Saturday, July 5, 1997 – John Andretti, nephew of Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500 winner Mario Andretti, scored his first NASCAR premier series win with a victory in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Andretti led 113 of 160 laps in collecting his first win as well as the first victory for Cale Yarborough Motorsports.
• The ’97 race was the last to be run in the morning at Daytona; beginning in ’98 the race was run under the lights on Saturday nights.
• Andretti, who would win two times in Cup competition, picked up the victory in his 110th career start.
• Terry Labonte, Sterling Marlin, Dale Earnhardt and Dale Jarrett completed the top five.
• Mario Andretti had one win in 14 NASCAR starts, winning the 1967 Daytona 500.