ⓘ 2002 EA Sports 500. The race was the 30th in the 2002 Winston Cup season, and was broadcast by NBC. Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports was awarded the pole ..


ⓘ 2002 EA Sports 500

The race was the 30th in the 2002 Winston Cup season, and was broadcast by NBC. Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports was awarded the pole position after qualifying was canceled, while Dale Earnhardt, Jr. of Dale Earnhardt, Inc., who won the previous race, led the most laps and won his second consecutive EA Sports 500. The race was also the first Winston Cup race at Talladega after the track had installed SAFER barriers. Vocal group Little Big Town performed the national anthem, while former National Football League quarterback Ken Stabler was the grand marshal.

On the formation lap, mark Martins, the steering mechanism is blocked, causing it to crash into the pole-sitter Jimmie Johnson. In the incident, Martin was black flag, while the main crew Johnson Chad Knaus asked NASCAR to inspect cars and repair the damage to the right front fender. Later Johnson came into the garage on lap one. Jeff Gordon led the first three laps, but on lap 125, he was forced to move the car into the garage after his crew discovered that the smoke under the hood, ending his race. Gordon was not only Hendrick Motorsports to finish, the other Hendrick drivers, Johnson, Terry LaBonte and Joe nemechek also failed to finish due to engine problems.

In the end, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his third consecutive Talladega race after the last 39 laps, making him the first driver to win both races Talladega 500 EA Sports and Aarons 499 after his father accomplished the feat in 1999. Though Talladega has been known for in the accident known as "Big" without warning happened during the race. This will be the last incident-free race in NASCARs Premier League-2012 auto Club 400, which was racing 125 laps from 200 to gently rain that ended the race on lap 129, and in 2019 Pennzoil 400, which was only stopped twice in the end of the segment breaks.

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