1992 Coca-Cola 600
|Race 10 of 29 in the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season|
Charlotte Motor Speedway
|Date||May 24, 1992|
|Location||Charlotte Motor Speedway (Concord, North Carolina)|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
1.500 mi (2.414 km)
|Distance||400 laps, 600 mi (965 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures reaching up to 90 °F (32 °C); wind speeds up to 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)|
|Average speed||132.98 miles per hour (214.01 km/h)|
|Driver||Bill Elliott||Junior Johnson & Associates|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Kyle Petty||SABCO Racing|
||Richard Childress Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Network||NASCAR on TBS|
|Announcers||Ken Squier, Neil Bonnett|
For the first time in NASCAR history, the Stonewall Jackson Award was offered to the United States Army veteran who demonstrated patriotism and sacrifice above the typical expectations of a soldier or commissioned officer. This award was named after Confederate general Stonewall Jackson for his meritorious devotion to service during the American Civil War.
There were 42 drivers on the starting grid; almost half of them failed to finish the race. It took four and a half hours to resolve 400 laps. Dale Earnhardt defeated Ernie Irvan by nearly half a second. There were several crashes, some engine problems, and Stanley Smith's vehicle managed to lose all of its tires by lap 248. Last-place finisher Jimmy Means would develop trouble with his engine on the eight lap. There were 12 caution flags handed out by NASCAR officials throughout 62 laps of the race. Kyle Petty managed to develop a lengthy lead late in the race but couldn't prevent Dale Earnhardt from winning it.
Bill Elliott qualified for the pole position with speeds reaching up to 175.479 miles per hour (282.406 km/h) in the solo qualifying session. Actual racing speeds would be 132.98 miles per hour (214.01 km/h); more than 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) slower than qualifying. Rusty Wallace, Bobby Hamilton, and Randy Porter would accomplish individually solid finishes despite not being able to finish the race. The total prize purse for this racing event was $859,485 ($1,429,757.48 in today's money). While the winner of the race received $125,100 of this total figure ($208,104.46 in today's money), the last place finisher only received a meager $5,100 ($8,483.87 in today's money).
Gary Balough and J.D. McDuffie would make their respective swan songs in this race before retiring from the NASCAR Cup Series. While Balough was sentenced to jail and could never race in NASCAR again, McDuffie's retirement was posthumous as he died in the 1991 Budweiser at The Glen event at Watkins Glen International. Being sentenced to 45½ months in jail for drug trafficking ruined Balough's professional career along with his marriage.
Top twenty finishers
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- "Retirements after the 1992 Coca-Cola 600". Race Database. Retrieved 2012-09-04.
- "Racing information for Gary Balough". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2012-04-23.
- "History of Gary Balough". Stock Car Racing. Retrieved 2012-04-23.
1992 Winston 500
|NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1992 Budweiser 500