Classic YouTube: The Photo Finish Of The 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 – .002 Separating Ricky Craven And Kurt Busch!


Classic YouTube: The Photo Finish Of The 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 – .002 Separating Ricky Craven And Kurt Busch!

By the hair that sat on the front spoiler of his Pontiac, did Ricky Craven win the 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 race. One of the two closest NASCAR finishes ever (Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson, in a four-car-wide photo finish in 2011, tied the margin of victory), the last lap battle between Craven and Busch brought back images of door-slamming, sideways NASCAR racing that many fans had considered a lost part of the sport. The cars were silhouettes racers, long past the days of actual “stock”cars, and many of the old-school drivers were out of the sport. But then there came the final battle, the one that would stand the entire crowd on their feet, and would cause commentator and former racer Darrell Waltrip to go into racer mode…listen to him on the white flag lap and you can almost see him watching the cars while picking out the right racing lines with his hands. Neither Craven’s Pontiac nor Busch’s Taurus were doing well, with Busch fighting a failing power steering pump and both cars getting loose. On the second-to-last lap, Craven tried to pass in Turn One and things didn’t go well for either driver, with Busch slapping the wall and Craven getting loose enough for Busch to recover and walk away. The last lap has since become NASCAR legend, with Craven trying for a move in Turn 3 and the last run turning into a side-by-side run with both cars rubbing through the finish line. The margin of victory was .002 seconds, the closest recorded margin of victory recorded since NASCAR switched to electronic timing in 1993.


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3 thoughts on “Classic YouTube: The Photo Finish Of The 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 – .002 Separating Ricky Craven And Kurt Busch!

  1. Curtis

    Remember watching this race, probably the best last three laps of a race I’ve ever seen. Both of these guys went toe to toe and traded shots at each other for those three laps. After the finish they got along and respected each others driving abilities.

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