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1997 Pontiac Excitement 400


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 3 of 32
Sunday, March 2, 1997 at Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA
400 laps on a .750 mile paved track (300.0 miles)

Time of race: 2:45:54
Average Speed: 108.499 mph
Pole Speed: no time trials
Cautions: 3 for 12 laps
Margin of Victory: 0.453 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 15

Glossary    1997 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1997 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
4 224   Jeff Gordon DuPont Refinishes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet39946,200running65165
7 15   Terry Labonte Kellogg's Corn Flakes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet39935,845running0146
112141   Steve Grissom Kodiak   (Larry Hedrick)Chevrolet39824,345running0130
141225   Ricky Craven Budweiser   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet39823,670running0121
163017   Darrell Waltrip Parts America   (Darrell Waltrip)Chevrolet39816,215running0115
19 84   Sterling Marlin Kodak Film   (Larry McClure)Chevrolet39727,540running0106
213929   Robert Pressley Cartoon Network   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet39716,965running0100
25 43   Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Service   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet39727,940running088
263631   Mike Skinner Lowe's   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet39712,265running085
282440   Robby Gordon Coors Light   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet39621,215running079
334196   David Green Caterpillar   (Buz McCall)Chevrolet39511,075running064
352833   Ken Schrader Skoal Bandit   (Andy Petree)Chevrolet39318,065running058
373471   Dave Marcis RealTree Camouflage   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet39111,065running052
393242   Joe Nemechek BellSouth   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet38011,065running046
1 72   Rusty Wallace Miller Lite   (Roger Penske)Ford40086,775running135180
2187   Geoffrey Bodine QVC   (Geoffrey Bodine)Ford40056,875running18175
3 388   Dale Jarrett Quality Care / Ford Credit   (Yates Racing)Ford40050,750running172175
6 610   Ricky Rudd Tide   (Ricky Rudd)Ford39930,770running0150
12269   Lake Speed Melling Engine Parts   (Harry Melling)Ford39824,045running0127
13 56   Mark Martin Valvoline   (Jack Roush)Ford39823,870running0124
151794   Bill Elliott McDonald's   (Bill Elliott)Ford39825,330running8123
173337   Jeremy Mayfield Kmart / RC Cola   (Michael Kranefuss)Ford39815,415running0112
182075   Rick Mast Remington Arms   (Butch Mock)Ford39822,265running0109
201616   Ted Musgrave Family Channel / Primestar   (Jack Roush)Ford39724,565running0103
221523   Jimmy Spencer Camel Cigarettes   (Travis Carter)Ford39721,840running097
232711   Brett Bodine Close Call Phone Card   (Brett Bodine)Ford39721,665running094
271421   Michael Waltrip Citgo   (Wood Brothers)Ford39621,340running082
294090   Dick Trickle Heilig-Meyers   (Junie Donlavey)Ford39514,190running076
312298   John Andretti RCA   (Cale Yarborough)Ford39520,615running070
32258   Hut Stricklin Circuit City   (Stavola Brothers)Ford39518,090running067
361028   Ernie Irvan Texaco / Havoline   (Yates Racing)Ford39126,065crash055
384319   Gary Bradberry Child Support Recovery   (Mark Smith)Ford38911,065running049
402981   Kenny Wallace Square D   (Fil Martocci)Ford37618,065engine043
413577   Bobby Hillin, Jr. Jasper Engines / Federal Mogul   (Doug Bawel)Ford33611,065rear end040
421399   Jeff Burton Exide Batteries   (Jack Roush)Ford24819,065running037
5 943   Bobby Hamilton STP   (Petty Enterprises)Pontiac39935,595running1160
81118   Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries   (Joe Gibbs)Pontiac39928,945running1147
92330   Johnny Benson, Jr. Pennzoil   (Chuck Rider)Pontiac39925,745running0138
103744   Kyle Petty Hot Wheels   (Kyle Petty)Pontiac39818,545running0134
243122   Ward Burton MBNA America   (Bill Davis)Pontiac39714,540running091
303836   Derrike Cope Skittles   (Nelson Bowers)Pontiac39511,160running073
344297   Chad Little John Deere   (Greg Pollex)Pontiac39511,065running061
43191   Morgan Shepherd Delco Remy America   (Richard Jackson)Pontiac13111,965engine034

To the back:
NameNbrReason
Ricky Craven25backup car
Johnny Benson, Jr.30backup car

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
44Billy Standridge78Diamond RioJim WilsonFord
45Greg Sacks20Hardee'sHarry RanierFord
46Mike Wallace91SpamJoe FalkChevrolet

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
Reason'Lucky
Dog'
166  
793   #2,10 spun turn 2 
10380371  
3813855   #81 engine turn 2 
3863938  
3943974   #28 accident turn 3 
3984003  
  Percent of race run under caution: 3.0%             Average green flag run: 97.0 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Jeff Gordon16565
  Dale Jarrett6610439
  Bobby Labonte1051051
  Dale Jarrett10611914
  Geoffrey Bodine12013718
  Dale Jarrett13815821
  Rusty Wallace15920143
  Dale Jarrett2022032
  Bobby Hamilton2042041
  Bill Elliott2052095
  Dale Jarrett21030091
  Bill Elliott3013033
  Rusty Wallace30439289
  Dale Jarrett3933975
  Rusty Wallace3984003

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Jeff Gordon 525    
2   Terry Labonte 462   -63  
3   Dale Jarrett 449   -76  
4   Ricky Rudd 448   -77  
5   Ricky Craven 441   -84  
6   Mark Martin 409   -116  
7   Bill Elliott 385   -140  
8   Geoffrey Bodine 378   -147  
9   Jeremy Mayfield 377   -148  
10   Rusty Wallace 370   -155  
11   Sterling Marlin 369   -156  
12   Bobby Labonte 368   -157  
13   Bobby Hamilton 357   -168  
14   Ted Musgrave 354   -171  
15   Jeff Burton 337   -188  
16   Lake Speed 336   -189  
17   Kyle Petty 331   -194  
18   Ward Burton 327   -198  
19   Darrell Waltrip 316   -209  
20   Brett Bodine 315   -210