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Pocono 500

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

Stock Car Racing

Pocono 500
Event

A NASCAR race.

DateWinnerWinner's Make
June 8, 1997Jeff GordonChevrolet1997 Race Information, Results & Photographs
2003Tony StewartPontiac2003 Race Information & Photographs


1997

June 8, 1997
Pocono Raceway

Results

Average Speed:  139.828 mph
Margin of Victory:  1.415 seconds
Time of Race:  3:34:33
Lead Changes:  25

FinishStartDriverMakeCar #SponsorLapsStatusPointsWinnings
111Jeff GordonChevrolet24DuPont200Running180/5$166,080
218Jeff BurtonFord99Exide Batteries200Running170/0$52,550
32Dale JarrettFord88Quality Care/Ford Credit200Running170/5$53,245
414Mark MartinFord6Valvoline200Running160/0$39,620
527Jeremy MayfieldFord37Kmart/RC Cola200Running160/5$33,070
631Ted MusgraveFord16The Family Channel/PRIMESTAR200Running155/5$28,875
78Darrell WaltripFord17Parts America200Running151/5$30,775
824Geoffrey BodineChevrolet7QVC200Running147/5$25,975
97Terry LabonteChevrolet5Kellogg's Corn Flakes200Running143/5$35,675
1012Dale EarnhardtChevrolet3GM Goodwrench Service200Running134/0$34,025
1138Derrike CopeFord36Skittles200Running130/0$19,525
1220Morgan ShepherdPontiac1Cruisin' America Phone Card200Running127/0$24,175
1332Michael WaltripChevrolet21CITGO200Running124/0$23,875
1440Kyle PettyPontiac44Hot Wheels200Running121/0$16,575
1528Sterling MarlinChevrolet4Kodak Films200Running118/0$30,225
1622Ricky CravenChevrolet25Budweiser200Running120/5$23,075
1713Wally DallenbachFord46First Union200Running112/0$12,175
1835Steve GrissomPontiac41Kodiak200Running109/0$22,775
1934Jimmy SpencerFord23Camel Cigarettes200Running106/0$22,525
2010Rick MastPontiac75Remington Arms200Running103/0$24,750
216Ricky RuddFord10Tide199Running100/0$26,505
2216Rusty WallaceFord2Miller Lite199Running97/0$28,405
2339Ken SchraderChevrolet33Skoal Bandit199Running94/0$21,680
2415Hut StricklinFord8Circuit City199Running91/0$21,530
2537Brett BodineFord11Close Call Phone Card199Running93/5$21,605
2642Dick TrickleChevrolet90Heilig-Meyers/Simmons199Running85/0$14,205
2721Johnny BensonPontiac30Pennzoil198Running82/0$21,055
2825David GreenFord96Caterpillar198Running79/0$12,005
2919Ernie IrvanFord28Texaco/Havoline197Running76/0$25,930
3017Mike WallaceFord91Spam197Running73/0$10,880
3123Bobby LabontePontiac18Interstate Batteries197Running70/0$25,830
325Bill ElliottFord94McDonald's196Running72/5$20,780
3336Gary BradberryChevrolet19Child Support Recovery International196Running64/0$10,730
3430Kenny WallaceChevrolet81Square D196Running61/0$20,105
3529Jeff GreenChevrolet29Cartoon Network189Out (Handling)63/5$20,530
3626Joe NemechekChevrolet73BellSouth166Out (Engine)55/0$10,955
3733Bobby HillinFord77Jasper Engines/Federal-Mogul146Running52/0$10,390
383Ward BurtonPontiac22MBNA America141Out (Engine)59/10$18,765
391Bobby HamiltonPontiac43STP129Out (Accident)51/5$27,990
409John AndrettiPontiac98RCA121Out (Engine)48/5$17,265
4141Mike SkinnerChevrolet31Lowe's79Out (Engine)45/5$10,265
424Greg SacksChevrolet20Coors Light8Out (Accident)37/0$17,265

Contingency Awards

Bud Fastest Second-Round Qualifier:  Joe Nemechek
Bud Pole:  Dale Jarrett

Photographs

Morgan Shepherd at the 1997 Pocono 500 Morgan Shepherd
Morgan Shepherd had some good success at Atlanta, scoring 3 of his 4 cup wins there. Got his final win at age 51. Also had 15 Busch Series wins in the series early era. Pretty solid racer.
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Rusty Wallace at the 1997 Pocono 500 Rusty Wallace
Rusty Wallace was able to score a single win in 1997.
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Dale Earnhardt at the 1997 Pocono 500 Dale Earnhardt
The Intimidator goes down the frontstretch at Pocono.
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Sterling Marlin at the 1997 Pocono 500 Sterling Marlin
After some good years in the #4, the team started to slip in 1997 with no wins and 25th in points and Marlin and the team split after the season.
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Terry Labonte at the 1997 Pocono 500 Terry Labonte
Terry Labonte, 1996 Winston Cup Champion, was always one of my favorites. Posted 1 1997 win.
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Mark Martin at the 1997 Pocono 500 Mark Martin
Mark Martin was able to rebound from a winless 1996 to post 4 wins in 1997 including his record setting win at Talladega.
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Mark Martin at the 1997 Pocono 500 Mark Martin
Of the most used paint schemes on the Valvoline #6 over the years, this was the one I liked the best.
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Hut Stricklin at the 1997 Pocono 500 Hut Stricklin
Hut Stricklin in the Stavola Brothers #8 in 1997.
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Ricky Rudd at the 1997 Pocono 500 Ricky Rudd
Ricky Rudd, real steady over years. 16 straight years with a win including 8 straight years where he won a single race. Ricky was able to drive his self owned #10 into victory lane 6 times including twice in 1997. Pretty good in the era of the multi car teams starting to dominate the sport. He also snared the Brickyard win in 1997, a major victory.
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Brett Bodine at the 1997 Pocono 500 Brett Bodine
Brett Bodine in his self owned #11. One career win driving the 26 in 1990.
Photo by Mike Traverse
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Ted Musgrave at the 1997 Pocono 500 Pocono 500
Very underrated driver for the Roush organization.
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Darrell Waltrip at the 1997 Pocono 500 Darrell Waltrip
Jaws. Boogity. 84 wins.
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Bobby Labonte at the 1997 Pocono 500 Bobby Labonte
Solid former champion with 21 wins including 5 in 1999.
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Gary Bradberry at the 1997 Pocono 500 Gary Bradberry
Kinda forgot this driver.
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Ward Burton at the 1997 Pocono 500 Ward Burton
I thought he only won a couple of races, but he totaled 5. I do remember that Daytona 500.
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Jimmy Spencer at the 1997 Pocono 500 Jimmy Spencer
Even though Winston poured tons of money into Nascar over the years, Nascar didn't seem too upset with their departure. I wonder if a cigarette company now wanted to get back into the sport whether Nascar would allow it. I would guess not. How soon they forget. Even though I've never been a smoker, I do believe in loyalty.
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Jeff Gordon at the 1997 Pocono 500 Jeff Gordon
1997 Winston Cup Champion and winner of the race this weekend at Pocono. Remarkable how similar the paint scheme still is.
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Ricky Craven at the 1997 Pocono 500 Ricky Craven
Ricky Craven got a couple of wins with the Cal Wells car but had little success with the Hendrick 25.
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Ernie Irvan at the 1997 Pocono 500 Ernie Irvan
Ernie would win the final of his 15 wins the following week at Michigan.
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Johnny Benson at the 1997 Pocono 500 Johnny Benson
I think Johnny Benson is much better than many of the current series formerly known as Winston Cup drivers.
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Mike Skinner at the 1997 Pocono 500 Mike Skinner
Does better in trucks.
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Derrike Cope at the 1997 Pocono 500 Derrike Cope
Won 2 races in 1990 including the 500.
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Jeremy Mayfield at the 1997 Pocono 500 Jeremy Mayfield
Was heading toward his first win the following season.
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Greg Sacks at the 1997 Pocono 500 Greg Sacks
One of the last races Sacks would drive the 40. Soon replaced with Robby Gordon.
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Steve Grissom at the 1997 Pocono 500 Steve Grissom
Drove the Hedrick 41 in 1997.
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Joe Nemechek at the 1997 Pocono 500 Joe Nemechek
Joe was the driver for Sabates in 1997 in the Bellsouth 42.
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Joe Nemechek at the 1997 Pocono 500 Joe Nemechek
On the frontstretch.
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Bobby Hamilton at the 1997 Pocono 500 Bobby Hamilton
Did good enough in the series to get 4 wins. Great in the Craftsman Truck Series as well. R.I.P.
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Kyle Petty at the 1997 Pocono 500 Kyle Petty
I really liked this paint scheme of the Hot Wheels car in 1997.
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Kyle Petty at the 1997 Pocono 500 Kyle Petty
The #44 in 1997.
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Dave Marcis at the 1997 Pocono 500 Dave Marcis
One of the great veterans.
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Rick Mast at the 1997 Pocono 500 Rick Mast
Rick Mast and the #75 in 1997.
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Kenny Wallace at the 1997 Pocono 500 Kenny Wallace
This guy actually still stops talking long enough to climb into a race car.
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Dale Jarrett at the 1997 Pocono 500 Dale Jarrett
An awesome year for Jarrett with 7 wins and 2nd in the points.
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Bill Elliott at the 1997 Pocono 500 Bill Elliott
Good looking car, but Bill was never able to win a race with the #94.
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Mike Wallace at the 1997 Pocono 500 Mike Wallace
The #91 Spam machine at Pocono.
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Chad Little at the 1997 Pocono 500 Chad Little
Filled out the Roush roster in 1997.
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John Andretti at the 1997 Pocono 500 John Andretti
This car was good on the restrictor plate tracks in 1997 and he got a Daytona win shortly after this race for Yarborough.
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Jeff Burton at the 1997 Pocono 500 Jeff Burton
One of the great drivers of the current group. One of the cleanest also.
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2003

Photographs

2003 Pocono 500 2003
U.S. Navy photo by Linda S. Beth
Navy Honor Guard from Naval Submarine Base, Groton, Conn., kicked off Military Appreciation Day during the opening ceremonies at the Pocono 500 NASCAR race.
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Article Index

DateArticleAgency/Author/Speaker
June 9, 2003NASCAR: Stewart Wins Pennsylvania 500VOA Sports


Article Index

DateArticleAgency/Author/Speaker
June 8, 2008NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Pocono 500Kenny Francis
Kasey Kahne
June 8, 2008NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Pocono 500Denny Hamlin
Brian Vickers
June 7, 2009NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Pocono 500Joe Custer
Darian Grubb
Tony Stewart
June 7, 2009NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Pocono 500Carl Edwards
David Reutimann


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