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The 1996 Coca-Cola 600, the 37th running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race held on May 26, 1996 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. Contested at 400 laps on the 1.5 mile (2.4 km) speedway, it was the 11th race of the 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Dale Jarrett of Robert Yates Racing won the race.

1996 Coca-Cola 600
Race details
Race 11 of 31 in the 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
Date May 26, 1996 (1996-05-26)
Location Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 400 laps, 600 mi (965.606 km)
Weather Temperatures averaging around 67.9 °F (19.9 °C); wind speeds up to 11.3 miles per hour (18.2 km/h)[1]
Average speed 147.581 mph (237.509 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Most laps led
Driver Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing
Laps 199
No. 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing
Television in the United States
Network TBS
Announcers Eli Gold, Ken Squier, Buddy Baker, & Geoff Bodine

Chuck Bown would step down from professional stock car racing after this event.[2]

On the day of the race, 0.01 inches of precipitation were recorded around the speedway.[3]


Charlotte Motor Speedway is a motorsports complex located in Concord, North Carolina, United States 13 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina. The complex features a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) quad oval track that hosts NASCAR racing including the prestigious Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend and The Winston Select, as well as the UAW-GM Quality 500. The speedway was built in 1959 by Bruton Smith and is considered the home track for NASCAR with many race teams located in the Charlotte area. The track is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI).

Top 10 resultsEdit

Race statistics[2]Edit

  • Time of race: 4:03:56
  • Average Speed: 147.581 miles per hour (237.509 km/h)
  • Pole Speed: 183.773
  • Cautions: 6 for 35 laps
  • Margin of Victory: 11.982 sec
  • Lead changes: 20
  • Percent of race run under caution: 8.8%
  • Average green flag run: 52.1 laps


  1. ^ Weather information at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b Race information at Race Database
  3. ^ "Charlotte NASCAR Climatology" (PDF). SERCC. Retrieved 2018-09-12.