NASCAR BGN Series Bumper to Bumper 300: Fact Sheet
1 October 1997
1997 NASCAR BUSCH SERIES, GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION RACE FACTS WHAT: All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division Race #27 of 30 WHERE: Charlotte Motor Speedway Concord, NC 1.5-Mile Banked Paved Speedway WHEN: Saturday, October 4, 1997 1:10 pm (EDT) DISTANCE: 200 Laps (300 Miles) POSTED AWARDS: $566,539 FIELD: 43 cars. Fastest 38 cars through time trials. Up to five provisional starting positions, including four based on 1997 NBS owner points and one for a former champion of the NBS. SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) PROMOTER: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Inc. TV: TBS (Live) Air time: 1:05 pm (EDT) Announcers: Ken Squier, Buddy Baker and Darrell Waltrip Pit Reporters: Steve Byrnes, Mike Hogewood, Allen Bestwick and Chad Little RADIO: PRN (Live) Air time : 12:15 pm (EDT) Announcers: Doug Rice and Mark Garrow SCHEDULE: Thursday, October 2 7:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens 7:30 am : Rookie Drivers' Meeting 8:00 - 8:55 am : Practice 10:00 - 10:55 am : Practice 12:00 - 1:00 pm : Practice 2:15 pm : Qualifying (Positions 1-28) 4:00 - 5:00 pm : Practice Friday, October 3 9:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens 10:00 am - 12:00 pm : Practice 2:00 pm : Qualifying Race - 40 Laps (Positions 33-42) 4:00 - 5:00 pm : Final Practice Saturday, October 4 7:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens 10:15 am : Mandatory Drivers' & Crew Chiefs' Meeting 1:10 pm : All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 RECORDS: Qualifying: Mark Martin; Batesville, AR; Ford; 176.696 mph; 30.561 seconds; 10/6/94 Race: Mark Martin; Batesville, AR; Ford; 155.996 mph; 1 hour, 55 minutes, 32 seconds; 5/25/96 1996 REVIEW: Mark Martin won for the fifth time in 1996 and completed sweeps of both Charlotte races for 1996. David Green's 58-point lead turned into a 50-point deficit, as Green was involved in an accident on lap 63. This, coupled with Randy LaJoie's sixth-place finish, gave the 1996 championship a whole new look. Bobby Labonte finished second, Sterling Marlin was third, Chad Little was fourth and Mike McLaughlin fifth. THE TRACK: 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 PARTICIPATING AWARDS SPONSORS: Anheuser-Busch, Inc., AE Clevite, Aeroquip, Autolite Spark Plugs, Champion Spark Plugs, Competition Cam, Edelbrock Intake Manifolds, Fram Oil Filters, Ford Motor Corporation, Gatorade, Goodyear Tires & Belts & Hoses, Griffin Mufflers, Goody's, Holley Carburetors, JE Pistons, Jesel Rocker Arms, Kar Products, Lincoln Electric, MCI, Moog Chassis Parts, Moroso Blue Max Ignition Wires, Motorsports Designs, MSD Ignitions, Penske Shocks, Precision Gear, Raybestos Brakes, Richmond Gear, Simpson Helmets, STP Oil Treatment & Oil Filters, Unocal 76 Gasoline, Vantare, Winston Cup Scene, Wiseco Pistons, Wix Filters.