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1997 Goodwrench Service 400


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 2 of 32
Sunday, February 23, 1997 at North Carolina Motor Speedway, Rockingham, NC
393 laps on a 1.017 mile paved track (399.681 miles)

Time of race: 3:17:35
Average speed: 121.371 mph
Pole speed: 157.885 mph
Cautions: 7 for 47 laps
Margin of victory: 2.692 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 9

Glossary    1997 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1997 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 424   Jeff Gordon DuPont Refinishes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet39393115running43180
2 388   Dale Jarrett Quality Care / Ford Credit   (Yates Racing)Ford39368760running323180
31799   Jeff Burton Exide Batteries   (Jack Roush)Ford39342260running1170
41010   Ricky Rudd Tide   (Ricky Rudd)Ford39339210running0160
5 825   Ricky Craven Budweiser   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet39335050running0155
6232   Rusty Wallace Miller Lite   (Roger Penske)Ford39335325running0150
7155   Terry Labonte Kellogg's Corn Flakes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet39340525running0146
8 57   Geoffrey Bodine QVC   (Geoffrey Bodine)Ford39332025running0142
93228   Ernie Irvan Texaco / Havoline   (Yates Racing)Ford39336325running3143
10161   Morgan Shepherd Delco Remy America   (Richard Jackson)Pontiac39331575running0134
11273   Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Service   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet39332000running0130
122816   Ted Musgrave Family Channel / Primestar   (Jack Roush)Ford39226600running0127
13 16   Mark Martin Valvoline   (Jack Roush)Ford39231800running22129
14 218   Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries   (Joe Gibbs)Pontiac39230150running0121
15229   Lake Speed Melling Engine Parts   (Harry Melling)Ford39227550running0118
162437   Jeremy Mayfield Kmart / RC Cola   (Michael Kranefuss)Ford39218500running0115
17 911   Brett Bodine Close Call Phone Card   (Brett Bodine)Ford39225100running0112
18 633   Ken Schrader Skoal Bandit   (Andy Petree)Chevrolet39224800running0109
193790   Dick Trickle Heilig-Meyers   (Junie Donlavey)Ford39217450running0106
20354   Sterling Marlin Kodak Film   (Larry McClure)Chevrolet39232150running0103
213875   Rick Mast Remington Arms   (Butch Mock)Ford39223900running0100
224394   Bill Elliott McDonald's   (Bill Elliott)Ford39225700running097
231122   Ward Burton MBNA America   (Bill Davis)Pontiac39116450running094
24 741   Steve Grissom Kodiak   (Larry Hedrick)Chevrolet39123250running091
251231   Mike Skinner Lowe's   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet39114200running088
263921   Michael Waltrip Citgo   (Wood Brothers)Ford39022940running085
272130   Johnny Benson, Jr. Pennzoil   (Chuck Rider)Pontiac39022740running082
281943   Bobby Hamilton STP   (Petty Enterprises)Pontiac39027690running079
292044   Kyle Petty Hot Wheels   (Kyle Petty)Pontiac38912515running076
303471   Dave Marcis RealTree Camouflage   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet38915465running073
312636   Derrike Cope Skittles   (Nelson Bowers)Pontiac38812265running070
323017   Darrell Waltrip Parts America   (Darrell Waltrip)Chevrolet38814715running067
334140   Robby Gordon Coors Light   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet38819640running064
342598   John Andretti RCA   (Cale Yarborough)Ford38819015running061
353342   Joe Nemechek BellSouth   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet38711915running058
36298   Hut Stricklin Circuit City   (Stavola Brothers)Ford37918840running055
371829   Robert Pressley Cartoon Network   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet33411800crash052
381496   David Green Caterpillar   (Buz McCall)Chevrolet30311730running154
393620   Greg Sacks Hardee's   (Harry Ranier)Ford27111730engine046
404023   Jimmy Spencer Camel Cigarettes   (Travis Carter)Ford26419730overheating043
411381   Kenny Wallace Square D   (Fil Martocci)Ford18018730engine040
423177   Bobby Hillin, Jr. Jasper Engines / Federal Mogul   (Doug Bawel)Ford13611730engine037
434219   Loy Allen, Jr. Child Support Recovery   (Mark Smith)Ford6811730clutch034

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
44Chad Little97John DeereGreg PollexPontiac
45Billy Standridge78Diamond RioJim WilsonFord
46Mike Wallace91SpamJoe FalkChevrolet
47Gary Bradberry95Feed the ChildrenSadler BrothersChevrolet

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
14545  
46505   #9 spun backstretch 
51184134  
1851906   #81 engine frontstretch 
19123141  
23224413   #90 spun turn 2 
24526117  
2622698   #96 hit wall turn 4 
2702767  
2772804   #20 engine turn 2 
28129818  
2993035   #31 spun turn 4 
30433633  
3373426   #29 hit wall turn 1 
34339351  
  Percent of race run under caution: 12.0%             Average green flag run: 43.3 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Mark Martin11212
  Dale Jarrett134634
  Mark Martin475610
  Dale Jarrett5712670
  Ernie Irvan1271293
  David Green1301301
  Dale Jarrett131303173
  Jeff Burton3043041
  Dale Jarrett30535046
  Jeff Gordon35139343

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Jeff Gordon 360    
2   Ricky Craven 320   -40  
3   Terry Labonte 316   -44  
4   Jeff Burton 300   -60  
5   Ricky Rudd 298   -62  
6   Mark Martin 285   -75  
7   Dale Jarrett 274   -86  
8   Jeremy Mayfield 265   -95  
9   Sterling Marlin 263   -97  
10   Bill Elliott 262   -98  
11   Ernie Irvan 251   -109  
11   Ted Musgrave 251   -109  
13   Ward Burton 236   -124  
14   Bobby Labonte 221   -139  
14   Brett Bodine 221   -139  
16   Mike Skinner 220   -140  
17   Morgan Shepherd 210   -150  
18   Lake Speed 209   -151  
19   Dale Earnhardt 205   -155  
20   Geoffrey Bodine 203   -157