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NASCAR Winston Cup Series UAW-GM Quality 500: Fact Sheet

1 October 1997


WHAT: UAW-GM Quality 500
      NASCAR Winston Cup Series Race #28 of 32

WHERE: Charlotte Motor Speedway
       Concord, NC
       1.5-Mile High Banked Paved Speedway

WHEN: Sunday, October 5, 1997
       1:10 pm EDT

DISTANCE: 500 Miles/334 Laps

POSTED AWARDS: $1,746,501

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: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Inc.

TV: TBS (Live)
    Airtime: 1:05 pm (EDT)
    Announcers: Ken Squier, Buddy Baker and Allen Bestwick
    Pit Reporters: Randy Pemberton, Steve Byrnes and Mike Hogewood

       Airtime: 12:15 pm (EDT)
       Announcers: Doug Rice and Mark Garrow
       Pit Reporters: Brett McMillan, Mark Allen and Steve Blevins

          Wednesday, October 1
             9:00 am : Team Haulers Enter
            10:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens
            12:30 pm : Rookie Drivers' Meeting
             1:00 pm : Qualifying Draw
      1:30 - 5:00 pm : Practice
             7:00 pm : Qualifying (Positions 1-25)

          Thursday, October 2
             7:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens
      9:00 - 9:55 am : Practice
    11:00 - 11:55 am : Practice
             1:30 pm : Qualifying (Positions 26-38)

          Friday, October 3
             No Winston Cup Activity

          Saturday, October 4
             7:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens
     9:00 - 10:00 am : Practice
                 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: Ward Burton; Chevrolet; 185.759 mph; 29.070 seconds;
          Race (500 Miles): Ernie Irvan; Ford; 154.537 mph;
                             3 hours, 14 minutes, 31 seconds; 10/10/93
 Degree of Banking in Corners - 24 degrees
 Degree of Banking on Straights - 5 degrees
 Length of Frontstretch - 1,952.8 feet
 Length of Backstretch - 1,360 feet
1996 REVIEW: Terry Labonte cut 110 points off Jeff Gordon's lead in one day
from 111 to one by winning his first career race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
It couldn't have come at a better time as Labonte made the surge toward the
championship he eventually would win. He led 129 of 334 laps, finishing nearly
four seconds ahead of Mark Martin, Dale Jarrett, Sterling Marlin and Ricky