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NASCAR Busch Grand National Series race number 3 of 30
Saturday, March 1, 1997 at Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA
250 laps on a 0.750 mile paved track (187.500 miles)

Time of race: 2:10:08
Average speed: 86.45 mph
Pole speed: no time trials
Cautions: 7 for 54 laps
Margin of victory: 1.06 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 17

Glossary    1997 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series results   /   1997 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
11860   Mark Martin Winn-Dixie   (Jack Roush)Ford25028475running2180
2338   Jeff Green Diamond Ridge   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet25019791running0170
3 23   Steve Park AC Delco   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.)Chevrolet25010790running2165
4 610   Phil Parsons Channellock   (Phil Parsons)Chevrolet25011056running0160
5 457   Jason Keller Slim Jim   (Joe Keller)Chevrolet25012776running26155
6419   Jeff Burton Track Gear   (Jack Roush)Ford2507580running179150
73036   Todd Bodine Stanley   (Scott Welliver)Pontiac2498226running0146
8 174   Randy LaJoie Fina   (Bill Baumgardner)Chevrolet24910926running35142
93194   Ron Barfield, Jr. New Holland   (Bill Elliott)Ford2495055running0138
101444   Bobby Labonte Shell Oil   (Bobby Labonte)Pontiac2486125running0134
111938   Elton Sawyer Barbasol   (Bob Sutton)Ford2486035running0130
123737   Mark Green Timber Wolf   (Clarence Brewer)Chevrolet2484820running0127
132200   Buckshot Jones Aquafresh   (Billy Jones)Pontiac2489251running0124
142172   Mike Dillon Detroit Gasket   (Ron Parker)Chevrolet2489221running0121
152420   Ed Spencer III Spencer Motor Ventures   (Allen Cretsinger)Chevrolet2485095running0118
16121   Hermie Sadler DeWalt Tools   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet2476896running6115
174013   Ted Christopher LesCare Kitchens   (James Lestorti)Chevrolet2474475running0112
184333   Tim Fedewa Kleenex   (Bill Baumgardner)Chevrolet2476661running0109
193880   Mark Krogh Clearwater Forest Industries   (Robert Krogh)Chevrolet2474375running0106
203956   Jeff Krogh Clearwater Forest Industries   (Robert Krogh)Chevrolet2474765running0103
213689   Johnny Chapman Sherwin-Williams   (Meredith Ruark)Ford2474310running0100
22266   Joe Bessey Power Team   (Joe Bessey)Chevrolet2474285running097
231388   Kevin Lepage Hype   (David Ridling)Chevrolet2468771running094
241740   Doug Heveron MHCO   (Doug Taylor)Ford2465996running091
251199   Glenn Allen, Jr. Luxaire   (Bill Papke)Chevrolet2466121running088
262029   Elliott Sadler Diamond Ridge   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet2465901running085
27 734   Mike McLaughlin Royal Oak Charcoal   (Frank Cicci)Chevrolet2458126running082
28 381   Stanton Barrett Memorex   (Ron Neal)Chevrolet2414105running079
293217   Tim Bender Kraft Singles   (Robbie Reiser)Chevrolet2404100running076
302745   Greg Sacks Hunters Specialties   (Mike Laughlin)Chevrolet2394240running073
311643   Rodney Combs Lance Snacks   (David Ridling)Chevrolet2265751running070
32 864   Dick Trickle Dura Lube   (Dennis Shoemaker)Chevrolet2235746engine067
332348   Randy Porter Unifirst Uniforms   (James Porter)Ford222590running064
34 54   Jeff Purvis Phoenix Construction   (James Finch)Chevrolet2017996handling061
351547   Jeff Fuller Sunoco   (Tad Geschickter)Chevrolet1937996engine058
362996   Stevie Reeves Big A Auto Parts   (Donald Laird)Ford1905190crash055
374297   Doug Reid III MedPartners   (Bart Walker)Chevrolet1894000crash052
383473   Brandon Butler Ashland Ford-Mercury   (Coleman Rice)Ford1824000crash049
393561   Mike Olsen Little Trees   (Mike Olsen)Chevrolet1814000running046
40 963   Tracy Leslie Lysol   (Hubert Hensley)Pontiac1684000crash043
412811   Jimmy Foster Speedvision / Outdoor Life   (Curtis Key)Ford1634000axle040
422585   Shane Hall Luck's / Bama Foods   (Don Stegall)Chevrolet1564000crash037
43105   Terry Labonte Alka-Seltzer / Bayer   (Terry Labonte)Chevrolet114200engine034

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Joey McCarthy41Rent-A-WreckJames PritchardChevrolet
Nathan Buttke66Carquest Auto PartsArlin ButtkeChevrolet
Junior Purcell71South Coast RacingJonathan AbernathyFord
Jeff McClure77Lear CorporationJohn WalshFord
Brad Payne79Perry RacingBryan PerryFord
Kevin Grubb82Virginia Is For LoversKevin GrubbChevrolet
Wayne Grubb83Link-Belt ConstructionsWilliam GrubbChevrolet

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
12222  
23264   #43 accident turn 2 
276135  
62698   #73 accident turn 4 
7016798  
1681725   #74 accident turn 2 
1731731  
17418916   #4,29,63,85 accident turn 4 
1901967  
19720913   #00,6,17,48,56,73,85,96,97 accident turn 4 
21023021  
2312344   #17 spun backstretch 
2352395  
2402434   #6,29,99 accident backstretch 
2442507  
  Percent of race run under caution: 21.6%             Average green flag run: 24.5 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Steve Park122
  Jason Keller31715
  Randy LaJoie183013
  Jason Keller31311
  Randy LaJoie32343
  Jason Keller35428
  Randy LaJoie436018
  Jeff Burton61622
  Randy LaJoie63631
  Hermie Sadler64696
  Jeff Burton7016798
  Mark Martin1681681
  Jeff Burton16923870
  Jason Keller2392391
  Jeff Burton2402489
  Jason Keller2492491
  Mark Martin2502501

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Randy LaJoie 487    
2   Todd Bodine 462   -25  
3   Phil Parsons 454   -33  
4   Mark Martin 418   -69  
5   Mark Green 390   -97  
6   Steve Park 378   -109  
7   Buckshot Jones 375   -112  
8   Elton Sawyer 372   -115  
9   Elliott Sadler 358   -129  
10   Jeff Green 352   -135  
11   Greg Sacks 338   -149  
12   Hermie Sadler 336   -151  
13   Rodney Combs 318   -169  
14   Tim Fedewa 304   -183  
15   Dick Trickle 303   -184  
16   Mike Dillon 300   -187  
17   Glenn Allen, Jr. 296   -191  
18   Mike McLaughlin 288   -199  
18   Doug Heveron 288   -199  
20   Stevie Reeves 279   -208