|Race 21 of 36 in the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season|
Map of the basic speedway
|Date||August 4, 2002|
|Official name||Brickyard 400|
|Location||Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana|
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)|
|Average speed||125.033 miles per hour (201.221 km/h)|
|Driver||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Bill Elliott||Evernham Motorsports|
|No. 9||Bill Elliott||Evernham Motorsports|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Allen Bestwick, Wally Dallenbach, Jr. and Benny Parsons|
|Nielsen Ratings||6.3/16 (10.2 million)|
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.
This was the first race to feature Steel and Foam Reduction (SAFER) barrier at Indianapolis that will used to make racing accidents safer.
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.
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.
Top 10 results
|1||9||Bill Elliott||Evernham Motorsports||Dodge|
|2||2||Rusty Wallace||Penske Racing||Ford|
|3||17||Matt Kenseth||Roush Racing||Ford|
|4||12||Ryan Newman||Penske Racing||Ford|
|5||29||Kevin Harvick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|6||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|7||1||Steve Park||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.||Chevrolet|
|8||31||Robby Gordon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|9||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|10||88||Dale Jarrett||Robert Yates Racing||Ford|
- 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
- "2002 Brickyard 400 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved November 28, 2015.