NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Bank of America 500

TRACK: Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #31 of 36 for the 2012 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #5 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Saturday, October 13, 2012 in Concord, NC

Title Sponsor: Bamk of America

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:46pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Countdown Pre-race: ABC - 7:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ABC, 7:30pm/et

  • In the Booth: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00 am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Sunday, October 14 at 4:30pm/et on ESPN; Wednesday, October 17 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    SPEED TV Schedule
    NASCAR on TV
    TV Racer

Radio Coverage

(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, October 11

10:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
2:00 - 3:20 pm NNS Practice
3:30 - 5:00 pm NSCS Practice
5:30 pm Better Half Dash
6:10 - 7:00 pm NNS Final Practice
7:10 pm NSCS Qualifying
9:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Friday, October 12

2:00 pm NSCS Garage Opens
3:00 - 3:55 pm NSCS Practice
4:05 pm NNS Qualifying
5:50 - 6:50 pm NSCS Final Practice
7:00 pm NNS Driver Introductions
7:30 pm NNS Race
9:00 pm NCSC Garage Closes

Saturday, October 13

1:00 pm NSCS Garage Opens
1:00  2:00 pm Speedway Children's Charity Track Walk
6:43 pm God Bless and Flyby
6:45 pm Pre-Race Stunt by Nik Wallenda, Tight Rope Walker
6:50 pm NSCS Driver Introductions
7:30 pm NSCS Race

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
Times are local to the Track

Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Thursday, October 11, 3:30 - 5:00 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Friday, October 12, 3:00 - 3:55pm/et, TV-none

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, October 12, 5:55 - 6:55pm/et, TV-ESPN2

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Thursday, October 11 at 7:10 pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled.


2012: $5,235,316
2011: $5,123,929
2010: $5,173,755
2009: $5,331,342
2008: $5,291,863
2007: $5,185,096
2006: $5,078,500
2005: $4,960,384
2004: $4,956,541
2003: $4,634,749
2002: $4,064,495


  • Track Specifications:
    Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
    Race Length: 334 laps, 501 miles
    Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 1952.8 feet; Backstretch - 1360 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 146,000
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55mph
    Opened: 1960
    Carry-In Items
    Coolers: Allowed (14"x14"x14" limit).
    Glass containers: Not allowed.
    Alcoholic beverages: Allowed.
    Cameras/recording devices: Allowed

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Dan Nevins, executive VP, Wounded Warrior Project & Retired SSgt, US Army
    Command to start engines: Dan Nevins
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Ben Dellinger, combat-wounded veteran, Retired SSgt., US Army
    Invocation: Mike Novak , president/CEO of the K-LOVE Christian radio network
    God Bless America: Leon Thomas, star of Nickelodeon's Victorious television program
    National Anthem: NewSong, Gospel Music Association Dove Award-winning and Grammy nominated artists
    Military Flyover: none?

  • Track Websites:
    Charlotte Motor Speedway
    Speedway Motorsports
    Facebook - Charlotte Motor Speedway
    Twitter - CLTMotorSpdwy
    2012 Cabarrus County Destination Guide

  • May 2012: see my Charlotte Race Info page

  • October 2011: see my Charlotte Race Info page

  • In the Charlotte, NC for the races? some cool places to check out that Jayski has been to an enjoyed since moving to the Charlotte area in January 2004:
    Memory Lane Museum on Hwy 150 W in Mooresville, NC,
    North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame Lakeside Park, Mooresville
    And a must is the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, checked it out in July and it is really cool
    In October, For somerthing different: the Carolina Renaissance Festival is a blast, fun stuff and lots of good eats, I go every year, hmm...pumpkin beer...and the Tortuga Twins are a hoot!
    SOME EATs: Lancaster's Bar-B=Que is a large place with a lot of NASCAR stuff all over the walls, also I enjoyed: Jeffrey's. In Huntersville check out Mickey & Mooches for great steaks and the huge chocolate cake
    TEAM SHOPS: and to check out some team shops, see my Team Address page, on that page there are a few links for Race Shop Tours [click here].
    Or drive up I-85 and head to [Richard] Childress Vineyards.
    in Concord, check out the racing stuff at Quaker Steak and Lube for some great wings and food
    and check out the Sam Bass Gallery, right near Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    (this is not an ad and not looking for suggestions, just some things to helps folks in town)
    ALSO: see my Racing Charities page and Driver Appearances page for driver appearances and more thing going on in the area.

  • 2012 May Pole Sitter: #43-Aric Almirola, 192.940mph, finished 16th

  • 2011 October Pole Sitter: #14-Tony Stewart, 191.959mph, finished 8th

  • Track Qualifying Record: #16-Greg Biffle, 10/11/2012, 193.708mph

  • Coke 600 Qualifying Record: #12-Ryan Newman, May 2005, 192.988mph

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 22 years, 2 months, 6 days, 10/10/1993

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Bobby Allison, 49 years, 10 months, 8 days, 10/11/1987

  • 2012 May Race Winner: #5-Kasey Kahne, 155.687mph, started 7th

  • 2011 October Race Winner: #17-Matt Kenseth, 146.194mph, started 2nd

  • Track Race Record 500 miles: Jeff Gordon, Oct 1999, 160.306mph

  • Track Race Record 600 miles: Kasey Kahne, May 2012, 155.687mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Junior Johnson, 107.752mph, 1960

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jimmie Johnson, May 2003, started 37th

  • Oldest Winner: Cale Yarborough, 46 years, 6 months, 9 days, 10/6/1985

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 22 years, 9 months, 25 days, 5/29/1994

  • The Numbers for the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte:
    1 - fewest cars on the lead lap at finish (13 times, most recent 5/24/87)
    1 - fewest cautions (10/14/62)
    2 - fewest laps led by race winner (Kevin Harvick, 5/29/11)
    3 - fewest leaders (twice, most recent 5/21/61)
    6 - most wins (Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip, Jimmie Johnson)
    6 - fewest caution laps (10/14/62)
    6 - number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend
    8 - fewest lead changes (10/16/60)
    14 - most poles (David Pearson)
    14 - wins from the pole (most recent, Jimmie Johnson, 10/17/09)
    21 - most leaders (5/29/05)
    22 - most cautions (5/29/05)
    26 - most cars on lead lap at finish (5/25/09)
    40 - different pole winners
    42 - most cars running at finish (5/25/09)
    44 - different race winners
    54 - most lead changes (5/27/79)
    113 - most caution laps (5/25/80)
    120 minutes - approximate amount of time it takes to dry the 1.5-mile track after a significant rainfall
    335 - most laps led by race winner (400-lap race, Jim Paschal, 5/28/67)
    2012 Caution Update
    1 - fewest cautions this season (Fontana)
    8 - races extended beyond scheduled distance (Daytona, Martinsville, Talladega and Darlington, Sonoma, Michigan2, Atlanta and Talladega2)
    103 - most cautions this season (Bristol2)
    166 - number of cautions in the first 30 races of 2012; includes 77 for accidents, 46 for debris and 16 for spins
    872 of 8,420 - number of laps under caution in 2012
    1,225.788 of 11,333.176 - miles under caution in the first 30 races
    (Darnell Communications for SRT Motorsports and Dodge)(10-10-2012)

  • At Charlotte Motor Speedway:
    • Construction began on Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1959.
    • The track's first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on June 19, 1960.
    • The track was repaved midseason in 1994.
    • The track name changed from Charlotte Motor Speedway to Lowe's Motor Speedway in 1999. It changed back to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 2010 season.
    • The track was re-paved again before the 2006 season.
    • There have been 107 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, two races per year since the track opened in 1960. In 1961, there were two 100-mile qualifying points races held the week before the May race. The first six fall races at Charlotte were 400-mile events (1960-65).
    • 40 drivers have posted poles, led by David Pearson with 14.
    • Fireball Roberts won the pole for the first race, in 1960.
    • David Pearson posted 11 straight poles at Charlotte from the fall of 1973 through 1978.
    • Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in poles, with nine. Jeff Gordon has eight.
    • Jeff Gordon won five straight poles for the spring races between 1994 and 1998.
    • 44 drivers have won races, led by Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip and Jimmie Johnson, with six each.
    • Joe Lee Johnson won the first race, in 1960.
    • There have been 13 back-to-back victories, including three consecutive by Fred Lorenzen (fall 1964 and both 1965) and four straight by Jimmie Johnson (both in 2004 and 2005).
    • A sweep has occurred eight times, including each season from 2004-2007.
    • 14 races have been won from the pole, the last by Jimmie Johnson (October, 2009).
    • Jimmie Johnson won the 2003 Coca-Cola 600 from the 37th starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.
    • A number of active drivers earned their first win at CMS: Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Bobby Labonte, Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears and David Reutimann. Inactive drivers David Pearson, Buddy Baker and Charlie Glotzbach also got their first series win at Charlotte.(NASCAR)(10-9-2012)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Charlotte Motor Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page

RACE and links

  • Bowyer wins at Charlotte: #15-Clint Bowyer won the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 3rd win of year and 8th career win.
    #11-Hamlin finished 2nd followed by #48-Johnson, #16-Biffle, #18-Busch, #55-Martin, #99-Edwards, #5-Kahne, #20-Logano and #56-Truex Jr..
    #2-Keselowski led the most laps and was leading when he waited too long to pit and ran out of fuel, but finished 11th and maintain the points lead, 7 points over #48-Johnson. Bowyer was able to run longer on fuel and held on to win the race, his first on a mile and a half track. There were only 6 cars on the lead lap.
    Regan Smith, subbing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the #88 Chevy, lost an engine on lap 61 and finished 38th. Kurt Busch finished 21st in his first race in the #78 Furniture Row Chevy. #51-A.J. Allmendinger finished 24th in his first race back from his suspension.
    There were 5 cautions for 23 yellow flag laps. There were 20 lead changes among 8 drivers. The average speed was 154.935mph.
    The estimated attendence was 100,000, down from 105,000 last October.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Charlotte Race Results page (pdf) and the official race and points rundown on the Official Race & Points Report.(10-13-2012)

  • Where did the 12 Chase drivers finish at Charlotte?
    [by points standings before the race (start pos)]
    1) #2-Brad Keselowski, 11th (20)
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3rd (5)
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2nd (9)
    4) #5-Kasey Kahne, 8th (10)
    5) #15-Clint Bowyer, WON (4)
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 18th (13)
    7) #14-Tony Stewart, 13th (32)
    8) #56-Martin Truex Jr., 10th (6)
    9) #16-Greg Biffle, 4th (1)
    10) #29-Kevin Harvick, 16th (11)
    11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., didn't race, out with concussion
    12) #17-Matt Kenseth, 17th (7)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver CHASE Championship Points Standings:
    [after Charlotte, race 31 of 36]
    1) #2-Brad Keselowski [5 wins], 2214
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 2207, -7
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 2199, -15
    4) #15-Clint Bowyer [3 wins], 2186, -28
    5) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2179, -35
    6) #16-Greg Biffle [2 wins], 2171, -43
    7) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 2165, -49
    8) #14-Tony Stewart [3 wins], 2164, -50
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 2164, -50
    10) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 2158, -56
    11) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 2147, -67
    12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 2128, -86
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf)

  • Race Fast Facts - Charlotte
    #15-Clint Bowyer won the 53rd Annual Bank of America 500, his eighth victory in 248 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third victory and 19th top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 14 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    In 14 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bowyer had his highest starting position in the 2012 Bank of America 500 (fourth).
    #11-Denny Hamlin (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 15 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 16th top-10 finish in 2012.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 23 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #2-Brad Keselowski leads the point standings by 7 points over Jimmie Johnson.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(10-13-2012)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Kansas:
    #36 remains in 35th and and drops to 99 points ahead of 36th, the #21 team.
    there virtually no chance the top-35 will change the rest of the season.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    34) #32-TBA/FAS Lane Racing, 421 +142
    35) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 378 +9 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #21-Bayne/Wood Bros., 279, -99pts out of the top 35
    37) #33-Whitt/Childress-Falk, 234, -144
    38) #30-Stremme/Inception, 218, -160
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings (pdf).(10-13-2012)

  • Charlotte Notes-n-Nuggets:
    " Clint Bowyer earned his eighth career win in his 248th start.
    " Clint Bowyer's last win was at Richmond on Sept. 12 -- four starts in between.
    " Clint Bowyer garnered his third victory of 2012 (Sonoma, Richmond).
    " Clint Bowyer became the fifth driver with three or more wins in 2012.
    " Clint Bowyer picked up his first victory at Charlotte in his 14th start at CMS.
    " Clint Bowyer is the 45th different driver to win at Charlotte.
    " Clint Bowyer won for the first time on a 1.5 mile track.
    " Clint Bowyer earned his first top five on a 1.5 mile track since Texas (April 11) -- 16 races ago.
    " Clint Bowyer won the fifth Chase race of his career.
    " Clint Bowyer's last pit stop was on lap 278.
    " Clint Bowyer led three times for 29 laps, including the final 25.
    " Michael Waltrip Racing earned its fifth Career win.
    " Michael Waltrip Racing picked up its third victory of 2012.
    " Michael Waltrip Racing won for the second time at Charlotte.
    " Toyota won for the 10th time in 2012.
    " Toyota garnered its second all-time win at Charlotte.
    " Denny Hamlin (second) finished second in both Charlotte races in 2012, best finish there in 15 starts (now sits third in points -- 15 out of the lead after gaining eight points).
    " Jimmie Johnson (third) grabbed his 16th top-five finish of 2012, most of all drivers, and fourth top-four finish of the Chase (moved from 14 points back to seven points behind and is second in points).
    " Greg Biffle (fourth) placed fourth in both Charlotte races of 2012; best finish of the Chase so far.
    " Kyle Busch (fifth) has finished in the top-10 in 10 of the last 11 races at Charlotte but is still winless there.
    " Mark Martin (sixth) earned his 447th career top-10 finish in his 850th career start; fourth top-10 finish in his last five starts.
    " Regan Smith (38th) had engine problems on lap 61 after subbing in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. who sat out due to concussions.
    (Racing Resources and Services -- Statistics Racing Recall /

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    (classic system using current points but NOT the chase system)
    [after Charlotte, race 31 of 36]
    1) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [2 wins], 1079
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [3 wins], 1078, -1
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski(X) [5 wins], 1073, -6
    4) #17-Matt Kenseth(X) [2 wins], 1041, -38
    5) #15-Clint Bowyer(X) [3 wins], 1038, -41
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin(X) [4 wins], 1037, -42
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X) [1 win], 1027, -52
    8) #56-Martin Truex Jr.(X) [0 wins], 1027, -52
    9) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [0 wins], 999, -80
    10) #5-Kasey Kahne(X) [2 wins], 993, -86
    11) #14-Tony Stewart(X) [3 wins], 965, -114
    12) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 951, -128
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon(X) [1 win], 941, -138
    14) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 889, -190
    15) #99-Carl Edwards [0 wins], 881, -198
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    (X) = a Chase driver.

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no drivers down a lap
    Caution 2: #95-Speed, 40th
    Caution 3: no awarded as #27 caused caution was 1st a lap down
    Caution 4: #22-Hornish Jr., 15th
    Caution 5: #17-Kenseth, 14th

  • A bunch of cars going to the rear: per Mark Garrow of, the following six drivers/cars will go to the rear before the start of the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charltote Motor Speedway: #39-Ryan Newman (engine - was to start 3rd); #42-Juan Pablo Montoya (engine change - 22nd); #31-Jeff Burton (engine - 39th); #91-Reed Sorenson (engine - 43rd); #93-Travis Kvapil (transmission change - 41st) and #38-David Gilliland (transmission - 36th)(10-13-2012)

  • Race Coverage of the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, October 13, 2012.
    Television (TV): ABC at 7:30 pm/et; NASCAR Countdown Pre-Race show at 7:00 pm/et; green flag approx 7:46pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN, Sunday, October 14 at 4:30pm/et; SPEED, Wednesday, October 17 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #16-Biffle chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #55-Martin took pit stall 15, the first pitstall with an opening in front of it.
    #39-Newman, who starts 3rd took the 14th pit stall, the 1st stall with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #17-Kenseth, who starts 7th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-11-2012)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's:
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Qualifying Order
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Entry List

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.

  • See Jayski's - 2012 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race

info, news, speeds and links

  • Happy Hour practice for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #18-Busch 188.383
    #88-Smith 188.009
    #55-Martin 187.905
    #48-Johnson 187.878
    #27-Menard 187.402
    slowest: #36-Blaney 181.892 & #32-Hill 182.057
    no speed: #91-Sorenson
    notes: #39-Newman's had engine issues and will change engines and give up the 3rd starting spot and have to start the race at the rear of the field on Saturday night.
    See speeds, best top-10 average and laps run on the Charlotte Happy Hour practice speeds page (pdf).(10-12-2012)

  • Friday 1st practice for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #16-Biffle 187.065
    #5-Kahne 186.593
    #29-Harvick 186.574
    #48-Johnson 186.361
    #55-Martin 186.278
    slowest: #37-Yeley 179.647 and #36-Blaney 180.168
    there is no TV coverage for this practice, Happy Hour practice is scheduled for 5:30pm/et and be shown on ESPN2.
    See speeds, best top-10 average and laps run on the Charlotte practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(10-12-2012)

  • Biffle wins pole at Charlotte: #16-Greg Biffle won the pole for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a TRACK RECORD speed of 193.708mph for his 3rd pole of 2012 and 12th career pole. Biffle has never won a race from the pole.
    #55-Martin will start 2nd followed by #39-Newman, #15-Bowyer, #48-Johnson, #56-Truex, Jr., #17-Kenseth, #18-Busch, #11-Hamlin and #5-Kahne.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #21-Bayne, #95-Speed, #19-Bliss, #6-Stenhouse Jr., #30-Stremme, #98-McDowell, #37-Yeley and #91-Sorenson.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (4): #87-Nemechek, #26-Wise, #23-Riggs and #33-Whitt.
    See qualifying results & starting lineup on the Charlotte Qualifying Page.(10-11-2012)

  • Where did the 12 Chase drivers start at Charlotte?
    [by points standings before the race]
    1) #2-Brad Keselowski 20th
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 5th
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin 9th
    4) #5-Kasey Kahne 10th
    5) #15-Clint Bowyer 4th
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon 13th
    7) #14-Tony Stewart 32nd
    8) #56-Martin Truex Jr. 6th
    9) #16-Greg Biffle 1st
    10) #29-Kevin Harvick 11th
    11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., didn't race, out with concussion
    12) #17-Matt Kenseth 7th

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Charlotte:
    #16-Greg Biffle won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 53rd Annual Bank of America 500 with a lap of 27.877 seconds, 193.708 mph.
    This is his 12th pole in 361 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third pole and 19th top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his first pole in 20 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Greg Biffle's qualifying run broke the old record at CMS set by Elliott Sadler (193.216 mph) on Oct. 13, 2005.
    Mark Martin (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2012 and his 31st in 56 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Ryan Newman (third) posted his 17th top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 18th in 31 races this season. (NASCAR Statistics)(10-11-2012)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 7:10pm/et.
    Radio live on
    Television (TV): ESPN2, 7:00pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted. 47 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #23-Riggs, slowest in practice.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #11-Hamlin, who was fastest in first practice.
    Qualifying order is set by the first practice session, with slowest driver going out by speed and the fastest going out last. The non-top 35 drivers are now mixed in with the top-35 in owners points, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on the Charlotte Qualifying Page.(10-11-2012)

  • Thursday practice for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #11-Hamlin 191.693
    #55-Martin 191.442
    #17-Kenseth 191.333
    #20-Logano 191.157
    #24-Gordon 190.975
    #88-Smith is 7th fastest
    #78-Busch is 18th
    #51-Allmendinger is 19th
    slowest: #23-Riggs 183.399 & #36-Blaney 183.830
    this practice will determine the qualifying order for tonights qualifying, scheduled for 7:10pm/et, televised on ESPN2 and can be heard at
    See speeds, best top-10 average and laps run on the Charlotte practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(10-11-2012)

  • Go-or-Go Homers practice at Charlotte: how fast/slow were the drivers who are not in the top-35 of owners points and must qualify by speed to make the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where they practiced in the first practice:
    the eight drivers who would make the race if things stayed the same:
    #6-Stenhouse, Jr., 25th fastest overall
    #98-McDowell, 26th
    #21-Bayne, 27th
    #19-Bliss, 34th
    #95-Speed, 35th
    #30-Stremme, 36th
    #37-Yeley, 37th
    #91-Sorenson, 40th
    the four drivers who would miss the race if things stayed the same:
    #87-Nemechek, 41st
    #33-Whitt, 43rd
    #26-Wise, 45th
    #23-Riggs, 47th

  • Rain Out Procedures: the rain-out qualifying procedure for all three NASCAR national series is as follows: If first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place, the starting lineup will be based on speeds from the car's fastest lap from the first practice, with top-35 cars in owner points no longer segregated from the non-top 35 cars. Previously, the top 35 cars lined up in front of all other eligible car owners.

  • The Entry List for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted, 47 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr (46/1)
    #19-Mike Bliss (45/23)
    #21-Trevor Bayne (36/12)
    #23-Scott Riggs (44/28)
    #26-Josh Wise (41/30)
    #30-David Stremme (38/30)
    #33-Cole Whitt (37/30)
    #37-J.J. Yeley (50/14)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/30)
    #91-Reed Sorenson (52/9)
    #95-Scott Speed (43/12)
    #98-Michael McDowell (39/30)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 21,33,30,98,26,87,23,19
    missing the race would be [4]: # 37,95,91,6
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Charlotte Entry List

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Charlotte:
    #36 remains in 35th and is now 120 points ahead of 36th, the #21 team.
    there virtually no chance the top-35 will change the rest of the season.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    34) #32-TBA/FAS Lane Racing, 413 +156
    35) #36-Yeley/Baldwin, 377 +120 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #21-Bayne/Wood Bros., 257, -120pts out of the top 35
    37) #33-Leicht/Childress-Falk, 234, -143
    38) #30-Stremme/Inception, 211, -166
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings (pdf).(10-7-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver CHASE Championship Points Standings:
    [after Talladega, race 30 of 36]
    1) #2-Brad Keselowski [5 wins], 2179
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 2165, -14
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 2156, -23
    4) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2143, -36
    5) #15-Clint Bowyer [2 wins], 2139, -40
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 2137, -42
    7) #14-Tony Stewart [3 wins], 2133, -46
    8) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 2131, -48
    9) #16-Greg Biffle [2 wins], 2130, -49
    10) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 2130, -49
    11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 2128, -62
    12) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 2117, -62
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf)

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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Charlotte: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Charlotte Motor Speedway:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? some teams do not report what chassis in the race previews, press releases of websites.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion and the #1 McDonald's team will use Chassis #1106 for Charlotte. This chassis has raced this season at Bristol, Charlotte, Pocono, and Kentucky with a best finish of 7th (Bristol).
    #2-Brad Keselowski: and the #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-830 during Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS). Keselowski last raced this chassis to a ninth-place finish in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. Josh Bralley, a freshman at UNC-Charlotte and late model racer at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway, will be an honorary pit crew member for the #2 Miller Lite team on Saturday night. Bralley, bested Keselowski head-to-head in the new NASCAR The Game: Inside Line last Tuesday on the big screen at CMS. The featured tag line on the rear bumper of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge this weekend at Charlotte will read "Lite Up Your Night." Night racing is the perfect opportunity to join friends for an "It's Miller Time" moment.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: For Saturday's race, crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-729. Kahne drove this car to a third-place finish at Michigan International Speedway in August.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: the #9 Richard Petty Motorsports Stanley team has prepared chassis No. 735 for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte. This Stanley Ford was run previously this season at Las Vegas, Texas, Charlotte and Pocono.
    #10-David Reutimann will pilot chassis No. 356, purchased from Richard Childress Racing in the off-season. Reutimann last drove this chassis at Richmond International Raceway. Reutimann drove the chassis at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway this season. He had his best showing in the chassis at Michigan International Speedway where he drove from the 39th starting spot to a 21st-place finish. His best qualifying effort of 16th was at Kansas Speedway.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-736 debuted in the Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., where Tony Stewart qualified 29th and rallied to lead three laps before finishing sixth. Chassis No. 14-736 will make its second career start Saturday night at Charlotte.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary chassis No. 740 finished 10th at Chicago in its only race of the year. Backup chassis No. 716 raced earlier this season in Las Vegas, Kansas, Charlotte, Kentucky and Indianapolis. Chassis No. 716's best finish was sixth at Las Vegas.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 M / IDG Ford Fusion team will bring Primary Chassis RK-817 to Charlotte, which last ran Chicago and finished 13th. Backup chassis is RK-803 which last ran Pocono and finished 15th.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: will run primary chassis RK-821 at Charlotte, which last ran at Chicago in Sept. Kenseth has an average starting position of 18.2 and an average finishing position of 14.2 at Charlotte. Kenseth has achieved two wins, seven top-five, and 14 top-10 finishes at Charlotte in the Cup series. Kenseth has completed 8,705 of 9,252 (94.1 percent) laps at Charlotte and led for a total of 455 laps. This weekend at Charlotte, Kenseth will pilot the #17 Best Buy Ford Fusion.
    #21-Trevor Bayne: Donnie Wingo, crew chief of the Good Sam/Camping World Ford Fusion, is bringing a proven car to Charlotte in hopes of pushing the team total to 99 victories, but first there's the matter of making the starting field. With 47 entries and the Woods not among the top 35 in car owner points, Bayne will have to qualify on speed to make the field for Saturday's Bank of America 500. Wingo said the car he's chosen has only two races on it, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway, and he believes he and the team can take what they've learned in those two races and squeeze even more speed from it. "I'm looking forward to this weekend," Wingo said. "We've learned some things in the last couple of intermediate-track races that we can apply to this car. I believe it will race well."
    #22-Sam Hornish Jr. and his Todd Gordon-led Penske Racing #22 Team will be utilizing their "PRS-824" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger this weekend at Charlotte. The #22 team raced it at New Hampshire in July where Hornish started 24th and finished 22nd. Before that race, it had been utilized once by teammate Brad Keselowski's Miller Lite Dodge Team. Keselowksi and his Paul Wolfe-led "Blue Deuce" crew raced the car at Richmond in the April 28 Capitol City 400. Keselowski drove from a 16th-place start to a ninth-place finish in that race. The "807" chassis will serve as the backup this weekend. It was in the #22 team transporter serving as the backup at Phoenix, both Bristol races, Martinsville and the second Richmond race. It has never seen any track time to date.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 351 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte. This Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevy was last raced at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September, where Menard started 18th and finished eighth. This chassis was also utilized in numerous test sessions this year and was raced last season at Texas Motor Speedway (April - started 19th/finished fifth), Kansas Speedway (June - started ninth/finished 19th) and Dover International Speedway (October - started third/ finished 16th).
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No.404 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte. Built new for competition in 2012, this Jimmy John's Chevy will make its first competitive laps this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 359 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This #31 Caterpillar Chevy has been utilized twice during the 2012 NSCS season at Bristol Motor Speedway in March where Burton piloted the RCR machine to a top-10 finish (sixth-place) and at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where a broken brake rotor late in the race relegating the team to a 32nd-place finish.
    #39-Ryan Newman will pilot a new chassis this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 39-748 was wind-tunnel tested in late September and will turn its first laps on a racetrack on Thursday.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: crew chief Chris "Shine" Heroy and the #42 Target Chevy team will race with Chassis #1107 at Charlotte. This chassis raced previously at Indianapolis and Atlanta, finishing 21st on both occasions.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 Smithfield team has prepared chassis No. 742 for Charlotte. This chassis has run previously this year at Dover, Chicago, Pocono and Darlington.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Chassis No. 720 serves as the primary for Johnson at Charlotte. It last ran at Michigan in August and finished 27th, also running at MIS in June and finishing 5th. Chassis No. 720 also won the All-Star race in May. Chassis No. 681 serves as the backup.
    #55-Mark Martin: will drive MWR chassis 732 which last raced and finished 34th with Martin at Charlotte in May. Backup chassis is 708 which has not raced in 2012
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-726. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to an eighth-place finish at the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway in September.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Kellogg's team will be bringing chassis RK-782 this weekend to Charlotte. This car was last raced at Atlanta where Edwards was running in the top 10 when he had engine issues. Edwards will make his 16th Cup start at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. In his previous starts, Edwards has five top-five and nine top-10 finishes. His average start is 18.2, and his average finish is 12.3. Edwards has completed 99.0% of laps attempted at CMS. Of the 5319 laps Edwards has completed, he has led 98 of them.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(10-10-2012)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,350, Right-side -- 1,425;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 450, Right-side -- 450

    Set limits:
    5 sets for practice/qualifying and 11 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the event

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4428; Right-side -- D-4552

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.5 in. (2,223 mm); Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,246 mm)

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi
    ; Right Front -- 54 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Charlotte this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that NASCAR teams ran at Charlotte this past May . . . this is the same left-side tire code (D-4428) that these teams ran at Charlotte last season, as well . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Charlotte . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


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