Coca-Cola 600

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Coca-Cola 600
Lowe's Motor Speedway.svg
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
VenueCharlotte Motor Speedway
LocationConcord, North Carolina, United States
Corporate sponsorCoca-Cola
First race1959
Distance600 miles (965.606 km)
Laps400 (Stage 1: 100
Stage 2: 100
Stage 3: 100
Stage 4: 100)
Previous namesWorld 600 (1960–1984)
Coca-Cola World 600 (1985)
Coca-Cola 600 (1986–2001, 2003–)
Coca-Cola Racing Family 600 (2002)
Most wins (driver)Darrell Waltrip (5)
Most wins (team)Hendrick Motorsports (11)
Most wins (manufacturer)Chevrolet (24)
Circuit information
SurfaceAsphalt
Length1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Turns4

The Coca-Cola 600 is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held annually at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina on Memorial Day weekend, the longest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on the circuit, with the other one being the Bank of America Roval 400 in October, Run as 600 miles (970 km), the race still stands as the longest race of the year.[1]

NASCAR has honored military survivors will highlight all five branches of the United States.[2]

Coca-Cola 600 History[change | change source]

The Coca-Cola 600 has been notable for the most finishes, The race starts at 6:20 pm and the track is bathed in sunlight for the first third of the race, The second third happens at dusk, and the final third is under the lights.

Name changes[change | change source]

From 1960 to 1984 the race was known as the World 600. In 1985, the race's name was changed to the Coca-Cola World 600. In 1986 the name was shortened to the Coca-Cola 600, or Coke 600 which it was referred to at the time. The name changed again in 2002 to the Coca-Cola Racing Family 600 referring to the Coca-Cola family of drivers who are sponsored by Coca-Cola. In 2003, the name returned to the Coca-Cola 600.[3]

Past winners[change | change source]

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Miles
1960 June 19* Joe Lee Johnson Paul McDuffie Chevrolet 400 600 miles (965.606)
1961 May 28 David Pearson John Masoni Pontiac 400 600 miles (965.606)
1962 May 27 Nelson Stacy Holman-Moody Ford 400 600 miles (965.606)
1963 June 2* Fred Lorenzen Holman-Moody Ford 400 600 miles (965.606)
1964 May 24 Jim Paschal Petty Enterprises Plymouth 400 600 miles (965.606)
1965 May 23 Fred Lorenzen Holman-Moody Ford 400 600 miles (965.606)
1966 May 22 Marvin Panch Petty Enterprises Plymouth 400 600 miles (965.606)
1967 May 28 Jim Paschal Freeden Enterprises Plymouth 400 600 miles (965.606)
1968 May 26 Buddy Baker Ray Fox Dodge 255* 382.85 miles (615.574)
1969 May 25 LeeRoy Yarbrough Junior Johnson and Associates Mercury 400 600 miles (965.606)
1970 May 24 Donnie Allison Banjo Matthews Ford 400 600 miles (965.606)
1971 May 30 Bobby Allison Holman-Moody Ford 400 600 miles (965.606)
1972 May 28 Buddy Baker Petty Enterprises Dodge 400 600 miles (965.606)
1973 May 27 Buddy Baker Nord Krauskopf Dodge 400 600 miles (965.606)
1974 May 26 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 360* 540 miles (869.045)
1975 May 25 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge 400 600 miles (965.606)
1976 May 30 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 400 600 miles (965.606)
1977 May 29 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge 400 600 miles (965.606)
1978 May 28 Darrell Waltrip DiGuard Motorsports Chevrolet 400 600 miles (965.606)
1979 May 27 Darrell Waltrip DiGuard Motorsports Chevrolet 400 600 miles (965.606)
1980 May 25 Benny Parsons M. C. Anderson Racing Chevrolet 400 600 miles (965.606)
1981 May 24 Bobby Allison Ranier-Lundy Buick 400 600 miles (965.606)
1982 May 30 Neil Bonnett Wood Brothers Racing Ford 400 600 miles (965.606)
1983 May 29 Neil Bonnett RahMoc Enterprises Chevrolet 400 600 miles (965.606)
1984 May 27 Bobby Allison DiGuard Motorsports Buick 400 600 miles (965.606)
1985 May 26 Darrell Waltrip Junior Johnson and Associates Chevrolet 400 600 miles (965.606)
1986 May 25 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 400 600 miles (965.606)
1987 May 24 Kyle Petty Wood Brothers Racing Ford 400 600 miles (965.606)
1988 May 29 Darrell Waltrip Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 600 miles (965.606)
1989 May 28 Darrell Waltrip Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 600 miles (965.606)
1990 May 27 Rusty Wallace Blue Max Racing Pontiac 400 600 miles (965.606)
1991 May 26 Davey Allison Robert Yates Racing Ford 400 600 miles (965.606)
1992 May 24 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 400 600 miles (965.606)
1993 May 30 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 400 600 miles (965.606)
1994 May 29 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 600 miles (965.606)
1995 May 28 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 400 600 miles (965.606)
1996 May 26 Darrell Waltrip Robert Yates Racing Ford 400 600 miles (965.606)
1997 May 25-26* Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Ford 333* 499.5 miles (803.667)
1998 May 24 Jeff Burton Roush Racing Ford 400 600 miles (965.606)
1999 May 30 Jeff Burton Roush Racing Ford 400 600 miles (965.606)
2000 May 28 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford 400 600 miles (965.606)
2001 May 27 Jeff Burton Roush Racing Ford 400 600 miles (965.606)
2002 May 26 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 400 600 miles (965.606)
2003 May 25 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 600 miles (965.606)
2004 May 30 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 600 miles (965.606)
2005 May 29 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 600 miles (965.606)
2006 May 28 Kasey Kahne Evernham Motorsports Dodge 400 600 miles (965.606)
2007 May 27 Casey Mears Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 600 miles (965.606)
2008 May 25 Kasey Kahne Evernham Motorsports Dodge 400 600 miles (965.606)
2009 May 25* David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 400 600 miles (965.606)
2010 May 30 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 400 600 miles (965.606)
2011 May 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 402* 603 miles (970.634)
2012 May 27 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 600 miles (965.606)
2013 May 26 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Toyota 400 600 miles (965.606)
2014 May 25 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 600 miles (965.606)
2015 May 24 Carl Edwards[4] Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 600 miles (965.606)
2016 May 29 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 400 600 miles (965.606)
2017 May 28-29* Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 400 600 miles (965.606)
2018 May 27 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 600 miles (965.606)

Multiple winners (drivers)[change | change source]

# wins Driver Years won
5 Darrell Waltrip 1978, 1979, 1985, 1988, 1989
4 Jimmie Johnson 2003, 2004, 2005, 2014
3 Buddy Baker 1968, 1972, 1973
David Pearson 1961, 1974, 1976
Bobby Allison 1971, 1981, 1984
Dale Earnhardt 1986, 1992, 1993
Jeff Gordon 1994, 1997, 1998
Kasey Kahne 2006, 2008, 2012
2 Fred Lorenzen 1963, 1965
Jim Paschal 1964, 1967
Richard Petty 1975, 1977
Neil Bonnett 1982, 1983
Jeff Burton 1999, 2001
Kevin Harvick 2011, 2013

Multiple winners (teams)[change | change source]

# wins Team Years won
11 Hendrick Motorsports 1988–1989, 1994, 1997–1998, 2003–2005, 2007, 2012, 2014
6 Richard Childress Racing 1986, 1992–1993, 2011, 2013, 2017
5 Petty Enterprises 1964, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1977
4 Holman-Moody 1962–1963, 1965, 1971
Wood Brothers Racing 1974, 1976, 1982, 1987
Roush Racing 1999–2002
3 DiGard Motorsports 1978–1979, 1984
Joe Gibbs Racing 1995, 2015, 2018
2 Junior Johnson & Associates 1969, 1985
Robert Yates Racing 1991, 1996
Gillett Evernham Motorsports 2006, 2008

Manufacturer wins[change | change source]

# wins Manufacturer Years won
24 Chevrolet 1960, 1978–1980, 1983, 1985–1986, 1988–1989, 1992–1995, 1997–1998, 2003–2005, 2007, 2011–2014, 2017
12 Ford 1962–1963, 1965, 1970, 1982, 1987, 1991, 1996, 1999–2002
8 Dodge 1968, 1972–1973, 1975, 1977, 2006, 2008, 2010
4 Mercury 1969, 1971, 1974, 1976
Toyota 2009, 2015, 2016, 2018
3 Plymouth 1964, 1966–1967
2 Buick 1981, 1984
Pontiac 1961, 1990

World 600 qualifier[change | change source]

Year Date No. Driver Team Manufacturer Race distance Race time Average speed

(mph)

Report
Laps Miles (km)
1961 May 21 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Plymouth 67 100.5 (161.739) 0:45:09 133.554 Report
8 Joe Weatherly Bud Moore Engineering Pontiac 67 100.5 (161.739) 0:52:18 115.591 Report
1963 June 1 30 Bunkie Blackburn Fred Clark Chevrolet 20 30 (48.28) 0:17:30 102.857 Report

References[change | change source]

  1. Aumann, Mark (2012-10-17). "Turner's dream brings creation of Charlotte track - May 24, 2012 - NASCAR.COM". NASCAR. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
  2. Cook, Zachary (April 18, 2018). "Charlotte Motor Speedway to Deliver Unprecedented Coca-Cola 600 Pre-Race Military Spectacular". www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  3. "Coca-Cola 600". TicketsMate. Excite. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  4. Gluck, Jeff (May 24, 2015). "Carl Edwards gets first win of season at Coca-Cola 600". USA TODAY. Retrieved May 24, 2015.

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