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The 1996 Mountain Dew Southern 500, the 47th running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race held on September 1, 1996 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. Contested at 367 laps on the 1.366 mile (2.198 km) speedway, it was the twenty-third race of the 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Jeff Gordon of Hendrick Motorsports won the race.

1996 Mountain Dew Southern 500
Race details
Race 23 of 31 in the 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Date September 1, 1996 (1996-September-01)
Official name Mountain Dew Southern 500
Location Darlington Raceway, Darlington County, South Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.366 mi (2.198 km)
Distance 367 laps, 501.322 mi (806.800 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 86 °F (30 °C); wind speeds up to 10.2 miles per hour (16.4 km/h)[1]
Average speed 135.757 miles per hour (218.480 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Robert Yates Racing
Most laps led
Driver Hut Stricklin Stavola Brothers Racing
Laps 143
Winner
No. 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Bob Jenkins, Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons

Top 10 resultsEdit

Race statistics[2]Edit

  • Time of race: 3:41:34
  • Average Speed: 135.757 miles per hour (218.480 km/h)
  • Pole Speed: 170.934
  • Cautions: 6 for 37 laps
  • Margin of Victory: 5.23 sec
  • Lead changes: 29
  • Percent of race run under caution: 10.1%
  • Average green flag run: 47.1 laps

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Weather information at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ Race statistics at Race Database