Indianapolis Brickyard400 entries

For Immediate Release Entry Follows FORMER WINNERS GORDON, EARNHARDT, JARRETT HEADLINE BRICKYARD 400 ENTRIES INDIANAPOLIS, July 23, 1997 -- Former winners Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt and Dale ...

For Immediate Release Entry Follows

FORMER WINNERS GORDON, EARNHARDT, JARRETT HEADLINE BRICKYARD 400 ENTRIES INDIANAPOLIS, July 23, 1997 -- Former winners Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt and Dale Jarrett head the entry list for the fourth Brickyard 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race Aug. 2 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

A total of 52 cars are on the entry list and drivers will bid for 38 starting spots through qualifying July 31-Aug. 1 at the 2 1/2-mile oval. Up to five provisional starters may be added. Practice starts Wednesday, July 30.

Gordon won the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994, Earnhardt took the second edition in 1995 and Jarrett won last year, taking over from Robert Yates Racing teammate Ernie Irvan in the closing stages. In addition to being the defending winner, Jarrett comes to the Brickyard event after winning the series' last outing at Pocono.

Jarrett comes to Indianapolis leading the series in miles led (1,919.367), times led (45) and laps led (1,502) and is second in races led (12 to Gordon's 14) and miles run (7,376.023 to Earnhardt's 7,411.979).

Thirty-one drivers have competed in all three Brickyard 400s to date and all are entered. Three drivers -- Gordon, Earnhardt and Elliott -- have led all three Brickyard races, Earnhardt's lead in 1996 coming through the effort of relief driver Mike Skinner. Of the three, only Elliott is looking for his first Brickyard 400 win after finishing third, fourth and 10th.

Of the entries, owner/drivers Darrell Waltrip and Bill Elliott are fielding a second car. Waltrip's second machine will be driven by Rich Bickle. Elliott's additional entry is for Ron Barfield Jr.

Robby Gordon will attempt to become the fifth Indianapolis 500 veteran to make a Brickyard 400 field, following John Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Danny Sullivan and Geoff Brabham.

Jeff Gordon will be shooting for his third straight Brickyard 400 Busch Pole in qualifying. Rick Mast won the inaugural pole at the Speedway.

Posted awards for the Brickyard 400 total $4,490,311 plus additional postings from the Speedway totaling $325,000. The additions include $200,000 to the winner from PPG Industries, sponsor of the winner's PPG Trophy. Jeff Gordon took home $613,000 for the inaugural win, Earnhardt got $565,600 for the 1995 triumph and Jarrett picked up a check for $584,035 for last year's victory. Gordon became the first driver to earn more than $1 million in Brickyard 400 competition last year, pushing his three-year total to $1,049,791.

The race, which has been sold out since last August, will be aired live by ABC Sports and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network.

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NASCAR WINSTON CUP SERIES 4TH ANNUAL BRICKYARD 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway TENTATIVE ENTRY LIST Car YR Driver Hometown Car Name Owner(s) Team Crew Chief 1 0 Jerry Nadeau Epping, NH R & L Carriers Pontiac Richard Jackson Precision Products Gil Martin/Ed Jones

2 3 Rusty Wallace St. Louis, MO Miller Lite Ford Roger Penske Penske South Robin Pemberton

3 3 W Dale Earnhardt Kannapolis, NC GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet Richard Childress Richard Childress Racing Larry McReynolds

4 3 Sterling Marlin Columbia, TN Kodak Film Chevrolet Larry McClure Morgan-McClure Larry McClure

5 3 Terry Labonte Corpus Christi, TX Kellogg's/Quaker State/Starburst/GMAC Chevrolet Rick Hendrick Hendrick Motorsports Gary DeHart

6 3 Mark Martin Batesville, AR Valvoline Ford Jack Roush Roush Racing Jimmy Fennig

7 3 Geoff Bodine Chemung, NY QVC Ford Geoff Bodine Bodine Racing Pat Tryson

8 3 Hut Stricklin Calera, AL Circuit City Ford William & Mickey Stavola Stavola Brothers Richard Broome

9 3 Lake Speed Jackson, MS Melling Engine Parts Ford Harry S. Melling Melling Racing Jeff Buice

10 3 Ricky Rudd Chesapeake, VA Tide Ford Ricky Rudd Rudd Performance Motorsports Jim Long

11 3 Brett Bodine Chemung, NY Close Call Ford Brett Bodine BDR Motorsports Donnie Richeson

12 1 Jeff Purvis Clarksville, TN Opryland USA Chevrolet Dennis Adcock Dennis Adcock Dennis Adcock

15 TBA Ford Bud Moore Bud Moore Engineering Jimmy Means

16 3 Ted Musgrave Evanston, IL Family Channel/PRIMESTAR Ford Jack Roush Roush Racing James Ince

17 3 Darrell Waltrip Franklin, TN Parts America Chevrolet Darrell Waltrip DarWal, Inc. Jeff Hammond

18 3 Bobby Labonte Corpus Christi, TX Interstate Batteries Pontiac Joe Gibbs Joe Gibbs Racing Jimmy Makar

21 3 Michael Waltrip Owensboro, KY CITGO Ford Glenn Wood Wood Brothers Leonard Wood

22 3 Ward Burton South Boston, VA MBNA America Pontiac Bill Davis Bill Davis Racing Chris Hussey

23 3 Jimmy Spencer Berwick, PA Camel Cigarettes Ford Travis Carter Travis Carter Motorsports Donnie Wingo

24 3 W Jeff Gordon Pittsboro, IN DuPont Refinishes Chevrolet Rick Hendrick Hendrick Motorsports Ray Evernham

25 2 Ricky Craven Newburgh, ME Budweiser Chevrolet Rick Hendrick Hendrick Motorsports Andy Graves

26 2 Rich Bickle Edgerton, WI KFC Team Twister Chevrolet Darrell Waltrip DalWal, Inc. Jeff Hammond

27 0 Rick Wilson Bartow, FL Ford David Blair David Blair Motorsports TBD

28 2 Ernie Irvan Salinas, CA Texaco Havoline Ford Robert Yates Robert Yates Racing Mark Reno

29 0 Jeff Green Owensboro, KY Cartoon Network Chevrolet Gary Bechtel Diamond Ridge Racing Fuge/Gulbranson

30 1 Johnny Benson, Jr. Grand Rapids, MI Pennzoil Pontiac C.G. Rider/Lowrance Harry Bahari Racing Doug Hewitt

31 0 Mike Skinner Ontario, CA Lowe's Chevrolet Richard Childress Richard Childress Racing Kevin Hamlin

33 3 Ken Schrader Fenton, MO Skoal Chevrolet Andy Petree Skoal Bandit Racing Andy Petree

36 3 Derrike Cope Spanaway, WA Skittles Pontiac Nelson Bowers II Nelson Bowers/MB Motorsports Ryan Pemberton

37 3 Jeremy Mayfield Owensboro, KY Kmart/RC Cola Ford Michael Kranefuss/Carl Haas Kranefuss/Haas Racing Paul Andrews

40 0 Robby Gordon Orange, CA Coors Light Chevrolet Felix Sabates Sabco Racing Mike Hillman

41 1 Steve Grissom Gadsden, AL Kodiak Chevrolet Larry Hedrick Larry Hedrick Motorsports Charley Pressley

42 3 Joe Nemechek Lakeland, FL BellSouth Chevrolet Felix Sabates Sabco/Nemco Racing Tony Glover

43 3 Bobby Hamilton Nashville, TN STP Pontiac Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Robbie Loomis

44 3 Kyle Petty Randleman, NC Hot Wheels Pontiac Kyle Petty/David N. Evans Petty Enterprises Bobby Kennedy

46 2 Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Basalt, CO First Union Chevrolet Carolyn Sabates Sabco Racing Brad Noffsinger

61 0 Tim Steele Coopersville, MI HS Die/Cimling Ford Harold Steele Harold Steele TBD

71 2 Dave Marcis Wausau, WI Realtree Camouflage Chevrolet Dave Marcis Marcis Racing Englehart/Piette

75 3 Rick Mast Rockbridge Baths, VA Remington Arms Ford Butch Mock Butch Mock Motorsports Butch Mock

77 3 Morgan Shepherd Conover, NC Jasper Engines/Federal-Mogul Ford Doug Bawel Jasper Motorsports Terry Wooten

78 3 Bobby Hillin, Jr. Midland, TX Hanes Ford Wilson/Inman Motorsports Wilson/Inman Motorsports Bill Hayes

81 2 Kenny Wallace St. Louis, MO Square D Ford Filbert Martocci Filmar Racing Newt Moore

88 3 W Dale Jarrett Conover, NC Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford Robert Yates Robert Yates Racing Todd Parrott

90 2 Dick Trickle Wisconsin Rapids, WI Heilig-Meyers Ford W.C. Donlavey, Jr. Swansboro Motorsports Tom Baldwin, Jr.

91 3 Greg Sacks Mattituck, NY Chevrolet Joseph A. Falk/LJ Racing Pro-Tech Motorsports Todd Myers

92 0 Ron Barfield, Jr. Florence, SC New Holland Ford Bill Elliott Elliott Motorsports TBD

94 3 Bill Elliott Dawsonville, GA McDonald's Ford Bill Elliott Elliott Racing Mike Beam

95 0 Ed Berrier High Point, NC Shoney's Inn Chevrolet Earl Sadler Sadler Racing Lee Leslie

96 0 David Green Owensboro, KY Caterpillar Chevrolet Howard McCall American Equipment Motorsports Kirk Shelmerdine

97 0 Chad Little Spokane, WA John Deere Pontiac Greg Pollex Mark Rypien Motorsports Harold Holly

98 3 John Andretti Indianapolis, IN RCA Ford Cale Yarborough Yarborough Motorsports Tony Furr

99 3 Jeff Burton South Boston, VA Exide Batteries Ford Jack Roush Roush Racing Buddy Parrott W= Former Brickyard 400 Winner Legend: Chevrolet= Chev Monte Carlo; Ford= Ford Thunderbird; Pontiac= Pontiac Grand Prix Tire: Goodyear

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , John Andretti , Rich Bickle , Brett Bodine , Jeff Burton , Ward Burton , Derrike Cope , Wally Dallenbach , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Hamilton , Ernie Irvan , Dale Jarrett , Darrell Waltrip , Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield , Dick Trickle , Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Mike Skinner , Kyle Petty , Ken Schrader , Jimmy Spencer , Joe Nemechek , Kenny Wallace , Jeff Green , Sterling Marlin , Robby Gordon , Jerry Nadeau , Hut Stricklin , Johnny Benson , Ted Musgrave , Ricky Craven , Chad Little , Jeff Purvis , David Green , Dave Marcis , Rick Mast , Ed Berrier , Tim Steele , Kirk Shelmerdine , Richard Petty , Andy Petree , Steve Grissom , Morgan Shepherd , Ray Evernham , Carl Haas , Ron Barfield , Brad Noffsinger , Jack Roush , Robert Yates , Greg Sacks , Geoff Brabham , Kevin Hamlin , Roger Penske , Robbie Loomis , Bill Hayes , Felix Sabates , A.J. Foyt , Cale Yarborough , Mark Martin , Ed Jones , Bobby Kennedy
Teams Richard Childress Racing , Hendrick Motorsports , Joe Gibbs Racing , Yates Racing