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NASCAR Winston Cup Series MBNA 400: Fact Sheet

16 September 1997


      NASCAR Winston Cup Series Race #26 of 32

WHERE: Dover Downs International Speedway
       Dover, DE
       1.0-Mile Banked Concrete Oval Speedway

WHEN: Sunday, September 21, 1997
       12:10 pm EDT

DISTANCE: 400 Laps/400 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $1,551,173

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: Dover Downs, Inc.

TV: TNN (Live)
    Airtime: 12:00 pm (EDT)
    Announcers: Eli Gold, Buddy Baker and Dick Berggren
    Pit Reporters: Glen Jarrett, Steve Byrnes and Matt Yocum

       Airtime: 12:00 pm (EDT)
       Announcers: Allen Bestwick and Barney Hall

          Friday, September 19
             6:00 am : Team Haulers Enter
             7:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens
             8:30 am : Rookie Drivers' Meeting
            10:30 am : Qualifying Draw
 11:00 am - 12:00 pm : Practice
      1:20 - 2:00 pm : Practice
             3:00 pm : Qualifying (Positions 1-25)

          Saturday, September 20
             8:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens
     9:30 - 11:00 am : Practice
            11:30 am : Qualifying (Positions 26-38)
                 TBD : Final Practice following NBS 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: Bobby Labonte; Chevrolet; 155.086 mph;
                       23.213 seconds; 9/13/96
 Degree of Banking in Corners - 24 degrees
 Degree of Banking on Straights - 9 degrees
 Length of Frontstretch - 1076 feet
 Length of Backstretch - 1076 feet
 1996 REVIEW: Jeff Gordon won the survival of the fittest, beating Rusty
Wallace to the line by 0.441-second in a race that took nearly five hours
because of 14 caution periods. It was Gordon's eighth win of the season, his
second straight in this race and his third in a row at Dover.