OFFICIAL RACE RESULTS

MOUNTAIN DEW SOUTHERN 500

Jeff Gordon won the 1997 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

TRACK

  • NAME: Darlington Raceway
  • LOCATION: Darlington
  • LENGTH: 1.366 Miles
  • SURFACE: Pavement
  • PURSE: $1,202,356

RACE

  • NUMBER: 23
  • NAME: Mountain Dew Southern 500
  • DATE: 08-31-1997
  • LAPS / MILES: 367 / 501
  • CAUTIONS / LAPS: 11 / 67

WINNER

  • NAME: Jeff Gordon
  • CAR MAKE: Chevrolet
  • AVG SPEED: 121.149
  • START POSITION: 7th
  • LEAD CHANGES: 9
Finish Start # Driver Make Sponsor Points Laps Led Status Money
1 7 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont Refinishes 180 367 116 Running 131,330
2 16 99 Jeff Burton Ford Exide Batteries 175 367 24 Running 57,280
3 3 88 Dale Jarrett Ford Quality Care / Ford Credit 170 367 38 Running 47,505
4 2 94 Bill Elliott Ford McDonald's 170 367 181 Running 49,965
5 21 10 Ricky Rudd Ford Tide 155 367 0 Running 39,345
6 17 5 Terry Labonte Chevrolet Kellogg's Corn Flakes 150 367 0 Running 41,315
7 1 18 Bobby Labonte Pontiac Interstate Batteries 151 367 2 Running 42,240
8 4 6 Mark Martin Ford Valvoline 142 367 0 Running 33,550
9 14 21 Michael Waltrip Ford Citgo 143 367 2 Running 29,020
10 5 33 Ken Schrader Chevrolet Skoal Bandit 134 366 0 Running 32,280
11 37 97 Chad Little Pontiac John Deere 130 366 0 Running 22,515
12 12 7 Geoffrey Bodine Ford QVC 127 366 0 Running 27,220
13 8 90 Dick Trickle Ford Heilig-Meyers / Simmons 124 366 0 Running 19,930
14 24 36 Derrike Cope Pontiac Skittles 121 365 0 Running 19,640
15 11 11 Brett Bodine Ford Close Call Phone Card 118 365 0 Running 27,800
16 19 37 Jeremy Mayfield Ford Kmart / RC Cola 115 365 0 Running 18,980
17 6 8 Hut Stricklin Ford Circuit City 112 365 0 Running 25,710
18 23 9 Lake Speed Ford Melling Engine Parts 109 365 0 Running 18,435
19 18 30 Johnny Benson, Jr. Pontiac Pennzoil 106 365 0 Running 25,155
20 40 43 Bobby Hamilton Pontiac STP 103 365 0 Running 30,485
21 29 41 Steve Grissom Chevrolet Kodiak 100 365 0 Running 24,525
22 34 40 Robby Gordon Chevrolet Coors Light 97 363 0 Running 25,305
23 20 42 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet BellSouth 94 359 0 Running 17,060
24 25 81 Kenny Wallace Ford Square D 91 354 0 Running 23,785
25 27 78 Gary Bradberry Ford Hanes 88 354 0 Running 13,575
26 38 17 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet Parts America 85 353 0 Handling 23,415
27 13 22 Ward Burton Pontiac MBNA America 82 350 0 Handling 23,305
28 30 23 Jimmy Spencer Ford Camel Cigarettes 79 341 0 Running 22,695
29 15 16 Ted Musgrave Ford Family Channel / Primestar 81 296 4 Handling 20,085
30 36 3 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet GM Goodwrench Service Plus 73 282 0 Running 30,925
31 31 25 Ricky Craven Chevrolet Budweiser 70 236 0 Engine 19,840
32 39 44 Kyle Petty Pontiac Hot Wheels 67 202 0 Engine 12,750
33 10 28 Ernie Irvan Ford Texaco / Havoline 64 183 0 Engine 27,685
34 28 75 Rick Mast Ford Remington Arms 61 177 0 Crash 19,650
35 41 1 Lance Hooper Pontiac R&L Carriers 58 175 0 Crash 19,540
36 33 31 Mike Skinner Chevrolet Lowe's 55 130 0 Crash 12,480
37 32 98 John Andretti Ford RCA 52 117 0 Crash 19,416
38 22 12 Jeff Purvis Chevrolet Opryland USA 49 114 0 Crash 12,270
39 42 29 Jeff Green Chevrolet Cartoon Network 46 104 0 Electrical 12,270
40 9 4 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Kodak Film 43 102 0 Engine 28,270
41 26 46 Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Chevrolet First Union 40 85 0 Radiator 12,270
42 35 96 Todd Bodine Chevrolet Caterpillar 37 5 0 Crash 12,270
43 43 2 Rusty Wallace Ford Miller Lite 34 5 0 Crash 29,270