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1997 Autolite Platinum 250


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NASCAR Busch Grand National Series race number 25 of 30
Friday, September 5, 1997 at Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA
250 laps on a .750 mile paved track (187.5 miles)

Time of race: 2:24:42
Average Speed: 77.747 mph
Pole Speed: 122.227 mph
Cautions: 10 for 87 laps
Margin of Victory: 1.432 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 8

Glossary    1997 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series results   /   1997 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 23   Steve Park AC Delco   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.)Chevrolet25032,625running69180
2 974   Randy LaJoie Fina   (Bill Baumgardner)Chevrolet25019,875running0170
3 79   Jeff Burton Track Gear   (Jack Roush)Ford25013,550running89165
4 364   Dick Trickle Dura Lube   (Dennis Shoemaker)Chevrolet2508,175running35160
51800   Buckshot Jones Aquafresh   (Billy Jones)Pontiac25012,025running0155
6114   Dale Shaw Phoenix Racing   (James Finch)Chevrolet2507,375running0150
71257   Jason Keller Slim Jim   (Joe Keller)Chevrolet25010,675running0146
82460   Mark Martin Winn-Dixie   (Jack Roush)Ford2505,725running0142
91733   Tim Fedewa Kleenex   (Bill Baumgardner)Chevrolet2507,625running0138
10141   Hermie Sadler DeWalt Tools   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet2508,700running0134
11 520   Jimmy Spencer Zippo   (Allen Cretsinger)Chevrolet2505,575running0130
121610   Phil Parsons Channellock   (Phil Parsons)Chevrolet2507,550running0127
131528   Jeff Purvis Opryland   (Larry Lockamy)Chevrolet2505,525running0124
142026   Curtis Markham Peebles   (Marion Sadler)Chevrolet2505,500running0121
152147   Robert Pressley Sunoco / 360 Communication   (Tad Geschickter)Chevrolet2497,900running37118
16 472   Mike Dillon Detroit Gasket   (Ron Parker)Chevrolet2499,675running13115
173585   Shane Hall Luck's Foods   (Don Stegall)Chevrolet2496,400running0112
182577   Ed Berrier Lear Corporation / UAW   (John Walsh)Ford2495,375running0109
193437   Mark Green Timber Wolf   (Clarence Brewer)Chevrolet2497,370running0106
203632   Dale Jarrett White Rain   (Dale Jarrett)Ford2495,675running0103
211929   Elliott Sadler Phillips 66   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet2489,075running0100
223217   Matt Kenseth Kraft Singles   (Robbie Reiser)Chevrolet2486,800running097
234188   Kevin Lepage TBA 10/4/97   (David Ridling)Chevrolet2488,950running094
242299   Glenn Allen, Jr. Luxaire   (Bill Papke)Chevrolet2486,625running091
251036   Todd Bodine Stanley   (Scott Welliver)Pontiac2486,725running088
262712   Kenny Wallace Graybar   (Fil Martocci)Ford2484,950running085
27 643   Dennis Setzer Lance Snacks   (David Ridling)Chevrolet2486,425running082
28 121   Michael Waltrip Band-Aid   (Michael Waltrip)Ford2475,650running779
293716   Mike Olsen Little Trees   (Mike Olsen)Chevrolet2464,825running076
30267   Danny Edwards, Jr. Llumar   (Ed Whitaker)Chevrolet2444,975running073
314038   Elton Sawyer Barbasol   (Bob Sutton)Ford2446,225running070
323934   Mike McLaughlin Royal Oak Charcoal   (Frank Cicci)Chevrolet2348,425running067
332849   Kyle Petty N.W.O.   (Kenneth Shaver)Chevrolet2274,625crash064
342945   Jeff Fuller Hunters Specialties   (Mike Laughlin)Chevrolet2216,100running061
353889   Johnny Chapman Northstar Water   (Meredith Ruark)Ford2045,045running058
363163   Tracy Leslie Lysol   (Hubert Hensley)Pontiac2015,525crash055
372313   Ted Christopher LesCare Kitchens   (James Lestorti)Chevrolet1694,470crash052
383378   Nathan Buttke Mark III Financial   (Dan Browder)Chevrolet1345,425brakes049
39435   Steve Grissom Bayer / Alka-Seltzer   (Terry Labonte)Chevrolet604,425crash046
40 844   Tony Stewart Shell Oil   (Bobby Labonte)Pontiac564,425crash043
413058   Michael Ritch Kitty's Candy Kitchen   (John Ritch)Chevrolet424,425crash040
42136   Joe Bessey Power Team   (Joe Bessey)Chevrolet115,425crash037
434296   Stevie Reeves Big A Auto Parts   (Donald Laird)Chevrolet15,625crash034

To the back:
NameNbrReason
Tony Stewart44driver change

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
John Preston02Penn's Best TruckingNancy PrestonFord
Scott Lagasse22Pest OffenseAllen BloomChevrolet
Lyndon Amick35Team AmickBill AmickPontiac
Eddie Beahr39Fidelity Printing / Lowman ElectricalWayne BeahrFord
Joey McCarthy41Rent-A-WreckJames PritchardChevrolet
Randy Porter48Unifirst UniformsJames PorterFord
Jeff Krogh56Clearwater Forest IndustriesRobert KroghChevrolet
Greg Edwards61Cooks Moving ServiceDanny Edwards, Sr.Chevrolet
Eddie Johnson73Ashland Ford-MercuryColeman RiceFord
Mark Krogh80Clearwater Forest IndustriesRobert KroghChevrolet
Kevin Grubb82Crestar BankKevin GrubbChevrolet
Wayne Grubb83Link-Belt ConstructionWilliam GrubbChevrolet
Mark Whitaker84Hard TimesMark WhitakerChevrolet
Bill Hoff86Mawson & MawsonTim DurbinChevrolet
Ron Barfield, Jr.94New Holland TractorsBill ElliottFord

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
111  
276   #34,96 accident turn 1 
8125  
13219   #4,6 accident turn 1 
224423  
455511   #58,38,7,44 accident turn 2 
56561  
576913   #63,5,17,44 accident turn 3 
708617  
87915   #85,12 accident frontstretch 
9217180  
17218211   #13 accident turn 1 
1831897  
1901945   #34 fire frontstretch 
1951973  
1982058   #89 accident turn 4 
20622116  
2222298   #33 spun turn 2 
2302312  
23224211   #32,49 accident turn 3 
2432508  
  Percent of race run under caution: 34.8%             Average green flag run: 14.8 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Michael Waltrip177
  Steve Park82619
  Mike Dillon273913
  Dick Trickle407435
  Steve Park75828
  Jeff Burton83875
  Robert Pressley8812437
  Jeff Burton12520884
  Steve Park20925042

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Randy LaJoie 3686    
2   Todd Bodine 3507   -179  
3   Steve Park 3328   -358  
4   Phil Parsons 3071   -615  
5   Elliott Sadler 2981   -705  
6   Mike McLaughlin 2975   -711  
7   Buckshot Jones 2963   -723  
8   Elton Sawyer 2907   -779  
9   Tim Fedewa 2891   -795  
10   Hermie Sadler 2851   -835  
11   Kevin Lepage 2817   -869  
12   Jason Keller 2739   -947  
13   Mark Green 2685   -1001  
14   Dick Trickle 2681   -1005  
15   Mike Dillon 2440   -1246  
16   Tracy Leslie 2391   -1295  
17   Glenn Allen, Jr. 2309   -1377  
18   Stevie Reeves 2197   -1489  
19   Joe Bessey 2196   -1490  
20   Jeff Fuller 2129   -1557