Relive a new historic NASCAR Cup Series race, the UAW-GM Quality 500, contested at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the 2001 season.
With his sixth victory of the season the previous week in Kansas, Jeff Gordon arrives more than ever leader of the championship with 222 points ahead of Ricky Rudd. In 2001, there is no question of playoffs and the championship is managed throughout the 36 races. This is the first time in the modern era that there are so many races in a season.
Jimmy Spencer takes pole position in 185.147 mph of mpyenne and shares the front row with his Haas-Carter Motorsports teammate, Todd Bodine. For his sixth Cup race of the season, his seventh in his career, Ryan Newman achieved the fourth time in qualifying. The driver of Team Penske n ° 02 had taken pole position a few months earlier on this same track during the Coca-Cola 600.
No less than fifty-one cars are entered for this Charlotte event. Rick Mast and Morgan Shepherd retire before qualifying. Kyle Petty, Derrike Cope, Jeff Green, Robby Gordon, Buckshot Jones and Frank Kimmel fail to qualify.
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