1997 Daytona 500

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1997 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 1 of 32 in the 1997 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Daytona International Speedway.svg
Date February 16, 1997 (1997-02-16)
Location Daytona International Speedway
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.02336 km)
Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
Average speed 148.295 miles per hour (238.658 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Mike Skinner Richard Childress Racing
Qualifying race winners
Duel 1 Winner Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing
Duel 2 Winner Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing
Most laps led
Driver Mark Martin Roush Racing
Laps 52
Winner
No. 24
Jeff Gordon
Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Ken Squier, Buddy Baker and Ned Jarrett
Nielsen Ratings 8.6/23
(12.8 million viewers)

The 1997 Daytona 500, the 39th running of the event, was run on February 16 at Daytona International Speedway. The winner was Jeff Gordon. The #31 of Mike Skinner won the pole. The race was broadcast on CBS.

Race recap[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • Dale Earnhardt rolled his #3 Goodwrench Chevrolet in a crash with the #28 Texaco-Havoline Ford of Ernie Irvan while in a four-way battle for the lead with 12 laps to go. During the crash, the hood of Irvan's car flew into the backstretch grandstand, injuring some fans. Earnhardt famously noticed that his tires were still on the car after the roll, had his car taken off the hook, and drove it back to pit road. The car was repaired and Earnhardt finished the race, 5 laps down in 31st.
  • The race ended under caution after the Big One took place on lap 196, involving 13 cars.

Results[edit]

Pos Grid Car Driver Sponsor Team Make Laps Led Status
1 6 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Refinishes Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 40 Running
2 18 5 Terry Labonte Kellogg's Corn Flakes Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 0 Running
3 40 25 Ricky Craven Budweiser Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 0 Running
4 8 94 Bill Elliott (W) McDonald's Bill Elliott Racing Ford 200 30 Running
5 9 4 Sterling Marlin (W) Kodak Gold Film Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 200 8 Running
6 21 37 Jeremy Mayfield Kmart/RC Cola MK Racing Ford 200 0 Running
7 11 6 Mark Martin Valvoline/Cummins Roush Racing Ford 200 52 Running
8 17 22 Ward Burton MBNA America/MasterCard Bill Davis Racing Pontiac 200 0 Running
9 13 10 Ricky Rudd Tide Rudd Performance Motorsports Ford 200 0 Running
10 22 17 Darrell Waltrip (W) Western Auto's Parts America Darrell Waltrip Motorsports Chevrolet 200 0 Running
11 23 99 Jeff Burton Exide Batteries Roush Racing Ford 200 0 Running
12 1 31 Mike Skinner (R) Lowe's Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 1 Running
13 41 16 Ted Musgrave Family Channel/PrimeStar Roush Racing Ford 200 0 Running
14 30 44 Kyle Petty Hot Wheels PE2 Motorsports Pontiac 200 0 Running
15 39 43 Bobby Hamilton STP Petty Enterprises Pontiac 200 0 Running
16 20 40 Robby Gordon Coors Light SABCO Racing Chevrolet 200 0 Running
17 24 71 Dave Marcis RealTree Camoflauge Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet 200 0 Running
18 37 11 Brett Bodine Close Call Phone Card Brett Bodine Racing Ford 200 0 Running
19 28 8 Hut Stricklin Circuit City Stavola Brothers Racing Ford 200 0 Running
20 5 28 Ernie Irvan (W) Texaco/Havoline Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 13 Running
21 15 18 Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 200 0 Running
22 36 81 Kenny Wallace Square D FILMAR Racing Ford 200 0 Running
23 3 88 Dale Jarrett (W) Quality Care/Ford Credit Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 0 Running
24 35 9 Lake Speed Melling Engine Parts Melling Racing Ford 199 0 Flagged
25 32 98 John Andretti RCA Cale Yarborough Motorsports Ford 198 0 Flagged
26 33 19 Loy Allen, Jr. Remington Arms1/Child Support Recovery TriStar Motorsports Ford 198 0 Flagged
27 38 73 Joe Nemechek2 BellSouth2 Barkdoll Racing Chevrolet 196 0 Contact T4
28 16 30 Johnny Benson Pennzoil Bahari Racing Pontiac 195 0 Contact T4
29 42 1 Morgan Shepherd Delco Remy America Precision Products Racing Pontiac 195 0 Contact T4
30 27 90 Dick Trickle Heilig-Meyers Donlavey Racing Ford 195 0 Contact T4
31 4 3 Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Service Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 195 48 Flagged
32 12 21 Michael Waltrip Citgo Wood Brothers Racing Ford 188 5 Flagged
33 10 33 Ken Schrader Skoal Bandit Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet 173 0 Flagged
34 25 7 Geoff Bodine (W) QVC Geoff Bodine Racing Ford 148 0 Flagged
35 7 23 Jimmy Spencer Camel Cigarettes Travis Carter Enterprises Ford 146 0 Flagged
36 29 36 Derrike Cope (W) Skittles/Starburst MB2 Motorsports Pontiac 124 0 Contact BS
37 34 20 Greg Sacks Hardee's Ranier-Walsh Racing Ford 120 3 Contact BS
38 31 77 Bobby Hillin, Jr. Jasper Engines/Federal Mogul Jasper Motorsports Ford 111 0 Engine
39 19 29 Robert Pressley Cartoon Network's Scooby Doo Diamond Ridge Motorsports Chevrolet 91 0 Contact BS
40 2 41 Steve Grissom Kodiak Larry Hedrick Motorsports Chevrolet 88 0 Contact BS
41 14 2 Rusty Wallace Miller Lite Penske Racing South Ford 47 0 Engine
42 26 46 Wally Dallenbach, Jr. First Union SABCO Racing Chevrolet 32 0 Engine
Failed to Qualify
75 Rick Mast Remington Arms1 Butch Mock Motorsports Ford
97 Chad Little John Deere Mark Rypien Motorsports Pontiac
15 Larry Pearson n/a Bud Moore Engineering Ford
42 Joe Nemechek2 BellSouth2 SABCO Racing Chevrolet
78 Billy Standridge (R) Diamond Rio/Hanes Triad Motorsports Ford
96 David Green (R) Caterpillar American Equipment Racing Chevrolet
95 Gary Bradberry (R) Feed the Children Sadler Brothers Racing Chevrolet
91 Mike Wallace Spam Pro Tech Motorsports Chevrolet
0 Delma Cowart Masters Inn Economy H. L. Waters Racing Ford
84 Norm Benning (R) n/a Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet
"1997 Daytona 500 - Racing-Reference.info". Archived from the original on 1997-02-16. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
Notes:
  1. After Rick Mast failed to qualify for the Daytona 500, his sponsor Remington Arms signed an agreement to sponsor Loy Allen's entry for the Daytona 500.
  2. After Joe Nemechek failed to qualify for the Daytona 500, his SABCO team reached an agreement to purchase Phil Barkdoll's entry and compete in the Daytona 500 in Barkdoll's car.