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1997 California 500 Presented by NAPA


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 15 of 32
Sunday, June 22, 1997 at California Speedway, Fontana, CA
250 laps on a 2.000 mile paved track (500.000 miles)

Time of race: 3:13:32
Average speed: 155.012 mph
Pole speed: 183.015 mph
Cautions: 4 for 22 laps
Margin of victory: 1.074 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 21

Glossary    1997 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1997 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 324   Jeff Gordon DuPont Refinishes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet250144600running113185
2105   Terry Labonte Kellogg's Frosted Flakes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet250100825running41175
33910   Ricky Rudd Tide   (Ricky Rudd)Ford25078525running0165
42016   Ted Musgrave Family Channel / Primestar   (Jack Roush)Ford25064975running0160
51923   Jimmy Spencer Camel Cigarettes   (Travis Carter)Ford25054775running4160
61518   Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries   (Joe Gibbs)Pontiac25048950running0150
7 729   Jeff Green Cartoon Network   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet25038450running0146
8 988   Dale Jarrett Quality Care / Ford Credit   (Yates Racing)Ford25058750running49147
91125   Ricky Craven Budweiser   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet25042350running8143
10126   Mark Martin Valvoline   (Jack Roush)Ford24948450out of gas11139
111821   Michael Waltrip Citgo   (Wood Brothers)Ford24940275running0130
122137   Jeremy Mayfield Kmart / RC Cola   (Michael Kranefuss)Ford24932175running0127
131330   Johnny Benson, Jr. Pennzoil   (Chuck Rider)Pontiac24938075running0124
14162   Rusty Wallace Miller Lite   (Roger Penske)Ford24942975running0121
15 817   Darrell Waltrip Parts America   (Darrell Waltrip)Chevrolet24937725running2123
16143   Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Service Plus   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet24941975running0115
174141   Steve Grissom Kodiak   (Larry Hedrick)Chevrolet24936175running0112
18 142   Joe Nemechek BellSouth   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet24840375running1114
192497   Chad Little John Deere   (Greg Pollex)Pontiac24828575running0106
20229   Lake Speed Melling Engine Parts   (Harry Melling)Ford24829325running0103
213598   John Andretti RCA   (Cale Yarborough)Ford24834975running0100
224290   Dick Trickle Heilig-Meyers / Simmons   (Junie Donlavey)Ford24827675running097
233043   Bobby Hamilton STP   (Petty Enterprises)Pontiac24739175running094
243177   Morgan Shepherd Jasper Engines / Federal Mogul   (Doug Bawel)Ford24723975running091
253496   David Green Caterpillar   (Buz McCall)Chevrolet24723775running088
263611   Brett Bodine Close Call Phone Card   (Brett Bodine)Ford24733775running190
272640   Greg Sacks Coors   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet24633975running082
284022   Ward Burton MBNA America   (Bill Davis)Pontiac24633175running079
292336   Derrike Cope Skittles   (Nelson Bowers)Pontiac24525975running076
302599   Jeff Burton Exide Batteries   (Jack Roush)Ford24437775running073
313844   Kyle Petty Hot Wheels   (Kyle Petty)Pontiac24325100running070
321794   Bill Elliott McDonald's   (Bill Elliott)Ford24129400out of gas067
332831   Mike Skinner Lowe's   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet22522200running064
34 533   Ken Schrader Skoal Bandit   (Andy Petree)Chevrolet21929000engine866
35 67   Geoffrey Bodine QVC   (Geoffrey Bodine)Ford21528800engine058
36294   Sterling Marlin Kodak Film   (Larry McClure)Chevrolet20637700engine055
37 228   Ernie Irvan Texaco / Havoline   (Yates Racing)Ford20236500engine657
38331   Jerry Nadeau R&L Carriers / Cruisin' America   (Richard Jackson)Pontiac17428000running049
39 446   Wally Dallenbach, Jr. First Union   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet17321000electrical651
403271   Dave Marcis RealTree Camouflage   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet14621000engine043
413775   Rick Mast Remington Arms   (Butch Mock)Ford9428000engine040
42278   Hut Stricklin Circuit City   (Stavola Brothers)Ford2828000crash037

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
43Kenny Wallace81Square DFil MartocciFord
44Mike Wallace91SpamJoe FalkChevrolet
45Billy Standridge78Diamond Rio / HanesJim WilsonFord
DCRobby Gordon40CoorsFelix SabatesChevrolet

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
13030  
31344   #8 accident turn 4 
359561  
961049   oil on track 
10514036  
1411466   #40 spun turn 2 
1471482  
1491513   #1 accident turn 4 
15225099  
  Percent of race run under caution: 8.8%             Average green flag run: 45.6 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Joe Nemechek111
  Wally Dallenbach, Jr.276
  Jeff Gordon83124
  Brett Bodine32321
  Ken Schrader33408
  Jeff Gordon417030
  Mark Martin71722
  Jeff Gordon73775
  Mark Martin78803
  Jimmy Spencer81811
  Ricky Craven82843
  Jeff Gordon859612
  Dale Jarrett9714145
  Ricky Craven1421465
  Ernie Irvan1471526
  Dale Jarrett1531564
  Terry Labonte15719741
  Jimmy Spencer1982003
  Darrell Waltrip2012022
  Jeff Gordon20323331
  Mark Martin2342396
  Jeff Gordon24025011

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Jeff Gordon 2295    
2   Mark Martin 2203   -92  
3   Terry Labonte 2176   -119  
4   Dale Jarrett 2123   -172  
5   Jeff Burton 1971   -324  
6   Dale Earnhardt 1948   -347  
7   Bobby Labonte 1895   -400  
8   Ricky Rudd 1875   -420  
9   Michael Waltrip 1753   -542  
10   Jeremy Mayfield 1726   -569  
11   Ted Musgrave 1718   -577  
12   Bill Elliott 1679   -616  
13   Johnny Benson, Jr. 1625   -670  
14   Rusty Wallace 1602   -693  
14   Darrell Waltrip 1602   -693  
16   Ernie Irvan 1563   -732  
17   Bobby Hamilton 1521   -774  
18   Jimmy Spencer 1518   -777  
19   Sterling Marlin 1488   -807  
20   Ken Schrader 1484   -811