NASCAR BGN Detroit Gasket 200: Fact Sheet
13 August 1997
1997 NASCAR BUSCH SERIES, GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION RACE FACTS WHAT: Detroit Gasket 200 NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division Race #22 of 30 WHERE: Michigan Speedway Brooklyn, MI 2-Mile Banked Ashpalt Speedway WHEN: Saturday, August 16, 1997 12:00 pm (EDT) DISTANCE: 100 Laps (200 Miles) POSTED AWARDS: $418,860 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: Penske Motorsports, Inc. TV: ESPN (Live) Air time: 12:00 pm (EDT) Announcers: Dr. Jerry Punch, Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett Pit Reporters: Bill Weber, Ray Dunlap and/or Kyle Petty RADIO: MRN (Live) Air time : 11:45 am (EDT) Announcers: Allen Bestwick and Joe Moore SCHEDULE: Thursday, August 14 7:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens 8:00 am : Rookie Drivers' Meeting 11:00 am - 1:00 pm : Practice 3:00 pm : Qualifying (Positions 1-25) Friday, August 15 7:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens 8:30 - 9:30 am : Practice 10:00 am : Qualifying (Positions 26-38) Practice following NWC time trials. Saturday, August 16 7:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens 10:10 am : Drivers' & Crew Chiefs' Meeting 12:00 pm : Start of Detroit Gasket 200 RECORDS: Qualifying: Bill Elliott; Dawsonville, GA; Ford; 175.447 mph; 41.038 seconds; 8/12/93 Race: Mark Martin; Batesville, AR; Ford; 169.571 mph; 1 hour, 10 minutes, 46 seconds; 8/19/95 THE RACE: Michigan Speedway is a 2-mile asphalt oval with 18 degrees banking in all four turns. The length of the frontsretch is 3,600 feet and the length of the backstretch is 2,242 feet. Michigan speedway has hosted the Detroit Gasket 200 since 1992. 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.