NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Dodge California Truckstop 300: Fact Sheet
8 October 1997
1997 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES RACE FACTS WHAT : Dodge California Truckstop 300 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race #23 of 26 WHERE : Mesa Marin Raceway Bakersfield, CA 0.5-Mile Paved Oval WHEN : Sunday, October 12, 1997 1:30 pm (PDT) DISTANCE : 150 Miles / 300 Laps The race will be run in two segments split by a mandatory pit stop. POSTED AWARDS: $310,119 FIELD : 36 trucks possible. Fastest 32 trucks through time trials. Up to two provisional starting positions based on 1997 NCTS driver points and two based on owner point standings. SANCTION : National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) PROMOTER : Marion Collins TV : TNN (Live) Airtime: 4:30 pm (EDT) Announcers: Eli Gold and Glenn Jarrett Pit Reporter: Dorsey Schroeder RADIO : NASCAR Truck Network (Live) Airtime : 4:15 pm (EDT) Announcers : Mike Bagley and Dan Hubbard SCHEDULE : Friday, October 10 11:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens 12:00 - 5:00 pm : Registration & Inspection Saturday, October 11 8:00 am : Registration & Inspection 9:00 am : Drawing to determine order of qualifying 9:00 am : Mandatory Rookie Drivers' Meeting 12:00 - 1:00 pm : Practice 3:00 - 4:00 pm : Practice 6:45 pm : Time Trials (All Positions) Sunday, October 12 8:00 am : Garage Opens 11:30 am : Mandatory Drivers' Meeting NOTE: NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series registration closes two hours prior to race time. THE RACE: The Mesa Marin Raceway track is a 1/2-mile asphalt oval course with 17 degrees of banking in the corners and 7 degrees of banking on the straights. RECORDS: Qualifying - Ron Hornaday; Palmdale, CA; Chevrolet; 92.540 mph; 19.451 seconds; 10/12/96 Race - Mike Skinner; Susanville, CA; 65.789 mph; 2 hour, 16 minutes, 48 seconds; 10/13/96 PARTICIPATING AWARDS SPONSORS : Craftsman Tools, Chevy Trucks, Goodyear Tires, Accel Plug Wires, AE Clevite, Anheuser-Busch, Auto Meter Products, Auto Ventshade Company, Bilstein Shocks, Champion Spark Plugs, Cintas, Competition Cams, Crane Cams, Dodge Ram Trucks, Earl's Performance Products, Edelbrock Intake Manifolds, Featherlite Trailers, Fel-Pro Gaskets, Ford Motor Company, Gatorade, Goodyear Belts & Hoses, Griffin Radiators, Hella Lights, Holley Performance Products, Hurst Performance Shifters, Hutcherson-Pagan Enterprises, JE Pistons, Jesel, Inc., Lawson Products, Mallory Distributors, MCI, Mechanix Wear, Moog Automotive, MSD Ignitions, Plasti-Kote Spray Paint, Precision Gear, Raybestos Brakes, Russell Performance Products, Simpson Helmets, Spicer Drive Line, STP Oil Treatment, Tilton Engineering, Unocal 76 Gasoline, Wiseco Pistons, Wix Air Filters, and Hanes.