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1986 Coca-Cola 600

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1986 Coca-Cola 600
Race details
Race 11 of 29 in the 1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
Date May 25, 1986 (1986-05-25)
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 76.1 °F (24.5 °C); wind speeds up to 9.2 miles per hour (14.8 km/h)[1]
Average speed 129.326 mph (208.130 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Most laps led
Driver Cale Yarborough Ranier-Lundy
Laps 28
No. 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing
Television in the United States
Network Jefferson-Pilot
Announcers Mike Joy & Ned Jarrett

The 1986 Coca-Cola 600, the 27th running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race held on May 25, 1986 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. Contested over 400 laps on the 1.5 mile (2.4 km) speedway, it was the 11th race of the 1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Dale Earnhardt of Richard Childress Racing won the race.

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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).


Brett Bodine made his NASCAR Winston Cup Series debut in this event. David Pearson makes his first appearance of the 1986 season in his next-to-last career start.[2]

After this victory, Dale Earnhardt would go 15 races without getting a first-place finish.[2]

Four of the drivers who failed to finish the race had crashed during the race. The rest of the drivers who failed to finish the race had problems with their camshaft, engine, shocks, head gasket and an overheating vehicle.[2]

On the day of the race, 0.16 inches of precipitation were recorded around the speedway.[3]

Top 10 results

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
2 25 Tim Richmond Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
3 28 Cale Yarborough Ranier-Lundy Ford
4 33 Harry Gant Mach 1 Racing Chevrolet
5 11 Darrell Waltrip Junior Johnson & Associates Chevrolet
6 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford
7 1 Sterling Marlin Ellington Racing Chevrolet
8 15 Ricky Rudd Bud Moore Engineering Ford
9 47 Morgan Shepherd Race Hill Farm Team Buick
10 27 Rusty Wallace Blue Max Racing Pontiac

Race statistics[4]

  • Time of race: 4:16:24
  • Average Speed: 140.406 miles per hour (225.962 km/h)
  • Pole Speed: 164.511 miles per hour (264.755 km/h)
  • Cautions: 6 for 32 laps
  • Margin of Victory: 1.59 seconds
  • Lead changes: 38
  • Percent of race run under caution: 8%
  • Average green flag run: 52.6 laps


  1. ^ Weather information at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c Racing information at Racing Reference
  3. ^ "Charlotte NASCAR Climatology" (PDF). SERCC. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  4. ^ Race statistics at Race Database
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