2004 Coca-Cola 600

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2004 Coca-Cola 600
Race details[1]
Race 12 of 36 in the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
Layout of Lowe's Motor Speedway
Layout of Lowe's Motor Speedway
Date May 30, 2004 (2004-05-30)
Location Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 400 laps, 600 mi (965.606 km)
Average speed 142.763 mph (229.755 km/h)
Attendance 180,000
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Time 27.981 seconds
Most laps led
Driver Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 334
Winner
No. 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

The 2004 Coca-Cola 600, the 45th running of the race, was a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race held on May 30, 2004 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. Contested at 400 laps on the 1.5 mile (2.4 km) speedway, it was the twelfth race of the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season. Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports won the race, his second win of the season and also at Charlotte. Michael Waltrip finished second and Matt Kenseth finished third.

Failed to qualify: Steve Park (No. 7), Todd Bodine (No. 37), Carl Long (No. 46), Stanton Barrett (No. 94), Geoffrey Bodine (No. 98), Morgan Shepherd (No. 89), Jeff Fultz (No. 78), Kirk Shelmerdine (No. 72), Andy Hillenburg (No. 80)

Background

Lowe's Motor Speedway, the track where the race was held.

Lowe's 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 Nextel All-Star Challenge, as well as the UAW-GM Quality 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) with Humpy Wheeler as track president.

Top 10 results

Pos[1] Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 190
2 12 15 Michael Waltrip Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 400 170
3 37 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford 400 170
4 21 42 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 400 165
5 4 38 Elliott Sadler Robert Yates Racing Ford 400 160
6 10 8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 400 155
7 14 41 Casey Mears Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 400 151
8 15 19 Jeremy Mayfield Evernham Motorsports Dodge 400 142
9 6 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 400 138
10 16 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Dodge 400 134

Race statistics

  • Time of race: 4:12:10
  • Average Speed: 142.763 miles per hour (229.755 km/h)
  • Pole Speed: 187.052
  • Cautions: 7 for 37 laps
  • Margin of Victory: under caution
  • Lead changes: 16
  • Percent of race run under caution: 9.2%
  • Average green flag run: 51.9 laps

References

  1. ^ a b Racing information at Racing Reference


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