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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 11 of 32
Sunday, May 25, 1997 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
400 laps* on a 1.500 mile paved track (600.000 miles)

Time of race: 3:39:10
Average speed: 136.745 mph
Pole speed: 184.3 mph
Cautions: 7 for 50 laps
Margin of victory: .468 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 27

Glossary    1997 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1997 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 124   Jeff Gordon DuPont Refinishes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet333224900running44180
2212   Rusty Wallace Miller Lite   (Roger Penske)Ford333108025running45175
3116   Mark Martin Valvoline   (Jack Roush)Ford33377500running0165
41094   Bill Elliott McDonald's   (Bill Elliott)Ford33373300running30165
51699   Jeff Burton Exide Batteries   (Jack Roush)Ford33361750running0155
61418   Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries   (Joe Gibbs)Pontiac33358600running33155
7333   Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Service   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet33354400running2151
8 95   Terry Labonte Kellogg's Corn Flakes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet33371600running29147
9251   Morgan Shepherd Delco Remy America   (Richard Jackson)Pontiac33344000running0138
101810   Ricky Rudd Tide Mountain Spring   (Ricky Rudd)Ford33350050running0134
112741   Steve Grissom Kodiak   (Larry Hedrick)Chevrolet33341500running0130
122436   Derrike Cope Skittles   (Nelson Bowers)Pontiac33333400running0127
131328   Ernie Irvan Texaco / Havoline 10th Anniversary   (Yates Racing)Ford33355200running83134
143144   Kyle Petty Hot Wheels   (Kyle Petty)Pontiac33331300running0121
154030   Johnny Benson, Jr. Pennzoil   (Chuck Rider)Pontiac33339200running0118
163296   David Green Caterpillar   (Buz McCall)Chevrolet33324500running0115
172221   Michael Waltrip Citgo Top Dog!   (Wood Brothers)Ford33333600running0112
181923   Jimmy Spencer Camel Cigarettes   (Travis Carter)Ford33232700running0109
19 542   Joe Nemechek BellSouth   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet33226375running0106
201775   Rick Mast Remington Arms   (Butch Mock)Ford33233650running0103
21 817   Darrell Waltrip Parts America   (Darrell Waltrip)Chevrolet33230525running1105
22 429   Jeff Green Cartoon Network   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet33226175running3102
233716   Ted Musgrave Family Channel / Primestar   (Jack Roush)Ford33229600running094
24309   Lake Speed Melling Engine Parts   (Harry Melling)Ford33229225running091
25428   Hut Stricklin Circuit City   (Stavola Brothers)Ford33229175running088
263611   Brett Bodine Close Call Phone Card   (Brett Bodine)Ford33228725running085
27 388   Dale Jarrett Quality Care / Ford Credit   (Yates Racing)Ford33240875running2487
283537   Jeremy Mayfield Kmart / RC Cola   (Michael Kranefuss)Ford33121525running079
29 743   Bobby Hamilton STP   (Petty Enterprises)Pontiac33134075running076
302698   John Andretti RCA   (Cale Yarborough)Ford33128450running073
313819   Gary Bradberry Child Support Recovery   (Mark Smith)Ford33118440running070
323478   Billy Standridge Hanes   (Jim Wilson)Ford32818435running067
331590   Dick Trickle Heilig-Meyers / Simmons   (Junie Donlavey)Ford32320930running064
341231   Mike Skinner Lowe's   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet29218425running061
352046   Wally Dallenbach, Jr. First Union   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet24618420engine058
363922   Ward Burton MBNA America   (Bill Davis)Pontiac23918415engine055
37 225   Ricky Craven Budweiser   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet23336710rear end2457
38 633   Ken Schrader Skoal Bandit   (Andy Petree)Chevrolet23129100running1554
392381   Kenny Wallace Square D   (Fil Martocci)Ford19225400crash046
40294   Sterling Marlin Kodak Film   (Larry McClure)Chevrolet18834400crash043
412840   Robby Gordon Coors Light Silver Bullet   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet18625400crash040
42417   Todd Bodine QVC   (Geoffrey Bodine)Ford4725400engine037
* Race shortened to 333 laps due to rain.

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
43Chad Little97John DeereGreg PollexPontiac
44Mike Wallace91SpamJoe FalkChevrolet
45Ed Berrier95Feed the ChildrenSadler BrothersChevrolet
46Bobby Hillin, Jr.77Jasper Engines / Federal MogulDoug BawelFord
47Dave Marcis71RealTree CamouflageDave MarcisChevrolet

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
15454  
55595   debris turn 4 
6011253  
1131164   #81 accident turn 4 
11714832  
1491535   #4 accident backstretch 
15418330  
1841874   #40 accident turn 4 
1881936  
19421522   rain 
2162194  
2202256   #25 rear end frontstretch 
22623914  
2402434   #22 engine turn 2 
24433390  
  Percent of race run under caution: 15.0%             Average green flag run: 35.4 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Dale Jarrett111
  Ricky Craven243
  Jeff Gordon51713
  Dale Jarrett18236
  Jeff Gordon24274
  Ken Schrader284215
  Bill Elliott436220
  Dale Jarrett63675
  Ricky Craven687710
  Ernie Irvan7811336
  Darrell Waltrip1141141
  Ricky Craven1151228
  Ernie Irvan12313816
  Dale Jarrett13915012
  Jeff Green1511533
  Ricky Craven1541563
  Ernie Irvan15718428
  Bobby Labonte18521733
  Ernie Irvan2182203
  Terry Labonte22124020
  Rusty Wallace24127535
  Bill Elliott27628510
  Jeff Gordon28629510
  Dale Earnhardt2962972
  Terry Labonte2983069
  Rusty Wallace30731610
  Jeff Gordon31733317

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Terry Labonte 1691    
2   Jeff Gordon 1685   -6  
3   Dale Jarrett 1579   -112  
4   Mark Martin 1559   -132  
5   Bobby Labonte 1484   -207  
6   Dale Earnhardt 1438   -253  
7   Jeff Burton 1432   -259  
8   Ricky Rudd 1306   -385  
9   Rusty Wallace 1257   -434  
10   Michael Waltrip 1238   -453  
11   Bill Elliott 1223   -468  
12   Bobby Hamilton 1197   -494  
13   Johnny Benson, Jr. 1180   -511  
14   Ernie Irvan 1172   -519  
15   Ward Burton 1153   -538  
16   Darrell Waltrip 1148   -543  
17   Jeremy Mayfield 1147   -544  
18   Ted Musgrave 1103   -588  
18   Brett Bodine 1103   -588  
20   Ken Schrader 1087   -604