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2001 NASCAR Busch Series
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Kevin Harvick, the 2001 Busch Series champion

The 2001 NASCAR Busch Series season began February 17 and ended November 10. Kevin Harvick of Richard Childress Racing was champion.

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Teams and driversEdit

List of full-time teams at the start of 2001.

Team Car(s) No. Driver(s) Listed owner(s) Crew chief
Akins Motorsports Ford Taurus 98 Elton Sawyer Brad Akins Ricky Viers
BACE Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 33 Tony Raines Brian Baumgardner Terry Wooten
74 Chad Little Bill Baumgardner Eddie Pardue
Bill Davis Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 23 Scott Wimmer (R) Gail Davis Bootie Barker
Brewco Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 27 Jamie McMurray (R) Tammy Brewer Jason Ratcliff
37 Kevin Grubb Clarence Brewer Terry Shirley
Buckshot Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 00 Todd Bodine Billy Jones Gary Cogswell
Carroll Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 26 Bobby Hamilton, Jr. Dave Carroll Todd Lohse
Cicci-Welliver Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 34 David Green Frank Cicci Steve Bird
36 Hank Parker Jr. Scott Welliver Billy Nacewicz
66 Tim Fedewa Jeffrey Welliver Donnie Richeson
Curb Agajanian Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 43 Jay Sauter Mike Curb Gene Nead
Davis & Weight Motorsports Ford Taurus 55 Mark Green Jerry Davis Skip Eyler
Day Enterprise Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 16 Sammy Sanders Wayne Day Ronnie Pendelton
Evans Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 7 Randy LaJoie Ed Evans Wally Rogers
FF2 Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 94 Derrick Cope Andy Kirby Frederick Bickford II Joey Knuckles
Foyt Racing Dodge Intrepid 14 Larry Foyt (R) A. J. Foyt Jon Wolfe
Herzog Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 92 Jimmie Johnson William Herzog Tony Liberati
Hensley Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 63 Shane Hall Hubert Hensley Jeff Hensley
HighLine Performance Group Chevrolet Monte Carlo 8 Blaise Alexander Armando Fitz Dave Leiner
11 Marty Houston (R) Bob Temple
Innovative Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 48 Kenny Wallace George DeBidart Gere Kennon
Jay Robinson Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 49 Robbie Faggart (R) Jay Robinson Jay Robinson
Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 18 Jeff Purvis 17 Joe Gibbs Doug Richert
20 Mike McLaughlin Tim Shutt
Lewis Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 46 Ashton Lewis William Lewis Charlie Lewis
Phoenix Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1 P. J. Jones James Finch Marc Reno
ppc Racing Ford Taurus 10 Jeff Green Greg Pollex Harold Holly
57 Jason Keller Keith Barnwell Steve Addington
PRW Racing Ford Taurus 77 Kelly Denton (R) Tony Hall Jimmy Means
Reiser Enterprises Chevrolet Monte Carlo 17 Matt Kenseth Robbie Reiser Russ Strupp
Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Todd Berrier
21 Mike Dillon 6 Gil Martin
Mike Skinner 14
Ted Christopher 1
Travis Kvapil 1
Robby Gordon 3
Jeff Purvis 3
Johnny Sauter 5
Roush Racing Ford Taurus 60 Greg Biffle (R) Jack Roush Randy Goss
ST Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 59 Rich Bickle Tad Geschickter Phil Hammer
Team Amick Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 35 Lyndon Amick Bill Amick Tony Lambert
Team Rensi Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 25 Chad Chaffin Ed Rensi Greg Ely
Xpress Motorsports Pontiac Grand Prix 61 Tim Sauter (R) Steve Coulter Dave Fuge

NAPA Auto Parts 300Edit

The NAPA Auto Parts 300 was held February 17 at Daytona International Speedway. Joe Nemechek won the pole.

Top ten results

Driver # Make
1 Randy LaJoie 7 Pontiac
2 Kevin Harvick 2 Chevrolet
3 Matt Kenseth 17 Chevrolet
4 Jeff Green 10 Ford
5 Jimmie Johnson 92 Chevrolet
6 Mike McLaughlin 20 Pontiac
7 Jason Keller 57 Ford
8 Kenny Wallace 48 Chevrolet
9 Chad Little 74 Chevrolet
10 Tim Sauter 61 Pontiac

Failed to qualify: Christian Elder (#38), Andy Kirby (#49)

Alltel 200Edit

The Alltel 200 was held February 24 at North Carolina Speedway. Greg Biffle won the pole.

Top ten results

Driver # Make
1 Todd Bodine 00 Chevrolet
2 Kevin Harvick 2 Chevrolet
3 Greg Biffle 60 Ford
4 Kenny Wallace 48 Chevrolet
5 Bobby Hamilton, Jr. 26 Chevrolet
6 Jeff Purvis 18 Pontiac
7 Rich Bickle 59 Chevrolet
8 Jeff Green 10 Ford
9 Ryan Newman 02 Ford
10 Jason Keller 57 Ford

Failed to qualify: none

Sam's Town 300Edit

The Sam's Town 300 was held March 3 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Matt Kenseth won the pole.

Top ten results

Driver # Make
1 Todd Bodine 00 Chevrolet
2 Greg Biffle 60 Ford
3 Jason Keller 57 Ford
4 Tony Raines 33 Chevrolet
5 Jeff Green 10 Ford
6 Jeff Burton 9 Ford
7 Joe Nemechek 87 Chevrolet
8 Elton Sawyer 98 Ford
9 Mike McLaughlin 20 Pontiac
10 Jay Sauter 43 Chevrolet

Failed to qualify: none

Aaron's 312Edit

The Aaron's 312 was held March 12 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Ryan Newman won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 87-Joe Nemechek
  2. 60-Greg Biffle
  3. 99-Michael Waltrip
  4. 10-Jeff Green
  5. 00-Todd Bodine
  6. 18-Jeff Purvis
  7. 57-Jason Keller
  8. 2-Kevin Harvick
  9. 92-Jimmie Johnson
  10. 33-Tony Raines

Failed to qualify: none

SunCom 200Edit

The SunCom 200 was held March 17 at Darlington Raceway. Ryan Newman won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 10-Jeff Green
  2. 17-Matt Kenseth
  3. 57-Jason Keller
  4. 48-Kenny Wallace
  5. 20-Mike McLaughlin
  6. 26-Bobby Hamilton, Jr.
  7. 31-Steve Park
  8. 2-Kevin Harvick
  9. 98-Elton Sawyer
  10. 18-Jeff Purvis

Failed to qualify: none

Cheez-It 250Edit

The Cheez-It 250 was held March 24 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 17-Matt Kenseth
  2. 66-Tim Fedewa
  3. 7-Randy LaJoie
  4. 92-Jimmie Johnson
  5. 48-Kenny Wallace
  6. 02-Ryan Newman
  7. 2-Kevin Harvick
  8. 33-Tony Raines
  9. 61-Tim Sauter
  10. 99-Michael Waltrip

Failed to qualify: none

Jani-King 300Edit

The Jani-King 300 was held March 31 at Texas Motor Speedway. Matt Kenseth won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 2-Kevin Harvick
  2. 9-Jeff Burton
  3. 43-Jay Sauter
  4. 87-Joe Nemechek
  5. 17-Matt Kenseth
  6. 34-David Green
  7. 60-Greg Biffle
  8. 92-Jimmie Johnson
  9. 21-Mike Skinner
  10. 71-Kevin Lepage

Failed to qualify: Mike Harmon (#44)

Pepsi 300Edit

The inaugural Pepsi 300 was held April 14 at Nashville Superspeedway. Kevin Harvick won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 60-Greg Biffle
  2. 57-Jason Keller
  3. 23-Scott Wimmer
  4. 7-Randy LaJoie
  5. 98-Elton Sawyer
  6. 21-Mike Skinner
  7. 2-Kevin Harvick
  8. 10-Jeff Green
  9. 20-Mike McLaughlin
  10. 00-Todd Bodine

Failed to qualify: none

Subway 300Edit

The Subway 300 was held April 21 at Talladega Superspeedway. Joe Nemechek won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 20-Mike McLaughlin
  2. 1-Jimmy Spencer
  3. 10-Jeff Green
  4. 00-Todd Bodine
  5. 21-Mike Skinner
  6. 98-Elton Sawyer
  7. 43-Jay Sauter
  8. 37-Kevin Grubb
  9. 60-Greg Biffle
  10. 48-Kenny Wallace
  • the race was marred for a big wreck which wrecked multiple cars

Failed to qualify: none

Auto Club 300Edit

The Auto Club 300 was held April 28 at California Speedway. Bobby Hamilton, Jr. won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 36-Hank Parker Jr.
  2. 18-Jeff Purvis
  3. 10-Jeff Green
  4. 71-Kevin Lepage
  5. 2-Kevin Harvick
  6. 60-Greg Biffle
  7. 1-Jimmy Spencer
  8. 33-Tony Raines
  9. 87-Joe Nemechek
  10. 20-Mike McLaughlin

Failed to qualify: none

Hardee's 250Edit

The Hardee's 250 was held May 4 at Richmond International Raceway. Matt Kenseth won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 1-Jimmy Spencer
  2. 33-Tony Raines
  3. 21-Mike Skinner
  4. 17-Matt Kenseth
  5. 2-Kevin Harvick
  6. 10-Jeff Greenn
  7. 23-Scott Wimmer
  8. 48-Kenny Wallace
  9. 31-Steve Park
  10. 43-Jay Sauter

Failed to qualify: none

CVS Pharmacy 200 Presented by BayerEdit

Nazareth 200Edit

The Nazareth 200 was held May 20 at Nazareth Speedway. Tony Raines won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 60-Greg Biffle
  2. 2-Kevin Harvick
  3. 10-Jeff Green
  4. 57-Jason Keller
  5. 66-Tim Fedewa
  6. 33-Tony Raines
  7. 26-Bobby Hamilton, Jr.
  8. 59-Rich Bickle
  9. 92-Jimmie Johnson
  10. 27-Jamie McMurray

Failed to qualify: none

Carquest Auto Parts 300Edit

MBNA Platinum 200Edit

The MBNA Platinum 200 was held June 2 at Dover International Speedway. Jeff Green won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 1-Jimmy Spencer
  2. 17-Matt Kenseth
  3. 2-Kevin Harvick
  4. 21-Mike Skinner
  5. 31-Steve Park
  6. 98-Elton Sawyer
  7. 23-Scott Wimmer
  8. 34-David Green
  9. 60-Greg Biffle
  10. 33-Tony Raines

Failed to qualify: none

Outback Steakhouse 300Edit

The inaugural Outback Steakhouse 300 was held June 16 at Kentucky Speedway. Jay Sauter won the pole. In his first Busch Series start, Travis Kvapil flipped. Tim Sauter suffered a 60-point penalty after an illegal rollcage was found on his car after the race.

Top ten results

  1. 2-Kevin Harvick
  2. 60-Greg Biffle
  3. 33-Tony Raines
  4. 98-Elton Sawyer
  5. 46-Ashton Lewis
  6. 74-Chad Little
  7. 7-Randy LaJoie
  8. 37-Kevin Grubb
  9. 43-Jay Sauter
  10. 27-Jamie McMurray

Failed to qualify: Dan Pardus (#32), Jeff Falk (#8), Mike Harmon (#44)

GNC Live Well 250Edit

The GNC Live Well 250 was held July 1 at The Milwaukee Mile. Kevin Harvick won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 60-Greg Biffle
  2. 17-Matt Kenseth
  3. 37-Kevin Grubb
  4. 2-Kevin Harvick
  5. 57-Jason Keller
  6. 98-Elton Sawyer
  7. 18-Jeff Purvis
  8. 11-Ron Hornaday
  9. 10-Jeff Green
  10. 33-Tony Raines

Failed to qualify: none

GNC Live Well 200Edit

The GNC Live Well 200 was held July 8 at Watkins Glen International Raceway. Scott Pruett won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 87-Ron Fellows
  2. 60-Greg Biffle
  3. 2-Kevin Harvick
  4. 17-Boris Said
  5. 21-Robby Gordon
  6. 98-Elton Sawyer
  7. 35-Lyndon Amick
  8. 10-Scott Pruett
  9. 57-Jason Keller
  10. 11-Ron Hornaday

Failed to qualify: none

Sam's Club Presents Hill Bros. Coffee 300Edit

Carquest Auto Parts 250Edit

NAPA Autocare 250Edit

Kroger 200Edit

NAPAonline.com 250Edit

Food City 250Edit

The Food City 250 was held August 24 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mike Skinner won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 2-Kevin Harvick
  2. 10-Jeff Green
  3. 48-Kenny Wallace
  4. 31-Steve Park
  5. 98-Elton Sawyer
  6. 23-Scott Wimmer
  7. 1-Jimmy Spencer
  8. 02-Ryan Newman
  9. 74-Chad Little
  10. 43-Jay Sauter

Failed to qualify: Nate Monteith (#44), Randy Ratliff (#75), Ron Young (#71)

South Carolina 200Edit

The South Carolina 200 was held September 1 at Darlington Raceway. Ryan Newman won the pole. On lap 19 of this race, Steve Park lost control of his racecar under caution and was T-boned by rookie Larry Foyt. Park suffered near-fatal injuries that made him miss the 2002 Daytona 500.

Top ten results

  1. 9-Jeff Burton
  2. 98-Elton Sawyer
  3. 20-Mike McLaughlin
  4. 02-Ryan Newman
  5. 26-Bobby Hamilton, Jr.
  6. 57-Jason Keller
  7. 17-Matt Kenseth
  8. 1-Jimmy Spencer
  9. 10-Jeff Green
  10. 33-Tony Raines

Failed to qualify: none

Autolite / Fram 250Edit

The Autolite / Fram 250 was held September 7 at Richmond International Raceway. Jeff Green won the pole. During the race, Greg Biffle and Jay Sauter tangled, resulting in Biffle running from his car to punch Sauter. Both drivers were given a 100-point penalty for their actions.

Top ten results

  1. 1-Jimmy Spencer
  2. 17-Matt Kenseth
  3. 37-Kevin Grubb
  4. 66-Geoffrey Bodine
  5. 21-Johnny Sauter
  6. 74-Chad Little
  7. 02-Ryan Newman
  8. 98-Elton Sawyer
  9. 9-Jeff Burton
  10. 4-Mike Wallace

Failed to qualify: Steven Christian (#94), Randy Ratliff (#75), Dion Cicarelli (#84), A. J. Alsup (#72), Ron Young (#71), Robbie Faggart (#94), Chad Chaffin (#16), Jeff Oakley (#96), Eddie Beahr (#05)

MBNA.com 200Edit

The MBNA.com 200 was held September 22 at Dover International Speedway. Ryan Newman won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 10-Jeff Green
  2. 48-Kenny Wallace
  3. 1-Jimmy Spencer
  4. 74-Chad Little
  5. 60-Greg Biffle
  6. 71-Kevin Lepage
  7. 33-Tony Raines
  8. 36-Hank Parker Jr.
  9. 7-Randy LaJoie
  10. 17-Matt Kenseth

Failed to qualify: none

Mr. Goodcents 300Edit

The inaugural Mr. Goodcents 300 was held September 29 at Kansas Speedway. Kevin Lepage won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 10-Jeff Green
  2. 36-Hank Parker Jr.
  3. 60-Greg Biffle
  4. 17-Matt Kenseth
  5. 57-Jason Keller
  6. 92-Jimmie Johnson
  7. 33-Tony Raines
  8. 00-Buckshot Jones
  9. 59-Mark Green
  10. 18-Mike McLaughlin

Failed to qualify: Mike Swaim, Jr. (#12), Jason Rudd (#85), A. J. Alsup (#72)

Little Trees 300Edit

The Little Trees 300 was held October 6 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Jeff Burton won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 60-Greg Biffle
  2. 57-Jason Keller
  3. 9-Jeff Burton
  4. 2-Kevin Harvick
  5. 46-Ashton Lewis
  6. 1-Jimmy Spencer
  7. 36-Hank Parker Jr.
  8. 5-Ward Burton
  9. 98-Elton Sawyer
  10. 10-Jeff Green

Failed to qualify: Jeff Fultz (#55), Dwayne Leik (#81), Jason Rudd (#85), J.R. Robbs (#89), Josh Richeson (#06)

Sam's Town 250Edit

The Sam's Town 250 was held October 13 at Memphis Motorsports Park. Kevin Harvick won the pole. The race was supposed to be tape delayed and shown on TNT after the Cup race, but due to rain that also delayed the Winston Cup race at Martinsville, NBC showed this race live instead.

Top ten results

  1. 7-Randy LaJoie
  2. 10-Jeff Green
  3. 2-Kevin Harvick
  4. 43-Jay Sauter
  5. 59-Jeff Purvis
  6. 11-Tim Fedewa
  7. 57-Jason Keller
  8. 23-Scott Wimmer
  9. 46-Ashton Lewis
  10. 18-Mike McLaughlin

Outback Steakhouse 200Edit

Sam's Club 200Edit

The Sam's Club 200 was held November 3 at North Carolina Speedway. Ryan Newman won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 48-Kenny Wallace
  2. 17-Matt Kenseth
  3. 18-Mike McLaughlin
  4. 57-Jason Keller
  5. 2-Kevin Harvick
  6. 34-David Green
  7. 02-Ryan Newman
  8. 36-Hank Parker Jr.
  9. 10-Jeff Green
  10. 98-Elton Sawyer 1 lap down

Failed to qualify: Scott Hansen (#75), Drew White (#22)

  • Harvick's fifth-place finish was good enough to clinch the 2001 NASCAR Busch Series champion by 156 points over Jeff Green.
  • This was Kenny Wallace's final Busch Series win.

GNC Live Well 300Edit

Final points standingsEdit

Rookie of the YearEdit

Greg Biffle of Roush Racing won the Rookie of the Year title in 2001, winning a record five races and finishing fourth in points, in addition to leading the championship standings at one point in the season. Runner-up was Scott Wimmer, who finished twenty-six points out of tenth in final standings. Jamie McMurray and Larry Foyt finished 3rd and 4th respectively, while Kelly Denton and Christian Elder signed to run limited schedules with their teams. Marty Houston, Tim Sauter, and David Donohue were either released during the season or had their team shut down due to sponsor issues.

See alsoEdit

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