1997 Daytona 500

Date? Sunday, Feb. 16 , 1997, at Daytona International Speedway. Distance? 500 miles; Course? 2.5 miles; Field? 42 cars; Average speed? 148.295 mph; Margin of victory? under caution; Time of race? 3 hours, 22 minutes, 18 seconds; Caution flags? 8 for 29 laps; Lead changes? 12 among 9 drivers; Lap leaders? M. Martin (52 laps), D. Earnhardt (48), J. Gordon (40), B. Elliott (30), E. Irvan (13), S. Marlin (8), M. Waltrip (8), G. Sacks (3), M. Skinner (1); Pole sitter? Mike Skinner at 189.813 mph; Attendance? 150,000 (estimated); TV Rating? 8.6/23 share (CBS). Note that (r) indicates circuit rookie driver.

Driver (start pos.)TeamCarLapsEndedEarnings
1Jeff Gordon (6)DuPont RefinishesChevrolet Monte Carlo200Running$456,999
2Terry Labonte (18)Kellogg's Corn FlakesChevrolet Monte Carlo200Running194,925
3Rick Craven (40)BudweiserChevrolet Monte Carlo200Running155,625
4Bill Elliott (8)McDonald'sFord Thunderbird200Running133,200
5Sterling Marlin (9)Kodak FilmChevrolet Monte Carlo200Running121,080
6Jeremy Mayfield (21)Kmart/RC ColaFord Thunderbird200Running100,355
7Mark Martin (11)ValvolineFord Thunderbird200Running105,515
8Ward Burton (17)MBNA AmericaPontiac Grand Prix200Running82,390
9Rick Rudd (13)TideFord Thunderbird200Running88,590
10Darrell Waltrip (22)Western AutoChevrolet Monte Carlo200Running78,840
11Jeff Burton (23)Exide BatteriesFord Thunderbird200Running79,040
12r-Mike Skinner (1)Lowe'sChevrolet Monte Carlo200Running77,615
13Ted Musgrave (41)Family Channel/PRIMESTARFord Thunderbird200Running76,570
14Kyle Petty (30)Hot WheelsPontiac Grand Prix200Running62,080
15Bobby Hamilton (39)STPPontiac Grand Prix200Running77,415
16r-Robby Gordon (20)Coors LightChevrolet Monte Carlo200Running76,570
17Dave Marcis (24)RealtreeChevrolet Monte Carlo200Running69,545
18Brett Bodine (37)Close Call Phone CardFord Thunderbird200Running61,225
19Hut Stricklin (28)Circuit CityFord Thunderbird200Running67,155
20Ernie Irvan (5)Texaco-HavolineFord Thunderbird200Running72,325
21Bobby Labonte (15)Interstate BatteriesPontiac Grand Prix200Running69,445
22Kenny Wallace (36)Square DFord Thunderbird200Running65,465
23Dale Jarrett (3)Ford Quality CareFord Thunderbird200Running70,510
24Lake Speed (35)Melling Engine PartsFord Thunderbird199Running64,405
25John Andretti (32)RCAFord Thunderbird198Running63,325
26Loy Allen (33)Child Support RecoveryFord Thunderbird198Running55,570
27Joe Nemechek (38)BellSouthChevrolet Monte Carlo196Accident52,240
28Johnny Benson (16)PennzoilPontiac Grand Prix195Accident61,935
29Morgan Shepherd (42)Delco Remy AmericaPontiac Grand Prix195Accident61,655
30Dick Trickle (27)Heilig-MeyersFord Thunderbird195Accident53,900
31Dale Earnhardt (4)GM GoodwrenchChevrolet Monte Carlo195Running72,945
32Michael Waltrip (12)CitgoFord Thunderbird188Running57,990
33Ken Schrader (10)SkoalChevrolet Monte Carlo173Running57,790
34Geoff Bodine (25)QVCFord Thunderbird148Accident57,605
35Jimmy Spencer (7)Camel CigarettesFord Thunderbird145Running57,300
36Derrike Cope (29)SkittlesPontiac Grand Prix124Handling50,145
37Greg Sacks (34)Hardee'sFord Thunderbird120Accident50,040
38Bobby Hillin (31)Jasper EnginesFord Thunderbird111Engine49,605
39Robert Pressley (19)Cartoon NetworkChevrolet Monte Carlo91Accident49,605
40Steve Grissom (2)KodiakChevrolet Monte Carlo88Accident57,565
41Rusty Wallace (14)Miller LiteFord Thunderbird47Engine66,605
42Wally Dallenbach (26)First UnionChevrolet Monte Carlo32Engine49,605

1997 Race LocationsNASCAR ResultsWinston Cup Point Standings
1997 Winston Cup Series NASCAR Racing
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