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1997 Gateway 300


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NASCAR Busch Grand National Series race number 20 of 30
Saturday, July 26, 1997 at Gateway International Raceway, Madison, IL
240 laps on a 1.250 mile paved track (300.000 miles)

Time of race: 3:48:25
Average speed: 78.803 mph
Pole speed: 130.993 mph
Cautions: 14 for 81 laps
Margin of victory: .223 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 15

Glossary    1997 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series results   /   1997 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
11229   Elliott Sadler Phillips 66   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet24048925running33180
23457   Jason Keller Slim Jim   (Joe Keller)Chevrolet24032900running0170
3194   Dale Shaw Graybar / Buss Fuses   (James Finch)Chevrolet24019750running10165
41738   Elton Sawyer Barbasol   (Bob Sutton)Ford24022825running16160
52034   Mike McLaughlin Royal Oak Charcoal   (Frank Cicci)Chevrolet24024150running0155
62233   Tim Fedewa Kleenex   (Bill Baumgardner)Chevrolet24019125running0150
71545   Jeff Fuller Hunters Specialties   (Mike Laughlin)Chevrolet24018425running0146
82937   Mark Green Timber Wolf   (Clarence Brewer)Chevrolet24017725running0142
9 16   Joe Bessey Power Team   (Joe Bessey)Chevrolet24019840running0138
104143   Dennis Setzer Lance Snacks   (David Ridling)Chevrolet24018280running0134
11401   Hermie Sadler DeWalt Tools   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet23817370running0130
123988   Kevin Lepage Hype   (David Ridling)Chevrolet23518510fuel pump0127
132777   Brad Teague Lear Corporation / UAW   (John Walsh)Ford23514150running0124
14 399   Glenn Allen, Jr. Luxaire   (Bill Papke)Chevrolet23317040running0121
15 83   Steve Park AC Delco   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.)Chevrolet23019105running21118
163063   Tracy Leslie Lysol   (Hubert Hensley)Pontiac22615820running0115
171474   Randy LaJoie Fina   (Bill Baumgardner)Chevrolet22418960ignition0112
18 685   Shane Hall Luck's Foods   (Don Stegall)Chevrolet22115600engine0109
19 772   Mike Dillon Detroit Gasket   (Ron Parker)Chevrolet21517740crash21106
202344   Bobby Labonte Shell Oil   (Bobby Labonte)Pontiac20813605crash41103
21 564   Dick Trickle Dura Lube   (Dennis Shoemaker)Chevrolet20813570running0100
223689   Johnny Chapman Alarm South   (Meredith Ruark)Ford20515160crash097
231610   Phil Parsons Channellock   (Phil Parsons)Chevrolet20215050crash094
242436   Todd Bodine Stanley   (Scott Welliver)Pontiac19814940running091
251000   Buckshot Jones Aquafresh   (Billy Jones)Pontiac19416180running088
26325   Terry Labonte Bayer   (Terry Labonte)Chevrolet19212720crash085
271117   Matt Kenseth Kraft Singles   (Robbie Reiser)Chevrolet16413610engine082
283735   Lyndon Amick Team Amick   (Bill Amick)Pontiac13012500handling079
29 487   Joe Nemechek BellSouth Mobility   (Joe Nemechek)Chevrolet12814890crash7476
303580   Mark Krogh Clearwater Forest Industries   (Robert Krogh)Chevrolet12513505crash073
313168   Chris Diamond J & L Motors   (Jerry Francis)Chevrolet10912170oil leak070
32 22   Ricky Craven Raybestos   (Ricky Craven)Chevrolet8714810crash2467
332178   Nathan Buttke Carquest Auto Parts   (Dan Browder)Chevrolet8311950engine064
342722   Scott Lagasse Pest Offense   (Allen Bloom)Chevrolet8111840overheating061
353849   Kyle Petty N.W.O.   (Kenneth Shaver)Chevrolet7511730crash058
362670   Dale Fischlein Patriot Seeds   (Ivan Murphy)Chevrolet7511620crash055
371347   Robert Pressley Sunoco / 360 Communication   (Tad Geschickter)Chevrolet6113760crash052
381831   Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Sikken's Car Refinishes   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.)Chevrolet6111400crash049
392584   Randy Porter Sammy Kershaw / 84 Lumber   (James Porter)Ford4612400overheating046
403320   Jimmy Spencer Zippo   (Allen Cretsinger)Chevrolet3711400crash043
41 97   Danny Edwards, Jr. Clabber Girl   (Ed Whitaker)Chevrolet711400crash040
424296   Stevie Reeves Big A Auto Parts   (Donald Laird)Ford712600crash037

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
43Kenny Wallace12GraybarFil MartocciFord
44Jeff Krogh56Clearwater Forest IndustriesRobert KroghChevrolet
45Bobby Hillin, Jr.50RawlingsBobby JonesPontiac
46Scot Walters55Brewco Collision ProductsClarence BrewerChevrolet
47Michael Waltrip21Band-AidMichael WaltripFord
48Doug Reid III97Godwin's GCIDoug Reid IIIChevrolet
49Mark Day1631-W InsulationWayne DayPontiac
50Perry Tripp66Pizza WorldRay DeWittFord
51Brad Payne79Triangle MotorsportsBryan PerryFord
52Bill Hoff86Mawson & MawsonTim DurbinChevrolet

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
188  
9157   #7,85,96 accident turn 2 
163823  
39446   #20 accident turn 2 
455511  
56605   #63 accident turn 2 
61622  
63708   #31,35,47 accident backstretch 
71766  
77815   #43,49,70,99 accident turn 2 
82887  
89924   #2 accident turn 2 
93942  
95984   #80 accident turn 2 
9912123  
1221276   #36 accident turn 2 
1281303  
1311399   #80 accident frontstretch 
14015415  
1551595   #00 accident turn 2 
16018223  
1831908   #77 spun turn 4 
19120313  
2042085   #10,89 accident backstretch 
2092091  
2102134   #3,44 accident turn 2 
2142152  
2162205   #72 accident turn 2 
22124020  
  Percent of race run under caution: 33.8%             Average green flag run: 10.6 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Ricky Craven12222
  Joe Nemechek234119
  Dale Shaw42454
  Joe Nemechek467025
  Ricky Craven71722
  Mike Dillon739321
  Joe Nemechek9412330
  Elton Sawyer12413916
  Steve Park1401401
  Elliott Sadler1411411
  Steve Park14215615
  Dale Shaw1571626
  Steve Park1631675
  Bobby Labonte16820841
  Elliott Sadler20924032

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Randy LaJoie 2955    
2   Todd Bodine 2897   -58  
3   Phil Parsons 2581   -374  
4   Steve Park 2501   -454  
5   Mike McLaughlin 2447   -508  
6   Elliott Sadler 2424   -531  
7   Buckshot Jones 2405   -550  
8   Elton Sawyer 2372   -583  
9   Kevin Lepage 2340   -615  
10   Hermie Sadler 2313   -642  
11   Tim Fedewa 2305   -650  
12   Jason Keller 2283   -672  
13   Mark Green 2146   -809  
14   Dick Trickle 2119   -836  
15   Mike Dillon 2027   -928  
16   Tracy Leslie 1951   -1004  
17   Jeff Green 1898   -1057  
18   Joe Bessey 1807   -1148  
19   Glenn Allen, Jr. 1794   -1161  
20   Stevie Reeves 1729   -1226