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1997 Carquest Auto Parts 300


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NASCAR Busch Grand National Series race number 14 of 30
Saturday, May 24, 1997 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
200 laps on a 1.500 mile paved track (300.0 miles)

Time of race: 2:21:47
Average Speed: 126.954 mph
Pole Speed: 175.012 mph
Cautions: 6 for 39 laps
Margin of Victory: 1.64 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 10

Glossary    1997 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series results   /   1997 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 287   Joe Nemechek BellSouth Mobility   (Joe Nemechek)Chevrolet20043,800running134180
22488   Kevin Lepage Hype / Lance Snacks   (David Ridling)Chevrolet20038,392running0170
3 160   Mark Martin Winn-Dixie   (Jack Roush)Ford20025,800running70
52110   Phil Parsons Channellock   (Phil Parsons)Chevrolet20019,777running0155
61100   Buckshot Jones Aquafresh   (Billy Jones)Pontiac20018,067running0150
101874   Randy LaJoie Fina   (Bill Baumgardner)Chevrolet20014,757running0134
4 920   Jimmy Spencer Zippo   (Allen Cretsinger)Chevrolet20014,325running0160
8 757   Jason Keller Slim Jim   (Joe Keller)Chevrolet20014,267running0142
72936   Todd Bodine Stanley   (Scott Welliver)Pontiac20013,867running0146
9151   Hermie Sadler DeWalt Tools   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet20011,182running0138
16 53   Steve Park AC Delco   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.)Chevrolet20010,332running0115
142672   Mike Dillon Detroit Gasket   (Ron Parker)Chevrolet20010,302running0121
153245   Greg Sacks Hunters Specialties   (Mike Laughlin)Chevrolet2008,092running0118
34 447   Jeff Fuller Sunoco / 360 Communication   (Tad Geschickter)Chevrolet1216,827crash061
11 364   Dick Trickle Dura Lube   (Dennis Shoemaker)Chevrolet2006,790running0130
31168   Jeff Green The Sandwich Shoppe / Team Monte Carlo   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet1456,757handling070
333034   Mike McLaughlin Royal Oak Charcoal   (Frank Cicci)Chevrolet1316,737running064
234094   Ron Barfield, Jr. New Holland Tractors   (Bill Elliott)Ford1996,122running494
12205   Terry Labonte Alka-Seltzer / Bayer   (Terry Labonte)Chevrolet2006,015running0127
273796   Stevie Reeves Big A Auto Parts   (Donald Laird)Ford1956,007running082
264180   Mark Krogh Clearwater Forest Industries   (Robert Krogh)Chevrolet1985,992running085
192837   Mark Green Timber Wolf   (Clarence Brewer)Chevrolet2005,917running0106
21 829   Elliott Sadler Phillips 66 Performance Team   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet1995,842running0100
251728   Jeff Purvis Opryland / Curb Records   (Larry Lockamy)Chevrolet1995,807running088
13259   Jeff Burton Track Gear   (Jack Roush)Ford2005,400running0124
301044   Bobby Labonte Shell Oil   (Bobby Labonte)Pontiac1894,725engine5273
203832   Dale Jarrett White Rain   (Dale Jarrett)Ford2004,675running0103
433138   Elton Sawyer Barbasol   (Bob Sutton)Ford44,642crash034
321985   Shane Hall Luck's Foods   (Don Stegall)Chevrolet1364,497crash067
351433   Tim Fedewa Kleenex   (Bill Baumgardner)Chevrolet1064,467handling058
36236   Joe Bessey Power Team   (Joe Bessey)Chevrolet774,457crash055
421311   Jimmy Foster Outdoor Life / Speedvision   (Curtis Key)Ford284,442crash037
183675   Rick Wilson Food Country USA   (Charlie Henderson)Chevrolet2004,425running0109
223517   Matt Kenseth Kraft Singles   (Robbie Reiser)Chevrolet1994,180running097
171292   Sterling Marlin Custom Veneers   (Mac Martin)Chevrolet2004,140running0112
28334   Ernie Irvan Phoenix Racing   (James Finch)Chevrolet1943,995running079
383449   Kyle Petty N.W.O.   (Kenneth Shaver)Chevrolet773,890crash049
403950   Morgan Shepherd Rawlings / Blomet   (Bobby Jones)Pontiac433,840unknown043
244363   Larry Pearson Lysol   (Hubert Hensley)Pontiac1993,605running391
292208   Kevin Simmons Hitachi   (Bobby Dotter)Chevrolet1893,485running00
39 62   Ricky Craven Raybestos   (Ricky Craven)Chevrolet623,450engine046
37427   Mike Wallace Clabber Girl   (Ed Whitaker)Chevrolet773,405crash052
412770   Dale Fischlein Clean Sweep Products   (Ivan Murphy)Chevrolet393,400crash040

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Chris Diamond68J & L MotorsJerry FrancisChevrolet
Dennis Setzer43Lance SnacksDavid RidlingChevrolet
Michael Waltrip21Band-AidMichael WaltripFord
Glenn Allen, Jr.99LexaireBill PapkeChevrolet
Robert Pressley35Dodge RelianceBill AmickPontiac
Randy Porter48Unifirst UniformsJames PorterFord
Jeff McClure77Lear Corporation / UAWJohn WalshFord
Jeff Krogh56Clearwater Forest IndustriesRobert KroghChevrolet
Michael Ritch58Blue Ridge MotorsportsJohn RitchChevrolet
Johnny Chapman89Northstar MotorsportsMeredith RuarkFord
Doug Reid III97MedPartnersBart WalkerChevrolet
David Hutto24Hutto RacingJames HuttoChevrolet
Mark Day1631-W InsulationWayne DayPontiac
Nathan Buttke78Carquest Auto PartsDan BrowderChevrolet

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
Reason'Lucky
Dog'
133  
496   #4,72,08,38 accident turn 4 
102920  
30345   #34,11 accident turn 2 
35417  
42465   #33,70 accident turn 1 
477832  
798911   #49,6,7 accident turn 4 
9012233  
1231297   #57,47 accident frontstretch 
1301345  
1351395   #85 accident turn 1 
14020061  
  Percent of race run under caution: 19.5%             Average green flag run: 23.0 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Mark Martin111
  Joe Nemechek24241
  Ron Barfield, Jr.43464
  Mark Martin47482
  Bobby Labonte498638
  Mark Martin87904
  Bobby Labonte91999
  Joe Nemechek10012324
  Larry Pearson1241263
  Bobby Labonte1271315
  Joe Nemechek13220069

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Todd Bodine 2062    
2   Randy LaJoie 2053   -9  
3   Jeff Green 1898   -164  
4   Phil Parsons 1881   -181  
5   Dick Trickle 1661   -401  
6   Steve Park 1661   -401  
7   Buckshot Jones 1643   -419  
8   Tim Fedewa 1603   -459  
9   Mike McLaughlin 1582   -480  
10   Hermie Sadler 1571   -491  
11   Kevin Lepage 1551   -511  
12   Elliott Sadler 1540   -522  
13   Jason Keller 1534   -528  
14   Elton Sawyer 1508   -554  
15   Mark Green 1465   -597  
16   Mike Dillon 1368   -694  
17   Stevie Reeves 1304   -758  
18   Jeff Fuller 1304   -758  
19   Tracy Leslie 1262   -800  
20   Greg Sacks 1194   -868