The 1997 Miller 400 was a Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) event that occured at Michigan on 6.15.1997. Ernie Irvan won an emotional race, holding off Bill Elliott for the victory at the track that had nearly claimed his life two and a half years before. It would be Irvan's last win. Jeff Gordon (5th) kept a fifty-point lead over Mark Martin (3rd) for the championship battle. Stats

1997 Miller 400

General info
Series Winston Cup Series
Location Michigan International Speedway
Date June 15, 1997
Pole Sitter Dale Jarrett
Pole Speed 183.669 mph
Race Data
Winner Ernie Irvan
Margin of Victory 2.964 secs
Average Speed 153.338 mph
Cautions 3 for 18 laps
Points Leader Jeff Gordon (+50)

Qualifying notes Edit

Dale Jarrett won the pole at 184 mph for this race. Joe Nemechek joined him on the outside pole for his second front row start that season, and points leader Jeff Gordon qualified 12th. Race winner Ernie Irvan started twelfth.

The following drivers failed to qualify for this race: Greg Sacks (#40), Morgan Shepherd (#77), Ed Berrier (#95)

Additional race data Edit

  • Leaders: 11
  • Time of race: 2:36:31
  • Average Speed: 153.338 mph
  • Margin of Victory: 2.964 sec
  • This was Irvan's final Winston Cup win.
  • Team owner Junie Donlavey made his 750th start as an owner in Winston Cup this race.
  • During the weekend leading up to this race, former NASCAR driver Rick Baldwin died from injuries he had suffered, ironically enough, in a race at Michigan on June 15th, 1986.

Results Edit

Finish Start No. Name Sponsor Make Laps Laps Lead Status
1 2028Ernie IrvanTexaco/HavolineFord20033running
2 2694Bill ElliottMcDonald'sFord20046running
3 116Mark MartinValvolineFord20023running
4 516Ted MusgraveFamily Channel/PrimestarFord20068running
5 1224JGJeff GordonDuPontChevrolet2000running
6 188Dale JarrettQuality Care/Ford CreditFord2000running
7 223GoodwrenchDale EarnhardtGM GoodwrenchChevrolet2000running
8 4236Derrike CopeSkittlesPontiac2000running
9 818Bobby LabonteInterstate BatteriesPontiac2003running
10 730Johnny BensonPennzoilPontiac2000running
11 369Lake SpeedSaveTime/MobilFord2000running
12 1537Jeremy MayfieldKmart/RC ColaFord2001running
13 3410Ricky RuddTideFord2000running
14 999Jeff BurtonExide BatteriesFord2003running
15 1023Jimmy SpencerCamel CiggarettesFord2000running
16 3821Michael WaltripCitgoFord2000running
17 44Sterling MarlinKodak FilmChevrolet2001running
18 325Ricky CravenBudweiserChevrolet2008running
19 3511Brett BodineClose Call Phone CardsFord1990running
20 646Wally DallenbachFirst UnionChevrolet1990running
21 3127Rick WilsonBlair MotorsportsFord1990running
22 378Hut StricklinCircuit CityFord1990running
23 1790Dick TrickleHeilig-Meyers/SimmonsFord1990running
24 4317Darrell WaltripParts AmericaChevrolet1991running
25 2397Chad LittleJohn DeerePontiac1980running
26 3944Kyle PettyHot WheelsPontiac1980running
27 3033Ken SchraderSkoal BanditChevrolet1980running
28 2996David Green (R)CaterpillarChevrolet1980running
29 192Rusty WallaceMiller LiteFord19713out of gas
30 4175Rick MastRemington ArmsFord1970running
31 1429Jeff Green (R)Cartoon NetwrokChevrolet1970running
32 2443Bobby HamiltonSTPPontiac1970running
33 2878Billy StandridgeHanesFord1950running
34 2571Dave MarcisRealTree CamoflaugeChevrolet1890running
35 2722Ward BurtonMBNA AmericaPontiac1880running
36 321Jerry NadeauR&L CarriersPontiac1860running
37 4098John AndrettiRCAFord1740running
38 2141Steve GrissomKodiakChevrolet1620running
39 185Terry LabonteKellogg'sChevrolet1350handling
40 137Geoff BodineQVCFord1210engine
41 242Joe NemechekBellsouthChevrolet690engine
42 1631Mike Skinner (R)Lowe'sChevrolet80crash
43 3381Kenny WallaceSquare DFord10engine

(R) - Denotes rookies

Points Edit

  1. Jeff Gordon +46
  2. Mark Martin -46
  3. Terry Labonte -109
  4. Dale Jarrett -134
  5. Jeff Burton -212
  6. Dale Earnhardt -277
  7. Bobby Labonte -365
  8. Ricky Rudd -400
  9. Michael Waltrip -487
  10. Bill Elliott -498

External links Edit

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