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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 (300.000 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

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 287   Joe Nemechek BellSouth Mobility   (Joe Nemechek)Chevrolet20043800running134180
22488   Kevin Lepage Hype / Lance Snacks   (David Ridling)Chevrolet20038392running0170
3 160   Mark Martin Winn-Dixie   (Jack Roush)Ford20025800running70
4 920   Jimmy Spencer Zippo   (Allen Cretsinger)Chevrolet20014325running0160
52110   Phil Parsons Channellock   (Phil Parsons)Chevrolet20019777running0155
61100   Buckshot Jones Aquafresh   (Billy Jones)Pontiac20018067running0150
72936   Todd Bodine Stanley   (Scott Welliver)Pontiac20013867running0146
8 757   Jason Keller Slim Jim   (Joe Keller)Chevrolet20014267running0142
9151   Hermie Sadler DeWalt Tools   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet20011182running0138
101874   Randy LaJoie Fina   (Bill Baumgardner)Chevrolet20014757running0134
11 364   Dick Trickle Dura Lube   (Dennis Shoemaker)Chevrolet2006790running0130
12205   Terry Labonte Alka-Seltzer / Bayer   (Terry Labonte)Chevrolet2006015running0127
13259   Jeff Burton Track Gear   (Jack Roush)Ford2005400running0124
142672   Mike Dillon Detroit Gasket   (Ron Parker)Chevrolet20010302running0121
153245   Greg Sacks Hunters Specialties   (Mike Laughlin)Chevrolet2008092running0118
16 53   Steve Park AC Delco   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.)Chevrolet2008082running0115
171292   Sterling Marlin Custom Veneers   (Mac Martin)Chevrolet2004140running0112
183675   Rick Wilson Food Country USA   (Charlie Henderson)Chevrolet2004425running0109
192837   Mark Green Timber Wolf   (Clarence Brewer)Chevrolet2005917running0106
203832   Dale Jarrett White Rain   (Dale Jarrett)Ford2004675running0103
21 829   Elliott Sadler Phillips 66 Performance Team   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet1995842running0100
223517   Matt Kenseth Kraft Singles   (Robbie Reiser)Chevrolet1994180running097
234094   Ron Barfield, Jr. New Holland Tractors   (Bill Elliott)Ford1996122running494
244363   Larry Pearson Lysol   (Hubert Hensley)Pontiac1993605running391
251728   Jeff Purvis Opryland / Curb Records   (Larry Lockamy)Chevrolet1995807running088
264180   Mark Krogh Clearwater Forest Industries   (Robert Krogh)Chevrolet1985992running085
273796   Stevie Reeves Big A Auto Parts   (Donald Laird)Ford1956007running082
28334   Ernie Irvan Phoenix Racing   (James Finch)Chevrolet1943995running079
292208   Kevin Simmons Hitachi   (Bobby Dotter)Chevrolet1893485running00
301044   Bobby Labonte Shell Oil   (Bobby Labonte)Pontiac1814725engine5273
31168   Jeff Green The Sandwich Shoppe / Team Monte Carlo   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet1456757overheating070
321985   Shane Hall Luck's Foods   (Don Stegall)Chevrolet1364497crash067
333034   Mike McLaughlin Royal Oak Charcoal   (Frank Cicci)Chevrolet1316737running064
34 447   Jeff Fuller Sunoco / 360 Communication   (Tad Geschickter)Chevrolet1216827crash061
351433   Tim Fedewa Kleenex   (Bill Baumgardner)Chevrolet1064467crash058
36236   Joe Bessey Power Team   (Joe Bessey)Chevrolet774457crash055
37427   Mike Wallace Clabber Girl   (Ed Whitaker)Chevrolet773405crash052
383449   Kyle Petty N.W.O.   (Kenneth Shaver)Chevrolet773890crash049
39 62   Ricky Craven Raybestos   (Ricky Craven)Chevrolet623450engine046
403950   Morgan Shepherd Rawlings / Blomet   (Bobby Jones)Pontiac433840brakes043
412770   Dale Fischlein Clean Sweep Products   (Ivan Murphy)Chevrolet393400crash040
421311   Jimmy Foster Outdoor Life / Speedvision   (Curtis Key)Ford284442crash037
433138   Elton Sawyer Barbasol   (Bob Sutton)Ford44642crash034

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

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
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   Steve Park 1661   -401  
5   Dick Trickle 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   Jeff Fuller 1304   -758  
17   Stevie Reeves 1304   -758  
19   Tracy Leslie 1262   -800  
20   Greg Sacks 1194   -868