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 2013 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #5 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Event Sched | Purse/Race Awards | TV / Re-airs | Radio
Practice/Qual Times | Rundown of Race/Results | Entry/Practice/Qualifying
Track/Race Info | Local Newspapers
Weather | Camping | Paint Schemes
Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Saturday, October 12, 2013 in Concord, NC

Title Sponsor: Bank of America

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR 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, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham

  • FoxSports1's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 5:00 pm/et on FoxSports2 with John Roberts, Larry McReynolds, Kyle Petty & Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Sunday, October 13 at 3:00am/et on ESPN2

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    FoxSports1 (FS1) TV Schedule
    TV Racer
    Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, October 10
9:00 AM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
10:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
2:30 PM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
3:30 - 5:00 PM NSCS PRACTICE
5:30 PM APPROX. Ladies Race (25 Laps) Timed Event
7:10 PM NSCS QUALIFYING
9:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, October 11
2:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
3:00 - 3:55 PM NSCS PRACTICE
5:50 - 6:50 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
9:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, October 12
1:20 PM 2:50 PM SCC Track Walk
1:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
5:30 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEFS MEETING
6:50 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS-SECURITY
7:30 PM Bank of America 500 NSCS RACE

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
ALL TIMES ARE LISTED IN THIS SECTION ARE IN LOCAL TIME ZONE


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Thursday, October 10, 3:30 - 5:00 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Friday, October 11, 3:00 - 3:50 pm/et, TV-FS2

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, October 11, 5:50 - 6:50pm/et, TV-FS2

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Thursday, October 10 at 7:10 pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $5,288,551
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/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
    Race Length: 334 laps, 501 miles
    Track Length: 1.5 miles or 7,920 feet
    Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 1980 feet; Backstretch - 1500 feet
    Turns 1 & 2: 2,400 feet
    Turns 3 & 4: 2,040 feet
    Radius Turns 1 & 2: 685 feet
    Radius Turns 3 & 4: 625 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 134,000 (down from 146,000)
    Suites: 113
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55mph
    Opened: 1960
    Repaved last: March 2006

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Calvin James and British Army Royal Engineer Pvt. Karl Boon
    Command to start engines: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Calvin James and British Army Royal Engineer Pvt. Karl Boon
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Jason Braase, Wounded Warrior Project
    Honor Guard: United States Public Health Service Honor Cadre
    Invocation: Jim Daley from Focus on the Family
    National Anthem: Francesca Battistelli, Dove Award Winning & Grammy Nominated Fervant Recording Artist
    Flyover: Team AeroDynamix

  • Track Websites:
    Charlotte Motor Speedway
    Speedway Motorsports
    Facebook - Charlotte Motor Speedway
    Twitter - CLTMotorSpdwy
    2013 Cabarrus County Destination Guide

  • May 2013: see my Charlotte Race Info page

  • October 2012: see my Charlotte Race Info page

  • 2013 May Race Winner: #29-Kevin Harvick, 130.521mph, started 15th

  • 2012 October Race Winner: #15-Clint Bowyer, 154.935mph, started 4th

  • 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

  • 2013 May Pole Sitter: #11-Denny Hamlin, 195.624mph, finished 4th

  • 2012 October Pole Sitter: #16-Greg Biffle, 193.708mph, finished 4th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Denny Hamlin, May 2013, 195.624mph

  • Coke 600 Qualifying Record: Denny Hamlin, May 2013, 195.624mph

  • 500 mile Qualifying Record: Greg Biffle, Oct 2012, 193.708mph

  • 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

  • Top 13 Driver Ratings at Charlotte:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson................. 110.0
    #18-Kyle Busch......................... 117.2
    #5-Kasey Kahne...................... 100.5
    #20-Matt Kenseth........................ 95.3
    #11-Denny Hamlin....................... 93.3
    #16-Greg Biffle........................... 92.1
    #99-Carl Edwards....................... 89.5
    #22-Joey Logano........................ 88.9
    #24-Jeff Gordon.......................... 87.1
    #14-Mark Martin.......................... 87.1
    #78-Kurt Busch........................... 84.1
    Tony Stewart........................ 83.6
    #55-Brian Vickers....................... 83.3
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (17 total) among active drivers at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.(NASCAR)

  • Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup: Charlotte Motor Speedway:
    Charlotte Motor Speedway has been one of the 10 tracks of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup since the playoff's inception in 2004.
    Once the winner of the Charlotte Motor Speedway Chase race has gone on to win the championship: Jimmie Johnson (2009).
    Jimmie Johnson leads the series with the most Chase race wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway with three.
    The worst finish by the eventual champion at Charlotte Motor Speedway was 25th, by Tony Stewart in 2005.
    Chase Contenders have won eight of the nine Chase races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The one driver that was not a Chase Contenders that won the Chase race at Charlotte is Jamie McMurray in 2010.
    Five of the 2013 Chase Contenders are former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase race winners at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (3), Kasey Kahne (1), Matt Kenseth (1), Jeff Gordon (1) and Clint Bowyer (1).
    Chevrolet leads the series in Chase wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway with six followed by Ford, Dodge and Toyota with one each.
    The most dominant performance by a winner in a Chase race at Charlotte Motor Speedway was Kasey Kahne's victory in 2006. He led 134 of the 334 laps (most by a Chase race winner) and posted the highest Driver Rating at 143.6.(NASCAR)(10-12-2013)

  • Charlotte Notes & Facts - Friday: 45 different drivers have won at Charlotte Motor Speedway, led by Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison and Jimmie Johnson with six wins each.
    Nine drivers have posted consecutive wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including three consecutive by Fred Lorenzen (fall 1964 and both 1965) and four straight by Jimmie Johnson (both in 2004 and 2005).
    A season sweep at Charlotte has occurred eight times, including each season from 2004-2007.
    Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Charlotte in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 17: Jimmie Johnson (six), Jeff Gordon (five), Darrell Waltrip (two), Ken Schrader (one), Terry Labonte (one), Casey Mears (one) and Kasey Kahne (one).
    Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Charlotte; led by Chevrolet with 41 victories; followed by Ford with 28.
    Six active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (5/29/94), Bobby Labonte (5/28/95), Matt Kenseth (5/28/00), Jamie McMurray (10/13/02), Casey Mears (5/27/07) and David Reutimann (5/25/09).
    The deepest in the field that a NSCS race winner has started all-time at Charlotte was 37th, by Jimmie Johnson in the Coca-Cola 600 of 2003. The deepest in the field that a race winner has started in the 500-mile race at Charlotte was 27th, by Jamie McMurray in 2010.
    Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway was the May 29, 2005 race won by Jimmie Johnson over Bobby Labonte with a MOV of 0.027 second.
    There have been three NASCAR Sprint Cup races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but only once for the Coca-Cola 600 (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): fall of 2005 (334/336), fall of 2007 (334/337) and the 2011 Coca-Cola 600 (400/402).
    Among the 16 active NSCS Charlotte winners Bobby Labonte (36), Kevin Harvick (20), Kurt Busch (19), Mark Martin (15), Clint Bowyer (13), Ken Schrader (10) and Jeff Burton (10) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win.
    Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Charlotte without visiting Victory Lane at 34; followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 27.(NASCAR)(10-11-2013)

  • Charlotte Notes & Facts - poles: Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Charlotte in 1960 with a speed of 133.904 mph.
    42 drivers have Coors Light poles at Charlotte, led by David Pearson with 14. Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in poles, with nine, followed by Jeff Gordon with eight.
    12 drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Charlotte. David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Charlotte with 11; from the fall of 1973 through 1978.
    Jeff Gordon won five straight poles for the spring races at Charlotte between 1994 and 1998.
    14 of the 109 (12.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte have been won from the Coors Light pole; the two most recent were Jimmie Johnson in 2004 and 2009.
    The second-place starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (17) than any other starting position at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway twice; the fall race of 2002 and the fall race of 2008.
    Four active drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (10/10/93), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5/28/00), Ryan Newman (5/27/01) and Aric Almirola (5/27/12). Almirola's pole last season was the first time since 5/22/1966 that the No. 43 car had won the Coors Light pole at CMS.(NASCAR)(10-10-2013)

  • Charlotte Notes & Facts - Wednesday: 14 of the 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup winners at Charlotte Motor Speedway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jamie McMurray won in his first appearance at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (2002). Jeff Gordon won in his second appearance at CMS (1994).
    Terry Labonte competed at Charlotte Motor Speedway 36 times before winning in the fall of 1996; the longest span of any the 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup winners.
    Seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series active drivers have made their first career start at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Michael Waltrip (5/26/85), Elliott Sadler (5/24/98), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5/30/99), Jimmie Johnson (10/7/01), Brian Vickers (10/11/03), David Reutimann (10/15/05) and Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (5/29/11).
    31 of the 109 (28.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from the front row: 14 from the pole and 17 from second place.
    83 of the 109 (76.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Eight of the 109 (7.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    Richard Petty leads the series in runner-up finishes at Charlotte with nine. Bobby Labonte leads all active drivers in second-place finishes at Charlotte with six; followed by Matt Kenseth with three.
    NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Bobby Allison are tied for the series most top-five finishes at Charlotte with 23. Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 18, followed by Jeff Gordon with 16.
    Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Charlotte with 31. Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 24.
    Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Charlotte with a 7.040.
    Joey Logano leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Charlotte with a 9.556. He is the only active driver with an average finish in the top 10.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Charlotte with 1,439 laps led in 24 starts.
    Two female drivers have competed at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick. Guthrie finished in the top 10 in 1977.(NASCAR)(10-9-2013)

  • Charlotte Facts and Notes - Tuesday: Construction began on Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1959.
    The track's first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on June 19, 1960 (600 miles) - won by Joe Lee Johnson (107.735 mph).
    The track was repaved midseason in 1994.
    The track's first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on October 16, 2004 (500 miles) - won by Jimmie Johnson (130.214 mph).
    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.
    Five of the 109 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the 2009 Coca-Cola 600 won by David Reutimann and Michael Waltrip Racing. Four of the five races shortened were the 600-mile events (1968, 1997, 2003 and 2009). There have been 109 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).
    517 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points paying race at Charlotte Motor Speedway; 370 in more than one.
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Charlotte with 64. Terry Labonte and Mark Martin lead all active drivers with 57 starts; followed by Michael Waltrip with 49.(NASCAR)(10-8-2013)

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


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Keselowski wins Charlotte: #2-Brad Keselowski won the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 1st win of 2013 and 10th career win. Keselowski is the first non-chase driver to win a Chase race since Kasey Kahne won at Phoenix in November 2011.
    #5-Kahne finished 2nd after leading the most laps followed by #20-Kenseth, #48-Johnson, #18-Busch, #29-Harvick, #24-Gordon, #39-Newman, #11-Hamlin and #99-Edwards.
    Other Chasers #15-Bowyer (11th), #78-Busch (14th); #88-Earnhardt Jr.(15th); #16-Biffle (16th); and #22-Logano (18th)
    #20-Kenseth increases his points lead heading to Talladega by 1 points to 4 points over #48-Johnson.
    The three drivers who made the Sprint Cup Series debut and their finish: #33-Scott finished 27th; #51-Larson, 37th lost and engine and #95-Koch 38th.
    There were 24 lead changes among 11 drivers and only 4 cautions for 20 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 158.308mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
    See the Charlotte Penalty Report (pdf).(10-12-2013)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Charlotte Race & Points Report (pdf)

  • Race Fast Facts - Charlotte:
    #2-Brad Keselowski won the 54th Annual Bank of America 500, his 10th victory in 156 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in nine races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    This is the first time since Kasey Kahne won at Phoenix International Raceway in the penultimate race of 2011 that a non-Chase contender has been to Victory Lane during the postseason.
    #5-Kasey Kahne (second) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 20 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2013.
    #20-Matt Kenseth (third) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 29 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #20-Matt Kenseth leads the point standings by 4 points over #48-Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(10-12-2013)

  • Where did the 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finish at Charlotte:
    [listed by driver points position before the race (start pos)]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, finished 3rd (started 20th)
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4th (4)
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 6th (2)
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 7th (POLE)
    5) #18-Kyle Busch, 5th (9)
    6) #16-Greg Biffle, 16th (3)BR> 7) #78-Kurt Busch, 14th (10)
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 15th (6)
    9) #15-Clint Bowyer, 11th (14)
    10) #22-Joey Logano, 18th (12)
    11) #99-Carl Edwards, 10th (15)
    12) #39-Ryan Newman, 8th (7)
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 2nd (5)
    (10-12-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Charlotte, race 31 of 36]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth [7 wins], 2225
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2221, -4
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 2196, -29
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2189, -36
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2188, -37
    6) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2167, -58
    7) #78-Kurt Busch, 2166, -59
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2162, -63
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2159, -66
    10) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2158, -67
    11) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2150, -75
    12) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2147, -78
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2144, -81
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Charlotte Race & Points Report (pdf)

  • UNOFFICIAL 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    [after Charlotte, race 31 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [5 wins], 1050
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [3 wins], 1018, -32
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth(X) [7 wins], 1017, -33
    4) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 994, -56
    5) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [4 wins], 987, -63
    6) #15-Clint Bowyer(X), 941, -109
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 940, -110
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 939, -111
    9) #78-Kurt Busch(X), 928, -122
    10) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [1 win], 923, -127
    11) #22-Joey Logano(X) [1 win], 898, -152
    12) #39-Ryan Newman(X)[1 win], 888, -162
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne(X) [2 wins], 883, -167
    14) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 874, -176
    15) #1-Jamie McMurray, 873, -177
    (X) = a Chase driver.
    (10-12-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #93-Kvapil, 35th
    Caution 2: #31-Burton, 21st
    Caution 3: #51-Larson, 37th
    Caution 4: #99-Edwards, 10th
    (10-12-2013)

  • Race Coverage of the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, October 12, 2013.
    Television (TV): ABC at 7:30 pm/et; 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: ESPN2, Sunday, October 13 at 3:00am/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 #24-Gordon chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #29-Harvick took pit stall 15, the first pit stall in front of it.
    #16-Biffle, who starts 3rd took the 22nd pit stall, the 2nd stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #42-Montoya, who starts 8th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-11-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Unofficial Race Results
    Unofficial Drivers Points
    Unofficial Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List

  • 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 something 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.

  • 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 - 2013 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 and practice speeds as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
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:
    #78-Busch 190.759
    #29-Harvick 189.613
    #2-Keselowski 189.401
    #15-Bowyer 189.268
    #18-Busch 189.155
    slowest: #95-Koch 181.733 & #32-Hill 181.830
    no speed: #87-Nemechek
    #78-Busch had the best 10 consecutive lap average at 186.254mph
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Charlotte Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf).(10-11-2013)

  • First Friday 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:
    #18-Busch 189.447
    #78-Busch 189.427
    #24-Gordon 189.241
    #2-Keselowski 189.208
    #42-Montoya 189.195
    slowest: #36-Yeley 180.644 & #95-Koch 180.822
    no speed: #35-Wise, #98-McDowell
    #48-Johnson had the best 10 consecutive lap average at 185.714mph
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Charlotte Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(10-11-2013)

  • Gordon wins Charlotte pole: #24-Jeff Gordon was the last driver to make a qualifying attempt and won the pole for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with speed of 194.308mph for his 2nd pole of 2013, 9th pole at Charlotte and 74th of his career.
    #29-Harvick is on the outside pole, followed by #16-Biffle, #48-Johnson, #5-Kahne, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #39-Newman, #42-Montoya, #18-Busch and #78-Busch.
    Nine Chase drivers qualified in the top-10, Montoya was the only non-Chaser not in the top-10. Other Chase drivers and where they start: #22-Logano 12th; #15-Bowyer 14th; #99-Edwards 15th; and points leader #20-Kenseth starts 20th.
    The best starting rookie is #17-Stenhouse Jr. who will start 16th.
    : Three drivers are making their Sprint Cup debuts this week at Charlotte: #33-Scott starts 19th; #51-Larson 21st; and #95-Koch 43rd.
    Since there were only 43 cars entered, no driver missed the race.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results, qualifying order, pole progression on the Charlotte Starting Lineup - Qualifying Page.(10-10-2013)

  • Starting positions for the 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers at Charlotte:
    [listed by current driver points position]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, 20th
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4th
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 2nd
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon, POLE
    5) #18-Kyle Busch, 9th
    6) #16-Greg Biffle, 3rd
    7) #78-Kurt Busch, 10th
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 6th
    9) #15-Clint Bowyer, 14th
    10) #22-Joey Logano, 12th
    11) #99-Carl Edwards, 15th
    12) #39-Ryan Newman, 7th
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 5th
    (10-10-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Charlotte:
    #24-Jeff Gordon won the Pole Award for the 54th Annual Bank of America 500 with a lap of 27.791 seconds, 194.308 mph.
    This is his 74th pole in 720 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and 16th top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his ninth pole in 42 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He earned his first career pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway ion Oct. 10, 1993, becoming the youngest pole winner at the track -- 22 years, 2 months, 6 days. The record still stands.
    Jeff Gordon won five straight poles for the spring races at Charlotte Motor Speedway between 1994 and 1998.
    #29-Kevin Harvick (second) posted his ninth top-10 start of 2013 and his sixth in 26 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #16-Greg Biffle (third) posted his ninth top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 12th in 31 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-10-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2, 7:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted. 43 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #20-Kenseth.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #24-Gordon.
    Fastest in Friday practice, #5-Kahne, is scheduled to qualify 2nd.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Charlotte Qualifying Page.(10-10-2013)

  • 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:
    #5-Kahne 193.805
    #18-Busch 193.653
    #29-Harvick 193.548
    #24-Gordon 193.424
    #22-Logano 193.292
    slowest: #95-Koch 182.828 & #36-Yeley 185.211
    notes: #48-Johnson had to park on pit road in the 'penalty box' for the first 15 minutes of practice due to going thru the Kansas inspection area more then twice last Sunday.(FoxSports1 coverage)
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(10-10-2013)

  • Entry List for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #51-Kyle Larson(debut), #33-Brian Scott(debut), #32-Hill, #47-Bobby Labonte, #95-Koch, #40-Cassill. Since only 43 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Charlotte Entry List

  • For the 2013 qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Kansas, race 30 of 36]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth [7 wins], 2183
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2180, -3
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 2158, -25
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2151, -32
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2148, -35
    6) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2139, -44
    7) #78-Kurt Busch, 2136, -47
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2129, -54
    9) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2128, -55
    10) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2124, -59
    11) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2123, -60
    12) #39-Ryan Newman, 2110, -73
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2100, -83
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Kansas Race & Points Report (pdf)

  • UNOFFICIAL 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    [after Kansas, race 30 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [5 wins], 1009
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [3 wins], 980, -29
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth(X) [7 wins], 975, -34
    4) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 959, -50
    5) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [4 wins], 947, -62
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 910, -99
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer(X), 907, -102
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 901, -108
    9) #78-Kurt Busch(X), 898, -111
    10) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [1 win], 895, -114
    11) #22-Joey Logano(X) [1 win], 872, -137
    12) #39-Ryan Newman(X), 851, -158
    13) #1-Jamie McMurray, 847, -162
    14) #5-Kasey Kahne(X), 839, -170
    15) #2-Brad Keselowski, 827, -182
    (X) = a Chase driver.
    (10-6-2013)


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Camping, Eating and
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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for Charlotte is PRS-841, which last raced at Michigan in June finishing 12th. The backup chassis is PRS-854 which has been a backup at several races.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-779 for Saturday night's race at Charlotte. Kahne has driven this car five times this season. He notably led 66 laps in this car and won at Pocono Raceway in August. He also led 114 laps in this chassis in March en route to a runner-up result at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and later scored an 11th-place finish one month later at Texas Motor Speedway. This weekend at Charlotte will mark the fourth and final time Quaker State will adorn the hood of Kahne's #5 Chevrolet SS this season. Nearly every statistical category at Charlotte ranks as a personal best for Kahne, who has competed in 19 Cup events at the 1.5-mile oval. Kahne's four wins and 11 top-10s are personal bests as well as his eight top-five finishes. Kahne has completed 97 percent of the laps he has attempted at Charlotte and has led a personal best 968 laps at the track. His 11.9 average finish at Charlotte ranks as his second-best among active tracks.
    #7-Dave Blaney chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 Bostitch team will bring chassis No. 847 this weekend. The team raced this chassis to a 10th-place finish at Charlotte in the spring. Ambrose has a total of three top-10 finishes at the fast mile-and-half tri-oval and also has one fifth-place finish. Ambrose will be making his 10th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at the track this weekend.
    #10-Danica Patrick will pilot Chassis Chassis No. 10-805 was used for the first time in July at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Patrick started 33rd and finished 30th. The only other time it was used was in September at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., where Patrick started 23rd and finished 20th.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #13-Casey Mears: not reported.
    #14-Mark Martin: Chassis No. 14-707 made its first start in May 2012 in the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte. It was an unassuming debut, as Chassis No. 14-707 started ninth and finished a quiet 17th. The car sat idle until late August where it was used for the Labor Day weekend event at Atlanta. It started strong by qualifying on the pole and took the lead from Greg Biffle on lap two and continued to pace the 43-car field for eight laps. But as the race wore on, Chassis No. 14-707 struggled with its handling, leaving it one lap down in 22nd when the race ended. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-707 was tested March 7 at Las Vegas and April 11 at Texas. The Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis marked the car's first start of 2013, and it was a solid one, with Chassis No. 14-707 qualifying fifth and finishing fourth. Its next start came at Chicago, where in its third points-paying start and its fourth overall, interim driver Mark Martin qualified 29th and finished 17th. Martin is back in Chassis No. 14-707 for this weekend's race at Charlotte.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 3M Ford Fusion team will bring primary chassis RK-862 which first ran in Pocono, resulting in a 10th-place finish. The same chassis finished 16th in Chicago. The backup chassis is RK-822 which last ran Bristol and finished 9th. Biffle has 21 starts in the Cup series at Charlotte, but a win has eluded him. He has finished in the top-five five times and has eight top-10 finishes.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 My Best Buy team will be using primary chassis RK-814 which is the same chassis that the #17 team won their first pole of the Sprint Cup season at Atlanta and earned at 16th place finish after being trapped a lap down after a lengthy green flag run. The backup chassis RK- 827 - last raced at Charlotte - finished 14th. Stenhouse Jr. got his first Sprint Cup start at Charlotte in 2011 in the famed #21 finishing an impressive 11th-place and has three starts at CMS with an average starting position of 22.7 and average finishing position of 20.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis is PRS-859 for Charlotte, which last ran at Indy and finished 8th. The Backup Chassis is PRS-842 which last races at Bristol finishing 5th.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 428 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This #27 Menards / Duracell Chevrolet SS was raced previously this season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway. Menard has 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His best start of fifth and best finish of eighth both came in 2010. The Wisconsin native has completed 4,444 of 4,636 laps attempted (95.9 percent) at the 1.5-mile track.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 431 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Charlotte 500. Harvick most recently drove this Chevrolet to Victory Lane at Kansas Speedway last weekend. Jimmy John's joins Harvick and the #29 team for their seventh of eight races during the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season. Since the 2001 season, Harvick has made 25 Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Throughout the years, the California native has collected two wins (2011 and 2013 Coca-Cola 600), three top-five and eight top-10 finishes. He has an average starting position of 18.8, an average finishing position of 17.3, has completed 97.4 percent (8,686 of 8,918) of the laps contested and has 34 laps led to his credit.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 426 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This #31 Chevrolet was utilized earlier this season at Michigan International Speedway in June, Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and Chicagoland Speedway in September. This weekend's event marks Burton's 40th start at the 1.5-mile facility and his 686th-career Sprint Cup Series entry. Burton notched his last Sprint Cup Series victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October 2008. Throughout the years, he has amassed three wins, eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes at the track, leading 435 laps. Carolina CAT, Whayne Supply and Gregory Poole will be featured on the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-Josh Wise chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-J.J. Yeley chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-727 which debuted at Charlotte in May 2012, when Newman finished 14th. The chassis made its last start of the 2012 season at Homestead, where Newman recorded a third-place finish. Chassis No. 39-727 was outfitted with a Chevrolet SS body over the winter and was raced again at Charlotte, this time in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, where Newman finished 13th. Most recently, the #39 team utilized Chassis 39-727 at Bristol in August, where Newman was in position for a top-10 finish until he was caught up in a multi-car incident on lap 448, resulting in heavy damage that would see Newman finish the race in 21st. Since then, Chassis 39-727 underwent repairs and visited the wind tunnel last month in preparation for Saturday night's 500-mile race at Charlotte.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 Smithfield team has prepared chassis No. 864, which they finished 13th with at Chicagoland Speedway in September.
    #47-Bobby Labonte Crew chief Brian Burns will bring Chassis 704 to Charlotte: "We raced this car at Chicagoland Speedway where we qualified 13th and finished 21st with AJ Allmendinger," Burns said. "Before that, AJ had it at Kentucky Speedway. We qualified 17th and finished 22nd. It's a pretty good car for us to bring to Charlotte Motor Speedway with Bobby." In 41 starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bobby Labonte has two wins, three pole awards, 12 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes and has led 807 laps. His average start is 16.122 and his average finish is 15.707.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 797 at Charlotte, which last raced at Dover in Sept where it won, Michigan in August finishing 40th and Dover in June finishing 17th. Chassis No. 784 serves as the backup.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary 774 in which Mark Martin finished 9th at Dover in June & 23rd at Indianapolis in July.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #78-Kurt Busch chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-810. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis in September at Chicagoland Speedway. He first competed in this chassis at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and finished sixth. Earnhardt will celebrate his 39th birthday on Thurs., Oct. 10. Fans can wish him a Happy Birthday on NASCAR's Facebook page beginning Wednesday and be part of a surprise birthday present for the 10-time most popular driver. In 27 Cup starts at Charlotte, Earnhardt has recorded one pole position, five top-five finishes and 11 top-10s. He has completed 93.9 percent of all laps he's attempted (9,121 laps of 9,718 total) at the 1.5-mile oval. The 38-year-old driver has led a total of 324 laps there.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal blue team will unload RK - 854 which last ran at Chicago. The backup chassis is RK - 821 which last ran at Atlanta. Edwards enters the Bank of America 500 eleventh in the series points' standings and will return to Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 18th Sprint Cup career start. In his previous starts, Edwards has five top-five and ten top-10 finishes. His average start is 17.9 and average finish is 11.9. Fastenal returns to the track with supplier brands WIDIA, Lenox, Loctite and GIS on the hood, TV panel, deck lid and B-post.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)(10-9-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,300, Right-side -- 1,300;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 475, Right-side -- 475

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 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 Goodyear tire codes at Charlotte this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in both of these series ran at Charlotte this past May and twice last season . . . this left-side tire code (D-4428) actually dates back to Charlotte in 2011 for both Cup and Nationwide teams . . . this right-side tire code (D-4552) was also run by these teams at Darlington earlier this season . . . 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.


Race / Cup Odds

Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
Charlotte Preview by Micah Roberts
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

Bovada Sportsbook:
Odds to win the 2013 Sprint Cup Championship
Race Odds

(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Sprint Cup series season)

Next Race: AAA Texas 500

Countdown to Race Time: 11/2/2014 ~3:16pm/et



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