona Beach, Florida for stock cars (= ordinary cars fitted with very powerful engines). Compare Indianapolis 500. * * * ▪ stock car race       annual U.S. stock car race (stock car racing) that is the most prestigious… …   Universalium

  • Daytona 500 Table — ▪ Table Daytona 500 year winner average speed (mph) 1959 L. Petty 135.521 1960 J. Johnson 124.74 1961 M. Panch 149.601 1962 F. Roberts 152.529 1963 T. Lund 151.566 1964 R. Petty 154.334 1965 F. Lorenzen 141.539 1966 R. Petty 160.627 1967 M.… …   Universalium

  • 2009 Daytona 500 — The 2009 Daytona 500, which will be the fifty first running of The Great American Race , will be the first points paying race to open the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The convert|500|mi|km race will be held on February 15th of that year at the… …   Wikipedia

  • 2007 Daytona 500 — The 2007 Daytona 500 was the first race of the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season, taking place on February 18, 2007 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Kevin Harvick won the race by .02 second over Mark Martin in the… …   Wikipedia

  • 1974 Daytona 500 — During the start of the 1974 NASCAR season, many races had their distance cut ten percent in response to the energy crisis of the year. As a result, the 1974 Daytona 500[1][2], won by Richard Petty (his second straight, making him the first… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”