1988 Coca-Cola 600

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1988 Coca-Cola 600
Race details
Race 10 of 29 in the 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
Date May 29, 1988 (1988-05-29)
Location Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 400 laps, 600 mi (965.606 km)
Weather Temperatures averaging around 74.1 °F (23.4 °C); wind speeds up to 9.2 miles per hour (14.8 km/h)[1]
Average speed 124.46 mph (200.30 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Ranier-Lundy Racing
Most laps led
Driver Rick Wilson Morgan-McClure Motorsports
Laps 106
No. 17 Darrell Waltrip Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network TBS
Announcers Ken Squier & Johnny Hayes

The 1988 Coca-Cola 600, the 29th running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race held on May 29, 1988 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. Contested over 400 laps on the 1.5 mile (2.4 km) speedway, it was the 10th race of the 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Darrell Waltrip of Hendrick Motorsports won the race.


Charlotte Motor Speedway is a motorsports complex located in Concord, North Carolina, United States 13 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina. The complex features a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) quad oval track that hosts NASCAR racing including the prestigious Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend and The Winston, as well as the Oakwood Homes 500. The speedway was built in 1959 by Bruton Smith and is considered the home track for NASCAR with many race teams located in the Charlotte area. The track is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI). This race took place in the midst of a major tire war between Goodyear and Hoosier, and as a result, featured multiple major crashes, after which, luckily, no one was seriously injured.

Top 10 results[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 17 Darrell Waltrip Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2 27 Rusty Wallace Blue Max Racing Pontiac
3 7 Alan Kulwicki AK Racing Ford
4 15 Brett Bodine Bud Moore Engineering Ford
5 28 Davey Allison Ranier-Lundy Racing Ford
6 25 Ken Schrader Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
7 26 Ricky Rudd King Racing Buick
8 55 Phil Parsons Jackson Brothers Motorsports Oldsmobile
9 11 Terry Labonte Junior Johnson & Associates Chevrolet
10 50 Greg Sacks Dingman Brothers Pontiac

Race statistics[2][edit]

  • Time of race: 4:49:15
  • Average Speed: 124.46 miles per hour (200.30 km/h)
  • Pole Speed: 173.594 miles per hour (279.372 km/h)
  • Cautions: 13 for 89 laps
  • Margin of Victory: 0.24 sec
  • Lead changes: 43
  • Percent of race run under caution: 22.2%
  • Average green flag run: 22.2 laps


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