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The 1996 Mountain Dew Southern 500 was a Winston Cup (now Nextel Cup) race that occured at Darlington Raceway on September 1, 1996. Jeff Gordon won his second straight race in the fall classic, holding off a surprisingly strong Hut Stricklin. The news for Gordon was better, as he cut Terry Labonte's point lead down to twenty-four points. Stats

1996 Mountain Dew Southern 500

General info
Series Winston Cup Series
Location Darlington Raceway
Date September 1, 1996
Qualifying
Pole Sitter Dale Jarrett
Pole Speed 170.934 mph
Race Data
Winner Jeff Gordon
Margin of Victory 5.23 laps
Average Speed 135.757 mph
Cautions 6 for 37 laps
Points Leader Terry Labonte (+24)

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