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1997 Daytona 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 1 of 32
Sunday, February 16, 1997 at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:22:18
Average Speed: 148.295 mph
Pole Speed: 189.813 mph
Cautions: 8 for 29 laps
Margin of Victory: under caution
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 12

Glossary    1997 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1997 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 624   Jeff Gordon DuPont Refinishes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet200377,410running40180
2185   Terry Labonte Kellogg's Corn Flakes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet200194,925running0170
34025   Ricky Craven Budweiser   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet200155,625running0165
4 894   Bill Elliott McDonald's   (Bill Elliott)Ford200133,200running30165
5 94   Sterling Marlin Kodak Film   (Larry McClure)Chevrolet200121,080running8160
62137   Jeremy Mayfield Kmart / RC Cola   (Michael Kranefuss)Ford200100,355running0150
7116   Mark Martin Valvoline   (Jack Roush)Ford200105,515running52156
81722   Ward Burton MBNA America   (Bill Davis)Pontiac20082,390running0142
91310   Ricky Rudd Tide   (Ricky Rudd)Ford20088,590running0138
102217   Darrell Waltrip Parts America   (Darrell Waltrip)Chevrolet20078,840running0134
112399   Jeff Burton Exide Batteries   (Jack Roush)Ford20079,040running0130
12 131   Mike Skinner Lowe's   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet20077,615running1132
134116   Ted Musgrave Family Channel / Primestar   (Jack Roush)Ford20076,570running0124
143044   Kyle Petty Hot Wheels   (Kyle Petty)Pontiac20062,080running0121
153943   Bobby Hamilton STP   (Petty Enterprises)Pontiac20077,415running0118
162040   Robby Gordon Coors Light   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet20069,545running0115
172471   Dave Marcis RealTree Camouflage   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet20061,225running0112
183711   Brett Bodine Close Call Phone Card   (Brett Bodine)Ford20067,155running0109
19288   Hut Stricklin Circuit City   (Stavola Brothers)Ford20065,935running0106
20 528   Ernie Irvan Texaco / Havoline   (Yates Racing)Ford20072,325running13108
211518   Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries   (Joe Gibbs)Pontiac20069,445running0100
223681   Kenny Wallace Square D   (Fil Martocci)Ford20065,465running097
23 388   Dale Jarrett Quality Care / Ford Credit   (Yates Racing)Ford20070,510running094
24359   Lake Speed Melling Engine Parts   (Harry Melling)Ford19964,405running091
253298   John Andretti RCA   (Cale Yarborough)Ford19863,325running088
263319   Loy Allen, Jr. Remington Arms / Child Support   (Mark Smith)Ford19855,570running085
273873   Joe Nemechek BellSouth   (Phil Barkdoll)Chevrolet19652,240crash082
281630   Johnny Benson, Jr. Pennzoil   (Chuck Rider)Pontiac19561,935crash079
29421   Morgan Shepherd Delco Remy America   (Richard Jackson)Pontiac19561,655crash076
302790   Dick Trickle Heilig-Meyers   (Junie Donlavey)Ford19553,900crash073
31 43   Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Service   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet19572,545running4875
321221   Michael Waltrip Citgo   (Wood Brothers)Ford18857,990running572
331033   Ken Schrader Skoal Bandit   (Andy Petree)Chevrolet17357,790running064
34257   Geoffrey Bodine QVC   (Geoffrey Bodine)Ford14857,605running061
35 723   Jimmy Spencer Camel Cigarettes   (Travis Carter)Ford14657,300running058
362936   Derrike Cope Skittles   (Nelson Bowers)Pontiac12450,145handling055
373420   Greg Sacks Hardee's   (Harry Ranier)Ford12050,040crash357
383177   Bobby Hillin, Jr. Jasper Engines / Federal Mogul   (Doug Bawel)Ford11149,605engine049
391929   Robert Pressley Cartoon Network   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet9149,605handling046
40 241   Steve Grissom Kodiak   (Larry Hedrick)Chevrolet8857,565crash043
41142   Rusty Wallace Miller Lite   (Roger Penske)Ford4766,605engine040
422646   Wally Dallenbach, Jr. First Union   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet3249,065engine037

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
43Rick Mast75Remington ArmsBob RahillyFord
44Chad Little97John DeereGreg PollexPontiac
45Larry Pearson15Bud Moore EngineeringBud MooreFord
46Joe Nemechek42BellSouthFelix SabatesChevrolet
47Billy Standridge78Diamond Rio / HanesJim WilsonFord
48David Green96CaterpillarBuz McCallChevrolet
49Gary Bradberry95Feed the ChildrenSadler BrothersChevrolet
50Mike Wallace91SpamJoe FalkChevrolet
51Delma Cowart0Master's Inn EconomyH.L. WatersFord
52Norm Benning84Benning RacingNorm BenningChevrolet

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
Reason'Lucky
Dog'
199  
10123   #29 accident backstretch 
134836  
49524   #36,7,23 accident backstretch 
538937  
90934   #41,33 accident backstretch 
94963  
97982   debris backstretch 
9912123  
1221254   #20,99 accident backstretch 
12616641  
1671704   debris turn 1 
17118919  
1901934   #3,88,28,5 accident backstretch 
1941963  
1972004   #88,81,11,71,30,73,1,90,9,43,18,40 accident turn 4 
  Percent of race run under caution: 14.5%             Average green flag run: 21.4 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Mike Skinner111
  Dale Earnhardt24948
  Michael Waltrip50545
  Ernie Irvan55562
  Jeff Gordon579034
  Greg Sacks91933
  Mark Martin9414552
  Ernie Irvan1461549
  Bill Elliott15516713
  Sterling Marlin1681758
  Ernie Irvan1761772
  Bill Elliott17819417
  Jeff Gordon1952006

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Jeff Gordon 180    
2   Terry Labonte 170   -10  
3   Ricky Craven 165   -15  
4   Bill Elliott 165   -15  
5   Sterling Marlin 160   -20  
6   Mark Martin 156   -24  
7   Jeremy Mayfield 150   -30  
8   Ward Burton 142   -38  
9   Ricky Rudd 138   -42  
10   Darrell Waltrip 134   -46  
11   Mike Skinner 132   -48  
12   Jeff Burton 130   -50  
13   Ted Musgrave 124   -56  
14   Kyle Petty 121   -59  
15   Bobby Hamilton 118   -62  
16   Robby Gordon 115   -65  
17   Dave Marcis 112   -68  
18   Brett Bodine 109   -71  
19   Ernie Irvan 108   -72  
20   Hut Stricklin 106   -74