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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 7 of 32
Sunday, April 13, 1997 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN
500 laps on a 0.533 mile paved track (266.500 miles)

Time of race: 3:33:06
Average speed: 75.035 mph
Pole speed: 123.586 mph
Cautions: 20 for 132 laps
Margin of victory: .499 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 13

Glossary    1997 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1997 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 524   Jeff Gordon DuPont Refinishes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet50083640running125180
2 12   Rusty Wallace Miller Lite   (Roger Penske)Ford50064090running240180
3175   Terry Labonte Kellogg's Corn Flakes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet50051490running0165
4 688   Dale Jarrett Quality Care / Ford Credit   (Yates Racing)Ford50039265running0160
5236   Mark Martin Valvoline   (Jack Roush)Ford50037520running0155
6293   Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Service   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet50032970running0150
71894   Bill Elliott McDonald's   (Bill Elliott)Ford50027770running90151
82197   Chad Little John Deere   (Greg Pollex)Pontiac50018370running0142
93237   Jeremy Mayfield Kmart / RC Cola   (Michael Kranefuss)Ford50021565running0138
101211   Brett Bodine Close Call Phone Card   (Brett Bodine)Ford50028215running0134
111990   Dick Trickle Heilig-Meyers / Simmons   (Junie Donlavey)Ford50018745running0130
121633   Ken Schrader Skoal Bandit   (Andy Petree)Chevrolet50025390running0127
133443   Bobby Hamilton STP   (Petty Enterprises)Pontiac50029015running0124
141529   Robert Pressley Cartoon Network   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet50017965running2126
151023   Jimmy Spencer Camel Cigarettes   (Travis Carter)Ford49925965running36123
163636   Derrike Cope Skittles   (Nelson Bowers)Pontiac49913640running0115
172575   Rick Mast Remington Arms   (Butch Mock)Ford49924390running0112
183522   Ward Burton MBNA America   (Bill Davis)Pontiac49917240running0109
192442   Joe Nemechek BellSouth   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet49917130running0106
20 24   Sterling Marlin Kodak Film   (Larry McClure)Chevrolet49832421running7108
213921   Michael Waltrip Citgo   (Wood Brothers)Ford49723765running0100
222796   David Green Caterpillar   (Buz McCall)Chevrolet49614215running097
233095   Ed Berrier Feed The Children   (Sadler Brothers)Chevrolet49513165running094
242698   John Andretti RCA   (Cale Yarborough)Ford49123490running091
254317   Darrell Waltrip Parts America 25 Years Retro 1985   (Darrell Waltrip)Chevrolet48523595running088
26 78   Hut Stricklin Circuit City   (Stavola Brothers)Ford48423215running085
272210   Ricky Rudd Tide   (Ricky Rudd)Ford48327991running082
28411   Morgan Shepherd Cruisin' America Phone Card   (Richard Jackson)Pontiac47923040running079
291444   Kyle Petty Hot Wheels   (Kyle Petty)Pontiac47712910running076
304271   Dave Marcis RealTree Camouflage   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet46815585running073
313330   Johnny Benson, Jr. Pennzoil   (Chuck Rider)Pontiac45521815running070
32 941   Steve Grissom Kodiak   (Larry Hedrick)Chevrolet44122795crash067
33 87   Geoffrey Bodine QVC / LA West   (Geoffrey Bodine)Ford43218775crash064
341318   Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries   (Joe Gibbs)Pontiac42526735running061
352831   Mike Skinner Lowe's   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet36511715engine058
36319   Lake Speed Melling Engine Parts   (Harry Melling)Ford32518695crash055
373719   Gary Bradberry Child Support Recovery   (Mark Smith)Ford31711675running052
38 316   Ted Musgrave Family Channel / Primestar   (Jack Roush)Ford29618950crash049
393828   Ernie Irvan Texaco / Havoline   (Yates Racing)Ford28126650engine046
404025   Jack Sprague Budweiser   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet25618650crash043
41 481   Kenny Wallace Square D   (Fil Martocci)Ford22318750crash040
421199   Jeff Burton Exide Batteries   (Jack Roush)Ford15726650engine037
432040   Robby Gordon Coors Light   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet9118650crash034

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
44Bobby Hillin, Jr.77Jasper Engines / Federal MogulDoug BawelFord
45Billy Standridge78Diamond Rio / HanesJim WilsonFord
46Mike Wallace91SpamJoe FalkChevrolet
47Greg Sacks20Hardee'sHarry RanierFord

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
11313  
14185   #9,40,98,43 accident turn 3 
194830  
49535   #10 accident backstretch 
54563  
57604   #25 spun turn 1 
61699  
70756   #19 spun backstretch 
76783  
79835   #43 spun frontstretch 
849613  
971026   #40 spun backstretch 
1031108  
1111188   #31 debris backstretch 
11913214  
1331408   #25,31 accident turn 4 
1411499  
1501556   #30,71 accident turn 3 
15618429  
1851917   #44 spun turn 4 
1921965  
1972015   #11 spun turn 4 
20222423  
2252317   #81 accident turn 4 
2322354  
2362383   debris frontstretch 
23925820  
2592646   #28,31,18,22,98 accident turn 4 
26528016  
2812866   #29,18 accident turn 2 
2872882  
28930517   #16 accident frontstretch 
3063116  
3123209   #25,9 accident frontstretch 
32140888  
4094146   #1 stalled turn 3 
4154239  
4244285   #7,23,75,11 accident turn 3 
42944214  
4434508   #7,23,41 accident frontstretch 
45150050  
  Percent of race run under caution: 26.4%             Average green flag run: 17.5 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Rusty Wallace14949
  Jimmy Spencer508536
  Rusty Wallace8613449
  Bill Elliott13515723
  Robert Pressley1581592
  Bill Elliott1601623
  Jeff Gordon16322664
  Sterling Marlin2272337
  Bill Elliott2342385
  Rusty Wallace23929557
  Bill Elliott29635459
  Jeff Gordon35541460
  Rusty Wallace41549985
  Jeff Gordon5005001

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Dale Jarrett 1154    
2   Terry Labonte 1064   -90  
3   Jeff Gordon 990   -164  
4   Bobby Labonte 919   -235  
5   Jeff Burton 874   -280  
6   Mark Martin 864   -290  
7   Ricky Rudd 857   -297  
8   Dale Earnhardt 853   -301  
9   Bill Elliott 830   -324  
10   Rusty Wallace 822   -332  
11   Ward Burton 818   -336  
12   Geoffrey Bodine 804   -350  
13   Sterling Marlin 785   -369  
14   Bobby Hamilton 770   -384  
15   Michael Waltrip 769   -385  
16   Jeremy Mayfield 746   -408  
17   Brett Bodine 722   -432  
18   Johnny Benson, Jr. 712   -442  
19   Morgan Shepherd 711   -443  
20   Ken Schrader 697   -457