Pocono Throwback – Father’s Day 2001

This week, we kick off a “throwback” series, by finding a posting an old school race on YouTube and sharing it with you here.

Nearly every track features historic races and iconic characters. So it’s good to be reminded.

This week, the 2001 Pocono race was held on Father’s Day so of course there was a big emphasis on Dale Jr., who had lost his father just a few months before.

Spoiler: He ran up front before short-pitting late, but made a game effort.

Here’s the race. Show notes (and another embed of the race itself) after the bump:

Credit: YouTube user Dave W

Credit: YouTube user Dave W

Not too many show notes this week.

Network: FOX, which looks a lot like its current iteration, in terms of show and production values. Step it up, guys!

It begins with a poignant intro of fathers and sons for Father’s Day 2001.

18:00 Ricky Rudd on the pole (1st time in 44 starts)
21:35 Rookie! Kevin Harvick and Steve Byrnes, RIP
22:20 Jason Leffler, RIP
26:30 GREEN! Enjoy the race!
28:30 Remember Silent Lap 3 on FOX?
29:50 Yates power!
1:10:00 The Big One
1:33:50 Buckshot Jones!
3:15:30 Earnhardt Jr runs up front all day, short pits
3:28:00 Big win for …? (Watch and see!)