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1997 Interstate Batteries 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 6 of 32
Sunday, April 6, 1997 at Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
334 laps on a 1.500 mile paved track (501.0 miles)

Time of race: 4:00:16
Average Speed: 125.111 mph
Pole Speed: no time trials
Cautions: 10 for 73 laps
Margin of Victory: 4.067 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 19

Glossary    1997 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1997 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
24191   Morgan Shepherd Delco Remy America   (Richard Jackson)Pontiac30459,400running091
5 810   Ricky Rudd Tide   (Ricky Rudd)Ford334118,775running26160
192611   Brett Bodine Close Call Phone Card   (Brett Bodine)Ford32769,600running0106
351116   Ted Musgrave Family Channel / Primestar   (Jack Roush)Ford16745,000engine058
431417   Darrell Waltrip Parts America   (Darrell Waltrip)Chevrolet035,900crash034
3 418   Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries 500   (Joe Gibbs)Pontiac334174,500running2170
37 92   Rusty Wallace Miller Lite True to Texas   (Roger Penske)Ford16053,000crash052
403920   Greg Sacks Hardee's   (Harry Ranier)Ford8435,000crash043
92121   Michael Waltrip Citgo   (Wood Brothers)Ford33387,000running0138
71222   Ward Burton MBNA America   (Bill Davis)Pontiac33489,000running0146
393323   Jimmy Spencer Camel Cigarettes   (Travis Carter)Ford9542,000crash046
30 224   Jeff Gordon DuPont Refinishes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet24760,200running6978
251825   Todd Bodine Budweiser   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet28458,550running993
361028   Ernie Irvan Texaco / Havoline   (Yates Racing)Ford16152,000crash055
6153   Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Service   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet334111,700running0150
281330   Johnny Benson, Jr. Pennzoil   (Chuck Rider)Pontiac25655,200crash079
222531   Mike Skinner Lowe's   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet32452,000running10102
182733   Ken Schrader Skoal Bandit   (Andy Petree)Chevrolet33070,700running0109
413736   Derrike Cope Skittles   (Nelson Bowers)Pontiac2135,000crash040
322037   Jeremy Mayfield Kmart / RC Cola   (Michael Kranefuss)Ford20044,000handling067
8224   Sterling Marlin Kodak Film   (Larry McClure)Chevrolet33493,000running2147
342940   Robby Gordon Coors Light   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet17448,500running061
103541   Steve Grissom Kodiak   (Larry Hedrick)Chevrolet33289,800running0134
294042   Joe Nemechek BellSouth   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet25547,100crash076
201743   Bobby Hamilton STP   (Petty Enterprises)Pontiac32575,450running0103
272344   Kyle Petty Hot Wheels   (Kyle Petty)Pontiac26646,000running082
4 35   Terry Labonte Kellogg's Corn Flakes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet334170,600running104170
38 66   Mark Martin Valvoline   (Jack Roush)Ford14342,000engine1054
14 77   Geoffrey Bodine QVC   (Geoffrey Bodine)Ford33176,100running0121
153671   Dave Marcis RealTree Camouflage   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet33167,000running0118
312875   Rick Mast Remington Arms   (Butch Mock)Ford24652,000engine070
424177   Bobby Hillin, Jr. Jasper Engines / Federal Mogul   (Doug Bawel)Ford1735,000crash037
214378   Billy Standridge Diamond Rio   (Jim Wilson)Ford32552,000running0100
33348   Hut Stricklin Circuit City   (Stavola Brothers)Ford19247,000clutch064
133181   Kenny Wallace Square D   (Fil Martocci)Ford33278,200running0124
2 188   Dale Jarrett Quality Care / Ford Credit   (Yates Racing)Ford334232,800running42175
16249   Lake Speed Ace Hardware   (Harry Melling)Ford33172,800running0115
233290   Dick Trickle Heilig-Meyers / Simmons   (Junie Donlavey)Ford31953,500running094
174291   Mike Wallace Spam   (Joe Falk)Chevrolet33063,000running0112
111694   Bill Elliott McDonald's   (Bill Elliott)Ford33282,400running0130
263897   Chad Little John Deere   (Greg Pollex)Pontiac28347,000running085
123098   John Andretti RCA   (Cale Yarborough)Ford33280,300running0127
1 599   Jeff Burton Exide Batteries   (Jack Roush)Ford334354,350running60180

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
44Gary Bradberry19Child Support RecoveryMark SmithFord
45Randy LaJoie74FinaBill BaumgardnerChevrolet
46Wally Dallenbach, Jr.46First UnionFelix SabatesChevrolet
47Robert Pressley29Cartoon NetworkGary BechtelChevrolet
48H.B. Bailey66Almeda Auto Parts / Bailey RacingH.B. BaileyPontiac
49Mike Bliss02Team ASE RacingJim SmithFord
50Rick Wilson27Blair MotorsportsDavid BlairFord
51David Green96CaterpillarBuz McCallChevrolet
52Ed Berrier95FTCSadler BrothersChevrolet

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
111  
21110   #1,3,9,11,17,25,31,44,30,40,37,43,75 accident turn 1 
12187  
19257   #20,36,77 accident turn 1 
269772  
981058   #23 spun turn 1 
10614338  
1441496   #6 engine 
15016213  
16317412   #2,11,20,24,28,31,90,4,16 accident frontstretch 
1751762  
1771793   #30 spun turn 2 
1801834  
1841874   oil on track 
18825063  
2512577   #41 spun turn 2 
2582581  
25927012   #30,42,97 accident backstretch 
2712777  
2782814   #25,9 accident backstretch 
28233453  
  Percent of race run under caution: 21.9%             Average green flag run: 23.7 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Dale Jarrett11313
  Jeff Gordon146653
  Terry Labonte67693
  Mark Martin70701
  Bobby Labonte71722
  Mike Skinner738210
  Jeff Gordon839816
  Terry Labonte991079
  Dale Jarrett10813427
  Mark Martin1351439
  Dale Jarrett1441452
  Ricky Rudd1461549
  Terry Labonte15523379
  Jeff Burton2342352
  Todd Bodine2362361
  Sterling Marlin2372382
  Terry Labonte23925113
  Ricky Rudd25226817
  Todd Bodine2692768
  Jeff Burton27733458

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Dale Jarrett 994    
2   Terry Labonte 899   -95  
3   Bobby Labonte 858   -136  
4   Jeff Burton 837   -157  
5   Jeff Gordon 810   -184  
6   Ricky Rudd 775   -219  
7   Geoffrey Bodine 740   -254  
8   Mark Martin 709   -285  
9   Ward Burton 709   -285  
10   Dale Earnhardt 703   -291  
11   Bill Elliott 679   -315  
12   Sterling Marlin 677   -317  
13   Michael Waltrip 669   -325  
14   Bobby Hamilton 646   -348  
15   Ted Musgrave 643   -351  
16   Johnny Benson, Jr. 642   -352  
17   Rusty Wallace 642   -352  
18   Ernie Irvan 641   -353  
19   Morgan Shepherd 632   -362  
20   Jeremy Mayfield 608   -386