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The 1999 Coca-Cola 600, the 40th running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race held on May 30, 1999 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. Contested at 400 laps on the 1.5 mile (2.4 km) speedway, it was the twelfth race of the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Jeff Burton of Roush Racing won the race.

1999 Coca-Cola 600
Race details
Race 12 of 34 in the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
Layout of Lowe's Motor Speedway
Layout of Lowe's Motor Speedway
Date May 30, 1999 (1999-05-30)
Location Lowe's 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 71.7 °F (22.1 °C); wind speeds up to 6.9 miles per hour (11.1 km/h)[1]
Average speed 151.367 mph (243.602 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Most laps led
Driver Jeff Burton Roush Racing
Laps 198
Winner
No. 99 Jeff Burton Roush Racing
Television in the United States
Network TBS
Announcers Eli Gold, Ken Squier, Buddy Baker, & Geoff Bodine

Dale Earnhardt Jr. made his NASCAR Winston Cup Series debut in this event.[2] Rookie Tony Stewart became the third driver (after John Andretti and Robby Gordon) to do "Double Duty", competing in both the 1999 Indianapolis 500 and this race. He made history by completing both races, finishing ninth at Indy and fourth at this race. Stewart would do Double Duty once again in 2001, finishing sixth at Indy and third at Charlotte.[3]

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BackgroundEdit

 
Lowe's Motor Speedway, the track where the race was held.

Lowe's 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, 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) with Marcus G. Smith (son of Bruton Smith) as track president.

Top 10 resultsEdit

Race statistics[2]Edit

  • Time of race: 3:57:50
  • Average Speed: 151.367 miles per hour (243.602 km/h)
  • Pole Speed: 185.23
  • Cautions: 5 for 23 laps
  • Margin of Victory: 0.574 sec
  • Lead changes: 23
  • Percent of race run under caution: 5.8%
  • Average green flag run: 62.8 laps

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Weather information at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b Race results at Race Database
  3. ^ Jensen, Tom (May 23, 2015). "Stewart remembers Dale Earnhardt's act of kindness at Coke 600". Fox Sports. Retrieved October 15, 2018.