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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 29 of 32
Sunday, October 12, 1997 at Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL
188 laps on a 2.660 mile paved track (500.080 miles)

Time of race: 3:11:36
Average speed: 156.601 mph
Pole speed: 193.271 mph
Cautions: 4 for 22 laps
Margin of victory: .146 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 32

Glossary    1997 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1997 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 65   Terry Labonte Kellogg's Corn Flakes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet188116725running70185
2 718   Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries   (Joe Gibbs)Pontiac18876670running5175
3 298   John Andretti RCA   (Cale Yarborough)Ford18858530running1170
41433   Ken Schrader Skoal Bandit   (Andy Petree)Chevrolet18853715running6165
5 128   Ernie Irvan Texaco / Havoline 10th Anniversary   (Yates Racing)Ford18857275running11160
61525   Ricky Craven Budweiser   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet18841500running0150
74244   Kyle Petty Hot Wheels   (Kyle Petty)Pontiac18832700running0146
8257   Geoffrey Bodine QVC   (Geoffrey Bodine)Ford18838050running2147
92375   Rick Mast Remington Arms   (Butch Mock)Ford18836920running0138
10 92   Rusty Wallace Miller Lite   (Roger Penske)Ford18842900running2139
113916   Ted Musgrave Family Channel / Primestar   (Jack Roush)Ford18838080running0130
12291   Morgan Shepherd R&L Carriers   (Richard Jackson)Pontiac18835025running0127
131094   Bill Elliott McDonald's   (Bill Elliott)Ford18835280running0124
14 499   Jeff Burton Exide Batteries   (Jack Roush)Ford18839410running0121
153581   Kenny Wallace Square D   (Fil Martocci)Ford18836760running0118
163796   David Green Caterpillar   (Buz McCall)Chevrolet18828600running0115
173891   Kevin Lepage Pionite   (Joe Falk)Chevrolet18823835running0112
18 536   Derrike Cope Skittles   (Nelson Bowers)Pontiac18827280running0109
191930   Johnny Benson, Jr. Pennzoil   (Chuck Rider)Pontiac18733950running0106
203443   Bobby Hamilton STP   (Petty Enterprises)Pontiac18739460running0103
211888   Dale Jarrett Quality Care / Ford Credit   (Yates Racing)Ford18739930running13105
221711   Brett Bodine Scandia / Bodine   (Brett Bodine)Ford18733300running097
232190   Dick Trickle Heilig-Meyers / Simmons   (Junie Donlavey)Ford18726290running094
24 323   Jimmy Spencer Camel Cigarettes   (Travis Carter)Ford18732940running1196
253271   Dave Marcis RealTree Camouflage   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet18722460running088
264037   Jeremy Mayfield Kmart / RC Cola   (Michael Kranefuss)Ford18425360handling085
271177   Robert Pressley Jasper Engines / Federal Mogul   (Doug Bawel)Ford17822240running082
282721   Michael Waltrip Citgo   (Wood Brothers)Ford17232170running079
29123   Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Service Plus   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet16748500running2581
30316   Mark Martin Valvoline   (Jack Roush)Ford16737030running578
311342   Joe Nemechek BellSouth   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet16524440running070
322241   Steve Grissom Kodiak   (Larry Hedrick)Chevrolet16328870running067
331631   Mike Skinner Lowe's   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet15921790running169
344110   Ricky Rudd Tide   (Ricky Rudd)Ford15336745running061
35 824   Jeff Gordon DuPont Refinishes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet15338915running363
36209   Lake Speed Advantage Camo   (Harry Melling)Ford15321670running055
373317   Darrell Waltrip Parts America   (Darrell Waltrip)Chevrolet14728660crash052
38304   Sterling Marlin Kodak Film   (Larry McClure)Chevrolet13937500crash2754
392840   Greg Sacks Coors Light   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet13928500crash551
403697   Chad Little John Deere   (Jack Roush)Pontiac13921525crash043
412446   Wally Dallenbach, Jr. First Union   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet9921500crash145
422647   Billy Standridge Cofab Steel / Jayski's   (Billy Standridge)Ford5121500oil cooler037

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
43Ward Burton22MBNA AmericaBill DavisPontiac
44Hut Stricklin8Circuit CityStavola BrothersFord
45Gary Bradberry78HanesJim WilsonFord
46Jeff Green29Cartoon NetworkGary BechtelChevrolet
47Ed Berrier95Feed the ChildrenSadler BrothersChevrolet

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
15252  
53597   #47 spun turn 2 
609940  
1001045   #46 spun backstretch 
10514036  
1411477   #21,24,42,16,6,37,3,9,90,23,91,31,17,77,40,4,88,10,97,99,98,41,36 accident backstretch 
1481547  
1551573   #11 spun backstretch 
15818831  
  Percent of race run under caution: 11.7%             Average green flag run: 33.2 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Ernie Irvan188
  Terry Labonte92012
  Bobby Labonte21255
  Terry Labonte26261
  Jeff Gordon27293
  Dale Earnhardt304112
  Wally Dallenbach, Jr.42421
  Dale Earnhardt43497
  Sterling Marlin50501
  Dale Earnhardt51511
  Mike Skinner52521
  Sterling Marlin536513
  Mark Martin66705
  Greg Sacks71744
  Dale Jarrett75751
  Dale Earnhardt76761
  Rusty Wallace77771
  Dale Earnhardt78792
  Rusty Wallace80801
  Dale Jarrett81866
  Greg Sacks87871
  Dale Jarrett88936
  Dale Earnhardt94952
  Ernie Irvan96983
  John Andretti99991
  Jimmy Spencer1001078
  Sterling Marlin10812013
  Jimmy Spencer1211233
  Terry Labonte12414017
  Geoffrey Bodine1411422
  Terry Labonte14318038
  Ken Schrader1811866
  Terry Labonte1871882

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Jeff Gordon 4321    
2   Mark Martin 4211   -110  
3   Dale Jarrett 4166   -155  
4   Jeff Burton 4041   -280  
5   Terry Labonte 3796   -525  
6   Dale Earnhardt 3794   -527  
7   Bobby Labonte 3687   -634  
8   Bill Elliott 3536   -785  
9   Ted Musgrave 3322   -999  
10   Rusty Wallace 3242   -1079  
11   Ken Schrader 3240   -1081  
12   Johnny Benson, Jr. 3235   -1086  
13   Jeremy Mayfield 3217   -1104  
14   Ernie Irvan 3214   -1107  
15   Ricky Rudd 3180   -1141  
16   Kyle Petty 3060   -1261  
17   Bobby Hamilton 2954   -1367  
18   Ricky Craven 2853   -1468  
19   Michael Waltrip 2843   -1478  
20   Jimmy Spencer 2828   -1493