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2000 Coca-Cola 600

The 2000 Coca-Cola 600, the 41st running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race held on May 28, 2000 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 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Matt Kenseth of Roush Racing won the race, earning his first career Winston Cup Series win.

2000 Coca-Cola 600
Race details[1]
Race 12 of 34 in the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
Layout of Lowe's Motor Speedway
Layout of Lowe's Motor Speedway
Date May 28, 2000 (2000-05-28)
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)
Average speed 142.64 mph (229.56 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
Most laps led
Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
Laps 175
No. 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing
Television in the United States
Network TBS
Announcers Eli Gold, Ken Squier, Buddy Baker, Geoff Bodine

Ted Musgrave (No. 15), Steve Grissom (No. 44), Ed Berrier (No. 90), Darrell Waltrip (No. 66), and Dave Marcis (No. 71) all failed to qualify for the event. Waltrip would eventually race after Carl Long gave up his starting spot so Waltrip could compete in one final Coca-Cola 600.

On the day of the race, 0.13 inches of precipitation were recorded around the speedway.[2]


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 statisticsEdit

  • Time of race: 4:12:23
  • Average Speed: 142.64 miles per hour (229.56 km/h)
  • Pole Speed: 186.034
  • Cautions: 7 for 38 laps
  • Margin of Victory: 0.573 sec
  • Lead changes: 25
  • Percent of race run under caution: 9.5%
  • Average green flag run: 45.2 laps


  1. ^ "2000 NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 Results". CBS Sports. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Charlotte NASCAR Climatology" (PDF). SERCC. Retrieved 2018-09-12.