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NASCAR Winston Cup Series Notes of Interests (Week of 08/11/97)

12 August 1997

 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
 Notes of Interest
 Week of August 11, 1997

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - With his fifth-place finish Sunday, Mark Martin now has 
nine top-10 finishes in the last 10 years at Watkins Glen.

 - Robby Gordon's fourth-place finish was the first top-10 finish of his 
NASCAR Winston Cup career.

 - Rusty Wallace's third-place finish was only his third top-10 in the last 
nine races.

 - Steve Grissom's ninth-place finish was only this third top-10 of the 

 - Since starting the season with a third and a fifth at Daytona and 
Rockingham, respectively, Ricky Craven has just one top-10 finish, a ninth 
at California Speedway. His average finish during that period is 23.38.

 - Still, Craven and Joe Nemechek had the best jump in the point standings 
this week, each moving up three spots (Craven from 26th to 23rd and 
Nemechek from 36th to 33rd).

 - Ward Burton had the biggest drop of the week, also three spots, from 
23rd to 26th.

 - Since finishing second at Martinsville, 13 races ago, Bobby Hamilton has 
finished no better than 17th.

TOP 10  

 - TENTH: Bill Elliott's seventh-place finish Sunday was his fourth 
consecutive top-10 and the seventh in the last 10 races.

 - NINTH: Ricky Rudd's average finish in the last nine races is 17.55 and 
that includes two wins.

 - EIGHTH: Jeremy Mayfield now has posted eight top-15 finishes in the last 
nine races.

 - SEVENTH: Bobby Labonte has six top-10 finishes in the last 11 races but 
his average finish in the other five is 29.2

 - SIXTH: Dale Earnhardt has just three top-five finishes through the first 
20 races of the season. The fewest top-fives Earnhardt has posted in a season 
during his 19-year career was the six he recorded in 1992. He has had 10 or 
more in 14 of the last 18 years.

 - FIFTH: Jeff Burton has 16 top-15 finishes in the first 20 races of the 
season. The other four races however have produced finishes of 29th or worse, 
including two 42nds.

 - FOURTH: Terry Labonte also has surprisingly struggled with consistency 
lately. The usually steady driver has five top-10 finishes in the last eight 
races, but the other three finishes were 35th, 39th and 40th.

 - THIRD: Dale Jarrett has seven top-10s and five top-fives in the last 12 
races. The other five finishes, however, were 27th or worse.

 - SECOND: Mark Martin now has 13 top-10 finishes in the last 14 races.

 - FIRST: Jeff Gordon's win was his eighth of the season, his 15th top-five 
and top-10 finish of the season. His average finish in the other five races 
this season is 28.4.


 - Only 13 times in the previous 56 NASCAR Winston Cup races at Michigan 
Speedway has the winner come from the Busch Pole position. It has happened 
only twice in the last decade, in 1994 (Geoff Bodine) and 1995 (Bobby 
Labonte), both times in this race.

 - Harry Gant owns the honor of coming from the deepest in the field to win 
the ITW DeVilbiss 400, or any NWC race at Michigan for that matter. Gant 
started 24th when he won the 1992 August event at Michigan.

 - Only twice in the last 13 years: 1984 (Darrell Waltrip) and 1995 (Labonte) 
has a Chevrolet found its way to victory lane following this race.

 - Jeff Gordon has posted top-five finishes in three of the last four 
runnings of the Devilbiss 400. Gordon also has four top-five finishes in the 
last five races overall at Michigan.

 - Bobby Labonte was the last driver to win both races in a year at Michigan, 
doing so in 1995. The last driver before that? Bill Elliott (1986). 

 - Five drivers have won both races at Michigan seven times since the NASCAR 
Winston Cup Series first ran there in 1969, Bobby Allison (1971), David 
Pearson (1972, 76), Cale Yarborough (1983), Elliott (1985, 86) and Bobby 
Labonte (1995).

 - Seven active drivers: Elliott, Darrell Waltrip, Mark Martin, Dale Jarrett, 
Rusty Wallace, Geoff Bodine and Bobby Labonte have won this race.

 - Wallace has finished in the top-five in seven of the last 10 years in this 

 - Bill Elliott won this race three consecutive years from 1985-87 and posted 
seven top fives in the eight editions of this event between 1985-92. He has 
not finished in the top five in this race since.
 - Elliott was the last driver to win this race in consecutive years.

 - Mark Martin would have to be considered a favorite to win this week's ITW 
DeVilbiss 400. Martin has finished in the top five in five of the last six 
years in this event. Two of those were wins and two were second-place runs. 

 - Pearson leads both lists as the all-time Busch Pole (10) and win (nine) 
leader at Michigan.

 - Elliott is the leader among active drivers in those categories with six 
Busch Poles and seven wins.


Bill Elliott's seventh-place top-10 finish sunday was his fourth straight.

The last time Elliott put together four straight top-10 finishes was 1993-94 
when he finished the season strong with a third at Rockingham, a fifth at 
Phoenix and a fourth at Atlanta and kicked off the 1994 season by finishing 
ninth in the 1994 Daytona 500.

By NASCAR Public Relations