1989 Coca-Cola 600

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1989 Coca-Cola 600
Race details
Race 10 of 29 in the 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
Date May 28, 1989 (1989-05-28)
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 71.2 °F (21.8 °C); wind speeds up to 14.9 miles per hour (24.0 km/h)[1]
Average speed 144.077 mph (231.869 km/h)
Pole position
Driver AK Racing
Most laps led
Driver Alan Kulwicki AK Racing
Laps 138
No. 17 Darrell Waltrip Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network TBS
Announcers Eli Gold, Ken Squier, Buddy Baker, & Geoff Bodine

The 1989 Coca-Cola 600, the 30th running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race held on May 28, 1989 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 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Darrell Waltrip of Hendrick Motorsports won the race.

Terry Byers and Tracy Leslie made their NASCAR Winston Cup Series debut at this event while Allan Grice departed from NASCAR after the race.[2]

Darrell Waltrip would snatch the championship lead away from Dale Earnhardt.[2]


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 All Pro Auto Parts 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).

Top 10 results[edit]


Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 17 Darrell Waltrip Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2 94 Sterling Marlin Hagan Racing Oldsmobile
3 25 Ken Schrader Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
4 5 Geoffrey Bodine Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
5 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford
6 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford
7 21 Neil Bonnett Wood Brothers Racing Ford
8 15 Brett Bodine Bud Moore Engineering Ford
9 8 Bobby Hillin Jr. Stavola Brothers Racing Buick
10 26 Ricky Rudd King Racing Buick

Race statistics[2][edit]

  • Time of race: 4:09:52
  • Average Speed: 144.077 miles per hour (231.869 km/h)
  • Pole Speed: 173.021 miles per hour (278.450 km/h)
  • Cautions: 7 for 36 laps
  • Margin of Victory: 0.99 sec
  • Lead changes: 22
  • Percent of race run under caution: 9%
  • Average green flag run: 45.5 laps


  1. ^ Weather information at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c Race information at Race Database
  3. ^ "05/28/1989 race: Coca-Cola 600 (Cup) - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-08-08.