NASCAR BGN Sears Auto Center 250 -- Fact Sheet
1 July 1997
1997 NASCAR BUSCH SERIES, GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION RACE FACTS WHAT: Sears Auto Center 250 NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division Race #18 of 30 WHERE: The Milwaukee Mile West Allis, WI 1-Mile Paved Speedway WHEN: Sunday, July 6, 1997 12:00 pm (CDT) DISTANCE: 250 Laps (250 Miles) POSTED AWARDS: $490,460 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: The Milwaukee Mile TV: CBS (Live) Air time: 12:00 pm (CDT) Announcers: Ken Squier, Ned Jarrett, and Buddy Baker Pit Reporters: Mike Joe, Dick Berggren, and Ralph Sheheen RADIO: MRN (Live) Air time : 11:00 pm (CDT) Announcers: Allen Bestwick and Joe Moore SCHEDULE: Friday, July 4 12:00 pm : Registration and Inspection 5:00 pm : Garage Closes Saturday, July 5 6:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens 7:30 am : Rookie Meeting 8:00 - 10:00 am : Practice 11:00 am : Qualifying (Positions 1-25) 3:30 - 4:30 pm : Practice 5:30 pm : Qualifying (Positions 26-38) Sunday, July 6 8:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens 11:00 am : Drivers' & Crew Chiefs' Meeting 11:30 am : Driver Introductions 12:11 pm : Start of Sears Auto Center 250 RECORDS: Qualifying: Hermie Sadler, Emporia, VA; Chevrolet; July 6, 1996; 118.320 mph (30.426 seconds) Race: Mike Wallace, St. Louis, MO; July 2, 1994; 100.999 mph (2 hours, 28 minutes, 31 seconds) THE RACE: The Milwaukee Mile, located at the Wisconsin State Fair, is one of the country's most famous racing facilities. The track hosted NASCAR Busch Series races in 1984 and 1985, then rejoined the schedule in 1993 under new management of Carl Haas. The Milwaukee Mile is a 1-mile paved speedway with 9.25 degrees banking in the turns and 2.5 degrees banking on the 1,265-feet long straights. 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.