1996 NASCAR Busch Series

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1996 NASCAR Busch Series season
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Randy LaJoie, the 1996 Busch Series champion

The 1996 NASCAR Busch Series Season began February 17 and ended November 3. Randy LaJoie of BACE Motorsports was crowned the series champion.

1996 Team chart[edit]

List of full-time teams at the start of 1996.

Team Car(s) # Driver(s) Primary Sponsor(s) Listed Owner(s)
Akins-Sutton Motorsports Ford Thunderbird 38 Dennis Setzer Lipton Bob Sutton
American Equipment Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 95 David Green Caterpillar Buz McCall
BACE Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 74 Randy LaJoie Fina Bill Baumgardner
Beverly Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 25 Johnny Rumley n/a Don Beverly
Bown Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 51 Jim Bown Luck's Foods Dick Bown
Buckshot Racing Ford Thunderbird 00 Buckshot Jones Aquafresh Billy Jones
Champion Racing Ford Thunderbird 26 Derrike Cope Badcock Leon Fox
Curb Racing Ford Thunderbird 96 Stevie Reeves Clabber Girl Mike Curb
Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet Monte Carlo 3 Jeff Green Goodwrench Service Dale Earnhardt
Diamond Ridge Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 29 Steve Grissom WCW Gary Bechtel
Ridling Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 88 Pete Orr (R) Farmer's Choice David Ridling
Henderson Brothers Racing Ford Thunderbird 75 Doug Heveron Food Country USA Charlie Henderson
Hensley Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 63 Curtis Markham Lysol Hubert Hensley
Isenhower Brothers Racing Ford Thunderbird 32 Dale Jarrett Band-Aid Horace Isenhower
J&J Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 99 Glenn Allen, Jr. (R) Luxaire Bill Papke
Joe Bessey Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 9 Joe Bessey Delco Remy America Nancy Bessey
KEL Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 57 Jason Keller Slim Jim Joe Keller
Labonte Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Bayer/Actron Bob Labonte
44 Bobby Labonte Shell Oil
Lepage Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 71 Kevin Lepage n/a Kevin Lepage
Mark Rypien Motorsports Pontiac Grand Prix 23 Chad Little John Deere Mark Rypien
Martin Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 92 Larry Pearson Stanley Tools Mac Martin
Michael Waltrip Racing Ford Thunderbird 12 Michael Waltrip MW Windows Buffy Waltrip
MS Racing Ford Thunderbird 14 Patty Moise Dial/Purex Elton Sawyer
NorthStar Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 98 Jeremy Mayfield n/a Meredith Ruark
Owen Racing Ford Thunderbird 90 Mike Wallace Duron Paints Barry Owen
Parker Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 72 Mike Dillon MGM Brakes Ron Parker
Petty Enterprises Pontiac Grand Prix 43 Rodney Combs Lance Snacks Richard Petty
Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 10 Phil Parsons Channellock Marcia Parsons
Phoenix Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 4 Jeff Purvis n/a James Finch
Porter Racing Ford Thunderbird 48 Randy Porter Unifirst Uniforms James Porter
Pro Tech Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 81 Todd Bodine Cape Canaveral Ron Neal
Roush Racing Ford Thunderbird 60 Mark Martin Winn-Dixie Jack Roush
Sadler Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1 Hermie Sadler DeWalt Bell Sadler
Shoemaker Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 64 Dick Trickle Dura Lube Dennis Shoemaker
ST Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 47 Jeff Fuller Sunoco Tad Geschickter
Stegall Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 85 Shane Hall (R) n/a Don Stegall
Taylor Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 40 Tim Fedewa Kleenex Doug Taylor
Team 34 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 34 Mike McLaughlin Royal Oak Charcoal Frank Cicci

Goody's Headache Powder 300[edit]

The Goody's Headache Powder 300 was held February 17 at Daytona International Speedway. Jeff Purvis won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 29-Steve Grissom
  2. 32-Dale Jarrett
  3. 60-Mark Martin
  4. 92-Larry Pearson
  5. 63-Curtis Markham
  6. 43-Rodney Combs
  7. 74-Randy LaJoie
  8. 26-Derrike Cope
  9. 44-Bobby Labonte
  10. 20-Jimmy Spencer

Goodwrench Service 200[edit]

The Goodwrench Service 200 was held February 24 at North Carolina Speedway. Mark Martin won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 60-Mark Martin
  2. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  3. 4-Jeff Purvis
  4. 2-Ricky Craven
  5. 44-Bobby Labonte
  6. 95-David Green
  7. 74-Randy LaJoie
  8. 57-Jason Keller
  9. 5-Terry Labonte
  10. 81-Todd Bodine

Hardee's Fried Chicken 250[edit]

The Hardee's Fried Chicken 250 was Held March 2 at Richmond International Raceway. Jeff Purvis won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 4-Jeff Purvis
  2. 87-Joe Nemechek
  3. 95-David Green
  4. 90-Mike Wallace
  5. 63-Curtis Markham
  6. 74-Randy LaJoie
  7. 57-Jason Keller
  8. 81-Todd Bodine
  9. 32-Dale Jarrett
  10. 5-Terry Labonte

Busch Light 300[edit]

The Busch Light 300 was held March 9 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Dick Trickle won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 5-Terry Labonte
  2. 95-David Green
  3. 10-Phil Parsons
  4. 29-Steve Grissom
  5. 49-Stanton Barrett
  6. 43-Rodney Combs
  7. 60-Mark Martin
  8. 22-Ward Burton
  9. 44-Bobby Labonte
  10. 87-Joe Nemechek

BellSouth / Opryland USA 320[edit]

The BellSouth / Opryland USA 320 was held March 17 at Nashville Speedway USA. Sterling Marlin won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 44-Bobby Labonte
  2. 95-David Green
  3. 10-Phil Parsons
  4. 5-Terry Labonte
  5. 63-Curtis Markham
  6. 87-Joe Nemechek
  7. 99-Glenn Allen, Jr.
  8. 64-Dick Trickle
  9. 98-Jeremy Mayfield
  10. 55-Bobby Dotter

Dura Lube 200 (March 23)[edit]

The Dura Lube 200 was held March 23 at Darlington Raceway. Jeff Green won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 60-Mark Martin
  2. 12-Michael Waltrip
  3. 5-Terry Labonte
  4. 2-Ricky Craven
  5. 44-Bobby Labonte
  6. 32-Dale Jarrett
  7. 29-Steve Grissom
  8. 81-Todd Bodine
  9. 64-Dick Trickle
  10. 22-Ward Burton

Goody's Headache Powder 250[edit]

The Goody's Headache Powder 250 was held March 30 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Chad Little won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 60-Mark Martin
  2. 3-Jeff Green
  3. 8-Kenny Wallace
  4. 10-Phil Parsons
  5. 29-Steve Grissom
  6. 74-Randy LaJoie
  7. 95-David Green
  8. 64-Dick Trickle
  9. 90-Mike Wallace
  10. 47-Jeff Fuller

Sundrop 300[edit]

The Sundrop 300 was held April 6 at Hickory Motor Speedway. David Green won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 95-David Green
  2. 1-Hermie Sadler
  3. 74-Randy LaJoie
  4. 57-Jason Keller
  5. 81-Todd Bodine
  6. 51-Jimmy Spencer
  7. 3-Jeff Green
  8. 88-Kevin Lepage
  9. 63-Curtis Markham
  10. 92-Larry Pearson

Meridian Advantage 200[edit]

The Meridian Advantage 200 was held May 19 at Nazareth Speedway. David Green won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 74-Randy LaJoie
  2. 95-David Green
  3. 3-Jeff Green
  4. 64-Dick Trickle
  5. 57-Jason Keller
  6. 6-Tommy Houston
  7. 88-Kevin Lepage
  8. 40-Tim Fedewa
  9. 81-Todd Bodine
  10. 99-Glenn Allen, Jr.

Red Dog 300[edit]

The Red Dog 300 was held May 25 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Dale Jarrett won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 60-Mark Martin
  2. 64-Dick Trickle
  3. 44-Bobby Labonte
  4. 5-Terry Labonte
  5. 74-Randy LaJoie
  6. 32-Dale Jarrett
  7. 26-Derrike Cope
  8. 87-Joe Nemechek
  9. 90-Mike Wallace
  10. 22-Ward Burton

GM Goodwrench/Delco 200[edit]

The GM Goodwrench/Delco 200 was held June 1 at Dover International Speedway. Bobby Labonte won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 74-Randy LaJoie
  2. 2-Ricky Craven
  3. 5-Terry Labonte
  4. 95-David Green
  5. 90-Mike Wallace
  6. 32-Dale Jarrett
  7. 3-Jeff Green
  8. 10-Phil Parsons
  9. 92-Larry Pearson
  10. 1-Hermie Sadler

Winston Motorsports 300[edit]

The Winston Motorsports 300 was held June 8 at South Boston Speedway. Randy LaJoie won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 81-Todd Bodine
  2. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  3. 3-Jeff Green
  4. 92-Larry Pearson
  5. 74-Randy LaJoie
  6. 63-Curtis Markham
  7. 1-Hermie Sadler
  8. 23-Chad Little
  9. 88-Kevin Lepage
  10. 72-Mike Dillon

Carolina Pride / Red Dog 250[edit]

The Carolina Pride / Red Dog 250 was held June 22 at Myrtle Beach Speedway. David Green won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 95-David Green
  2. 4-Jeff Purvis
  3. 57-Jason Keller
  4. 88-Kevin Lepage
  5. 3-Jeff Green
  6. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  7. 64-Dick Trickle
  8. 43-Dennis Setzer
  9. 63-Curtis Markham
  10. 37-Mark Green

Lysol 200[edit]

The Lysol 200 was held June 30 at Watkins Glen International Raceway. David Green won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 5-Terry Labonte
  2. 81-Todd Bodine
  3. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  4. 44-Bobby Labonte
  5. 95-David Green
  6. 3-Jeff Green
  7. 20-Jimmy Spencer
  8. 23-Chad Little
  9. 8-Kenny Wallace
  10. 57-Jason Keller

Sears Auto Center 250[edit]

The Sears Auto Center 250 was held July 7 at The Milwaukee Mile. Hermie Sadler won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 00-Buckshot Jones
  2. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  3. 74-Randy LaJoie
  4. 8-Kenny Wallace
  5. 44-Bobby Labonte
  6. 75-Doug Heveron
  7. 3-Jeff Green
  8. 6-Tommy Houston
  9. 47-Jeff Fuller
  10. 57-Jason Keller

Stanley 200[edit]

The Stanley 200 was held July 12 at New Hampshire International Speedway. David Green won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 74-Randy LaJoie
  2. 5-Terry Labonte
  3. 95-David Green
  4. 3-Jeff Green
  5. 44-Bobby Labonte
  6. 1-Hermie Sadler
  7. 81-Todd Bodine
  8. 57-Jason Keller
  9. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  10. 90-Mike Wallace

Humminbird Fishfinder 500K[edit]

The Humminbird Fishfinder 500K was held July 27 at Talladega Superspeedway. Joe Nemechek won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 29-Greg Sacks
  2. 87-Joe Nemechek
  3. 74-Randy LaJoie
  4. 5-Terry Labonte
  5. 12-Michael Waltrip
  6. 4-Jeff Purvis
  7. 64-Dick Trickle
  8. 47-Jeff Fuller
  9. 88-Kevin Lepage
  10. 95-David Green

Kroger 200[edit]

The Kroger 200 was held August 2 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Randy LaJoie won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 74-Randy LaJoie
  2. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  3. 95-David Green
  4. 40-Tim Fedewa
  5. 32-Dale Jarrett
  6. 43-Dennis Setzer
  7. 4-Jeff Purvis
  8. 64-Dick Trickle
  9. 00-Buckshot Jones
  10. 11-Tracy Leslie

Detroit Gasket 200[edit]

The Detroit Gasket 200 was held August 16 at Michigan International Speedway. Ricky Craven won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 4-Jeff Purvis
  2. 88-Kevin Lepage
  3. 5-Terry Labonte
  4. 60-Mark Martin
  5. 2-Ricky Craven
  6. 44-Bobby Labonte
  7. 95-David Green
  8. 28-Hut Stricklin
  9. 29-Elliott Sadler
  10. 74-Randy LaJoie

Food City 250[edit]

The Food City 250 was held August 23 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Jeff Fuller won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 47-Jeff Fuller
  2. 32-Dale Jarrett
  3. 10-Phil Parsons
  4. 20-Jimmy Spencer
  5. 12-Michael Waltrip
  6. 26-Derrike Cope
  7. 63-Curtis Markham
  8. 3-Jeff Green
  9. 57-Jason Keller
  10. 5-Terry Labonte

Dura Lube 200 (August 31)[edit]

The Dura Lube 200 was held August 31 at Darlington Raceway. Mark Martin won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 5-Terry Labonte
  2. 60-Mark Martin
  3. 64-Dick Trickle
  4. 95-David Green
  5. 74-Randy LaJoie
  6. 2-Ricky Craven
  7. 3-Jeff Green
  8. 32-Dale Jarrett
  9. 88-Kevin Lepage
  10. 6-Tommy Houston

Autolite Platinum 200[edit]

The Autolite Platinum 200 was held September 8 at Richmond International Raceway. Michael Waltrip won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 8-Kenny Wallace
  2. 95-David Green
  3. 23-Chad Little
  4. 60-Mark Martin
  5. 64-Dick Trickle
  6. 4-Jeff Purvis
  7. 98-Jeremy Mayfield
  8. 74-Randy LaJoie
  9. 44-Bobby Labonte
  10. 5-Terry Labonte

MBNA 200[edit]

The MBNA 200 was held September 14 at Dover International Speedway. Ricky Craven won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 74-Randy LaJoie
  2. 32-Dale Jarrett
  3. 10-Phil Parsons
  4. 5-Terry Labonte
  5. 2-Ricky Craven
  6. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  7. 29-Elliott Sadler
  8. 38-Elton Sawyer
  9. 23-Chad Little
  10. 1-Hermie Sadler

All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300[edit]

The All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 was held October 5 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Bobby Labonte won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 60-Mark Martin
  2. 44-Bobby Labonte
  3. 92-Sterling Marlin
  4. 23-Chad Little
  5. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  6. 74-Randy LaJoie
  7. 88-Kevin Lepage
  8. 3-Jeff Green
  9. 20-Jimmy Spencer
  10. 57-Jason Keller

AC-Delco 200[edit]

The AC-Delco 200 was held October 19 at North Carolina Speedway. Buckshot Jones won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 60-Mark Martin
  2. 32-Dale Jarrett
  3. 2-Ricky Craven
  4. 34-Mike McLaughlin
  5. 95-David Green
  6. 5-Terry Labonte
  7. 88-Kevin Lepage
  8. 3-Jeff Green
  9. 74-Randy LaJoie
  10. 23-Chad Little

Jiffy Lube Miami 300[edit]

The Jiffy Lube Miami 300 was held November 3 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Bobby Labonte won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 88-Kevin Lepage
  2. 44-Bobby Labonte
  3. 60-Mark Martin
  4. 87-Joe Nemechek
  5. 29-Elliott Sadler
  6. 20-Jimmy Spencer
  7. 23-Chad Little
  8. 81-Todd Bodine
  9. 95-David Green
  10. 74-Randy LaJoie

Final points standings[edit]

  1. Randy LaJoie - 3714
  2. David Green - 3685
  3. Todd Bodine - 3064
  4. Jeff Green - 3059
  5. Chad Little - 2984
  6. Jason Keller - 2900
  7. Jeff Purvis - 2894
  8. Kevin Lepage - 2870
  9. Phil Parsons - 2854
  10. Mike McLaughlin - 2853
  11. Curtis Markham - 2838
  12. Dick Trickle - 2728
  13. Terry Labonte - 2699
  14. Glenn Allen, Jr. - 2593
  15. Hermie Sadler - 2588
  16. Larry Pearson - 2471
  17. Jeff Fuller - 2399
  18. Rodney Combs - 2396
  19. Bobby Labonte - 2374
  20. Tim Fedewa - 2320
  21. Mark Martin - 2186
  22. Dale Jarrett - 2109
  23. Mike Dillon - 1945
  24. Bobby Dotter - 1832
  25. Buckshot Jones - 1708
  26. Mike Wallace - 1664
  27. Dennis Setzer - 1567
  28. Tommy Houston - 1563
  29. Ricky Craven - 1503
  30. Doug Heveron - 1488
  31. Patty Moise - 1458
  32. Jimmy Spencer - 1392
  33. Jim Bown - 1346
  34. Michael Waltrip - 1342
  35. Elliott Sadler - 1301
  36. Stevie Reeves - 1290
  37. Randy Porter - 1283
  38. Joe Nemechek - 1282
  39. Elton Sawyer - 1217
  40. Derrike Cope - 1200
  41. Kenny Wallace - 1189
  42. Shane Hall - 1175
  43. Jeremy Mayfield - 1051
  44. Joe Bessey - 1023
  45. Steve Grissom - 1005
  46. Mark Green - 947
  47. Ward Burton - 919
  48. Hut Stricklin - 791
  49. Tony Stewart - 753
  50. Tracy Leslie - 645

Rookie of the Year[edit]

Former short track racer Glenn Allen, Jr. was named Rookie of the Year in 1996, posting two top-ten finishes early in the season, as well as being of only two full-time contenders for the award. Mike Dillon was the other, finishing 23rd in points. Shane Hall, Mark Green, and Tony Stewart were the other contenders, all running part-time schedules.

See also[edit]

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