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1997 TranSouth Financial 400


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 5 of 32
Sunday, March 23, 1997 at Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC
293 laps on a 1.366 mile paved track (400.238 miles)

Time of race: 3:18:12
Average speed: 121.162 mph
Pole speed: 171.095 mph
Cautions: 10 for 60 laps
Margin of victory: .169 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 15

Glossary    1997 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1997 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 188   Dale Jarrett Quality Care / Ford Credit   (Yates Racing)Ford293142860running171185
22116   Ted Musgrave Family Channel / Primestar   (Jack Roush)Ford29354330running0170
31024   Jeff Gordon DuPont Refinishes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet29356240running16170
4 699   Jeff Burton Exide Batteries   (Jack Roush)Ford29334420running49165
5 318   Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries   (Joe Gibbs)Pontiac29338275running0155
6152   Rusty Wallace Miller Lite   (Roger Penske)Ford29332825running0150
72721   Michael Waltrip Citgo   (Wood Brothers)Ford29326545running0146
81333   Ken Schrader Skoal Bandit   (Andy Petree)Chevrolet29326815running0142
9 47   Geoffrey Bodine QVC   (Geoffrey Bodine)Ford29325210running0138
103630   Johnny Benson, Jr. Pennzoil   (Chuck Rider)Pontiac29328805running0134
114117   Darrell Waltrip Parts America   (Darrell Waltrip)Chevrolet29324150running0130
12231   Morgan Shepherd Delco Remy America   (Richard Jackson)Pontiac29323820running0127
13125   Terry Labonte Kellogg's Corn Flakes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet29234235running0124
143081   Kenny Wallace Square D   (Fil Martocci)Ford29223230running0121
15433   Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Service   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet29228625running0118
161894   Bill Elliott McDonald's   (Bill Elliott)Ford29222755running0115
171937   Jeremy Mayfield Kmart / RC Cola   (Michael Kranefuss)Ford29215500running0112
184022   Ward Burton MBNA America   (Bill Davis)Pontiac29215265running0109
194275   Rick Mast Remington Arms   (Butch Mock)Ford29222020running0106
202536   Derrike Cope Skittles   (Nelson Bowers)Pontiac29213890running0103
21 828   Ernie Irvan Texaco / Havoline   (Yates Racing)Ford29128070running36105
222623   Jimmy Spencer Camel Cigarettes   (Travis Carter)Ford29121500running097
231610   Ricky Rudd Tide   (Ricky Rudd)Ford29126055running094
24 56   Mark Martin Valvoline   (Jack Roush)Ford29121135running091
253398   John Andretti RCA   (Cale Yarborough)Ford29121165running088
26 78   Hut Stricklin Circuit City   (Stavola Brothers)Ford29120700running690
273297   Chad Little John Deere   (Greg Pollex)Pontiac29010610running082
282071   Dave Marcis RealTree Camouflage   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet29013550running079
292420   Greg Sacks Hardee's   (Harry Ranier)Ford28910440running076
303431   Mike Skinner Lowe's   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet28910405running878
312942   Phil Parsons BellSouth   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet28912845running070
32 94   Sterling Marlin Kodak Film   (Larry McClure)Chevrolet27826310running067
332844   Kyle Petty Hot Wheels   (Kyle Petty)Pontiac26410220running064
343840   Robby Gordon Coors Light   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet23217185crash061
353111   Brett Bodine Close Call Phone Card   (Brett Bodine)Ford22417150oil leak058
36119   Lake Speed Melling Engine Parts   (Harry Melling)Ford18817115transmission055
373943   Bobby Hamilton STP   (Petty Enterprises)Pontiac18325101oil pump052
381419   Gary Bradberry Child Support Recovery   (Mark Smith)Ford1699954running049
393529   Robert Pressley Cartoon Network   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet1619954crash751
40 225   Ricky Craven Budweiser   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet16017100crash043
412296   David Green Caterpillar   (Buz McCall)Chevrolet699954crash040
423777   Bobby Hillin, Jr. Jasper Engines / Federal Mogul   (Doug Bawel)Ford629954oil leak037
431791   Mike Wallace Spam   (Joe Falk)Chevrolet269954crash034

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
44Dick Trickle90Heilig-MeyersJunie DonlaveyFord
45Billy Standridge78Diamond Rio / HanesJim WilsonFord
46Steve Grissom41KodiakLarry HedrickChevrolet

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
155  
6127   #43 spun turn 4 
13175  
18214   debris turn 1 
22276  
28336   #91 accident turn 4 
34396  
40445   #44,96 accident turn 3 
45484  
49546   #29,19 accident turn 3 
55584  
59624   oil on track 
6312058  
1211266   #71 spun backstretch 
1271348  
1351406   oil backstretch 
14116323  
16417411   #25,29 accident backstretch 
17522854  
2292335   oil on track 
23429360  
  Percent of race run under caution: 20.5%             Average green flag run: 21.2 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Dale Jarrett12828
  Robert Pressley29357
  Jeff Gordon36416
  Dale Jarrett425514
  Jeff Burton56638
  Hut Stricklin64674
  Ernie Irvan68681
  Hut Stricklin69702
  Jeff Burton71799
  Ernie Irvan8010425
  Mike Skinner1051128
  Jeff Burton11314028
  Jeff Gordon14115010
  Jeff Burton1511544
  Ernie Irvan15516410
  Dale Jarrett165293129

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Dale Jarrett 819    
2   Jeff Gordon 732   -87  
3   Terry Labonte 729   -90  
4   Bobby Labonte 688   -131  
5   Jeff Burton 657   -162  
6   Mark Martin 655   -164  
7   Geoffrey Bodine 619   -200  
8   Ricky Rudd 615   -204  
9   Rusty Wallace 590   -229  
10   Ernie Irvan 586   -233  
11   Ted Musgrave 585   -234  
12   Ward Burton 563   -256  
12   Johnny Benson, Jr. 563   -256  
14   Darrell Waltrip 561   -258  
15   Dale Earnhardt 553   -266  
16   Bill Elliott 549   -270  
17   Bobby Hamilton 543   -276  
18   Ricky Craven 542   -277  
19   Morgan Shepherd 541   -278  
19   Jeremy Mayfield 541   -278