The 1997 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season was the 49th season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 26th modern era NASCAR Cup series. It began on February 9 and ended on November 16. Jeff Gordon of Hendrick Motorsports won his second Cup championship at the end of the season. This was the last season without Matt Kenseth until 2019.
The 1997 Brickyard 400, the 4th running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race held on August 2, 1997 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. Contested at 160 laps on the 2.5 mile speedway, it was the 19th race of the 1997 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Ricky Rudd won the race.
The 1997 California 500 presented by NAPA was the inaugural NASCAR Winston Cup Series stock car race held at California Speedway in Fontana, California. The race was the 15th in the 1997 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Though Greg Sacks was the fastest qualifier, he had to start 26th due to not being a first day qualifier, and the pole position was instead given to Sacks teammate, fellow Felix Sabates driver Joe Nemechek, who ran with an average speed of 183.015 miles per hour. The inaugural California 500 was won by Jeff Gordon of Hendrick Motorsports, who also led the most laps with 11 ...
The 1997 Daytona 500, the 39th running of the event, was held on February 16 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Consisted of 200 laps and 500 miles, it was the first race of the 1997 Winston Cup season. Mike Skinner, driving the #31 car for Richard Childress Racing, won the pole and Jeff Gordon, driving the #24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, won the race. The race was broadcast on television by CBS.
The 1997 Interstate Batteries 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series stock car race held on April 6, 1997, at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. The race was the inaugural Cup Series race at the track, and it was the first time Interstate Batteries served as a sponsor for NASCAR. The race was the sixth of the 1997 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. The pace car was the Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 with a 3.8L engine, the first of its kind to serve as a pace car. As qualifying was canceled due to rain, the pole position was awarded to points leader Dale Jarrett of Yates Racing. Terry Labon ...
The 1997 Mountain Dew Southern 500, the 48th running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race held on August 31, 1997 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. Bobby Labonte won the pole position and Jeff Gordon won the race for the third time in his career and clinched the Winston Million.
The 1997 The Bud At The Glen, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race held on August 10, 1997, at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. Contested over 90 laps on the 2.45-mile road course, it was the 20th race of the 1997 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Jeff Gordon of Hendrick Motorsports won the race. This his 1st career victory on a road course, beginning a streak of 6 consecutive road course wins that lasted until 2000.
The 1997 Winston 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on May 10, 1997, at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. Heavy rain and prior NASCAR commitments forced this race to be re-scheduled all the way back from April 27, 1997. This race will be the last time that the number 20 will be used on the vehicle series, Winston Cup, while Tony Stewart came in and revived the number as part of Joe Gibbs racing. Stuart was invited to drive a car just before qualifying, but had to abandon it due to previous commitments.