The Surprising Story of Sports The 2002 Daytona 500 was held on February 17 at Daytona International Speedway. Rookie Jimmie Johnson won the pole. The race was the last for long-time veteran driver Dave Marcis. Early favorite Tony Stewart was struck with an engine failure on Lap 3. Another favorite, Dale Earnhardt, Jr, cut a tire at Lap 23 after running over debris in second position. He late came through the pack into the Top 10 with a new nose after the tire tore up the right-front fender. Just before halfway his brakes failed as he tried to pit. On the following restart Brett Bodine spun off Kenny Wallace's bumper. On Lap 138 rookie Shawna Robinson and Mike Skinner) touched exiting Turn 2, bringing out the fifth yellow flag of the race. But the course of the race took a twist on Lap 148 when contact between Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick (racing in the Top 5) triggered The Big One, collecting 18 cars. Contenders Matt Kenseth, Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader, John Andretti, Jerry......
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