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1997 NASCAR Busch Series
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Randy LaJoie, the 1997 Busch Series champion

The 1997 NASCAR Busch Series season began February 15 and ended November 9. Randy LaJoie of BACE Motorsports won the championship.

Contents

1997 team chartEdit

List of full-time teams at the start of 1997.

Team Car(s) No. Driver(s) Listed owner(s)
Akins-Sutton Motorsports Ford Thunderbird 38 Elton Sawyer Bob Sutton
BACE Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 33 Tim Fedewa Barbara Baumgardner
74 Randy LaJoie Bill Baumgardner
Bill Elliott Racing Ford Thunderbird 94 Ron Barfield Bill Elliott
Brewco Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 37 Mark Green Clarence Brewer
Buckshot Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 00 Buckshot Jones Billy Jones
Crestinger Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 20 Jimmy Spencer Allen Crestinger
Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet Monte Carlo 3 Steve Park (R) Dale Earnhardt
31 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 8
Diamond Ridge Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1 Hermie Sadler Gary Bechtel
8 Jeff Green
29 Elliott Sadler
Donald Laird Racing Ford Thunderbird 96 Stevie Reeves Donald Laird
Ridling Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 43 Dennis Setzer David Ridling
88 Kevin Lepage
Hensley Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 63 Tracy Leslie Hubert Hensley
Isenhower Brothers Racing Ford Thunderbird 32 Dale Jarrett Horace Isenhower
J&J Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 99 Glenn Allen, Jr. Bill Papke
Joe Bessey Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 6 Joe Bessey Nancy Bessey
KEL Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 57 Jason Keller Joe Keller
Key Motorsports Ford Thunderbird 11 Jimmy Foster (R) Curtis Key
Labonte Motorsports Pontiac Grand Prix 44 Bobby Labonte 15 Bobby Labonte
Terry Labonte
Tony Stewart 5
5 Andy Hillenburg 1
Terry Labonte 14
Brad Leighton 1
Steve Grissom 1
Jeff Fuller 1
Laughin Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 45 Greg Sacks Mike Laughlin
Michael Waltrip Racing Ford Thunderbird 21 Michael Waltrip Buffy Waltrip
NorthStar Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 89 Johnny Chapman (R) Meredith Ruark
Parker Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 72 Mike Dillon Ron Parker
Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 10 Phil Parsons Marcia Parsons
Phoenix Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 4 Dale Shaw James Finch
Porter Racing Ford Thunderbird 48 Randy Porter James Porter
PRW Racing Ford Thunderbird 77 Jeff McClure (R) John Walsh
Reiser Enterprises Chevrolet Monte Carlo 17 Matt Kenseth (R) Robbie Reiser
Roush Racing Ford Thunderbird 9 Jeff Burton Jack Roush
60 Mark Martin
Shoemaker Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 64 Dick Trickle Dennis Shoemaker
ST Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 47 Jeff Fuller Tad Geschickter
Stegall Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 85 Shane Hall Don Stegall
Taylor Motorsports Ford Thunderbird 40 Jerry Robertson Doug Taylor
Team 34 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 34 Mike McLaughlin Frank Cicci
Pontiac Grand Prix 36 Todd Bodine Scott Welliver
Wellrich Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 7 Mike Wallace 6 Ed Whitaker
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 2

"Part-time teamsEdit

No. Driver Make Team 1996 result
5 Terry Labonte Chevrolet Terry Labonte Inc. 76th
22 Scott Lagasse Chevrolet Super Sports Racing new team
24 David Hutto Chevrolet Hutto Racing 104th
49 Kyle Petty Chevrolet Shaver Racing 72nd
51 Jim Bown Chevrolet Bown Racing 33rd
68 Jamie Aube Chevrolet Wegner Motorsports none
70 Dale Fischlein Chevrolet Mike Stegall Racing 61st
81 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet Pro Tech Motorsports 64th
87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 34th
91 Doug Reid III (R) Chevrolet Barney Walker Motorsports Inc. new team

Gargoyles 300Edit

Goodwrench Service 200Edit

Hardee's Fried Chicken 250Edit

Stihl Outdoor Power Tools 300Edit

Las Vegas 300Edit

Diamond Hill Plywood 200Edit

Galaxy Foods 300Edit

Coca-Cola 300Edit

Moore's Snacks 250Edit

BellSouth Mobility / Opryland 320Edit

Birmingham Auto Dealers 500KEdit

United States Cellular 200Edit

Core States Advantage 200Edit

Carquest Auto Parts 300Edit

GM Goodwrench/Delco Batteries 200Edit

Winston Motorsports 300Edit

Lysol 200Edit

Sears Auto Center 250Edit

Advance Auto Parts 250Edit

Gateway 300Edit

Kroger 200 Presented by ZiplocEdit

Detroit Gasket 200Edit

Food City 250Edit

The Food City 250 was held on August 22 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Randy LaJoie won the pole. Buckshot Jones, who finished 26th, received a 50-point penalty after intentionally trying to wreck Randy LaJoie.

Top ten results

  1. 20-Jimmy Spencer
  2. 3-Steve Park
  3. 47-Robert Pressley
  4. 74-Randy LaJoie
  5. 75-Rick Wilson
  6. 44-Bobby Labonte
  7. 96-Stevie Reeves
  8. 36-Todd Bodine
  9. 45-Jeff Fuller
  10. 88-Kevin Lepage

Dura Lube 200 Presented by Trak AutomotiveEdit

The Dura Lube 200 Presented by Trak Automotive was held on August 30 at Darlington Raceway. Mark Martin won the pole. This was the first race run at the racetrack after the start-finish line was moved to the back straightaway.

Top ten results

  1. 9-Jeff Burton
  2. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  3. 64-Dick Trickle
  4. 44-Bobby Labonte
  5. 3-Steve Park
  6. 60-Mark Martin
  7. 1-Hermie Sadler
  8. 36-Todd Bodine
  9. 29-Elliott Sadler
  10. 2-Ricky Craven

Autolite Platinum 250Edit

MBNA 200Edit

The MBNA 200 was held on September 20 at Dover International Speedway. Dick Trickle won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 6-Joe Bessey
  2. 74-Randy LaJoie
  3. 17-Matt Kenseth
  4. 72-Mike Dillon
  5. 3-Steve Park
  6. 29-Elliott Sadler
  7. 63-Tracy Leslie
  8. 99-Glenn Allen, Jr.
  9. 5-Terry Labonte
  10. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  • This would be the first and only win of Bessey's career.

All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300Edit

Kenwood Home & Car Audio 300Edit

AC Delco 200Edit

Jiffy Lube Miami 300Edit

The Jiffy Lube Miami 300 was held on November 9 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mike McLaughlin won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 87-Joe Nemechek
  2. 74-Randy LaJoie
  3. 60-Mark Martin
  4. 99-Glenn Allen, Jr.
  5. 20-Jimmy Spencer
  6. 17-Matt Kenseth
  7. 36-Todd Bodine
  8. 88-Kevin Schwantz
  9. 6-Joe Bessey
  10. 33-Tim Fedewa

This was a very emotional win for Nemechek, as his brother lost his life at HMS just 8 months earlier.

Final points standingsEdit

Rookie of the YearEdit

Steve Park was the only rookie candidate to compete full-time in 1997, picking up three wins and finishing 3rd in points. Matt Kenseth was the top runner-up, despite replacing fellow candidate Tim Bender several races into the season. Johnny Chapman began the year with NorthStar Motorsports, but was released with several races to go in the season. Brothers Jeff and Mark Krogh came in from the Northwest driving for their family-owned team, each posting one top-ten apiece. Lyndon Amick and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. were the only other rookie contenders in 1997.

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