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1997 Food City 250


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NASCAR Busch Grand National Series race number 23 of 30
Friday, August 22, 1997 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN
250 laps on a .533 mile paved track (133.2 miles)

Time of race: 2:02:02
Average Speed: 65.515 mph
Pole Speed: 121.267 mph
Cautions: 13 for 87 laps
Margin of Victory: .139 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 6

Glossary    1997 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series results   /   1997 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
28151   Hermie Sadler DeWalt Tools   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet2115,795crash079
34 838   Elton Sawyer Barbasol   (Bob Sutton)Ford1535,235crash061
362650   Chris Diamond J & L Motors   (Bobby Jones)Pontiac1454,215crash055
38 685   Shane Hall Luck's Foods   (Don Stegall)Chevrolet815,170crash049
42344   Dale Shaw Piggly Wiggly   (James Finch)Chevrolet124,370crash037
353616   Mark Day 31-W Insulation   (Wayne Day)Pontiac1474,225engine058
31185   Terry Labonte Alka-Seltzer / Bayer   (Terry Labonte)Chevrolet1734,265handling070
373899   Glenn Allen, Jr. Luxaire   (Bill Papke)Chevrolet835,205handling052
413229   Elliott Sadler Phillips 66   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet437,420overheating040
26 300   Buckshot Jones Aquafresh   (Billy Jones)Pontiac2388,065penalty1635
11620   Jimmy Spencer Zippo   (Allen Cretsinger)Chevrolet25025,755running154180
2143   Steve Park AC Delco   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.)Chevrolet25022,730running0170
32947   Robert Pressley Sunoco / 360 Communication   (Tad Geschickter)Chevrolet25012,115running0165
4 174   Randy LaJoie Fina   (Bill Baumgardner)Chevrolet25015,840running56160
52375   Rick Wilson Food Country USA   (Charlie Henderson)Chevrolet2507,415running0155
61144   Bobby Labonte Shell Oil   (Bobby Labonte)Pontiac2505,340running0150
71796   Stevie Reeves Big A Auto Parts   (Donald Laird)Ford2508,090running0146
83036   Todd Bodine Stanley   (Scott Welliver)Pontiac2507,440running0142
91045   Jeff Fuller Hunters Specialties   (Mike Laughlin)Chevrolet2506,890running0138
102488   Kevin Lepage TBA 10/4/97   (David Ridling)Chevrolet2509,540running0134
11 778   Nathan Buttke Carquest Auto Parts   (Dan Browder)Chevrolet2504,640running0130
123789   Johnny Chapman Alarm South   (Meredith Ruark)Ford2506,590running0127
131337   Mark Green Timber Wolf   (Clarence Brewer)Chevrolet2506,530running0124
143356   Jeff Krogh Clearwater Forest Industries   (Robert Krogh)Chevrolet2506,510running0121
15 564   Dick Trickle Dura Lube   (Dennis Shoemaker)Chevrolet2494,915running0118
16 934   Mike McLaughlin Royal Oak Charcoal   (Frank Cicci)Chevrolet2498,730running0115
17426   Joe Bessey Power Team   (Joe Bessey)Chevrolet2498,730running0112
184143   Dennis Setzer Lance Snacks   (David Ridling)Chevrolet2495,940running0109
194063   Tracy Leslie Lysol   (Hubert Hensley)Pontiac2485,930running0106
202017   Matt Kenseth Kraft Singles   (Robbie Reiser)Chevrolet2486,340running0103
212577   Brad Teague Lear Corporation / UAW   (John Walsh)Ford2474,365running0100
22 27   Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Church Brothers   (Ed Whitaker)Chevrolet2474,355running2297
233535   Lyndon Amick Team Amick   (Bill Amick)Pontiac2474,345running094
242894   Ron Barfield, Jr. New Holland Tractors   (Bill Elliott)Ford2474,835running091
252248   Randy Porter Unifirst Uniforms   (James Porter)Ford2475,025running088
27 433   Tim Fedewa Kleenex   (Bill Baumgardner)Chevrolet2375,805running282
292157   Jason Keller Slim Jim   (Joe Keller)Chevrolet2108,035running076
303172   Mike Dillon Detroit Gasket   (Ron Parker)Chevrolet1857,750running073
323910   Phil Parsons Channellock   (Phil Parsons)Chevrolet1735,255running067
332780   Mark Krogh Clearwater Forest Industries   (Robert Krogh)Chevrolet1675,245running064
391932   Dale Jarrett White Rain   (Dale Jarrett)Ford564,170radiator046
401221   Michael Waltrip Band-Aid   (Michael Waltrip)Ford504,170rotor043

To the back:
NameNbrReason
Chris Diamond50driver change

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Chris Diamond68J & L MotorsJerry FrancisChevrolet

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
11313  
142310   #4,80,72 accident frontstretch 
24329  
334614   #99 accident turn 2 
47493  
50534   #56,85,48,36,57 accident turn 2 
546916  
70756   #7,50 accident turn 2 
76827  
83897   #7,85 accident turn 4 
9013041  
1311355   #88 spun backstretch 
13615419  
1551639   #50,38 accident turn 1 
16418219  
1831875   #1,34 spun backstretch 
1881925  
1931997   #56 spun turn 2 
20021314  
2142174   #1 accident turn 2 
2182203  
2212255   #35,33 spun turn 3 
2262305  
2312366   #64 spun turn 2 
2372393  
2402445   #00 accident turn 1 
2452506  
  Percent of race run under caution: 34.8%             Average green flag run: 11.6 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Randy LaJoie14646
  Dale Earnhardt, Jr.476822
  Tim Fedewa69702
  Jimmy Spencer7113161
  Randy LaJoie13214110
  Buckshot Jones14215716
  Jimmy Spencer15825093

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Randy LaJoie 3407    
2   Todd Bodine 3277   -130  
3   Steve Park 2993   -414  
4   Phil Parsons 2865   -542  
5   Elliott Sadler 2743   -664  
6   Buckshot Jones 2741   -666  
7   Mike McLaughlin 2738   -669  
8   Elton Sawyer 2713   -694  
9   Tim Fedewa 2635   -772  
10   Kevin Lepage 2620   -787  
11   Jason Keller 2593   -814  
12   Hermie Sadler 2571   -836  
13   Mark Green 2482   -925  
14   Dick Trickle 2356   -1051  
15   Mike Dillon 2279   -1128  
16   Tracy Leslie 2230   -1177  
17   Glenn Allen, Jr. 2088   -1319  
18   Joe Bessey 2065   -1342  
19   Stevie Reeves 2051   -1356  
20   Jeff Fuller 2028   -1379