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1997 Interstate Batteries 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 6 of 32
Sunday, April 6, 1997 at Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
334 laps on a 1.500 mile paved track (501.000 miles)

Time of race: 4:00:16
Average speed: 125.111 mph
Pole speed: no time trials
Cautions: 10 for 73 laps
Margin of victory: 4.067 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 19

Glossary    1997 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1997 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 599   Jeff Burton Exide Batteries   (Jack Roush)Ford334354350running60180
2 188   Dale Jarrett Quality Care / Ford Credit   (Yates Racing)Ford334232800running42175
3 418   Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries 500   (Joe Gibbs)Pontiac334174500running2170
4 35   Terry Labonte Kellogg's Corn Flakes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet334170600running104170
5 810   Ricky Rudd Tide   (Ricky Rudd)Ford334118775running26160
6153   Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Service   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet334111700running0150
71222   Ward Burton MBNA America   (Bill Davis)Pontiac33489000running0146
8224   Sterling Marlin Kodak Film   (Larry McClure)Chevrolet33493000running2147
92121   Michael Waltrip Citgo   (Wood Brothers)Ford33387000running0138
103541   Steve Grissom Kodiak   (Larry Hedrick)Chevrolet33289800running0134
111694   Bill Elliott McDonald's   (Bill Elliott)Ford33282400running0130
123098   John Andretti RCA   (Cale Yarborough)Ford33280300running0127
133181   Kenny Wallace Square D   (Fil Martocci)Ford33278200running0124
14 77   Geoffrey Bodine QVC   (Geoffrey Bodine)Ford33176100running0121
153671   Dave Marcis RealTree Camouflage   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet33167000running0118
16249   Lake Speed Ace Hardware   (Harry Melling)Ford33172800running0115
174291   Mike Wallace Spam   (Joe Falk)Chevrolet33063000running0112
182733   Ken Schrader Skoal Bandit   (Andy Petree)Chevrolet33070700running0109
192611   Brett Bodine Close Call Phone Card   (Brett Bodine)Ford32769600running0106
201743   Bobby Hamilton STP   (Petty Enterprises)Pontiac32575450running0103
214378   Billy Standridge Diamond Rio   (Jim Wilson)Ford32552000running0100
222531   Mike Skinner Lowe's   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet32452000running10102
233290   Dick Trickle Heilig-Meyers / Simmons   (Junie Donlavey)Ford31953500running094
24191   Morgan Shepherd Delco Remy America   (Richard Jackson)Pontiac30459400running091
251825   Todd Bodine Budweiser   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet28458550running993
263897   Chad Little John Deere   (Greg Pollex)Pontiac28347000running085
272344   Kyle Petty Hot Wheels   (Kyle Petty)Pontiac26646000running082
281330   Johnny Benson, Jr. Pennzoil   (Chuck Rider)Pontiac25655200crash079
294042   Joe Nemechek BellSouth   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet25547100crash076
30 224   Jeff Gordon DuPont Refinishes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet24760200running6978
312875   Rick Mast Remington Arms   (Butch Mock)Ford24652000engine070
322037   Jeremy Mayfield Kmart / RC Cola   (Michael Kranefuss)Ford20044000handling067
33348   Hut Stricklin Circuit City   (Stavola Brothers)Ford19247000clutch064
342940   Robby Gordon Coors Light   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet17448500running061
351116   Ted Musgrave Family Channel / Primestar   (Jack Roush)Ford16745000engine058
361028   Ernie Irvan Texaco / Havoline   (Yates Racing)Ford16152000crash055
37 92   Rusty Wallace Miller Lite True to Texas   (Roger Penske)Ford16053000crash052
38 66   Mark Martin Valvoline   (Jack Roush)Ford14342000engine1054
393323   Jimmy Spencer Camel Cigarettes   (Travis Carter)Ford9542000crash046
403920   Greg Sacks Hardee's   (Harry Ranier)Ford8435000crash043
413736   Derrike Cope Skittles   (Nelson Bowers)Pontiac2135000crash040
424177   Bobby Hillin, Jr. Jasper Engines / Federal Mogul   (Doug Bawel)Ford1735000crash037
431417   Darrell Waltrip Parts America   (Darrell Waltrip)Chevrolet035900crash034

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
44Gary Bradberry19Child Support RecoveryMark SmithFord
45Randy LaJoie74FinaBill BaumgardnerChevrolet
46Wally Dallenbach, Jr.46First UnionFelix SabatesChevrolet
47Robert Pressley29Cartoon NetworkGary BechtelChevrolet
48H.B. Bailey66Almeda Auto Parts / Bailey RacingH.B. BaileyPontiac
49Mike Bliss02Team ASE RacingJim SmithFord
50Rick Wilson27Blair MotorsportsDavid BlairFord
51David Green96CaterpillarBuz McCallChevrolet
52Ed Berrier95FTCSadler BrothersChevrolet

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
111  
21110   #1,3,9,11,17,25,31,44,30,40,37,43,75 accident turn 1 
12187  
19257   #20,36,77 accident turn 1 
269772  
981058   #23 spun turn 1 
10614338  
1441496   #6 engine 
15016213  
16317412   #2,11,20,24,28,31,90,4,16 accident frontstretch 
1751762  
1771793   #30 spun turn 2 
1801834  
1841874   oil on track 
18825063  
2512577   #41 spun turn 2 
2582581  
25927012   #30,42,97 accident backstretch 
2712777  
2782814   #25,9 accident backstretch 
28233453  
  Percent of race run under caution: 21.9%             Average green flag run: 23.7 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Dale Jarrett11313
  Jeff Gordon146653
  Terry Labonte67693
  Mark Martin70701
  Bobby Labonte71722
  Mike Skinner738210
  Jeff Gordon839816
  Terry Labonte991079
  Dale Jarrett10813427
  Mark Martin1351439
  Dale Jarrett1441452
  Ricky Rudd1461549
  Terry Labonte15523379
  Jeff Burton2342352
  Todd Bodine2362361
  Sterling Marlin2372382
  Terry Labonte23925113
  Ricky Rudd25226817
  Todd Bodine2692768
  Jeff Burton27733458

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Dale Jarrett 994    
2   Terry Labonte 899   -95  
3   Bobby Labonte 858   -136  
4   Jeff Burton 837   -157  
5   Jeff Gordon 810   -184  
6   Ricky Rudd 775   -219  
7   Geoffrey Bodine 740   -254  
8   Mark Martin 709   -285  
8   Ward Burton 709   -285  
10   Dale Earnhardt 703   -291  
11   Bill Elliott 679   -315  
12   Sterling Marlin 677   -317  
13   Michael Waltrip 669   -325  
14   Bobby Hamilton 646   -348  
15   Ted Musgrave 643   -351  
16   Rusty Wallace 642   -352  
16   Johnny Benson, Jr. 642   -352  
18   Ernie Irvan 641   -353  
19   Morgan Shepherd 632   -362  
20   Jeremy Mayfield 608   -386