NASCAR Winston Cup Pennsylvania 500 -- Fact Sheet
16 July 1997
1997 NASCAR WINSTON CUP SERIES FACT SHEET WHAT: Pennyslvania 500 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Race #18 of 32 WHERE: Pocono Raceway 2.5-Mile Banked Paved Speedway WHEN: Sunday, July 20, 1997 1:00 pm EDT DISTANCE: 200 Laps / 500 Miles POSTED AWARDS: $1,387,659 FIELD: 43 cars possible. Fastest 38 cars through time trials. Four provisional starting positions based on 1997 NWC owner points and one past champion provisional. SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. PROMOTER: Pocono International Raceway, Inc. TV: TBS (Live) Airtime: 1:00 pm (EDT) Announcers: Ken Squier and Buddy Baker Pit Reporters: Steve Byrnes, Mike Hogwood, Glen Jarrett, and Matt Yocum RADIO: MRN (Live) Airtime: 12:45 pm (EDT) Announcers: Allen Bestwick and Barney Hall SCHEDULE: Friday, July 19 6:00 am : Team Haulers Enter 7:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens 9:30 am : Rookie Drivers' Meeting 10:00 am : Qualifying Draw 10:30 am - 2:00 pm : Practice 3:00 pm : Qualifying (Positions 1-25) Saturday, July 20 7:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens 9:00 - 11:00 am : Practice 11:30 am : Qualifying (Positions 26-38) Final Practice following the ARCA event PARTICIPATING AWARDS SPONSORS: Winston, AE Clevite Engine Parts, Aeroquip, Auto Meter Products, Bowman Distribution, Busch Beer, Champion Spark Plugs, Competition Cams, Craftsman Tools, Crane Cams, DuPont Automotive Finishes, Edelbrock Manifolds, Fram Fuel Filters, Gatorade Sports Beverage, Goodyear Tires, Goody's Headache Powders, Holley Carburetors, Hurst Shifters, JE Pistons, Jesel Rocker Arms, Longacre Computerscales, MCI, Mac Tools, Mechanix Wear, Moog Chassis Parts, Motorcraft Batteries, Opryland, Plasti-Kote Spray Paint, RCA, Raybestos Brakes, Simpson Helmets, Spicer Drive Shafts, Stant Radiator Caps, STP Oil Treatment & Oil Filters, 3M Automotive Products, True Value Hardware, Unocal Gasoline, 76/NASCAR High Performance Motor Oil, Western Auto Stores, Wiseco Pistons, Wix Air Filters RECORDS: Qualifying: Jeff Gordon; Chevrolet; 169.725 mph; 53.027 seconds; 6/14/96 Race: Rusty Wallace; Ford; 144.892 mph; 3 hours, 27 minutes, 3 seconds; 7/21/96 THE RACE: Pocono Raceway is a 2.5-mile paved tri-oval with 14 degrees ganking in turn one, 8 degrees banking in turn two and 6 degrees banking in turn three. The length of the front straight is 3,740 feet, the length of the Long Pond straight is 3,055 feet and the length of the North straight is 1,780 feet. Pocono Raceway has hosted the Pennsylvania 500 since 1974.