Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap


2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings

Bad-boy Tony Stewart ­rallied from a last-place finish in the 2002 season-opening Daytona 500, scrambled back into contention, and delivered a late-season kick to capture the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup championship.

Stewart took the lead in the points standings with a runner-up finish at Talladega in the 30th event of the 36-race campaign. Rookie Jimmie Johnson led going into the Talladega event, becoming the first rookie to lead the NASCAR standings since Dick Hutcherson in 1965.

Sterling Marlin led the points race from February through late September, but his season ended when he injured his neck at Kansas Speed­way. Mark Martin, Johnson, and Stewart all led the standings in the final stretch.

Stewart cruised to an 18th-place ­finish in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to seal his first title. He finished 38 points ahead of runner-up Martin, who finished second in the NASCAR Winston Cup points chase for the fourth time in his career.

See how the rest of the field stacked up with this 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup standings chart.

2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings

Rank Driver
Points
Wins
Earnings
1 Tony Stewart
4,800 3 $9,163,761
2 Mark Martin
4,762 1 7,004,893
3 Kurt Busch
4,641 4 5,105,394
4 Jeff Gordon
4,607 3 6,154,475
5 Jimmie Johnson
4,600 3 3,788,268
6 Ryan Newman
4,593 1 5,346,651
7 Rusty Wallace
4,574 0 4,785,134
8 Matt Kenseth
4,432 5 4,514,203
9 Dale Jarrett
4,415 2 4,421,951
10 Ricky Rudd
4,323 1 4,444,614
11 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
4,270 2 4,970,034
12 Jeff Burton
4,259 0 4,244,856
13 Bill Elliott
4,158 2 4,122,699
14 Michael Waltrip
3,985 1 3,185,969
15 Ricky Craven
3,888 0 2,838,087
16 Bobby Labonte
3,810 1 4,183,715
17 Jeff Green
3,704 0 2,531,339
18 Sterling Marlin
3,703 2 4,228,889
19 Dave Blaney
3,670 0 2,978,593
20 Robby Gordon
3,632 0 3,342,703
21 Kevin Harvick
3,501 1 3,849,216
22 Kyle Petty
3,501 0 2,198,073
23 Elliott Sadler
3,418 0 3,491,694
24 Terry Labonte
3,417 0 3,244,240
25 Ward Burton
3,362 2 4,899,884
26 Jeremy Mayfield
3,309 0 2,494,583
27 Jimmy Spencer
3,187 0 2,136,792
28 John Andretti
3,161 0 2,954,229
29 Johnny Benson
3,132 1 2,791,879
30 Ken Schrader
2,954 0 2,460,140
31 Mike Skinner
2,886 0 2,094,232
32 Bobby Hamilton
2,832 0 2,196,956
33 Steve Park
2,694 0 2,681,594
34 Joe Nemechek
2,682 0 2,454,482
35 Casey Atwood
2,621 0 1,988,254
36 Brett Bodine
2,276 0 1,766,820
37 Jerry Nadeau
2,250 0 1,806,133
38 Todd Bodine
1,987 0 1,879,767
39 Kenny Wallace
1,868 0 1,379,803
40 Hut Stricklin
1,781 0 1,313,548
41 Mike Wallace
1,551 0 1,274,703
42 Stacy Compton
1,527 0 1,185,709
43 Geoff Bodine
803 0 1,224,501
44 Steve Grissom
769 0 529,781
45 Hermie Sadler
698 0 473,290
46 Jamie McMurray
679 1 717,942
47 Rick Mast
576 0 469,843
48 Greg Biffle
570 0 394,773
49 Buckshot Jones
559 0 394,223
50 Ted Musgrave
452 0 283,770

For more information on all things NASCAR, see:

  • 1
  • 2