1997: For Rick

Season Recap

Team owner Rick Hendrick was diagnosed with leukemia before the season started. Displaying the 1-800-MARROW-2 bone marrow information number in his car, Jeff led teammates Terry Labonte and Ricky Craven to the checkered flag in the Daytona 500. Jeff appeared on the 'Late Show With David Letterman' after winning and then won the following week at Rockingham. Engine failure at Atlanta and an accident at Texas derailed the 'Gordon Express' but only temporarily. Jeff won at Bristol and Martinsville and later won the Winston all star race driving the newly designed T-Rex chassis. Jeff won at Charlotte, Pocono and the inaugural race at California Speedway. A mid-summer swoon at Daytona and New Hampshire was a distant memory after he ran strong at Pocono and Indianapolis before winning his first road course race in his career at Watkins Glen in August. He won at Darlington (to win the Winston Million) and New Hampshire in September before a late season swoon at Talladega and Phoenix. In Atlanta, he finished 17th in a backup car to win the Winston Cup title by 14 points. In 1997, he won ten races, won the Winston Million, won the Daytona 500, and won the Winston Cup title. It was all for Rick.

Daytona 50061
Goodwrench 40041
Pontiac 40024
Primestar 5002342
TranSouth 400103
Interstate 500230
Food City 50051
Goody's 50041
Save Mart 30032
Winston 500115
Coca-Cola 60011
Miller 500226
Pocono 500111
Miller 400125
California 50031
Pepsi 400421
Jiffy Lube 3002923
Pennsylvania 50062
Brickyard 400244
Bud at the Glen111
DeVilbiss 400172
Goody's 500235
Southern 50071
Exide 400103
CMT 300131
MBNA 40027
Hanes 500114
UAW-GM 50045
DieHard 500835
AC Delco 40064
Dura Lube 5001217
NAPA 5003717

10 wins. Winston Cup champion
Daytona 500
Goodwrench 400
Food City 500
Goody's 500
Coca Cola 600
Pocono 500
California 500
Bud at the Glen
Southern 500
CMT 300

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