Throwback: Rudd wins 2001 Chevy Monte Carlo 400

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

In this throwback story, we’ll look back at the 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400. Ricky Rudd — driving the Texaco/Havoline ride — won the race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 8, 2001 at Richmond, Virginia.

This was one of two wins that Rudd had during the 2001 season. He also won the Pocono 500 on Sunday, June 17, 2001 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

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This was the Chesapeake, Virginia native’s 22nd career NASCAR Cup Series win in his career.

Late in the race, Harvick hit Rudd in the back of the car, as the two were coming off of a corner. Despite the contact, Rudd was able to hold on to the lead and held on for the win.

Harvick finished second in the race in the GM Goodwrench/Tasmanian Devil ride, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third in his Budweiser ride.

Rusty Wallace led the most laps with 276 laps led before finishing in fifth place. Rudd, the winner, finished with 88 laps led, while Jeff Gordon led 18 laps before finishing 36th.

Harvick, the second-place finisher, led 12 laps. Sterling Marlin also led five laps before finishing 32nd.

Brett Bodine led one lap before his car overheated and he finished 43rd.

Following this race, Jeff Gordon led the points standings with 3,768 points. Rudd was 22 points behind, as he had 3,546 points. Dale Jarrett was third in the standings as he was 393 behind with 3,375 points.

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