1992 Coca-Cola 600

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1992 Coca-Cola 600
Race details
Race 10 of 29 in the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Map of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Map of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Date May 24, 1992 (1992-May-24)
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)[1]
Average speed 132.98 miles per hour (214.01 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Bill Elliott Junior Johnson & Associates
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Petty SABCO Racing
Laps 141
Winner
No. 3
Dale Earnhardt
Richard Childress Racing
Television in the United States
Network NASCAR on TBS
Announcers Ken Squier, Neil Bonnett

The 1992 Coca-Cola 600 is a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on May 24, 1992, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the American community of Concord, North Carolina.

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.[2] This award was named after Confederate general Stonewall Jackson for his meritorious devotion to service during the American Civil War.

Summary[edit]

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.[3]

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.[3] The total prize purse for this racing event was $859,485 ($1,444,432.11 when adjusted for inflation). While the winner of the race received $125,100 of this total figure ($210,240.38 when adjusted for inflation), the last place finisher only received a meager $5,100 ($8,570.95 when adjusted for inflation).[4]

Gary Balough would make his final start in the NASCAR Cup Series before he was sentenced to jail and could never race in NASCAR again.[5] Being sentenced to 45½ months in jail for drug trafficking ruined Balough's professional career along with his marriage.[6][7]

Top twenty finishers[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[3]
1 Davey Allison 1564
2 Bill Elliott 1453
3 Harry Gant 1444
4 Alan Kulwicki 1432
5 Dale Earnhardt 1420

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weather information for the 1992 Coca-Cola 600". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  2. ^ "Coca-Cola 600 weekend focused on military tributes". NASCAR.com. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  3. ^ a b c "Racing information for the 1992 Coca-Cola 600". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  4. ^ "Prize winnings for the 1992 Coca-Cola 600". Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  5. ^ "Retirements after the 1992 Coca-Cola 600". Race Database. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  6. ^ "Racing information for Gary Balough". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  7. ^ "History of Gary Balough". Stock Car Racing. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
Preceded by
1992 Winston 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1992
Succeeded by
1992 Budweiser 500