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1997 NAPA 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 32 of 32
Sunday, November 16, 1997 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA
325 laps on a 1.540 mile paved track (500.500 miles)

Time of race: 3:07:48
Average speed: 159.904 mph
Pole speed: 197.478 mph
Cautions: 4 for 25 laps
Margin of victory: 3.801 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 24

Glossary    1997 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1997 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
12118   Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries   (Joe Gibbs)Pontiac325158600running168185
2 388   Dale Jarrett Quality Care / Ford Credit   (Yates Racing)Ford32579600running5175
3 96   Mark Martin Valvoline   (Jack Roush)Ford32560300running52170
4 729   Jeff Green Cartoon Network   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet32543475running0160
51436   Derrike Cope Skittles   (Nelson Bowers)Pontiac32538100running2160
62044   Kyle Petty Hot Wheels   (Kyle Petty)Pontiac32434075running5155
74043   Bobby Hamilton STP   (Petty Enterprises)Pontiac32443030running0146
8 542   Joe Nemechek BellSouth   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet32435950running41147
9 222   Ward Burton MBNA America   (Bill Davis)Pontiac32339425running13143
101230   Johnny Benson, Jr. Pennzoil   (Chuck Rider)Pontiac32338950running0134
11274   Sterling Marlin Kodak Film   (Larry McClure)Chevrolet32341975running0130
122328   Ernie Irvan Texaco / Havoline   (Yates Racing)Ford32341050running4132
133521   Michael Waltrip Citgo   (Wood Brothers)Ford32238425running0124
142290   Dick Trickle Heilig-Meyers   (Junie Donlavey)Ford32228975running0121
152514   Steve Park Burger King   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.)Chevrolet32225650running0118
16 63   Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Service Plus   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet32243075running24120
173724   Jeff Gordon DuPont Refinishes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet32241155running0112
182497   Chad Little John Deere   (Jack Roush)Pontiac32127440running7114
193837   Jeremy Mayfield Kmart / RC Cola   (Michael Kranefuss)Ford32127100running0106
201333   Ken Schrader Skoal Bandit   (Andy Petree)Chevrolet32133685running0103
21 45   Terry Labonte Kellogg's Corn Flakes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet32144470running0100
223198   John Andretti RCA   (Cale Yarborough)Ford32033055running097
232831   Mike Skinner Lowe's   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet32025740running094
244223   Jimmy Spencer Winston / No Bull   (Travis Carter)Ford32032425running091
25 827   Kenny Irwin, Jr. G.I. Joe / Winner's Circle   (David Blair)Ford32021910running088
26299   Lake Speed Advantage Camo   (Harry Melling)Ford31724995running085
27361   Morgan Shepherd R&L Carriers   (Richard Jackson)Pontiac31731780running082
281541   Steve Grissom Kodiak   (Larry Hedrick)Chevrolet31731565running079
292691   Kevin Lepage Pionite   (Joe Falk)Chevrolet31721505running076
301981   Kenny Wallace Square D   (Fil Martocci)Ford31731430running073
313416   Ted Musgrave Family Channel / Primestar   (Jack Roush)Ford31530865running070
32332   Rusty Wallace Miller Lite   (Roger Penske)Ford31438300running067
33 17   Geoffrey Bodine QVC   (Geoffrey Bodine)Ford31443735running469
343999   Jeff Burton Exide Batteries   (Jack Roush)Ford31336170running061
351675   Rick Mast Remington Arms   (Butch Mock)Ford30228105running058
361094   Bill Elliott McDonald's   (Bill Elliott)Ford27428040clutch055
371110   Ricky Rudd Tide   (Ricky Rudd)Ford24236030handling052
383046   Wally Dallenbach, Jr. First Union   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet23120875running049
394125   Ricky Craven Budweiser   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet17327875handling046
404317   Darrell Waltrip Parts America   (Darrell Waltrip)Chevrolet11427875ignition043
411811   Brett Bodine Scandia / Bodine   (Brett Bodine)Ford5729375handling040
421778   Gary Bradberry Hanes   (Jim Wilson)Ford5020875crash037
433200   Buckshot Jones Aquafresh   (Billy Jones)Pontiac3820875crash034

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
44Todd Bodine35TabascoBob HancherPontiac
45Robert Pressley77Jasper Engines & TransmissionsDoug BawelFord
46David Green96CaterpillarBuz McCallChevrolet
47Hut Stricklin8Circuit CityStavola BrothersFord
48Greg Sacks40Coors LightFelix SabatesChevrolet
49Ed Berrier95Feed the ChildrenSadler BrothersChevrolet
50Dave Marcis71RealTree CamouflageDave MarcisChevrolet
WDTim Steele15Daytona USABud MooreFord

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
12626  
27326   check tires 
33397  
40478   #11,00 accident turn 2 
48514  
52565   #78 accident turn 2 
57176120  
1771815   #3 accident turn 2 
182325144  
  Percent of race run under caution: 7.4%             Average green flag run: 60.2 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Geoffrey Bodine144
  Ward Burton5106
  Dale Earnhardt11188
  Ward Burton19257
  Dale Earnhardt26272
  Mark Martin28347
  Dale Earnhardt354713
  Joe Nemechek48569
  Dale Earnhardt57571
  Joe Nemechek588932
  Ernie Irvan90934
  Dale Jarrett94941
  Kyle Petty95995
  Chad Little1001067
  Bobby Labonte10714337
  Dale Jarrett1441463
  Bobby Labonte14718236
  Derrike Cope1831842
  Mark Martin18519410
  Bobby Labonte19523238
  Mark Martin2332386
  Bobby Labonte23928446
  Dale Jarrett2852851
  Mark Martin28631429
  Bobby Labonte31532511

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Jeff Gordon 4710    
2   Dale Jarrett 4696   -14  
3   Mark Martin 4681   -29  
4   Jeff Burton 4285   -425  
5   Dale Earnhardt 4216   -494  
6   Terry Labonte 4177   -533  
7   Bobby Labonte 4101   -609  
8   Bill Elliott 3836   -874  
9   Rusty Wallace 3598   -1112  
10   Ken Schrader 3576   -1134  
11   Johnny Benson, Jr. 3575   -1135  
12   Ted Musgrave 3556   -1154  
13   Jeremy Mayfield 3547   -1163  
14   Ernie Irvan 3534   -1176  
15   Kyle Petty 3455   -1255  
16   Bobby Hamilton 3450   -1260  
17   Ricky Rudd 3330   -1380  
18   Michael Waltrip 3173   -1537  
19   Ricky Craven 3108   -1602  
20   Jimmy Spencer 3079   -1631