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1997 Coca-Cola 300


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NASCAR Busch Grand National Series race number 8 of 30
Saturday, April 5, 1997 at Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
200 laps on a 1.500 mile paved track (300.0 miles)

Time of race: 2:27:03
Average Speed: 122.993 mph
Pole Speed: 180.054 mph
Cautions: 8 for 45 laps
Margin of Victory: 1.57 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 7

Glossary    1997 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series results   /   1997 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
12060   Mark Martin Winn-Dixie   (Jack Roush)Ford20061,450running13180
22420   Jimmy Spencer Zippo   (Allen Cretsinger)Chevrolet20039,875running27170
3149   Jeff Burton Track Gear   (Jack Roush)Ford20031,525running19165
41736   Todd Bodine Stanley   (Scott Welliver)Pontiac20032,750running0160
51134   Mike McLaughlin Royal Oak Charcoal   (Frank Cicci)Chevrolet20032,025running67155
6 810   Phil Parsons Channellock   (Phil Parsons)Chevrolet20023,500running0150
7 400   Buckshot Jones Aquafresh   (Billy Jones)Pontiac20022,250running0146
82388   Kevin Lepage Hype   (David Ridling)Chevrolet20019,700running0142
92174   Randy LaJoie Fina   (Bill Baumgardner)Chevrolet20020,250running0138
102663   Tracy Leslie Lysol   (Hubert Hensley)Pontiac20017,600running0134
11 738   Elton Sawyer Barbasol   (Bob Sutton)Ford20016,250running14130
122757   Jason Keller Slim Jim   (Joe Keller)Chevrolet20018,300running0127
131872   Mike Dillon Detroit Gasket   (Ron Parker)Chevrolet20018,100running0124
143145   Greg Sacks Hunters Specialties   (Mike Laughlin)Chevrolet20012,500running0121
15 18   Jeff Green Diamond Ridge   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet20018,725running38118
161564   Dick Trickle Dura Lube   (Dennis Shoemaker)Chevrolet20012,050running0115
171317   Tim Bender Kraft Singles   (Robbie Reiser)Chevrolet20013,850running0112
18 55   Terry Labonte Alka-Seltzer / Bayer   (Terry Labonte)Chevrolet20011,500running0109
19 31   Hermie Sadler DeWalt Tools   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet20013,400running0106
20 229   Elliott Sadler Phillips 66   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet20013,725running0103
21224   Tim Steele HS Die / CLIMINC   (James Finch)Chevrolet20014,050running0100
222585   Shane Hall Bama Jellies   (Don Stegall)Chevrolet20013,100running097
233032   Dale Jarrett White Rain   (Dale Jarrett)Ford20011,000running094
242889   Johnny Chapman Sherwin-Williams   (Meredith Ruark)Ford20012,900running091
253594   Ron Barfield, Jr. New Holland Tractors   (Bill Elliott)Ford19913,000running088
263621   Michael Waltrip Band-Aid   (Michael Waltrip)Ford19910,700running085
27336   Joe Bessey Power Team   (Joe Bessey)Chevrolet19812,600running082
28 944   Bobby Labonte Shell Oil   (Bobby Labonte)Pontiac19810,500running079
293443   Dennis Setzer Lance Snacks   (David Ridling)Chevrolet19712,400running776
304197   Doug Reid III MedPartners   (Bart Walker)Chevrolet19710,525running073
313940   Jerry Robertson MHCO USA   (Doug Taylor)Ford19310,200running070
323247   Jeff Fuller Sunoco   (Tad Geschickter)Chevrolet18814,350engine067
333896   Stevie Reeves Big A Auto Parts   (Donald Laird)Ford16411,000running064
342937   Mark Green Timber Wolf   (Clarence Brewer)Chevrolet15210,900engine061
35 63   Steve Park AC Delco   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.)Chevrolet14210,800crash1558
363716   Mark Day 31-W Insulation   (Wayne Day)Chevrolet1309,700crash055
371299   Glenn Allen, Jr. Luxaire   (Bill Papke)Chevrolet10510,600crash052
381033   Tim Fedewa Kleenex   (Bill Baumgardner)Chevrolet7610,500crash049
394048   Randy Porter Unifirst Uniforms   (James Porter)Ford649,500crash046
401635   Lyndon Amick Rockwell   (Bill Amick)Pontiac279,500crash043
411911   Jimmy Foster Speedvision / Outdoor Life   (Curtis Key)Ford209,500crash040
424277   Jeff McClure Lear Corporation   (John Walsh)Ford99,700crash037

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Kenny Wallace2RaybestosRicky CravenChevrolet
Mike Olsen61Olsen RacingMike OlsenChevrolet
Kenny Irwin, Jr.98Liberty RacingJim HerrickFord

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
Reason'Lucky
Dog'
166  
7137   #40 spun frontstretch 
14152  
16194   #11 accident backstretch 
20278  
28314   #35 accident frontstretch 
324110  
42454   safety vehicle 
466621  
67726   #48 accident turn 4 
73764  
77848   #33 accident turn 1 
8510622  
1071126   #99 accident frontstretch 
11314331  
1441496   #3 accident turn 1 
15020051  
  Percent of race run under caution: 22.5%             Average green flag run: 17.2 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Jeff Green13838
  Elton Sawyer395214
  Steve Park536715
  Dennis Setzer68747
  Jeff Burton759319
  Mike McLaughlin9416067
  Jimmy Spencer16118727
  Mark Martin18820013

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Todd Bodine 1226    
2   Randy LaJoie 1166   -60  
3   Phil Parsons 1153   -73  
4   Jeff Green 1082   -144  
5   Dick Trickle 1042   -184  
6   Elton Sawyer 1004   -222  
7   Buckshot Jones 998   -228  
8   Mark Martin 938   -288  
9   Mark Green 907   -319  
10   Tim Fedewa 903   -323  
11   Elliott Sadler 890   -336  
12   Hermie Sadler 890   -336  
13   Mike McLaughlin 844   -382  
14   Greg Sacks 842   -384  
15   Mike Dillon 840   -386  
16   Kevin Lepage 812   -414  
17   Steve Park 800   -426  
18   Tracy Leslie 795   -431  
19   Jason Keller 793   -433  
20   Jeff Fuller 777   -449