1997 NASCAR Busch Series

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1997 NASCAR Busch Series season
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Randy LaJoie, the 1997 Busch Series champion

The 1997 NASCAR Busch Series Season began February 15 and ended November 9. Randy LaJoie of BACE Motorsports won the championship.

1997 Team chart[edit]

List of full-time teams at the start of 1997.

Team Car(s) # Driver(s) Primary Sponsor(s) Listed Owner(s)
Akins-Sutton Motorsports Ford Thunderbird 38 Elton Sawyer Barbasol Bob Sutton
BACE Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 33 Tim Fedewa Kleenex Barbara Baumgardner
74 Randy LaJoie Fina Bill Baumgardner
Bill Elliott Racing Ford Thunderbird 94 Ron Barfield New Holland Bill Elliott
Brewco Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 37 Mark Green Timber Wolf Clarence Brewer
Buckshot Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 00 Buckshot Jones Aquafresh Billy Jones
Crestinger Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 20 Jimmy Spencer Zippo Allen Crestinger
Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet Monte Carlo 3 Steve Park (R) AC Delco Dale Earnhardt
Diamond Ridge Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1 Hermie Sadler DeWalt Gary Bechtel
8 Jeff Green Diamond Ridge
29 Elliott Sadler
Donald Laird Racing Ford Thunderbird 96 Stevie Reeves Big A Auto Parts Donald Laird
Ridling Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 43 Rodney Combs Lance Snacks David Ridling
88 Kevin Lepage Hype Manufacturing
Hensley Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 63 Tracy Leslie Lysol Hubert Hensley
Isenhower Brothers Racing Ford Thunderbird 32 Dale Jarrett White Rain Horace Isenhower
J&J Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 99 Glenn Allen, Jr. Luxaire Bill Papke
Joe Bessey Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 6 Joe Bessey Power Team Nancy Bessey
KEL Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 57 Jason Keller Slim Jim Joe Keller
Key Motorsports Ford Thunderbird 11 Jimmy Foster (R) Outdoor Life/Speedvision Curtis Key
Labonte Motorsports Pontiac Grand Prix 44 Bobby Labonte Shell Oil Bob Labonte
Laughin Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 45 Greg Sacks Hunters Specialties Mike Laughlin
Michael Waltrip Racing Ford Thunderbird 21 Michael Waltrip Band-Aid Buffy Waltrip
NorthStar Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 89 Johnny Chapman (R) Sherwin-Williams Meredith Ruark
Parker Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 72 Mike Dillon MGM Brakes Ron Parker
Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 10 Phil Parsons Channellock Marcia Parsons
Phoenix Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 4 Jeff Purvis Phoenix Construction/HS Die James Finch
Porter Racing Ford Thunderbird 48 Randy Porter UniFirst James Porter
PRW Racing Ford Thunderbird 77 Jeff McClure (R) Lear Corporation/UAW John Walsh
Reiser Enterprises Chevrolet Monte Carlo 17 Tim Bender (R) Kraft Singles Robbie Reiser
Roush Racing Ford Thunderbird 9 Jeff Burton Track Gear Jack Roush
60 Mark Martin Winn-Dixie
Shoemaker Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 64 Dick Trickle Dura Lube Dennis Shoemaker
ST Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 47 Jeff Fuller Sunoco Tad Geschickter
Stegall Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 85 Shane Hall Luck's/Bama Foods Don Stegall
Taylor Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 40 Doug Heveron MHCO Doug Taylor
Team 34 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 34 Mike McLaughlin Royal Oak Charcoal Frank Cicci
Pontiac Grand Prix 36 Todd Bodine Stanley Tools Scott Welliver
Wellrich Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 7 Mike Wallace Clabber Girl Ed Whitaker

Part-time teams[edit]

Number Driver Make Sponsor(s) Team 1996 Owners Points
5 Terry Labonte Chevrolet Alka Seltzer/Bayer Terry Labonte Inc. 76th
22 Scott Lagasse Chevrolet Unsponsored Super Sports Racing New Team
24 David Hutto Chevrolet Gateway Shell Hutto Racing 104th
49 Kyle Petty Chevrolet nWo Shaver Racing 72nd
51 Jim Bown Chevrolet Bown Racing Bown Racing 33rd
68 Jamie Aube Chevrolet Wegner Motorsports Wegner Motorsports none
70 Dale Fischlein Chevrolet Titan Wheel Mike Stegall Racing 61st
81 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet PowerBar Pro Tech Motorsports 64th
87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Bell South Mobility NEMCO Motorsports 34th
91 Doug Reid III (R) Chevrolet MedPartners Barney Walker Motorsports Inc. New Team

Gargoyles 300[edit]

The Gargoyles 300 was held February 15 at Daytona International Speedway. Elliott Sadler won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 74-Randy LaJoie
  2. 36-Todd Bodine
  3. 21-Michael Waltrip
  4. 87-Joe Nemechek
  5. 63-Tracy Leslie
  6. 45-Greg Sacks
  7. 3-Steve Park
  8. 37-Mark Green
  9. 4-Jeff Purvis
  10. 10-Phil Parsons

Goodwrench Service 200[edit]

The Goodwrench Service 200 was held February 22 at North Carolina Speedway. Mark Martin won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 60-Mark Martin
  2. 32-Dale Jarrett
  3. 74-Randy LaJoie
  4. 10-Phil Parsons
  5. 29-Elliott Sadler
  6. 2-Ricky Craven
  7. 36-Todd Bodine
  8. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  9. 99-Glenn Allen, Jr.
  10. 33-Tim Fedewa

Hardee's Fried Chicken 250[edit]

The Hardee's Fried Chicken 250 was held March 1 at Richmond International Raceway. Randy LaJoie won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 60-Mark Martin
  2. 8-Jeff Green
  3. 3-Steve Park
  4. 10-Phil Parsons
  5. 57-Jason Keller
  6. 9-Jeff Burton
  7. 36-Todd Bodine
  8. 74-Randy LaJoie
  9. 94-Ron Barfield
  10. 44-Bobby Labonte

Stihl Outdoor Power Tools 300[edit]

The Stihl Outdoor Power Tools 300 was held March 8 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Tim Bender won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 60-Mark Martin
  2. 38-Elton Sawyer
  3. 44-Bobby Labonte
  4. 00-Buckshot Jones
  5. 87-Joe Nemechek
  6. 36-Todd Bodine
  7. 33-Tim Fedewa
  8. 10-Phil Parsons
  9. 29-Elliott Sadler
  10. 5-Terry Labonte

Las Vegas 300[edit]

The inaugural Las Vegas 300 was held March 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Jeff Green won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 8-Jeff Green
  2. 64-Dick Trickle
  3. 36-Todd Bodine
  4. 21-Michael Waltrip
  5. 4-Tim Steele
  6. 45-Greg Sacks
  7. 10-Phil Parsons
  8. 3-Steve Park
  9. 99-Glenn Allen, Jr.
  10. 72-Mike Dillon

Diamond Hill Plywood 200[edit]

The Diamond Hill Plywood 200 was held March 22 at Darlington Raceway. Elliott Sadler won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 74-Randy LaJoie
  2. 9-Jeff Burton
  3. 64-Dick Trickle
  4. 60-Mark Martin
  5. 10-Phil Parsons
  6. 00-Buckshot Jones
  7. 47-Jeff Fuller
  8. 8-Jeff Green
  9. 63-Tracy Leslie
  10. 36-Todd Bodine

Galaxy Foods 300[edit]

The Galaxy Foods 300 was held March 29 at Hickory Motor Speedway. Todd Bodine won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 64-Dick Trickle
  2. 74-Randy LaJoie
  3. 33-Tim Fedewa
  4. 8-Jeff Green
  5. 36-Todd Bodine
  6. 38-Elton Sawyer
  7. 57-Jason Keller
  8. 39-Elliott Sadler
  9. 37-Mark Green
  10. 34-Mike McLaughlin

Coca-Cola 300[edit]

The inaugural Coca-Cola 300 was held April 5 at Texas Motor Speedway. Jeff Green

  1. 60-Mark Martin
  2. 20-Jimmy Spencer
  3. 9-Jeff Burton
  4. 36-Todd Bodine
  5. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  6. 10-Phil Parsons
  7. 00-Buckshot Jones
  8. 88-Kevin Lepage
  9. 74-Randy LaJoie
  10. 63-Tracy Leslie

Moore's Snacks 250[edit]

The Moore's Snacks 250 was held April 12 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Hermie Sadler won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9-Jeff Burton
  2. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  3. 74-Randy LaJoie
  4. 21-Michael Waltrip
  5. 64-Dick Trickle
  6. 3-Steve Park
  7. 33-Tim Fedewa
  8. 10-Phil Parsons
  9. 57-Jason Keller
  10. 00-Buckshot Jones

BellSouth Mobility / Opryland 320[edit]

The BellSouth Mobility / Opryland 320 was held April 12 at Nashville Speedway USA. Mike McLaughlin won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Steve Park
  2. 8-Jeff Green
  3. 33-Tim Fedewa
  4. 28-Jeff Purvis
  5. 36-Todd Bodine
  6. 74-Randy LaJoie
  7. 1-Hermie Sadler
  8. 88-Kevin Lepage
  9. 43-Dennis Setzer
  10. 00-Buckshot Jones

Birmingham Auto Dealers 500K[edit]

The Birmingham Auto Dealers 500K was held May 6 at Talladega Superspeedway. Joe Nemechek won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 60-Mark Martin
  2. 3-Steve Park
  3. 8-Jeff Green
  4. 49-Kyle Petty
  5. 33-Tim Fedewa
  6. 4-Tim Steele
  7. 17-Matt Kenseth
  8. 36-Todd Bodine
  9. 94-Ron Barfield
  10. 64-Dick Trickle

United States Cellular 200[edit]

The United States Cellular 200 was held May 10 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Randy LaJoie won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  2. 3-Steve Park
  3. 47-Jeff Fuller
  4. 38-Elton Sawyer
  5. 10-Phil Parsons
  6. 36-Todd Bodine
  7. 74-Randy LaJoie
  8. 80-Mark Krogh
  9. 76-Tom Bolles
  10. 4-Dale Shaw

Core States Advantage 200[edit]

The Core States Advantage 200 was held May 18 at Nazareth Speedway. Elliott Sadler won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 29-Elliott Sadler
  2. 36-Todd Bodine
  3. 74-Randy LaJoie
  4. 8-Jeff Green
  5. 4-Dale Shaw
  6. 6-Joe Bessey
  7. 57-Jason Keller
  8. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  9. 00-Buckshot Jones
  10. 43-Dennis Setzer

Carquest Auto Parts 300[edit]

The Carquest Auto Parts 300 was held May 24 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mark Martin won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 87-Joe Nemechek
  2. 88-Kevin Lepage
  3. 60-Mark Martin
  4. 20-Jimmy Spencer
  5. 10-Phil Parsons
  6. 00-Buckshot Jones
  7. 34-Todd Bodine
  8. 57-Jason Keller
  9. 1-Hermie Sadler
  10. 74-Randy LaJoie

GM Goodwrench/Delco Batteries 200[edit]

The GM Goodwrench/Delco Batteries 200 was held May 31 at Dover International Speedway. Dick Trickle won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 44-Bobby Labonte
  2. 9-Jeff Burton
  3. 74-Randy LaJoie
  4. 88-Kevin Lepage
  5. 3-Steve Park
  6. 32-Dale Jarrett
  7. 36-Todd Bodine
  8. 5-Terry Labonte
  9. 38-Elton Sawyer
  10. 21-Michael Waltrip

Winston Motorsports 300[edit]

The Winston Motorsports 300 was held June 13 at South Boston Speedway. Shane Hall won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 74-Randy LaJoie
  2. 4-Dale Shaw
  3. 00-Buckshot Jones
  4. 88-Kevin Lepage
  5. 38-Elton Sawyer
  6. 17-Matt Kenseth
  7. 57-Jason Keller
  8. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  9. 36-Todd Bodine
  10. 6-Joe Bessey

Lysol 200[edit]

The Lysol 200 was held June 29 at Watkins Glen International Raceway. Joe Nemechek won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  2. 36-Todd Bodine
  3. 87-Joe Nemechek
  4. 20-Jimmy Spencer
  5. 5-Terry Labonte
  6. 3-Steve Park
  7. 44-Bobby Labonte
  8. 32-Dale Jarrett
  9. 1-Hermie Sadler
  10. 85-Shane Hall

Sears Auto Center 250[edit]

The Sears Auto Center 250 was held July 6 at The Milwaukee Mile. Tim Fedewa won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 74-Randy LaJoie
  2. 29-Elliott Sadler
  3. 1-Hermie Sadler
  4. 00-Buckshot Jones
  5. 3-Steve Park
  6. 38-Elton Sawyer
  7. 10-Phil Parsons
  8. 4-Dale Shaw
  9. 63-Tracy Leslie
  10. 33-Tim Fedewa

Advance Auto Parts 250[edit]

The Advance Auto Parts 250 was held July 12 at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Elliott Sadler won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 29-Elliott Sadler
  2. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  3. 74-Randy LaJoie
  4. 36-Todd Bodine
  5. 38-Elton Sawyer
  6. 72-Mike Dillon
  7. 99-Glenn Allen, Jr.
  8. 28-Jeff Purvis
  9. 3-Steve Park
  10. 00-Buckshot Jones

Gateway 300[edit]

The Gateway 300 was held July 26 at Gateway International Raceway. Joe Bessey won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 29-Elliott Sadler
  2. 57-Jason Keller
  3. 4-Dale Shaw
  4. 38-Elton Sawyer
  5. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  6. 33-Tim Fedewa
  7. 45-Jeff Fuller
  8. 37-Mark Green
  9. 6-Joe Bessey
  10. 43-Dennis Setzer

Kroger 200 Presented by Ziploc[edit]

The Kroger 200 Presented by Ziploc was held August 1 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Randy LaJoie won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 74-Randy LaJoie
  2. 29-Elliott Sadler
  3. 38-Elton Sawyer
  4. 33-Tim Fedewa
  5. 83-Wayne Grubb
  6. 17-Matt Kenseth
  7. 00-Buckshot Jones
  8. 3-Steve Park
  9. 56-Jeff Krogh
  10. 57-Jason Keller

Detroit Gasket 200[edit]

The Detroit Gasket 200 was held August 16 at Michigan International Speedway. Hermie Sadler won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Steve Park
  2. 20-Jimmy Spencer
  3. 44-Bobby Labonte
  4. 9-Jeff Burton
  5. 00-Buckshot Jones
  6. 36-Todd Bodine
  7. 31-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  8. 17-Matt Kenseth
  9. 10-Phil Parsons
  10. 4-Dale Shaw

Failed to qualify: Mark Day (#16), Lyndon Amick (#35), Greg Sacks (#50), Nathan Buttke (#78), Ron Barfield (#94), Doug Reid III (#97)

Food City 250[edit]

The Food City 250 was held August 22 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Randy LaJoie won the pole. Buckshot Jones, who finished 26th, received a 50 point penalty after intentionally trying to wreck Randy LaJoie.

Top Ten Results

  1. 20-Jimmy Spencer
  2. 3-Steve Park
  3. 47-Robert Pressley
  4. 74-Randy LaJoie
  5. 75-Rick Wilson
  6. 44-Bobby Labonte
  7. 96-Stevie Reeves
  8. 36-Todd Bodine
  9. 45-Jeff Fuller
  10. 88-Kevin Lepage

Dura Lube 200 Presented by Trak Automotive[edit]

The Dura Lube 200 Presented by Trak Automotive was held August 30 at Darlington Raceway. Mark Martin won the pole. This was the first race run at the racetrack after the start-finish line was moved to the back straightaway.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9-Jeff Burton
  2. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  3. 64-Dick Trickle
  4. 44-Bobby Labonte
  5. 3-Steve Park
  6. 60-Mark Martin
  7. 1-Hermie Sadler
  8. 36-Todd Bodine
  9. 29-Elliott Sadler
  10. 2-Ricky Craven

Autolite Platinum 250[edit]

The Autolite Platinum 250 was held September 5 at Richmond International Raceway. Michael Waltrip won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Steve Park
  2. 74-Randy LaJoie
  3. 9-Jeff Burton
  4. 64-Dick Trickle
  5. 00-Buckshot Jones
  6. 4-Dale Shaw
  7. 57-Jason Keller
  8. 60-Mark Martin
  9. 33-Tim Fedewa
  10. 1-Hermie Sadler

MBNA 200[edit]

The MBNA 200 was held September 20 at Dover International Speedway. Dick Trickle won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 6-Joe Bessey
  2. 74-Randy LaJoie
  3. 17-Matt Kenseth
  4. 72-Mike Dillon
  5. 3-Steve Park
  6. 29-Elliott Sadler
  7. 63-Tracy Leslie
  8. 99-Glenn Allen, Jr.
  9. 5-Terry Labonte
  10. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  • This would be the first and only win of Bessey's career.

All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300[edit]

The All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 was held October 4 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Joe Nemechek won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 20-Jimmy Spencer
  2. 60-Mark Martin
  3. 44-Tony Stewart
  4. 9-Jeff Burton
  5. 37-Mark Green
  6. 3-Steve Park
  7. 32-Dale Jarrett
  8. 87-Joe Nemechek
  9. 18-Bobby Labonte
  10. 00-Buckshot Jones

Kenwood Home & Car Audio 300[edit]

The inaugural Kenwood Home & Car Audio 300 was held October 19 at California Speedway. Steve Park won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 36-Todd Bodine
  2. 3-Steve Park
  3. 17-Matt Kenseth
  4. 21-Michael Waltrip
  5. 47-Robert Pressley
  6. 72-Mike Dillon
  7. 99-Glenn Allen, Jr.
  8. 43-Dennis Setzer
  9. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  10. 74-Randy LaJoie

AC Delco 200[edit]

The AC Delco 200 was held October 25 at North Carolina Speedway. Jeff Burton won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 60-Mark Martin
  2. 64-Dick Trickle
  3. 2-Ricky Craven
  4. 9-Jeff Burton
  5. 1-Hermie Sadler
  6. 3-Steve Park
  7. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  8. 37-Mark Green
  9. 44-Tony Stewart
  10. 47-Robert Pressley

Jiffy Lube Miami 300[edit]

The Jiffy Lube Miami 300 was held November 9 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mike McLaughlin won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 87-Joe Nemechek
  2. 74-Randy LaJoie
  3. 60-Mark Martin
  4. 99-Glenn Allen, Jr.
  5. 20-Jimmy Spencer
  6. 17-Matt Kenseth
  7. 36-Todd Bodine
  8. 88-Kevin Schwantz
  9. 6-Joe Bessey
  10. 33-Tim Fedewa

This was a very emotional win for Nemechek, as his brother lost his life at HMS just 8 months earlier.

Final points standings[edit]

  1. Randy LaJoie - 4381
  2. Todd Bodine - 4115
  3. Steve Park - 4080
  4. Mike McLaughlin - 3614
  5. Elliott Sadler - 3534
  6. Phil Parsons - 3523
  7. Buckshot Jones - 3437
  8. Elton Sawyer - 3419
  9. Tim Fedewa - 3398
  10. Hermie Sadler - 3340
  11. Mark Green - 3261
  12. Kevin Lepage - 3248
  13. Jason Keller - 3242
  14. Dick Trickle - 3074
  15. Mike Dillon - 3008
  16. Glenn Allen, Jr. - 2969
  17. Tracy Leslie - 2880
  18. Joe Bessey - 2835
  19. Dennis Setzer - 2541
  20. Stevie Reeves - 2528
  21. Jeff Fuller - 2515
  22. Matt Kenseth - 2426
  23. Shane Hall - 2285
  24. Mark Martin - 2104
  25. Johnny Chapman - 2016
  26. Jeff Burton - 1948
  27. Bobby Labonte - 1912
  28. Jeff Green - 1898
  29. Michael Waltrip - 1738
  30. Jimmy Spencer - 1576
  31. Mark Krogh - 1481
  32. Robert Pressley - 1465
  33. Terry Labonte - 1455
  34. Greg Sacks - 1420
  35. Jeff Krogh - 1416
  36. Dale Jarrett - 1364
  37. Ron Barfield - 1362
  38. Randy Porter - 1320
  39. Dale Shaw - 1258
  40. Joe Nemechek - 1162
  41. Nathan Buttke - 1135
  42. Lyndon Amick - 1110
  43. Ricky Craven - 1063
  44. Jeff Purvis - 972
  45. Rodney Combs - 743
  46. Tim Steele - 736
  47. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. - 684
  48. Ed Berrier - 655
  49. Tim Bender - 620
  50. Rick Wilson - 617

NASCAR Rookie of the Year[edit]

Steve Park was the only rookie candidate to compete full-time in 1997, picking up three wins and finishing 3rd in points. Matt Kenseth was the top runner-up, despite replacing fellow candidate Tim Bender several races into the season. Johnny Chapman began the year with NorthStar Motorsports, but was released with several races to go in the season. Brothers Jeff and Mark Krogh came in from the Northwest driving for their family-owned team, each posting one top-ten apiece. Lyndon Amick and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. were the only other rookie contenders in 1997.

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