1996: Empty Dominance

Season Recap

In 1996, Jeff Gordon won ten races; more than any other driver on the circuit. However, his teammate, Terry Labonte, won the Winston Cup title as he put together a string of consistent finishes to end the season. The season got off to a rocky start for Jeff. A lap 8 crash at Daytona and a blown engine at Rockingham resulted in back-to-back last place finishes. Showing the mettle of a champion, Jeff rebounded and won the following week at Richmond. He won the TranSouth 400 at Darlington and followed that up with a rain-shortened victory at Bristol. At Talladega, Jeff was in the middle of a major wreck but rebounded with victories at Dover and Pocono in June. As the summer wore on, Jeff won the DieHard 500 at Talladega which was marred by Dale Earnhardt's major crash. At the Brickyard in August, a cut tire put him into the wall. However, he finished the summer strong with victories at Darlington, Dover, Martinsville, and he won the last race ever at North Wilkesboro. In October, an engine problem at Charlotte allowed Labonte back into the title hunt. Labonte took the points lead for good at Rockingham and won by 32 points over Jeff. A ten win season is great; but without a Winston Cup title, it's just empty dominance.

Daytona 500842
Goodwrench 400240
Pontiac 40021
Purolator 500213
TranSouth Financial 40021
Food City 50081
First Union 400172
Goody's 500133
Winston Select 5001133
Save Mart 30066
Coca-Cola 60014
Miller 50011
UAW-GM 50011
Miller 40076
Pepsi 40013
Jiffy Lube 3001634
Miller 500157
DieHard 50021
Brickyard 400137
Bud At The Glen54
GM Goodwrench 40075
Goody's 50022
Mountain Dew Southern 50021
Miller 40022
MBNA 50031
Hanes 500101
Holly Farms 40021
UAW-GM Quality 500231
AC-Delco 400312
Dura-Lube 500195
NAPA 50023

10 wins. 2nd in points
Pontiac 400
TranSouth 400
Food City 500
Miller 500
UAW-GM 500
DieHard 500
Southern 500
MBNA 500
Hanes 500
Holly Farms 400

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