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1997 PRIMESTAR 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 4 of 32
Sunday, March 9, 1997 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA
328 laps on a 1.522 mile paved track (499.216 miles)

Time of race: 3:45:40
Average speed: 132.731 mph
Pole speed: 186.507 mph
Cautions: 7 for 45 laps
Margin of victory: 1.38 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 16

Glossary    1997 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1997 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 988   Dale Jarrett Quality Care / Ford Credit   (Yates Racing)Ford328137650running253185
21728   Ernie Irvan Texaco / Havoline   (Yates Racing)Ford32873000running10175
3211   Morgan Shepherd Delco Remy America   (Richard Jackson)Pontiac32859400running10170
42918   Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries   (Joe Gibbs)Pontiac32846000running3165
52799   Jeff Burton Exide Batteries   (Jack Roush)Ford32841000running0155
6 26   Mark Martin Valvoline   (Jack Roush)Ford32845900running9155
73121   Michael Waltrip Citgo   (Wood Brothers)Ford32834825running0146
8263   Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Service   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet32840975running0142
9225   Terry Labonte Kellogg's Corn Flakes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet32843275running1143
101843   Bobby Hamilton STP   (Petty Enterprises)Pontiac32841375running0134
114030   Johnny Benson, Jr. Pennzoil   (Chuck Rider)Pontiac32833925running0130
123622   Ward Burton MBNA America   (Bill Davis)Pontiac32724425running0127
133044   Kyle Petty Hot Wheels   (Kyle Petty)Pontiac32719905running0124
14 140   Robby Gordon Coors Light   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet32742935running42126
153398   John Andretti RCA   (Cale Yarborough)Ford32731805running0118
16 317   Darrell Waltrip Parts America   (Darrell Waltrip)Chevrolet32730495running0115
171675   Rick Mast Remington Arms   (Butch Mock)Ford32730185running0112
184111   Brett Bodine Close Call Phone Card   (Brett Bodine)Ford32629965running0109
193297   Chad Little John Deere   (Greg Pollex)Pontiac32418435running0106
20 87   Geoffrey Bodine QVC   (Geoffrey Bodine)Ford32432035running0103
212431   Mike Skinner Lowe's   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet32318925running0100
22 69   Lake Speed Melling Engine Parts   (Harry Melling)Ford32329365running097
23204   Sterling Marlin Kodak Film   (Larry McClure)Chevrolet32334755running094
241996   David Green Caterpillar   (Buz McCall)Chevrolet32318620running091
253533   Ken Schrader Skoal Bandit   (Andy Petree)Chevrolet32129165running088
263791   Mike Wallace Spam   (Joe Falk)Chevrolet31118460running085
272820   Greg Sacks Hardee's   (Harry Ranier)Ford30518350running082
28 490   Dick Trickle Heilig-Meyers   (Junie Donlavey)Ford30421575engine079
291081   Kenny Wallace Square D   (Fil Martocci)Ford29928335crash076
302510   Ricky Rudd Tide   (Ricky Rudd)Ford29332975running073
31382   Rusty Wallace Miller Lite   (Roger Penske)Ford28434915crash070
321223   Jimmy Spencer Camel Cigarettes   (Travis Carter)Ford28227955crash067
333941   Steve Grissom Kodiak   (Larry Hedrick)Chevrolet28128760crash064
34 716   Ted Musgrave Family Channel / Primestar   (Jack Roush)Ford26727725crash061
351325   Ricky Craven Budweiser   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet26627190crash058
361178   Billy Standridge Diamond Rio / Hanes   (Jim Wilson)Ford26117665engine055
371437   Jeremy Mayfield Kmart / RC Cola   (Michael Kranefuss)Ford26017650engine052
381594   Bill Elliott McDonald's   (Bill Elliott)Ford25324570engine049
394242   Joe Nemechek BellSouth   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet25217570crash046
403419   Gary Bradberry Child Support Recovery   (Mark Smith)Ford25217570crash043
41 58   Hut Stricklin Circuit City   (Stavola Brothers)Ford22624570engine040
422324   Jeff Gordon DuPont Refinishes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet5934770engine037

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
43Robert Pressley29Cartoon NetworkGary BechtelChevrolet
44Derrike Cope36SkittlesNelson BowersPontiac
45Bobby Hillin, Jr.77Jasper Engines / Federal MogulDoug BawelFord
46Wally Dallenbach, Jr.46First UnionFelix SabatesChevrolet
47Ed Berrier95FTCSadler BrothersChevrolet
48Dave Marcis71RealTree CamouflageDave MarcisChevrolet
49Mike Miller08UniSealMike Miller / Frank KeziahChevrolet

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
14646  
47504   debris 
5110252  
1031075   #20 spun turn 2 
108236129  
2372404   #33 spun frontstretch 
2412444  
2452506   #10 spun backstretch 
2512555  
2562627   #19,42 accident frontstretch 
2632686  
26928214   #16,25,2,99 accident backstretch 
2832842  
2852895   #41,23,31,81 accident backstretch 
29032839  
  Percent of race run under caution: 13.7%             Average green flag run: 35.4 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Robby Gordon111
  Mark Martin298
  Robby Gordon105041
  Dale Jarrett5113383
  Ernie Irvan1341385
  Dale Jarrett13916426
  Ernie Irvan1651651
  Terry Labonte1661661
  Bobby Labonte1671671
  Mark Martin1681681
  Dale Jarrett16919022
  Ernie Irvan1911944
  Dale Jarrett19522935
  Bobby Labonte2302312
  Dale Jarrett23225928
  Morgan Shepherd26026910
  Dale Jarrett27032859

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Dale Jarrett 634    
2   Terry Labonte 605   -29  
3   Mark Martin 564   -70  
4   Jeff Gordon 562   -72  
5   Bobby Labonte 533   -101  
6   Ricky Rudd 521   -113  
7   Ricky Craven 499   -135  
8   Jeff Burton 492   -142  
9   Bobby Hamilton 491   -143  
10   Ernie Irvan 481   -153  
10   Geoffrey Bodine 481   -153  
12   Sterling Marlin 463   -171  
13   Kyle Petty 455   -179  
14   Ward Burton 454   -180  
15   Rusty Wallace 440   -194  
16   Dale Earnhardt 435   -199  
17   Bill Elliott 434   -200  
18   Lake Speed 433   -201  
19   Darrell Waltrip 431   -203  
20   Jeremy Mayfield 429   -205