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NASCAR Winston Cup Series Notes (Week of August 25)

27 August 1997

 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
 Notes of Interest
 Week of August 25, 1997

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Dale Jarrett led the most laps Saturday night. It marked 
the seventh time in 1997 he has done so in a NASCAR Winston Cup race.

 - Steve Grissom's fifth-place finish was his second top-10 in the last three 
races and has helped him move from 28th to 24th in the standings during that 
period. Grissom, jumped three of those spots Saturday.

 - Morgan Shepherd has dropped from 25th to 35th in the standings in the last 
six races. 

 - Exactly one-third (10) of the top 30 in the driver's standings are 30 
points or less behind the driver in front of them.

TOP 10

 - TENTH: Ricky Rudd's average finish in the three races since winning the 
Brickyard 400 is 29.33.

 - NINTH: Bill Elliott's 16th-place finish Saturday night at Bristol broke 
the string of consecutive top-10 finishes at five.                         

 - EIGHTH: Ted Musgrave's 15th-place finish Saturday night was his ninth 
top-15 finish in the last 11 races.

 - SEVENTH: Bobby Labonte's eighth-place finish Saturday was his ninth of 
11th or better in the last 11 races. His average finish in the other four 
races, however, is 33.75. 

 - SIXTH: Dale Earnhardt has just one top-10 finish in the last six races. 

 - FIFTH: Jeff Burton now has 10 top-10s in the last 14 races. 

 - FOURTH: Terry Labonte has seven top-10 finishes in the last 10 races.   

 - THIRD: Dale Jarrett now has eight top-10s and six top-five finishes in the 
last 10 races. 

 - SECOND: Jeff Gordon has 16 top-five finishes in 22 races this season. His 
other six finishes, however, all were 21st or worse.  

 - FIRST: Mark Martin's capture of the point lead marks the first time he has 
been atop the standings since Oct. 21, 1990. His second-place finish Saturday 
also was his 15th top-10 and 13th top-five in the last 16 races. 


Only nine times since 1950 has the winner of the Mountain Dew Southern 500 
gone on to win the NASCAR Winston Cup championship.


 - Jeff Gordon becomes the fifth different driver to have a shot at the 
Winston Million bonus this weekend. Handed out by RJ Reynolds and sponsored 
by its Winston brand, the $1 million bonus goes to the driver who can win 
three of NASCAR's big four races -- the Daytona 500, the Winston 500, 
Coca-Cola 600, and the Mountain Dew Southern 500. The other four drivers who 
have had a shot since the program began in 1985 and the tracks where they won 
are: Bill Elliott (1985, Daytona, Talladega and Darlington); Darrell Waltrip 
(1989, Daytona and Charlotte), Davey Allison (1992, Daytona and Talladega) 
and Dale Jarrett (1996, Daytona and Charlotte).

 - While Waltrip, Allison and Jarrett (along with Dale Earnhardt in 1990 and 
Harry Gant in '91) each won the $100,000 bonus from RJR for winning two of 
the four races. Elliott remains the only driver to win the three and the $1 

 - Six times (1986, '87, '88, '93, '94 and '95) four different drivers have 
won the four races in a single season.

 - While it would seem odds are against Gordon, based on history, recent 
performance at Darlington makes him a favorite to win the race and the bonus. 
Gordon has won the last two Mountain Dew Southern 500s, the only two top-five 
finishes in this race in his career. In fact, Gordon has three straight wins 
at Darlington.

 - That taken into account, however, ponder this: No driver has ever won the 
Mountain Dew Southern 500 three consecutive years.

 - No driver has ever won four consecutive races at Darlington.

 - Six drivers have won this race two consecutive seasons. (Herb Thomas, 
1954-55; Bobby Allison, 1971-72; Cale Yarborough, 1973-74; David Pearson,
1976-77; Dale Earnhardt, 1989-90 and Jeff Gordon, 1995-96).

 - This race has not been won from the Busch Pole since Dale Earnhardt did so 
in 1990.

 - Only 18 of 87 times in history has a winner at Darlington started on the 
inside of the front row.

 - Dale Earnhardt has seven top-five finishes in the last 10 Mountain Dew 
Southern 500s. 

 - Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt are the only two drivers with more than 
one top-five finish in this race in the last three years. 

By NASCAR Public Relations