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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 1 of 32
Sunday, February 16, 1997 at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.000 miles)

Time of race: 3:22:18
Average speed: 148.295 mph
Pole speed: 189.813 mph
Cautions: 8 for 29 laps
Margin of victory: under caution
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 12

Glossary    1997 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1997 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 624   Jeff Gordon DuPont Refinishes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet200377410running40180
2185   Terry Labonte Kellogg's Corn Flakes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet200194925running0170
34025   Ricky Craven Budweiser   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet200155625running0165
4 894   Bill Elliott McDonald's   (Bill Elliott)Ford200133200running30165
5 94   Sterling Marlin Kodak Film   (Larry McClure)Chevrolet200121080running8160
62137   Jeremy Mayfield Kmart / RC Cola   (Michael Kranefuss)Ford200100355running0150
7116   Mark Martin Valvoline   (Jack Roush)Ford200105515running52156
81722   Ward Burton MBNA America   (Bill Davis)Pontiac20082390running0142
91310   Ricky Rudd Tide   (Ricky Rudd)Ford20088590running0138
102217   Darrell Waltrip Parts America   (Darrell Waltrip)Chevrolet20078840running0134
112399   Jeff Burton Exide Batteries   (Jack Roush)Ford20079040running0130
12 131   Mike Skinner Lowe's   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet20077615running1132
134116   Ted Musgrave Family Channel / Primestar   (Jack Roush)Ford20076570running0124
143044   Kyle Petty Hot Wheels   (Kyle Petty)Pontiac20062080running0121
153943   Bobby Hamilton STP   (Petty Enterprises)Pontiac20077415running0118
162040   Robby Gordon Coors Light   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet20069545running0115
172471   Dave Marcis RealTree Camouflage   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet20061225running0112
183711   Brett Bodine Close Call Phone Card   (Brett Bodine)Ford20067155running0109
19288   Hut Stricklin Circuit City   (Stavola Brothers)Ford20065935running0106
20 528   Ernie Irvan Texaco / Havoline   (Yates Racing)Ford20072325running13108
211518   Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries   (Joe Gibbs)Pontiac20069445running0100
223681   Kenny Wallace Square D   (Fil Martocci)Ford20065465running097
23 388   Dale Jarrett Quality Care / Ford Credit   (Yates Racing)Ford20070510running094
24359   Lake Speed Melling Engine Parts / MHCO U.S.A.   (Harry Melling)Ford19964405running091
253298   John Andretti RCA   (Cale Yarborough)Ford19863325running088
263319   Loy Allen, Jr. Remington Arms / Child Support   (Mark Smith)Ford19855570running085
273873   Joe Nemechek BellSouth   (Phil Barkdoll)Chevrolet19652240crash082
281630   Johnny Benson, Jr. Pennzoil   (Chuck Rider)Pontiac19561935crash079
29421   Morgan Shepherd Delco Remy America   (Richard Jackson)Pontiac19561655crash076
302790   Dick Trickle Heilig-Meyers   (Junie Donlavey)Ford19553900crash073
31 43   Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Service   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet19572545running4875
321221   Michael Waltrip Citgo   (Wood Brothers)Ford18857990running572
331033   Ken Schrader Skoal Bandit   (Andy Petree)Chevrolet17357790running064
34257   Geoffrey Bodine QVC   (Geoffrey Bodine)Ford14857605running061
35 723   Jimmy Spencer Camel Cigarettes   (Travis Carter)Ford14657300running058
362936   Derrike Cope Skittles   (Nelson Bowers)Pontiac12450145handling055
373420   Greg Sacks Hardee's   (Harry Ranier)Ford12050040crash357
383177   Bobby Hillin, Jr. Jasper Engines / Federal Mogul   (Doug Bawel)Ford11149605engine049
391929   Robert Pressley Cartoon Network   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet9149605handling046
40 241   Steve Grissom Kodiak   (Larry Hedrick)Chevrolet8857565crash043
41142   Rusty Wallace Miller Lite   (Roger Penske)Ford4766605engine040
422646   Wally Dallenbach, Jr. First Union   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet3249065engine037

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
43Rick Mast75Remington ArmsButch MockFord
44Chad Little97John DeereGreg PollexPontiac
45Larry Pearson15Bud Moore EngineeringBud MooreFord
46Joe Nemechek42BellSouthFelix SabatesChevrolet
47Billy Standridge78Diamond Rio / HanesJim WilsonFord
48David Green96CaterpillarBuz McCallChevrolet
49Gary Bradberry95Feed the ChildrenSadler BrothersChevrolet
50Mike Wallace91SpamJoe FalkChevrolet
51Delma Cowart0Master's Inn EconomyH.L. WatersFord
52Norm Benning84Benning RacingNorm BenningChevrolet
DCPhil Barkdoll73X-1RPhil BarkdollChevrolet

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
199  
10123   #29 accident backstretch 
134836  
49524   #36,7,23 accident backstretch 
538937  
90934   #41,33 accident backstretch 
94963  
97982   debris backstretch 
9912123  
1221254   #20,99 accident backstretch 
12616641  
1671704   debris turn 1 
17118919  
1901934   #3,88,28,5 accident backstretch 
1941963  
1972004   #88,81,11,71,30,73,1,90,9,43,18,40 accident turn 4 
  Percent of race run under caution: 14.5%             Average green flag run: 21.4 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Mike Skinner111
  Dale Earnhardt24948
  Michael Waltrip50545
  Ernie Irvan55562
  Jeff Gordon579034
  Greg Sacks91933
  Mark Martin9414552
  Ernie Irvan1461549
  Bill Elliott15516713
  Sterling Marlin1681758
  Ernie Irvan1761772
  Bill Elliott17819417
  Jeff Gordon1952006

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Jeff Gordon 180    
2   Terry Labonte 170   -10  
3   Ricky Craven 165   -15  
3   Bill Elliott 165   -15  
5   Sterling Marlin 160   -20  
6   Mark Martin 156   -24  
7   Jeremy Mayfield 150   -30  
8   Ward Burton 142   -38  
9   Ricky Rudd 138   -42  
10   Darrell Waltrip 134   -46  
11   Mike Skinner 132   -48  
12   Jeff Burton 130   -50  
13   Ted Musgrave 124   -56  
14   Kyle Petty 121   -59  
15   Bobby Hamilton 118   -62  
16   Robby Gordon 115   -65  
17   Dave Marcis 112   -68  
18   Brett Bodine 109   -71  
19   Ernie Irvan 108   -72  
20   Hut Stricklin 106   -74