ⓘ 2002 The Winston
The 2002 edition of The Winston was held on May 18, 2002 at Lowes Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. It featured the last multiple-segment Open where only segment winners advanced until 2015, and had a 27-car field, the largest in All-Star race history. Ryan Newman won the race and became the second driver since Michael Waltrip to win the event after coming out from the Open and the only driver from the second segment to win. Newman and Jeremy Mayfield advance to The Winston after winning the two segments of the Open races.
It was the first of two editions of the all-star event to show exceptions. The temperature fluctuated at the level of 66.5 °C 19.2 °C mark throughout the event, while the wind was gusting up to 15.9 miles per hour, 25.6 km / h.