The 2002 Aaron's 312 was a NASCAR Busch Series race held April 20 at Talladega Superspeedway. Jason Keller won the race, which was marred by a lap 15 crash that blocked the racetrack and took out 1/4 of the field. No one was seriously hurt, but only three cars finished on the lead lap at the end. Because of the wreck, many drivers posted the best finishes of their career. Jack Sprague's points lead decreased to 22 points over Keller.

2002 Aaron's 312

General info
Series Busch Series
Location Talladega Superspeedway
Date April 20, 2002
Pole Sitter Johnny Sauter
Pole Speed 188.764 mph
Race Data
Winner Jason Keller
Margin of Victory .163 seconds
Average Speed 157.691 mph
Cautions 3 for 12 laps
Points Leader Jack Sprague (+22)

Qualifying notes Edit

Rookie Johnny Sauter won his first career pole at a speed nearing 189 mph. Stacy Compton started a then career-best second place, and points leader started sixth.

The only driver who failed to qualify for this race was Rick Markle, driving the #96 ORTEC Racing Chevy.

Additional race data Edit

  • Leaders: 5
  • Time of race: 1:58:25
  • Average Speed: 157.691 mph
  • Margin of Victory: .163 sec
  • Coy Gibbs made his NASCAR debut in this race. Driving for his father's teammate, he did not get very far as he was involved in the opening wreck.

Results Edit

Finish Start No. Name Sponsor Make Laps Laps Lead Status
1 1257Jason KellerAlbertson'sFord11751running
2 259StacyComptonStacy ComptonKingsford/JohnsonvilleFord11746running
3 3207Tim FedewaBiagi BrothersPontiac1170running
4 1792Todd BodineExcedrinChevrolet1160running
5 2466Casey Mears (R)Phillips 66Dodge1160running
6 3949Andy KirbyRent-A-WreckFord1150running
7 3677Jimmy KitchensRacingUSA.comFord1110running
8 3114Larry FoytHarrah'sDodge1100running
9 2048Kenny WallaceStacker 2Pontiac1078engine
10 936Hank Parker Jr.GNC Live WellDodge1060running
11 3854Kevin GrubbToys R UsChevrolet1060running
12 4016Chad Chaffin31-W InsulationPontiac1060running
13 624Jack SpragueNetZeroChevrolet800running
14 3567Skip SmithPanasonicChevrolet750overheating
15 1137Jeff PurvisTimber WolfPontiac731engine
16 4284Larry GunselmanWeber RacingChevrolet660running
17 157Randy LaJoieKleenex/Nortel/Winn-DixieChevrolet630running
18 2312Kerry Earnhardt (R)10-10-200Chevrolet630running
19 510ppcNesquikScott Riggs (R)Nestle NesquickFord590running
20 1433Tony RainesCloset MaidChevrolet550running
21 1647Shane Hmiel (R)Thomas Pacconi ClassicsPontiac540running
22 3725RensiBuschBobby Hamilton, Jr.U.S. Marines CorpsFord530running
23 3046Ashton LewisCivil Air PatrolChevrolet520crash
24 1918Mike McLaughlinMBNAChevrolet510running
25 2526Lyndon AmickDr. PepperPontiac500running
26 760Greg Biffle (R)GraingerFord270running
27 1827Jamie McMurrayWilliams Travels CentersPontiac250crash
28 3423Scott WimmerBill Davis RacingPontiac230crash
29 85HendrickBuschGMACRon HornadayGMAC Financial ServicesCheverolet230crash
30 421Jay SauterRockwell AutomationChevrolet200crash
31 3363Shane HallGreased LighteningChevrolet180crash
32 3019Tim SauterAP Performance RacingChevrolet180crash
33 12RCRBuschJohnny Sauter (R)ACDelcoChevrolet1411crash
34 387Joe NemechekScotts Products/Food CityChevrolet140crash
35 1399Michael WaltripAaron'sChevrolet140crash
36 2151Joe RuttmanYellowPontiac140crash
37 281Jimmy SpencerYellowPontiac140crash
38 274BiagiBuschMike WallaceBiagi BrothersPontiac140crash
39 4144Mike Harmon123 CityNet/Mega ManiaChevrolet140crash
40 2288Jeff FullerScott Products/Food CityPontiac140crash
41 2620Coy GibbsConagra FoodsPontiac140crash
42 4352Brad TeagueMeans RacingFord60overheating
43 2938BuschAkinsChristian Elder (R)Great ClipsFord20engine

Points Edit

  1. Jack Sprague +22
  2. Jason Keller -22
  3. Randy LaJoie -90
  4. Kenny Wallace -100
  5. Scott Riggs -101
  6. Greg Biffle -168
  7. Bobby Hamilton, Jr. -186
  8. Stacy Compton -198
  9. Mike McLaughlin -205
  10. Scott Wimmer -250

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