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NASCAR Race Results at Bristol - Mar 31, 1996

Bristol Motor Speedway
The Food City 500

Sunday, March 31, 1996
Race 6 of the 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
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Bristol   March 31, 1996
Finish Start # Driver Make Pts Laps Led Status Team
1 8 #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 185/10 342 148 Running Hendrick Motorsports
2 2 #5 Terry Labonte Chevrolet 170/0 342 0 Running Hendrick Motorsports
3 1 #6 Mark Martin Ford 170/5 342 59 Running Roush Racing
4 19 #3 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet 160/0 342 0 Running Richard Childress Racing
5 11 #2 Rusty Wallace Ford 160/5 342 77 Running Penske Racing South
6 7 #88 Dale Jarrett Ford 150/0 342 0 Running Robert Yates Racing
7 5 #18 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 151/5 341 2 Running Joe Gibbs Racing
8 29 #19 Dick Trickle Ford 142/0 341 0 Running Tri-Star Motorsports
9 13 #41 Ricky Craven Chevrolet 138/0 341 0 Running Larry Hedrick Motorsports
10 25 #21 Michael Waltrip Ford 134/0 340 0 Running Wood Brothers Racing
11 14 #8 Hut Stricklin Ford 130/0 340 0 Running Stavola Brothers Racing
12 32 #1 Rick Mast Pontiac 127/0 340 0 Running Precision Products Racing
13 15 #23 Jimmy Spencer Ford 124/0 340 0 Running Travis Carter Motorsports
14 9 #10 Ricky Rudd Ford 126/5 340 8 Running Rudd Performance Motorsports
15 34 #42 Kyle Petty Pontiac 118/0 340 0 Running Team SABCO
16 16 #28 Ernie Irvan Ford 115/0 340 0 Running Robert Yates Racing
17 23 #33 Robert Pressley Chevrolet 112/0 340 0 Running Leo Jackson Motorsports
18 4 #4 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet 109/0 340 0 Running Morgan-McClure Motorsports
19 21 #7 Geoff Bodine Ford 106/0 340 0 Running Geoff Bodine Racing
20 22 #11 Brett Bodine Ford 103/0 339 0 Running Brett Bodine Racing
21 35 #98 Jeremy Mayfield Ford 100/0 338 0 Running Cale Yarborough Motorsports
22 17 #12 Derrike Cope Ford 97/0 338 0 Running Bobby Allison Motorsports
23 33 #99 Jeff Burton Ford 94/0 338 0 Running Roush Racing
24 31 #15 Wally Dallenbach Jr. Ford 91/0 338 0 Running Bud Moore Engineering
25 30 #16 Ted Musgrave Ford 88/0 336 0 Running Roush Racing
26 3 #17 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet 85/0 333 0 accident DarWal Inc.
27 36 #29 Steve Grissom Chevrolet 82/0 326 0 Running Diamond Ridge Motorsports
28 37 #94 Bill Elliott Ford 84/5 324 38 Running Bill Elliott Racing
29 28 #25 Ken Schrader Chevrolet 76/0 305 0 Running Hendrick Motorsports
30 18 #75 Morgan Shepherd Ford 73/0 304 0 Running Butch Mock Motorsports
31 20 #87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet 70/0 261 0 Running NEMCO Motorsports
32 24 #43 Bobby Hamilton Pontiac 67/0 203 0 Running Petty Enterprises
33 12 #22 Ward Burton Pontiac 64/0 200 0 Running Bill Davis Racing
34 10 #81 Kenny Wallace Ford 61/0 184 0 Running Filmar Racing
35 26 #9 Lake Speed Ford 58/0 152 0 Running Melling Racing
36 6 #31 Mike Skinner Chevrolet 60/5 72 10 accident Richard Childress Racing
37 27 #27 Elton Sawyer Ford 52/0 29 0 accident David Blair Motorsports
Finish Start # Driver Make Pts Laps Led Status Team
 
Race Notes
  • Mar 31, 1996
    The Food City 500 was shortened to 342 laps due to rain.

    The pit-stop strategy Terry Labonte used in the rain-shortened Food City 500 at Bristol International Raceway on Sunday should have won the race.

    The confusing turn of events came between two red flags during the final 11 laps. Gordon was leading when a yellow flag flew on lap 321 because of rain. Labonte was running fifth. The cars ran 11 laps under yellow before NASCAR threw the red flag to stop the cars because of a passing shower. But moments before the red flag flew, Labonte slipped into the pits. Because his car was the last one on the lead lap, he had no concern about losing track position. As the cars stopped on the backstretch for the red flag, Labonte lined up at the end of the entire field in the single-file line that NASCAR set up. After a 33-minute delay, the rain eased and NASCAR switched from a red to a yellow flag. At this point, the other cars on the lead lap needed to make pit stops. And Labonte should have then inherited the lead.

    But here's what happened: The pace car started up at the end of the backstretch and took the leaders around turns 3 and 4, and let them enter the pits. "When we restarted the pace car and it pulled away, several drivers did not go promptly," Winston Cup director Gary Nelson said. "Labonte could not pass any of those guys. They were dragging their feet. And by the time he got rolling, the leaders were finishing their pit stops." Gordon and Wallace managed to pull out of the pits and re-enter the track before Labonte reached the start/finish line to take the lead. Wallace then pitted again to top off his tank, yielding second place to Labonte.

    The green then flew for three laps before Darrell Waltrip crashed, spilling fuel on the track, prompting the third red flag. Then it began to rain again, and that turned out to be the end of it.

    "We should have been over in Victory Lane, drinking champagne," said Labonte's crew chief, Gary DeHart. "But I gotta say, yeah, I'm OK with it. "I realize everybody is human and make mistakes. NASCAR should not have opened pit road for the leaders until all the cars got going. But it all worked out. A team car won. And they were better than us on the racetrack." scholar.lib.vt.edu
 
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Standings after Race 6
  Driver Points Behind Races Wins Top 5s Top 10s Laps Led Poles
1 Dale Jarrett 933 0 6 1 3 4 81 0
2 Dale Earnhardt 896 -37 6 2 4 4 264 1
3 Ricky Rudd 852 -81 6 0 1 5 12 0
4 Ricky Craven 836 -97 6 0 2 3 6 0
5 Terry Labonte 819 -114 6 0 3 4 345 2
6 Jeff Gordon 800 -133 6 3 4 4 485 0
7 Mark Martin 787 -146 6 0 3 4 59 1
8 Bill Elliott 751 -182 6 0 0 3 101 0
9 Rusty Wallace 743 -190 6 0 2 3 139 0
10 Ted Musgrave 724 -209 6 0 1 3 0 0
11 Sterling Marlin 696 -237 6 0 0 1 23 0
12 Kyle Petty 684 -249 6 0 0 0 0 0
13 Ken Schrader 677 -256 6 0 1 2 17 0
14 Jeff Burton 677 -256 5 0 2 3 68 0
15 Bobby Labonte 671 -262 6 0 1 2 44 0
16 Jeremy Mayfield 665 -268 6 0 1 1 5 0
17 Bobby Hamilton 656 -277 6 0 0 1 165 0
18 Jimmy Spencer 640 -293 6 0 0 1 55 0
19 Rick Mast 613 -320 6 0 0 1 0 0
20 Michael Waltrip 605 -328 6 0 0 3 3 0
21 Kenny Wallace 589 -344 6 0 0 1 0 0
22 Ernie Irvan 577 -356 6 0 1 1 8 0
23 Steve Grissom 550 -383 6 0 1 1 0 0
24 Hut Stricklin 542 -391 6 0 0 0 1 0
25 Robert Pressley 537 -396 6 0 0 0 17 0
26 Wally Dallenbach Jr. 533 -400 6 0 0 1 0 0
27 Brett Bodine 515 -418 6 0 0 0 1 0
28 Lake Speed 504 -429 6 0 0 0 0 0
29 Joe Nemechek 497 -436 6 0 0 1 0 0
30 Darrell Waltrip 486 -447 6 0 0 0 0 0
31 Ward Burton 485 -448 6 0 0 0 7 1
32 Derrike Cope 480 -453 6 0 0 1 0 0
33 Morgan Shepherd 477 -456 6 0 0 1 0 0
34 Geoff Bodine 473 -460 6 0 0 0 10 0
35 Dave Marcis 456 -477 5 0 0 0 4 0
36 Mike Wallace 424 -509 5 0 0 0 3 0
37 Elton Sawyer 392 -541 5 0 0 0 0 0
38 Johnny Benson Jr. 389 -544 5 0 0 0 0 1
39 John Andretti 373 -560 5 0 0 0 23 0
40 Dick Trickle 355 -578 4 0 0 1 0 0
41 Bobby Hillin Jr. 313 -620 4 0 0 0 0 0
42 Mike Skinner 187 -746 2 0 0 0 10 0
43 Jeff Purvis 127 -806 1 0 0 0 0 0
44 Loy Allen Jr. 110 -823 2 0 0 0 0 0
45 Chad Little 64 -869 1 0 0 0 0 0
46 Chuck Bown 43 -890 1 0 0 0 0 0
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