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1997 Pontiac Excitement 400


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 3 of 32
Sunday, March 2, 1997 at Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA
400 laps on a 0.750 mile paved track (300.000 miles)

Time of race: 2:45:54
Average speed: 108.499 mph
Pole speed: no time trials
Cautions: 3 for 12 laps
Margin of victory: .453 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 15

Glossary    1997 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1997 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 72   Rusty Wallace Miller Lite   (Roger Penske)Ford40086775running135180
2187   Geoffrey Bodine QVC   (Geoffrey Bodine)Ford40056875running18175
3 388   Dale Jarrett Quality Care / Ford Credit   (Yates Racing)Ford40050750running172175
4 224   Jeff Gordon DuPont Refinishes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet39946200running65165
5 943   Bobby Hamilton STP   (Petty Enterprises)Pontiac39935595running1160
6 610   Ricky Rudd Tide   (Ricky Rudd)Ford39930770running0150
7 15   Terry Labonte Kellogg's Corn Flakes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet39935845running0146
81118   Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries   (Joe Gibbs)Pontiac39928945running1147
92330   Johnny Benson, Jr. Pennzoil   (Chuck Rider)Pontiac39925745running0138
103744   Kyle Petty Hot Wheels   (Kyle Petty)Pontiac39818545running0134
112141   Steve Grissom Kodiak   (Larry Hedrick)Chevrolet39824345running0130
12269   Lake Speed Melling Engine Parts   (Harry Melling)Ford39824045running0127
13 56   Mark Martin Valvoline   (Jack Roush)Ford39823870running0124
141225   Ricky Craven Budweiser   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet39823670running0121
151794   Bill Elliott McDonald's   (Bill Elliott)Ford39825330running8123
163017   Darrell Waltrip Parts America   (Darrell Waltrip)Chevrolet39816215running0115
173337   Jeremy Mayfield Kmart / RC Cola   (Michael Kranefuss)Ford39815415running0112
182075   Rick Mast Remington Arms   (Butch Mock)Ford39822265running0109
19 84   Sterling Marlin Kodak Film   (Larry McClure)Chevrolet39727540running0106
201616   Ted Musgrave Family Channel / Primestar   (Jack Roush)Ford39724565running0103
213929   Robert Pressley Cartoon Network   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet39716965running0100
221523   Jimmy Spencer Camel Cigarettes   (Travis Carter)Ford39721840running097
232711   Brett Bodine Close Call Phone Card   (Brett Bodine)Ford39721665running094
243122   Ward Burton MBNA America   (Bill Davis)Pontiac39714540running091
25 43   Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Service   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet39727940running088
263631   Mike Skinner Lowe's   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet39712265running085
271421   Michael Waltrip Citgo   (Wood Brothers)Ford39621340running082
282440   Robby Gordon Coors Light   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet39621215running079
294090   Dick Trickle Heilig-Meyers   (Junie Donlavey)Ford39514190running076
303836   Derrike Cope Skittles   (Nelson Bowers)Pontiac39511160running073
312298   John Andretti RCA   (Cale Yarborough)Ford39520615running070
32258   Hut Stricklin Circuit City   (Stavola Brothers)Ford39518090running067
334196   David Green Caterpillar   (Buz McCall)Chevrolet39511075running064
344297   Chad Little John Deere   (Greg Pollex)Pontiac39511065running061
352833   Ken Schrader Skoal Bandit   (Andy Petree)Chevrolet39318065running058
361028   Ernie Irvan Texaco / Havoline   (Yates Racing)Ford39126065crash055
373471   Dave Marcis RealTree Camouflage   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet39111065running052
384319   Gary Bradberry Child Support Recovery   (Mark Smith)Ford38911065running049
393242   Joe Nemechek BellSouth   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet38011065running046
402981   Kenny Wallace Square D   (Fil Martocci)Ford37618065engine043
413577   Bobby Hillin, Jr. Jasper Engines / Federal Mogul   (Doug Bawel)Ford33611065rear end040
421399   Jeff Burton Exide Batteries   (Jack Roush)Ford24819065running037
43191   Morgan Shepherd Delco Remy America   (Richard Jackson)Pontiac13111965engine034

To the back:
NameNbrReason
Ricky Craven25backup car
Johnny Benson, Jr.30backup car

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
44Billy Standridge78Diamond RioJim WilsonFord
45Greg Sacks20Hardee'sHarry RanierFord
46Mike Wallace91SpamJoe FalkChevrolet

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
166  
793   #2,10 spun turn 2 
10380371  
3813855   #81 engine turn 2 
3863938  
3943974   #28 accident turn 3 
3984003  
  Percent of race run under caution: 3.0%             Average green flag run: 97.0 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Jeff Gordon16565
  Dale Jarrett6610439
  Bobby Labonte1051051
  Dale Jarrett10611914
  Geoffrey Bodine12013718
  Dale Jarrett13815821
  Rusty Wallace15920143
  Dale Jarrett2022032
  Bobby Hamilton2042041
  Bill Elliott2052095
  Dale Jarrett21030091
  Bill Elliott3013033
  Rusty Wallace30439289
  Dale Jarrett3933975
  Rusty Wallace3984003

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Jeff Gordon 525    
2   Terry Labonte 462   -63  
3   Dale Jarrett 449   -76  
4   Ricky Rudd 448   -77  
5   Ricky Craven 441   -84  
6   Mark Martin 409   -116  
7   Bill Elliott 385   -140  
8   Geoffrey Bodine 378   -147  
9   Jeremy Mayfield 377   -148  
10   Rusty Wallace 370   -155  
11   Sterling Marlin 369   -156  
12   Bobby Labonte 368   -157  
13   Bobby Hamilton 357   -168  
14   Ted Musgrave 354   -171  
15   Jeff Burton 337   -188  
16   Lake Speed 336   -189  
17   Kyle Petty 331   -194  
18   Ward Burton 327   -198  
19   Darrell Waltrip 316   -209  
20   Brett Bodine 315   -210