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Encyclopedia > World 600

The Coca-Cola 600 (formerly World 600) is a six hundred mile stock car race held annually at Lowe's Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) in Charlotte, North Carolina on Memorial Day weekend. It is the longest NASCAR Nextel Cup (formerly Winston Cup) race and in fact is the longest regularly-scheduled motor race conducted over an oval circuit anywhere in the world.


The event was begun as an attempt by NASCAR to stage a Memorial Day weekend event that would rival the open-wheel Indianapolis 500 in fan interest. In recent years the event has begun in the early evening, with the nighttime portion of the race lit with a system that uses parabolic reflectors so that dangerous glare that would otherwise be in the drivers' eyes is minimized. The move of the race to the early evening has made it possible for drivers to participate in both events by flying from Indianapolis to Charlotte as soon as the Indianapolis race is over. Experts disagree over whether, for health and safety reasons, anyone should be allowed to race 1100 miles in one day, but so far nothing has been done to prevent it, until 2005 when the Indianapolis 500 is moved up to gain higher ratings.


See also: List of current NASCAR races


Past Winners

Coca-Cola 600

World 600

  • 1985: Darrell Waltrip
  • 1984: Bobby Allison
  • 1983: Neil Bonnett
  • 1982: Neil Bonnett
  • 1981: Bobby Allison
  • 1980: Benny Parsons
  • 1979: Darrell Waltrip
  • 1978: Darrell Waltrip
  • 1977: Richard Petty
  • 1976: David Pearson
  • 1975: Richard Petty
  • 1974: David Pearson
  • 1973: Buddy Baker
  • 1972: Buddy Baker
  • 1971: Bobby Allison
  • 1970: Donnie Allison
  • 1969: LeeRoy Yarbrough
  • 1968: Buddy Baker
  • 1967: Jim Paschal
  • 1966: Marvin Panch
  • 1965: Fred Lorenzen
  • 1964: Jim Paschal
  • 1963: Fred Lorenzen
  • 1962: Nelson Stacy
  • 1961: David Pearson
  • 1960: Joe Lee Johnson
Preceded by:
Nextel Open
Current NASCAR Races Followed by:
MBNA 400 "A Salute to Heroes"

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BMW World - BMW 600 Artcar (207 words)
Yes, the front door, for this is no ordinary car, this car is a BMW 600, the "4 wheel version" of the BMW Isetta.
With a 20 hp motor and a top speed of 62 mph, the BMW 600 is not quite flight ready.
BMW World is a private enthusiast site not associated with BMW AG.
Coca-Cola 600 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (316 words)
The Coca-Cola 600 (formerly World 600) is a six hundred mile (966 km) stock car race held annually at Lowe's Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) in Charlotte, North Carolina on Memorial Day weekend.
It is the longest NASCAR Nextel Cup (formerly Winston Cup) race and in fact is the longest regularly-scheduled motor race conducted over an oval circuit anywhere in the world.
The event was begun as an attempt by NASCAR to stage a Memorial Day weekend event that would rival the open-wheel Indianapolis 500 in fan interest and it has succeeded to a large degree, gaining larger TV ratings that the Indianapolis race since 2002.
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