1998 Pepsi Southern 500

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1998 Pepsi Southern 500
Race details
Race 24 of 33 in the 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Date September 6, 1998 (1998-September-06)
Official name Pepsi Southern 500
Location Darlington Raceway, Darlington County, South Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.366 mi (2.198 km)
Distance 367 laps, 501.322 mi (806.800 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 93.2 °F (34.0 °C); wind speeds up to 11.3 miles per hour (18.2 km/h)[1]
Average speed 139.031 miles per hour (223.749 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Robert Yates Racing
Most laps led
Driver Jeff Burton Roush Racing
Laps 273
Winner
No. 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Bob Jenkins, Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons

The 1998 Pepsi Southern 500, the 49th running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race held on September 6, 1998 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. Contested at 367 laps on the 1.366 mile (2.198 km) speedway, it was the twenty-fourth race of the 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Jeff Gordon of Hendrick Motorsports won the race. His fourth consecutive Southern 500 victory.

Top 10 results[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2 99 Jeff Burton Roush Racing Ford
3 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford
4 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
5 12 Jeremy Mayfield Penske-Kranefuss Racing Ford
6 36 Ernie Irvan MB2 Motorsports Pontiac
7 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing South Ford
8 40 Sterling Marlin Team SABCO Chevrolet
9 7 Geoffrey Bodine Mattei Motorsports Ford
10 81 Kenny Wallace FILMAR Racing Ford

Race statistics[2][edit]

  • Time of race: 3:36:21
  • Average Speed: 139.031 miles per hour (223.749 km/h)
  • Pole Speed: 168.879
  • Cautions: 2 for 16 laps
  • Margin of Victory: 3.631 sec
  • Lead changes: 12
  • Percent of race run under caution: 4.4%
  • Average green flag run: 117 laps

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weather information at The Old Farmers' Alamanac
  2. ^ Race statistics at Race Database