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1997 Mountain Dew Southern 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 23 of 32
Sunday, August 31, 1997 at Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC
367 laps on a 1.366 mile paved track (501.3 miles)

Time of race: 4:08:17
Average Speed: 121.149 mph
Pole Speed: 170.661 mph
Cautions: 11 for 67 laps
Margin of Victory: 0.144 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 9

Glossary    1997 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1997 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
373298   John Andretti RCA   (Cale Yarborough)Ford11719,416crash052
191830   Johnny Benson, Jr. Pennzoil   (Chuck Rider)Pontiac36525,155running0106
151111   Brett Bodine Close Call Phone Card   (Brett Bodine)Ford36527,800running0118
12127   Geoffrey Bodine QVC   (Geoffrey Bodine)Ford36627,220running0127
423596   Todd Bodine Caterpillar   (Buz McCall)Chevrolet512,270crash037
252778   Gary Bradberry Hanes   (Jim Wilson)Ford35413,575running088
21699   Jeff Burton Exide Batteries   (Jack Roush)Ford36757,280running24175
271322   Ward Burton MBNA America   (Bill Davis)Pontiac35023,305handling082
142436   Derrike Cope Skittles   (Nelson Bowers)Pontiac36519,640running0121
313125   Ricky Craven Budweiser   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet23619,840engine070
412646   Wally Dallenbach, Jr. First Union   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet8512,270radiator040
30363   Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Service Plus   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet28230,925running073
4 294   Bill Elliott McDonald's   (Bill Elliott)Ford36749,965running181170
1 724   Jeff Gordon DuPont Refinishes / Million Dollar Date   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet367131,330running116180
223440   Robby Gordon Coors Light   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet36325,305running097
394229   Jeff Green Cartoon Network   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet10412,270electrical046
212941   Steve Grissom Kodiak   (Larry Hedrick)Chevrolet36524,525running0100
204043   Bobby Hamilton STP   (Petty Enterprises)Pontiac36530,485running0103
35411   Lance Hooper R&L Carriers   (Richard Jackson)Pontiac17519,540crash058
331028   Ernie Irvan Texaco / Havoline   (Yates Racing)Ford18327,685engine064
3 388   Dale Jarrett Quality Care / Ford Credit   (Yates Racing)Ford36747,505running38170
7 118   Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries   (Joe Gibbs)Pontiac36742,240running2151
6175   Terry Labonte Kellogg's Corn Flakes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet36741,315running0150
113797   Chad Little John Deere   (Jack Roush)Pontiac36622,515running0130
40 94   Sterling Marlin Kodak Film   (Larry McClure)Chevrolet10228,270engine043
8 46   Mark Martin Valvoline   (Jack Roush)Ford36733,550running0142
342875   Rick Mast Remington Arms   (Butch Mock)Ford17719,650crash061
161937   Jeremy Mayfield Kmart / RC Cola   (Michael Kranefuss)Ford36518,980running0115
291516   Ted Musgrave Family Channel / Primestar   (Jack Roush)Ford29620,085handling481
232042   Joe Nemechek BellSouth   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet35917,060running094
323944   Kyle Petty Hot Wheels   (Kyle Petty)Pontiac20212,750engine067
382212   Jeff Purvis Opryland USA   (Larry Lockamy)Chevrolet11412,270crash049
52110   Ricky Rudd Tide   (Ricky Rudd)Ford36739,345running0155
10 533   Ken Schrader Skoal Bandit   (Andy Petree)Chevrolet36632,280running0134
363331   Mike Skinner Lowe's   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet13012,480crash055
18239   Lake Speed Melling Engine Parts   (Harry Melling)Ford36518,435running0109
283023   Jimmy Spencer Camel Cigarettes   (Travis Carter)Ford34122,695running079
17 68   Hut Stricklin Circuit City   (Stavola Brothers)Ford36525,710running0112
13 890   Dick Trickle Heilig-Meyers / Simmons   (Junie Donlavey)Ford36619,930running0124
242581   Kenny Wallace Square D   (Fil Martocci)Ford35423,785running091
43432   Rusty Wallace Miller Lite   (Roger Penske)Ford529,270crash034
263817   Darrell Waltrip Parts America   (Darrell Waltrip)Chevrolet35323,415handling085
91421   Michael Waltrip Citgo   (Wood Brothers)Ford36729,020running2143

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
44Dave Marcis71RealTree CamouflageDave MarcisChevrolet
45Greg Sacks91SpamJoe FalkChevrolet
46Morgan Shepherd77Jasper Engines / Federal MogulDoug BawelFord

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
166  
7115   #2,44,40,96 accident turn 1 
1210897  
1091146   #12 accident turn 3 
1151195  
1201256   #12,98,25,41 accident turn 1 
1261349  
1351395   #31 spun frontstretch 
14016728  
1681758   #22,8,36 spun turn 2 
1761794  
1801867   #25,75,1 accident frontstretch 
18721024  
2112166   debris frontstretch 
21725034  
2512566   #81 accident frontstretch 
25727317  
2742785   #10,16,9 spun turn 4 
27929416  
2953028   rain 
30333331  
3343385   #22 spun turn 4 
33936729  
  Percent of race run under caution: 18.3%             Average green flag run: 25.0 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Bobby Labonte122
  Bill Elliott34543
  Jeff Burton466924
  Michael Waltrip70712
  Jeff Gordon7211544
  Bill Elliott11613520
  Ted Musgrave1361394
  Bill Elliott140257118
  Dale Jarrett25829538
  Jeff Gordon29636772

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Jeff Gordon 3437    
2   Mark Martin 3412   -25  
3   Dale Jarrett 3269   -168  
4   Terry Labonte 3180   -257  
5   Jeff Burton 3154   -283  
6   Dale Earnhardt 2938   -499  
7   Bobby Labonte 2911   -526  
8   Bill Elliott 2761   -676  
9   Ricky Rudd 2689   -748  
10   Ted Musgrave 2678   -759  
11   Jeremy Mayfield 2625   -812  
12   Johnny Benson, Jr. 2575   -862  
13   Ken Schrader 2514   -923  
14   Rusty Wallace 2473   -964  
15   Michael Waltrip 2451   -986  
16   Ernie Irvan 2404   -1033  
17   Darrell Waltrip 2352   -1085  
18   Jimmy Spencer 2295   -1142  
19   Kyle Petty 2291   -1146  
20   Bobby Hamilton 2233   -1204