1997 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series

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1997 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season
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The 1997 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Season began on January 19 and ended on November 19. Jack Sprague of Hendrick Motorsports won the title.

See also: 1997 NASCAR Winston Cup Series, 1997 NASCAR Busch Series

1997 Team Chart[edit]

Team Truck(s) # Driver(s) Primary Sponsor(s) Listed Owner(s) Crew Chief
AAG Racing Chevrolet C/K 65 Kenny Allen n/a Shiela Allen
Blake Motorsports Chevrolet C/K 12 Doug George ENKEI/Red Line Oil Bob Blake
Brevak Racing Ford F-150 31 Tony Roper (R) Concor Tool & Machine Shelly Brevak Bob Brevak
Charles Hardy Motorsports Chevrolet C/K 35 Dave Rezendes Ortho Lawn & Garden Products Charles Hardy
Chesrown Racing Chevrolet C/K 6 Rick Carelli RE/MAX International Marshall Chesrown
Circle Bar Racing Ford F-150 14 Rick Crawford (R) Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Tom Mitchell
Clark Racing Chevrolet C/K 23 T. J. Clark American Racing Wheels Debbie Clark
CSG Motorsports Ford F-150 57 Brian Cunningham Cunningham Historic Motorcars Ed Scherer
Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet C/K 16 Ron Hornaday NAPA Auto Parts Dale Earnhardt Fred Graves
Darrell Waltrip Motorsports Chevrolet C/K 17 Rich Bickle Sears/DieHard Darrell Waltrip Dave McCarty
Geoff Bodine Racing Ford F-150 7 Tammy Jo Kirk (R) Lovable Bras Geoff Bodine
Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet C/K 24 Jack Sprague Quaker State Rick Hendrick Dennis Connor
Impact Motorsports Ford F-150 86 Stacy Compton (R) Valvoline Instant Oil Change David Hodson Troy Selberg
Irvan-Simo Racing Ford F-150 44 Boris Said (R) Federated Auto Parts Mark Simo Jay Smith
K Automotive Racing Dodge Ram 29 Bob Keselowski Mopar Performance Ron Keselowski Ron Keselowski
Ken Schrader Racing Chevrolet C/K 52 Tobey Butler Purolator PureOne Filters Ken Schrader
L&R Racing Dodge Ram 90 Lance Norick NHL Ron Norick
Liberty Racing Ford F-150 98 Kenny Irwin, Jr. (R) Raybestos Brakes Jim Herrick
Phelon Motorsports Ford F-150 66 Bryan Reffner Carlin Burners & Controls Dale Phelon
RGR Racing Ford F-150 27 Rob Rizzo (R) n/a Rob Rizzo
Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet C/K 3 Jay Sauter GM Goodwrench Richard Childress Todd Berrier
Richard Petty Motorsports Dodge Ram 43 Jimmy Hensley Dodge Motorsports Richard Petty
Roehig Motorsports Ford F-150 18 Michael Dokken Dana Corporation Kurt Roehig
19 Tony Raines (R) Pennzoil Carmela Roehig
Roush Racing Ford F-150 80 Joe Ruttman LCI International Jack Roush
99 Chuck Bown Exide Batteries
Spears Motorsports Chevrolet C/K 75 Dan Press Spears Manufacturing Wayne Spears
ThorSport Racing Chevrolet C/K 88 Terry Cook (R) PBA Tour Duke Thorson
Ultra Motorsports Ford F-150 2 Mike Bliss Team ASE Racing Marlene Smith Barry Dodson
Walker Evans Racing Chevrolet C/K 20 Butch Miller Orleans Hotel & Casino Phyllis Evans
Xpress Motorsports Chevrolet C/K 61 Randy Tolsma (R) IWX Motor Freight Steve Coulter

Chevy Trucks Challenge[edit]

The inaugural Chevy Trucks Challenge was held January 19 at Walt Disney World Speedway. Jack Sprague won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 80-Joe Ruttman
  2. 20-Butch Miller
  3. 17-Rich Bickle
  4. 3-Jay Sauter
  5. 6-Rick Carelli
  6. 43-Jimmy Hensley
  7. 98-Kenny Irwin, Jr.
  8. 94-Ron Barfield
  9. 13-Curtis Markham
  10. 86-Stacy Compton

Failed to qualify: 01-Billy Ogle, 08-Felix Giles, 9-Greg Marlowe, 19-Tony Raines, 23-T. J. Clark, 25-Andy Genzman, 26-Andy Belmont, 27-Rob Rizzo, 34-Bob Brevak, 39-Jeff Spraker, 41-Randy Renfrow, 51-Perry Tripp, 54-Jon Leavy, 54-Thomas Spangler, 56-Darin Brassfield, 57-David Smith, 59-Shane Doles, 61-Randy Tolsma, 64-Chad Dokken, 69-Jimmy Davis, 73-Bob Schacht, 88-Terry Cook, 92-Mark Kinser

NAPA 200[edit]

The NAPA 200 was held March 1 at Tucson Raceway Park. The #18 of Michael Dokken won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 16-Ron Hornaday
  2. 17-Rich Bickle
  3. 3-Jay Sauter
  4. 20-Butch Miller
  5. 2-Mike Bliss
  6. 27-Rob Rizzo
  7. 24-Jack Sprague
  8. 43-Jimmy Hensley
  9. 99-Chuck Bown
  10. 7-Dave Rezendes

Failed to qualify: 07-Tammy Jo Kirk, 09-Tim Buckley, 11-Mike Hurlbert, 15-Mike Cope, 23-T.J. Clark, 25-Andy Genzman, 45-Michael Cohen, 26-Andy Belmont, 34-Bob Brevak, 52-Scott Hansen, 54-Jon Leavy, 55-Lance Hooper, 56-Darin Brassfield, 63-Tobey Butler, 65-Kenny Allen, 73-Scott Grissom, 79-Kevin Briscoe, 88-Terry Cook, 90-Lance Norick, Curtis Markham, Carlos Serrano

Florida Dodge Dealers 400[edit]

The Florida Dodge Dealers 400 was held March 16 at Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex. Joe Ruttman won the pole. Tragedy struck during this race when John Nemechek struck the wall in turn 2 on lap 144, suffering massive head injuries. He died five days later.

Top Ten Results

  1. 98-Kenny Irwin, Jr.
  2. 2-Mike Bliss
  3. 99-Chuck Bown
  4. 93-Mike Skinner
  5. 24-Jack Sprague
  6. 16-Ron Hornaday
  7. 35-Dave Rezendes
  8. 6-Rick Carelli
  9. 20-Butch Miller
  10. 90-Lance Norick

Failed to qualify: 00-Frank Kimmel, 10-Toby Porter, 23-T. J. Clark, 31-Bob Brevak, 45-Michael Cohen, 54-Jon Leavy, 55-Jim Bown, 61-Randy Tolsma, 62-Blaise Alexander, 68-Bobby Dotter, 68-Ronnie Newman, 73-Bob Schacht, 81-Jerry Glanville, 88-Terry Cook

Chevy Desert Star Classic[edit]

The Chevy Desert Star Classic was held April 20 at Phoenix International Raceway. Jack Sprague won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 24-Jack Sprague
  2. 80-Joe Ruttman
  3. 2-Mike Bliss
  4. 16-Ron Hornaday
  5. 17-Rich Bickle
  6. 29-Bob Keselowski
  7. 35-Dave Rezendes
  8. 99-Chuck Bown
  9. 10-Toby Porter
  10. 6-Rick Carelli

Failed to qualify: 13-Mike Colabucci, 19-Tony Raines, 25-Andy Genzman, 26-Andy Belmont, 27-Rob Rizzo, 38-Doug Adams, 54-Jon Leavy, 55-Jim Bown, 61-Randy Tolsma, 92-Mark Kinser, Tommy Spangler

Craftsman 200[edit]

The Craftsman 200 was held May 3 at Portland Speedway. Rich Bickle won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 17-Rich Bickle
  2. 16-Ron Hornaday
  3. 20-Butch Miller
  4. 24-Jack Sprague
  5. 29-Bob Keselowski
  6. 2-Mike Bliss
  7. 19-Tony Raines
  8. 14-Rick Crawford
  9. 52-Tobey Butler
  10. 3-Jay Sauter

Failed to qualify: 10-Toby Porter, 23-T. J. Clark, 25-Andy Genzman, 56-Brandon Butler, 57-Brian Cunningham

NAPACARD 200[edit]

The NAPACARD 200 was held May 10 at Evergreen Speedway. Rich Bickle won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 17-Rich Bickle
  2. 24-Jack Sprague
  3. 18-Michael Dokken
  4. 80-Joe Ruttman
  5. 98-Kenny Irwin, Jr.
  6. 29-Bob Keselowski
  7. 2-Mike Bliss
  8. 86-Stacy Compton
  9. 16-Ron Hornaday
  10. 20-Butch Miller

Failed to qualify: 01-Dave Goulet, 4-Bill Sedgwick, 57-Brian Cunningham, 77-Lonnie Rush, Jr., 87-Jim Bown

Western Auto/Parts America 200[edit]

The Western Auto/Parts America 200 was held May 24 at I-70 Speedway. Rich Bickle won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 19-Tony Raines*
  2. 43-Jimmy Hensley
  3. 99-Chuck Bown
  4. 17-Rich Bickle
  5. 20-Butch Miller
  6. 80-Joe Ruttman
  7. 6-Rick Carelli
  8. 2-Mike Bliss
  9. 31-Tony Roper
  10. 24-Jack Sprague

Failed to qualify: 27-Rob Rizzo, 37-Scot Walters, 61-Randy Tolsma, 90-Lance Norick, 92-Mark Kinser, Marc Robe

  • This was Raines' first career Craftsman Truck Series win.

Pennzoil Discount Center 200[edit]

The Pennzoil Discount Center 200 was held May 31 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Jack Sprague won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Jay Sauter
  2. 24-Jack Sprague
  3. 6-Rick Carelli
  4. 44-Boris Said
  5. 98-Kenny Irwin, Jr.
  6. 14-Rick Crawford
  7. 35-Dave Rezendes
  8. 66-Bryan Reffner
  9. 80-Joe Ruttman
  10. 99-Chuck Bown

Failed to qualify: 39-Jeff Spraker, 47-Danny Hieber

Pronto Auto Parts 400K[edit]

The inaugural Pronto Auto Parts 400K was held June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mike Bliss won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 98-Kenny Irwin, Jr.
  2. 44-Boris Said
  3. 14-Rick Crawford
  4. 99-Chuck Bown
  5. 2-Mike Bliss
  6. 29-Bob Keselowski
  7. 35-Dave Rezendes
  8. 61-Randy Tolsma
  9. 80-Joe Ruttman
  10. 42-Ken Bouchard

Failed to qualify: none

Loadhandler 200[edit]

The Loadhandler 200 was held June 21 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Ron Hornaday won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 16-Ron Hornaday
  2. 17-Rich Bickle
  3. 3-Jay Sauter
  4. 6-Rick Carelli
  5. 80-Joe Ruttman
  6. 14-Rick Crawford
  7. 24-Jack Sprague
  8. 43-Jimmy Hensley
  9. 99-Chuck Bown
  10. 66-Bryan Reffner

Failed to qualify: 01-Billy Ogle, Jr., 11-Eddie Johnson, 25-Andy Genzman, 57-Brian Cunningham, James Boulton, Tommy Humphries

NAPA 200[edit]

The NAPA AutoCare 200 was held June 29 at Nazareth Speedway. Mike Bliss won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 24-Jack Sprague
  2. 80-Joe Ruttman
  3. 2-Mike Bliss
  4. 17-Rich Bickle
  5. 18-Michael Dokken
  6. 6-Rick Carelli
  7. 99-Chuck Bown
  8. 37-David Green
  9. 3-Jay Sauter
  10. 19-Tony Raines

Failed to qualify: none

Sears DieHard 200[edit]

The Sears DieHard 200 was held July 5 at The Milwaukee Mile. Jack Sprague won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 16-Ron Hornaday
  2. 3-Jay Sauter
  3. 17-Rich Bickle
  4. 24-Jack Sprague
  5. 6-Rick Carelli
  6. 52-Mike Wallace
  7. 19-Tony Raines
  8. 43-Jimmy Hensley
  9. 80-Joe Ruttman -1
  10. 99-Chuck Bown -1

Failed to qualify: 4-Bill Sedgwick, 25-Andy Genzman, 63-Cindy Peterson, 73-Bob Schacht

Link-Belt Construction Equipment 225[edit]

The Link-Belt Construction Equipment 225 was held July 12 at Louisville Motor Speedway. Jimmy Hensley won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 16-Ron Hornaday*
  2. 80-Joe Ruttman
  3. 43-Jimmy Hensley
  4. 19-Tony Raines
  5. 17-Rich Bickle
  6. 86-Stacy Compton
  7. 37-Scot Walters
  8. 24-Jack Sprague
  9. 44-Boris Said
  10. 52-Mike Wallace

Failed to qualify: 06-Billy Pauch, 4-Bill Sedgwick, 11-Eddie Johnson, 39-Jeff Spraker, 91-Gary Brooks, Tommy Humphries

  • Ron Hornaday led every lap en route to the win.

Colorado 250 By Snap-On Tools[edit]

The Colorado 250 By Snap-On Tools was held July 19 at Colorado National Speedway. Ron Hornaday won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 16-Ron Hornaday
  2. 2-Mike Bliss
  3. 86-Stacy Compton
  4. 3-Jay Sauter
  5. 17-Rich Bickle
  6. 14-Rick Crawford
  7. 6-Rick Carelli
  8. 43-Jimmy Hensley
  9. 19-Tony Raines
  10. 20-Butch Miller

Failed to qualify: none

Lund Look 275K[edit]

The Lund Look 275K was held July 27 at Heartland Park Topeka*. Joe Ruttman won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 80-Joe Ruttman
  2. 24-Jack Sprague
  3. 16-Ron Hornaday
  4. 55-Dorsey Schroeder
  5. 93-Mike Skinner
  6. 1-Bobby Hamilton
  7. 43-Jimmy Hensley
  8. 14-Rick Crawford
  9. 6-Rick Carelli
  10. 19-Tony Raines

Failed to qualify: 5-Robbie Pyle, 45-Michael Cohen, 54-Jon Leavy, 82-Randy Nelson

  • This was the first Craftsman Truck Series race at Heartland Park Topeka held on the 2.1 mile configuration. The previous two races were on the shorter 1.8 mile layout.

Cummins 200[edit]

The Cummins 200 was held July 31 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Jimmy Hensley won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 16-Ron Hornaday
  2. 24-Jack Sprague
  3. 43-Jimmy Hensley
  4. 80-Joe Ruttman
  5. 53-Mike McLaughlin
  6. 61-Randy Tolsma
  7. 98-Kenny Irwin, Jr.
  8. 6-Rick Carelli
  9. 35-Dave Rezendes
  10. 17-Rich Bickle

Failed to qualify: 9-Greg Marlowe, 26-Jerry Robertson, 39-Jeff Spraker, 47-Danny Hieber, 58-Chris Horn, 71-Gary St. Amant, 73-Bob Schacht, 77-Eliseo Salazar

  • Jimmy Hensley Lead all 200 laps but lost the lead near the finish.

Stevens Beil/Genuine Parts 200[edit]

The Stevens Beil/Genuine Parts 200 was held August 9 at Flemington Speedway. Terry Cook won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 16-Ron Hornaday
  2. 80-Joe Ruttman
  3. 17-Rich Bickle
  4. 24-Jack Sprague
  5. 6-Rick Carelli
  6. 3-Jay Sauter
  7. 52-Mike Wallace
  8. 20-Butch Miller
  9. 31-Tony Roper
  10. 2-Mike Bliss

Failed to qualify: 02-Eric Norris, 06-Billy Pauch, 11-Eddie Johnson, 12-Andy Genzman, 47-Danny Hieber

Federated Auto Parts 300[edit]

The Federated Auto Parts 300 was held August 16 at Nashville Speedway USA. Mike Bliss won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 24-Jack Sprague
  2. 16-Ron Hornaday
  3. 20-Butch Miller
  4. 35-Dave Rezendes
  5. 86-Stacy Compton
  6. 17-Rich Bickle -1
  7. 99-Chuck Bown -1
  8. 14-Rick Crawford -1
  9. 2-Mike Bliss -1
  10. 6-Rick Carelli -1

Failed to qualify: 00-Frank Kimmel, 02-Eric Norris, 4-Bill Sedgwick, 13-Mike Colabucci, 57-Brian Cunningham, 62-Blaise Alexander, 77-Doug George

Parts America 150[edit]

The Parts America 150 was held August 24 at Watkins Glen International Raceway. Ron Fellows won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 48-Ron Fellows
  2. 2-Mike Bliss
  3. 24-Jack Sprague
  4. 80-Joe Ruttman
  5. 16-Ron Hornaday
  6. 43-Jimmy Hensley
  7. 18-Ted Christopher
  8. 63-Rick Johnson
  9. 62-Blaise Alexander
  10. 6-Rick Carelli

Failed to qualify: 12-Andy Genzman, 26-Doug George, 28-Lou Gigliotti, 54-Jon Leavy, 72-Tammy Jo Kirk, 88-Terry Cook, 90-Lance Norick

Virginia Is For Lovers 200[edit]

The Virginia Is For Lovers 200 was held September 4 at Richmond International Raceway. The #16 of Ron Hornaday won the pole. Dodge's first win in the Truck Series.

Top Ten Results

  1. 29-Bob Keselowski*
  2. 24-Jack Sprague
  3. 3-Jay Sauter
  4. 17-Rich Bickle
  5. 98-Kenny Irwin, Jr.
  6. 53-Ken Schrader
  7. 2-Mike Bliss
  8. 99-Chuck Bown
  9. 61-Randy Tolsma
  10. 20-Butch Miller

Failed to qualify: 02-Eric Norris, 05-John Blewett, 12-Greg Marlowe, 22-Tommy Baldwin, Jr., 27-Rob Rizzo, 39-Jeff Spraker, 42-Mike Ewanitsko, 55-Kevin Grubb, 65-Andy Houston, 70-Joe Buford, 75-Kevin Harvick, 81-Philip Morris, 87-Robert Huffman, 88-Terry Cook, 92-Doug George, 93-Dana Dorman

  • This was Bob Keselowski's one and only career victory in the Craftsman Truck Series.

Hanes 250[edit]

The Hanes 250 was held September 27 at Martinsville Speedway. Rich Bickle won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 17-Rich Bickle
  2. 28-Ernie Irvan
  3. 2-Mike Bliss
  4. 43-Jimmy Hensley
  5. 51-Bobby Hamilton
  6. 20-Butch Miller
  7. 3-Jay Sauter
  8. 98-Kenny Irwin, Jr.
  9. 86-Stacy Compton
  10. 24-Jack Sprague

Failed to qualify: 03-Kirk Shelmerdine, 11-Ronnie Newman, 22-Tommy Baldwin, Jr., 25-Andy Genzman, 26-Jerry Robertson, 39-Jeff Spraker, 40-Bill Sedgwick, 41-Randy Renfrow, 42-Mike Ewanitsko, 45-Michael Cohen, 55-Kevin Grubb, 62-Blaise Alexander, 72-Tammy Jo Kirk, 75-Rick Markle, 83-Joe Gaita, 88-Terry Cook, 90-Lance Norick

Kragen/Exide 151[edit]

The Kragen/Exide 151 was held October 5 at Sears Point International Raceway. The #55 of Dave Rezendes won the pole.

An incident between Boris Said and Rich Bickle with five laps to go (and subsequent retaliation) caused NASCAR to fine Said $5,000 and put him on probation for the rest of the year. Bickle was also put on probation.

Top Ten Results

  1. 80-Joe Ruttman
  2. 18-Tom Hubert
  3. 3-Jay Sauter
  4. 63-Rick Johnson
  5. 24-Jack Sprague
  6. 43-Jimmy Hensley
  7. 6-Rick Carelli
  8. 35-Doug George
  9. 46-Joe Bean
  10. 86-Stacy Compton

Failed to qualify: 4-Bill Sedgwick, 40-Bo Lemler, 83-Joe Huffaker, 85-Milan Garrett

  • Dave Rezendes was leading the event when he crashed on his own in the Esses with three laps to go.

Dodge California Truckstop 300[edit]

The Dodge California Truckstop 300 was held October 12 at Mesa Marin Raceway. Mike Bliss won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 61-Randy Tolsma*
  2. 86-Stacy Compton
  3. 2-Mike Bliss
  4. 3-Jay Sauter
  5. 17-Rich Bickle
  6. 14-Rick Crawford
  7. 52-Mike Wallace
  8. 75-Kevin Harvick
  9. 43-Jimmy Hensley
  10. 24-Jack Sprague

Failed to qualify: none

  • This was Randy Tolsma's first career Craftsman Truck Series victory.

The No Fear Challenge[edit]

The No Fear Challenge was held October 18 at California Speedway for the first time. Mike Bliss won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 2-Mike Bliss
  2. 52-Mike Wallace
  3. 98-Kenny Irwin, Jr.
  4. 28-Ernie Irvan
  5. 61-Randy Tolsma
  6. 24-Jack Sprague
  7. 1-Michael Waltrip
  8. 29-Bob Keselowski
  9. 16-Ron Hornaday
  10. 14-Rick Crawford

Failed to qualify: 9-Ron Esau, 46-Joe Bean, 63-Rick Johnson, 82-Randy Nelson

GM Goodwrench/Delco 300[edit]

The GM Goodwrench/Delco 300 was held November 1 at Phoenix International Raceway. Mike Bliss won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 80-Joe Ruttman
  2. 99-Chuck Bown
  3. 24-Jack Sprague
  4. 98-Kenny Irwin, Jr.
  5. 6-Rick Carelli
  6. 52-Mike Wallace
  7. 3-Jay Sauter
  8. 20-Butch Miller
  9. 16-Ron Hornaday
  10. 2-Mike Bliss

Failed to qualify: 06-Billy Pauch, 27-Kenny Hendrick, 40-Eddie Sharp, 77-Rob Morgan, 82-Randy Nelson, 84-Billy Wilburn, 85-Milan Garrett, 90-Lance Norick

Carquest Auto Parts 420k[edit]

The Carquest Auto Parts 420k was held November 9 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Jack Sprague won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 80-Joe Ruttman
  2. 24-Jack Sprague
  3. 16-Ron Hornaday
  4. 3-Jay Sauter
  5. 2-Mike Bliss
  6. 6-Rick Carelli
  7. 52-Mike Wallace
  8. 75-Kevin Harvick
  9. 99-Chuck Bown -1
  10. 14-Rick Crawford -1

Failed to qualify: 01-Dave Goulet, 02-Rick McCray, 4-Tim Buckley, 11-Brett Bodine, 12-Tony Toste, 18-Kevin Cywinski, 23-T.J. Clark, 27-Tammy Jo Kirk, 36-Billy Wilburn, 40-Eddie Sharp, 46-Joe Bean, 51-Perry Tripp, 58-Wayne Jacks, 60-Tobey Butler, 65-Andy Houston, 77-Rob Morgan, 82-Randy Nelson, 85-Milan Garrett, 88-Terry Cook, Kenny Hendrick

Final Points Standings[edit]

  1. 24-Jack Sprague - 3969
  2. 17-Rich Bickle - 3737
  3. 80-Joe Ruttman - 3736
  4. 2-Mike Bliss - 3611
  5. 16-Ron Hornaday - 3574
  6. 3-Jay Sauter - 3467
  7. 6-Rick Carelli - 3461
  8. 43-Jimmy Hensley - 3385
  9. 99-Chuck Bown - 3320
  10. 98-Kenny Irwin, Jr. - 3220
  11. 20-Butch Miller - 3186
  12. 14-Rick Crawford - 3149
  13. 86-Stacy Compton - 3057
  14. 29-Bob Keselowski - 2915
  15. 19-Tony Raines - 2773
  16. 44-Boris Said - 2657
  17. Dave Rezendes - 2613
  18. Tony Roper - 2604
  19. 66-Bryan Reffner - 2433
  20. Tammy Jo Kirk - 2174
  21. Doug George - 2057
  22. 61-Randy Tolsma - 1802
  23. 52-Mike Wallace - 1788
  24. 88-Terry Cook - 1651
  25. 90-Lance Norick - 1620
  26. 75-Kevin Harvick - 1355
  27. Tobey Butler - 1355
  28. Michael Dokken - 1331
  29. Rob Rizzo - 1306
  30. Brian Cunningham - 1265
  31. Dan Press - 1189
  32. Lonnie Rush, Jr. - 1087
  33. Bill Sedgwick - 928
  34. Kenny Allen - 911
  35. Kelly Denton - 764
  36. Barry Bodine - 688
  37. Bobby Dotter - 677
  38. Curtis Markham - 651
  39. Ron Barfield - 618
  40. Mike Cope - 613
  41. Ron Fellows - 559
  42. Eric Norris - 553
  43. Tom Hubert - 543
  44. Toby Porter - 451
  45. Andy Houston - 441
  46. Billy Pauch - 441
  47. Mike Skinner - 437
  48. Rick Johnson - 414
  49. Wayne Grubb - 410
  50. Brad Teague - 409

Rookie of the Year[edit]

Former sprint car driver Kenny Irwin, Jr., driving the #98 for Liberty Racing, took home Rookie of the Year honors in 1997, winning two of the first nine races of the season, and finishing tenth in points. Runner-up was Rick Crawford, who had made his debut in a major NASCAR series that season and posted ten top-tens, while Stacy Compton finished 92 points behind him in the new Impact Motorsports ride. Tony Raines finished 15th in points and picked up a win as well, while Tony Roper had two top-tens, and Tammy Jo Kirk became the first female to make a start in the series. The rest of the candidates only made part-time bids at the award, the most notable being Rob Rizzo, who had one top-ten finish.

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