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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 (300.000 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

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
12060   Mark Martin Winn-Dixie   (Jack Roush)Ford20061450running13180
22420   Jimmy Spencer Zippo   (Allen Cretsinger)Chevrolet20039875running27170
3149   Jeff Burton Track Gear   (Jack Roush)Ford20031525running19165
41736   Todd Bodine Stanley   (Scott Welliver)Pontiac20032750running0160
51134   Mike McLaughlin Royal Oak Charcoal   (Frank Cicci)Chevrolet20032025running67155
6 810   Phil Parsons Channellock   (Phil Parsons)Chevrolet20023500running0150
7 400   Buckshot Jones Aquafresh   (Billy Jones)Pontiac20022250running0146
82388   Kevin Lepage Hype   (David Ridling)Chevrolet20019700running0142
92174   Randy LaJoie Fina   (Bill Baumgardner)Chevrolet20020250running0138
102663   Tracy Leslie Lysol   (Hubert Hensley)Pontiac20017600running0134
11 738   Elton Sawyer Barbasol   (Bob Sutton)Ford20016250running14130
122757   Jason Keller Slim Jim   (Joe Keller)Chevrolet20018300running0127
131872   Mike Dillon Detroit Gasket   (Ron Parker)Chevrolet20018100running0124
143145   Greg Sacks Hunters Specialties   (Mike Laughlin)Chevrolet20012500running0121
15 18   Jeff Green Diamond Ridge   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet20018725running38118
161564   Dick Trickle Dura Lube   (Dennis Shoemaker)Chevrolet20012050running0115
171317   Tim Bender Kraft Singles   (Robbie Reiser)Chevrolet20013850running0112
18 55   Terry Labonte Alka-Seltzer / Bayer   (Terry Labonte)Chevrolet20011500running0109
19 31   Hermie Sadler DeWalt Tools   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet20013400running0106
20 229   Elliott Sadler Phillips 66   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet20013725running0103
21224   Tim Steele HS Die / CLIMINC   (James Finch)Chevrolet20014050running0100
222585   Shane Hall Bama Jellies   (Don Stegall)Chevrolet20013100running097
233032   Dale Jarrett White Rain   (Dale Jarrett)Ford20011000running094
242889   Johnny Chapman Sherwin-Williams   (Meredith Ruark)Ford20012900running091
253594   Ron Barfield, Jr. New Holland Tractors   (Bill Elliott)Ford19913000running088
263621   Michael Waltrip Band-Aid   (Michael Waltrip)Ford19910700running085
27336   Joe Bessey Power Team   (Joe Bessey)Chevrolet19812600running082
28 944   Bobby Labonte Shell Oil   (Bobby Labonte)Pontiac19810500running079
293443   Dennis Setzer Lance Snacks   (David Ridling)Chevrolet19712400running776
304197   Doug Reid III MedPartners   (Bart Walker)Chevrolet19710525running073
313940   Jerry Robertson MHCO USA   (Doug Taylor)Ford19310200running070
323247   Jeff Fuller Sunoco   (Tad Geschickter)Chevrolet18814350engine067
333896   Stevie Reeves Big A Auto Parts   (Donald Laird)Ford16411000running064
342937   Mark Green Timber Wolf   (Clarence Brewer)Chevrolet15210900engine061
35 63   Steve Park AC Delco   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.)Chevrolet14210800crash1558
363716   Mark Day 31-W Insulation   (Wayne Day)Chevrolet1309700crash055
371299   Glenn Allen, Jr. Luxaire   (Bill Papke)Chevrolet10510600crash052
381033   Tim Fedewa Kleenex   (Bill Baumgardner)Chevrolet7610500crash049
394048   Randy Porter Unifirst Uniforms   (James Porter)Ford649500crash046
401635   Lyndon Amick Rockwell   (Bill Amick)Pontiac279500crash043
411911   Jimmy Foster Speedvision / Outdoor Life   (Curtis Key)Ford209500crash040
424277   Jeff McClure Lear Corporation   (John Walsh)Ford99700crash037

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

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
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  
11   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  
21   Stevie Reeves 722   -504