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1997 Food City 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 7 of 32
Sunday, April 13, 1997 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN
500 laps on a .533 mile paved track (266.5 miles)

Time of race: 3:33:06
Average Speed: 75.035 mph
Pole Speed: 123.586 mph
Cautions: 20 for 132 laps
Margin of Victory: 0.499 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 13

Glossary    1997 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1997 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
32 941   Steve Grissom Kodiak   (Larry Hedrick)Chevrolet44122,795crash067
33 87   Geoffrey Bodine QVC / LA West   (Geoffrey Bodine)Ford43218,775crash064
36319   Lake Speed Melling Engine Parts   (Harry Melling)Ford32518,695crash055
38 316   Ted Musgrave Family Channel / Primestar   (Jack Roush)Ford29618,950crash049
404025   Jack Sprague Budweiser   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet25618,650crash043
41 481   Kenny Wallace Square D   (Fil Martocci)Ford22318,750crash040
432040   Robby Gordon Coors Light   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet9118,650crash034
352831   Mike Skinner Lowe's   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet36511,715engine058
393828   Ernie Irvan Texaco / Havoline   (Yates Racing)Ford28126,650engine046
421199   Jeff Burton Exide Batteries   (Jack Roush)Ford15726,650engine037
1 524   Jeff Gordon DuPont Refinishes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet50083,640running125180
2 12   Rusty Wallace Miller Lite   (Roger Penske)Ford50064,090running240180
3175   Terry Labonte Kellogg's Corn Flakes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet50051,490running0165
4 688   Dale Jarrett Quality Care / Ford Credit   (Yates Racing)Ford50039,265running0160
5236   Mark Martin Valvoline   (Jack Roush)Ford50037,520running0155
6293   Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Service   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet50032,970running0150
71894   Bill Elliott McDonald's   (Bill Elliott)Ford50027,770running90151
82197   Chad Little John Deere   (Greg Pollex)Pontiac50018,370running0142
93237   Jeremy Mayfield Kmart / RC Cola   (Michael Kranefuss)Ford50021,565running0138
101211   Brett Bodine Close Call Phone Card   (Brett Bodine)Ford50028,215running0134
111990   Dick Trickle Heilig-Meyers / Simmons   (Junie Donlavey)Ford50018,745running0130
121633   Ken Schrader Skoal Bandit   (Andy Petree)Chevrolet50025,390running0127
133443   Bobby Hamilton STP   (Petty Enterprises)Pontiac50029,015running0124
141529   Robert Pressley Cartoon Network   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet50017,965running2126
151023   Jimmy Spencer Camel Cigarettes   (Travis Carter)Ford49925,965running36123
163636   Derrike Cope Skittles   (Nelson Bowers)Pontiac49913,640running0115
172575   Rick Mast Remington Arms   (Butch Mock)Ford49924,390running0112
183522   Ward Burton MBNA America   (Bill Davis)Pontiac49917,240running0109
192442   Joe Nemechek BellSouth   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet49917,130running0106
20 24   Sterling Marlin Kodak Film   (Larry McClure)Chevrolet49832,421running7108
213921   Michael Waltrip Citgo   (Wood Brothers)Ford49723,765running0100
222796   David Green Caterpillar   (Buz McCall)Chevrolet49614,215running097
233095   Ed Berrier Feed The Children   (Sadler Brothers)Chevrolet49513,165running094
242698   John Andretti RCA   (Cale Yarborough)Ford49123,490running091
254317   Darrell Waltrip Parts America 25 Years Retro 1985   (Darrell Waltrip)Chevrolet48523,595running088
26 78   Hut Stricklin Circuit City   (Stavola Brothers)Ford48423,215running085
272210   Ricky Rudd Tide   (Ricky Rudd)Ford48327,991running082
28411   Morgan Shepherd Cruisin' America Phone Card   (Richard Jackson)Pontiac47923,040running079
291444   Kyle Petty Hot Wheels   (Kyle Petty)Pontiac47712,910running076
304271   Dave Marcis RealTree Camouflage   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet46815,585running073
313330   Johnny Benson, Jr. Pennzoil   (Chuck Rider)Pontiac45521,815running070
341318   Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries   (Joe Gibbs)Pontiac42526,735running061
373719   Gary Bradberry Child Support Recovery   (Mark Smith)Ford31711,675running052

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
44Bobby Hillin, Jr.77Jasper Engines / Federal MogulDoug BawelFord
45Billy Standridge78Diamond Rio / HanesJim WilsonFord
46Mike Wallace91SpamJoe FalkChevrolet
47Greg Sacks20Hardee'sHarry RanierFord

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
11313  
14185   #9,40,98,43 accident turn 3 
194830  
49535   #10 accident backstretch 
54563  
57604   #25 spun turn 1 
61699  
70756   #19 spun backstretch 
76783  
79835   #43 spun frontstretch 
849613  
971026   #40 spun backstretch 
1031108  
1111188   #31 debris backstretch 
11913214  
1331408   #25,31 accident turn 4 
1411499  
1501556   #30,71 accident turn 3 
15618429  
1851917   #44 spun turn 4 
1921965  
1972015   #11 spun turn 4 
20222423  
2252317   #81 accident turn 4 
2322354  
2362383   debris frontstretch 
23925820  
2592646   #28,31,18,22,98 accident turn 4 
26528016  
2812866   #29,18 accident turn 2 
2872882  
28930517   #16 accident frontstretch 
3063116  
3123209   #25,9 accident frontstretch 
32140888  
4094146   #1 stalled turn 3 
4154239  
4244285   #7,23,75,11 accident turn 3 
42944214  
4434508   #7,23,41 accident frontstretch 
45150050  
  Percent of race run under caution: 26.4%             Average green flag run: 17.5 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Rusty Wallace14949
  Jimmy Spencer508536
  Rusty Wallace8613449
  Bill Elliott13515723
  Robert Pressley1581592
  Bill Elliott1601623
  Jeff Gordon16322664
  Sterling Marlin2272337
  Bill Elliott2342385
  Rusty Wallace23929557
  Bill Elliott29635459
  Jeff Gordon35541460
  Rusty Wallace41549985
  Jeff Gordon5005001

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Dale Jarrett 1154    
2   Terry Labonte 1064   -90  
3   Jeff Gordon 990   -164  
4   Bobby Labonte 919   -235  
5   Jeff Burton 874   -280  
6   Mark Martin 864   -290  
7   Ricky Rudd 857   -297  
8   Dale Earnhardt 853   -301  
9   Bill Elliott 830   -324  
10   Rusty Wallace 822   -332  
11   Ward Burton 818   -336  
12   Geoffrey Bodine 804   -350  
13   Sterling Marlin 785   -369  
14   Bobby Hamilton 770   -384  
15   Michael Waltrip 769   -385  
16   Jeremy Mayfield 746   -408  
17   Brett Bodine 722   -432  
18   Johnny Benson, Jr. 712   -442  
19   Morgan Shepherd 711   -443  
20   Ken Schrader 697   -457