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 2014 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #5 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Saturday, October 11, 2014 in Concord, NC

Title Sponsor: Bank of America

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Wednesday, October 8
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Thursday, October 9
8:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
12:30 PM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:30 - 3:00 PM NSCS PRACTICE
5:00 PM APPROX. Ladies Race (25 Laps) Timed Event
7:20 PM NSCS QUALIFYING
10:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, October 10
1:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
3:00 - 3:50 PM NSCS PRACTICE
5:30 - 6:50 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
9:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, October 11
12:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
1:20 - 2:50 PM Charlotte Motor Speedway / SCC Track Walk
5:30 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEFS MEETING
6:55 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 PM NSCS RACE

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

All times above are listed in LOCAL Time


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Thursday, October 9, 1:30 - 3:00 pm/et, TV-none scheduled
    Friday, October 10, 3:00 - 3:50 pm/et, TV-ESPN2

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, October 20, 5:30 - 6:50 pm/et, TV-ESPN2

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Thursday, October 9 at 7:20 pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $5,311,562
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: Coast Guard Master Chief Ronald Latronico, Army Sergeant First Class Cameron Abbott, Navy Petty Officer (ABE1) Bryan Phillippe, Air Force Staff Sergeant Eric Larmay, Marine Corporal Damien Brown
    Command to start engines: Coast Guard Master Chief Ronald Latronico, Army Sergeant First Class Cameron Abbott, Navy Petty Officer (ABE1) Bryan Phillippe, Air Force Staff Sergeant Eric Larmay, Marine Corporal Damien Brown
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Jeff Sinchak, Wounded Warrior Project, Warriors Speak
    Invocation: Jim Daley, Focus on the Family
    National Anthem: Ashanti
    Flyover: Team AeroDynamix

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Charlotte Motor Speedway
    Speedway Motorsports
    Facebook - Charlotte Motor Speedway
    Twitter - CLTMotorSpdwy
    U.S. Legend Cars
    Cabarrus County Destination Guide

  • May 2014: see the Charlotte Race Info page

  • October 2013: see the Charlotte Race Info page

  • 2014 May Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 145.484mph, started 1st

  • 2013 October Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 158.308mph, started 23rd

  • 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

  • 2014 May Pole Winner: #48-Jimmy Johnson, 194.911mph, finished 1st

  • 2013 October Pole Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 194.308mph, finished 7th

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

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

  • 500 mile Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, Oct 2013, 194.308mph

  • 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 10 Driver Ratings at Charlotte:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 112.7
    #18-Kyle Busch 106.3
    #5-Kasey Kahne 101.7
    #20-Matt Kenseth 97.1
    #11-Denny Hamlin 92.6
    #16-Greg Biffle 89.9
    #99-Carl Edwards 89.8
    #24-Jeff Gordon 89.7
    #22-Joey Logano 88.0
    #2-Brad Keselowski 85.4
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (19 total) among active drivers at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

  • Charlotte Notes & Facts - Saturday - race:
    There have been 111 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).
    Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Charlotte in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 18: Jimmie Johnson (seven), 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 42 victories; followed by Ford with 29. Toyota has two wins at CMS.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Charlotte is 37th, by Jimmie Johnson in the Coca-Cola 600 of 2003.
    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 Series 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): Chase race of 2005 (334/336), Chase race of 2007 (334/337) and the 2011 Coca-Cola 600 (400/402).
    Five of the 111 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).
    (NASCAR)(10-11-2014)

  • Charlotte Notes & Facts - Friday - drivers:
    525 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points paying race at Charlotte Motor Speedway; 374 in more than one.
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Charlotte with 64. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 43 starts; followed by Joe Nemechek with 36.
    46 different drivers have won at Charlotte Motor Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with seven wins.
    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.
    Richard Petty leads the series in runner-up finishes at Charlotte with nine. Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers with three.
    NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Bobby Allison are tied for the series most top-five finishes at Charlotte with 23. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 16.
    Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Charlotte with 31. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 23.
    Joey Logano leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Charlotte with a 10.545.
    Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte without visiting Victory Lane at 36; followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 29.
    Five active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have made their first career start at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5/30/99), Jimmie Johnson (10/7/01), Brian Vickers (10/11/03), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (5/29/11) and Kyle Larson (10/12/2013).
    Four active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (5/29/94), Matt Kenseth (5/28/00), Jamie McMurray (10/13/02) and Casey Mears (5/27/07).
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Charlotte with 1,733 laps led in 26 starts.
    Two female drivers have competed at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.
    (NASCAR)(10-10-2014)

  • Charlotte Notes & Facts - Thursday - poles:
    Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway (World 600) 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 and Jeff Gordon lead all active drivers in poles at CMS with nine.
    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.
    15 of the 111 (13.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from the Coors Light pole; the three most recent were Jimmie Johnson in 2014 (Coca-Cola 600), 2009 (Chase race event) and 2004 (Coca-Cola 600).
    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 (15.3% winning percentage).
    32 of the 111 (28.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from the front row: 15 from the pole and 17 from second-place.
    84 of the 111 (75.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Nine of the 111 (8.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Charlotte with a 7.115.
    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).
    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.(NASCAR)(10-9-2014)

  • Charlotte Notes & Facts - Wednesday - track history:
    Construction began on Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) in 1959.
    The track's first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on June 19, 1960 - won by Joe Lee Johnson.
    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.
    (NASCAR)(10-8-2014)

  • NASCAR Numbers:
    8: The series-best number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series poles won this year by Kevin Harvick, who added his eighth of the season last Friday at Kansas Speedway. The bad news? The only pole Harvick has converted into a victory this year came at Darlington back in April.
    5: The number of NASCAR Sprint Cup victories recorded this season by Joey Logano, Sunday's winner at Kansas Speedway. Logano and Team Penske shop mate Brad Keselowski share the series lead in victories, but their fortunes at Kansas couldn't have been more disparate. Logano won. Keselowski finished 36th after a blown tire sent him rocketing into the wall.
    1: The number of top-five finishes posted by Kyle Busch in 15 starts at Kansas Speedway. With his breakthrough third-place run at Kansas on Sunday, Busch now boasts at least one top five at every active Sprint Cup track.
    44: In points, Jimmie Johnson's deficit to Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup leader Joey Logano after the first race in the Contender Round. More to the point, Johnson trails eighth-place Jeff Gordon by 27 points with only two races left to survive the cut from 12 to eight drivers.
    3.25: The average finish of Sunoco rookie of the year leader and Kansas runner-up Kyle Larson in the first four Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup races. Only Joey Logano, winner of two of the first four Chase races, has a better average-2.5. The only problem for Larson? He isn't in the Chase.(NASCAR Wire Service)(10-7-2014)

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


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Harvick wins at Charlotte: #4-Kevin Harvick won the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, 3rd at Charlotte and his 26th career win.
    #24-Gordon finished 2nd followed by #1-McMurray, #22-Logano, polesitter #18-Busch, #42-Larson, #31-Newman, #99-Edwards, #11-Hamlin, and #5-Kahne.
    The win allows Harvick to advance to round 3 of the Chase, after Talladega.
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. was the Chase driver to suffer the most problems. He broke a shifter early in the race and struggled to a 20th place finish.
    There was a lot of pushing and shoving in the garage after the race. Once the checkered flag flew, Hamlin and Keselowski got together on the track. Coming down pit road, Keselowski got into the side of Kenseth and then hit the rear of Stewart's car. Stewart backed up and damaged Keselowski's front end. Once drivers were out of their cars Hamlin had to be prevented from going up to Keselowski. As Keselowski walked off, between haulers, Kenseth rushed up to him and more shoving began. Everyone was separated.
    There were 32 lead changes among 14 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 39 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 145.346mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(10-11-2014)

  • Where the 2014 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finished at Charlotte:
    [listed by driver chase points position before the race](started)
    1) #22-Joey Logano, 4th (13)
    2) #18-Kyle Busch, 5th (1)
    3) #99-Carl Edwards, 8th (10)
    4) #31-Ryan Newman, 7th (5)
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin, 9th (3)
    6) #4-Kevin Harvick, WON (7)
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2nd (2)
    8) #20-Matt Kenseth, 19th (22)
    9) #5-Kasey Kahne, 10th (19)
    10) #2-Brad Keselowski, 16th (17)
    11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 20th (9)
    12) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 17th (21)
    (10-11-2014)

  • Race Fast Facts - Charlotte:
    Kevin Harvick won the 55th Annual Bank of America 500, his 26th victory in 497 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. With the victory, he clinches a spot in the Eliminator Round.
    With the victory, Harvick ties NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Fred Lorenzen for 25th on the all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins list.
    This is his third victory and 16th top-10 finish in 2014.
    This is his third victory and 11th top-10 finish in 28 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Jeff Gordon (second) posted his 24th top-10 finish in 44 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 20th top-10 finish in 2014.
    Jamie McMurray (third) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 25 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Joey Logano leads the point standings by 6 points over Kyle Busch.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(10-11-2014)

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Charlotte, race 31 of 36]
    drivers who have won in round 2, automatically advances to round 3 after Talladega
    1) #22-Joey Logano [5 wins, 1 win in round 2] 3088
    2) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win] 3082, -6 [26]
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick [3 wins, 1 win in round 2] 3081, -7 [25]
    4) #31-Ryan Newman, 3077, -11 [21]
    5) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins] 3076, -12 [20]
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon [4 wins] 3074, -14 [18]
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win] 3073, -15 [17]
    8) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win] 3057, -31 [+1 ahead of 9th]
    the cut off line for being eliminated after Talladega
    9) #20-Matt Kenseth, 3056, -32 (-1 pt out of 8th)
    10) #2-Brad Keselowski [5 wins], 3038, -50 (-19)
    11) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 3031, -57 (-26)
    12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [3 wins], 3031, -57 (-26)
    Chaser drivers eliminated after round 1
    13) #47-AJ Allmendinger [1 win], 2142
    14) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2127
    15) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 2109
    16) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win], 2096
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, with in that round of the Chase)
    See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(10-11-2014)

  • Unofficial Top 25 in 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings (not the Chase):
    [after Charlotte, race 31 of 36]
    (using current points system, but not the Chase rules, unofficial)
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon(C6), 1096
    2) #22-Joey Logano(C1), 1044, -52
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(C12), 1009, -87
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski(C10), 996, -100
    5) #4-Kevin Harvick(C3), 986, -110
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth(C9), 950, -146
    7) #31-Ryan Newman(C4), 950, -146
    8) #48-Jimmie Johnson(C11), 945, -151
    9) #42-Kyle Larson, 940, -156
    10) #99-Carl Edwards(C5), 938, -158
    11) #16-Greg Biffle (EC), 880, -216
    12) #18-Kyle Busch(C2), 877, -219
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne(C8), 868, -228
    14) #1-Jamie McMurray, 867, -229
    15) #3-Austin Dillon,2 847, -249
    16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 844, -252
    17) #27-Paul Menard,2 818, -278
    18) #11-Denny Hamlin(C7), 810, -286
    19) #55-Brian Vickers, 806, -290
    20) #41-Kurt Busch (EC), 757, -339
    21) #47-AJ Allmendinger (EC), 750, -346
    22) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 749, -347
    23) #9-Marcos Ambrose, 745, -351
    24) #43-Aric Almirola (EC), 721, -375
    25) #13-Casey Mears, 682, -414
    (C# is chase driver and current Chase position)
    (EC is chase driver that has been eliminated from the Chase)
    (10-11-2014)

  • Charlotte Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #42-Larson, finished 6th, 16 rookie points
    #3-Dillon, 13th, 10
    #51-Allgaier, 15th, 9
    #26-Whitt, 28th, 8
    #23-Bowman, 30th, 7
    #7-Annett, 33rd, 6
    Truex, Did Not Race
    Kligerman, Did Not Race
    See the 2014 Rookie of the Year page for rules, standings and more.(10-11-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #33-Hill, 36th
    Caution 2: none
    Caution 3: #16-Biffle, 18th
    Caution 4: #99-Edwards, 8th
    Caution 5: #20-Kenseth, 19th
    Caution 6: #16-Biffle (2), 18th
    Caution 7: #51-Allgaier, 15th
    Caution 8: #20-Kenseth (2), 19th
    (10-11-2014)

  • Race Coverage of the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, October 11, 2014.
    Television (TV): ABC at 7:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 7:00pm/et; green flag approx. 7:46pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Sunday, October 12, 3:00am/et, ESPN2

  • 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 #18-Busch chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #24-Gordon took pit stall 15, the first pit stall with an opening in front of it.
    #11-Hamlin, who starts 3rd took the 14th pit stall, with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #4-Harvick, who starts 7th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-10-2014)

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

  • See Jayski's - 2014 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

  • Final practice for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over after 80 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #22-Logano 190.597
    #41-Busch 190.463
    #4-Harvick 190.087
    #24-Gordon 190.007
    #2-Keselowski 189.893
    slowest: #83-Yeley 181.849 & #32-Koch 181.439
    notes: #77-Lajoie had a tire go down slid up into the wall in turn 4. He only suffered sheet metal damage. #48-Johnson scraped the wall with 5 minutes remaining. The team will repair the car.
    See fastest speeds and laps run on the Charlotte Practice 3 Speeds page (pdf).(10-10-2014)

  • First Friday 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:
    #41-Busch 191.157
    #22-Logano 190.476
    #11-Hamlin 190.295
    #4-Harvick 189.967
    #27-Menard 189.727
    slowest: #83-Yeley 180.959 & #33-Hill 180.802.
    notes: most drivers are using the practice more as a test session, knowing race conditions under the lights tomorrow night will be much different.
    See fastest speeds and laps run on the Charlotte Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(10-10-2014)

  • Kyle Busch wins Charlotte pole: #18-Kyle Bucsh won the Coors Light pole for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with speed of 197.390mph for his 3rd pole of 2014, 2nd at Charlotte and 16th of his career.
    #24-Gordon is on the outside pole, followed by #11-Hamlin, #14-Stewart, #31-Newman, #27-Menard, #4-Harvick, #55-Vickers, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #99-Edwards, #41-Busch, and #16-Biffle.
    Kurt Busch set the track qualifying record in the second round, with a lap of 198.771 mph. It was the fastest qualifying lap at a 1.5-mile track in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history.
    Missing the race was: #6-Bayne.
    See the Starting lineup, round by round qualifying results, notes and links on Jayski.com's Charlotte Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page. (10-9-2014)

  • Where the 2014 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers will start at Charlotte:
    [listed by current driver chase points position]
    1) #22-Joey Logano, 13th
    2) #18-Kyle Busch, POLE
    3) #99-Carl Edwards, 10th
    4) #31-Ryan Newman, 5th
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin, 3rd
    6) #4-Kevin Harvick, 7th
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2nd
    8) #20-Matt Kenseth, 22nd
    9) #5-Kasey Kahne, 19th
    10) #2-Brad Keselowski, 17th
    11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 9th
    12) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 21st
    (10-9-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Charlotte:
    Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 55th Annual Bank of America 500 with a lap of 27.357 seconds, 197.390 mph.
    This is his 16th pole in 360 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third pole and 16th top-10 start in 2014.
    This is his second pole in 22 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Kurt Busch set the track qualifying record in the second round, with a lap of 198.771 mph. The previous record was 195.624 mph, set by Denny Hamlin in May of 2013. It is the 21st track qualifying record set this season.
    Kurt Busch's speed was the fastest qualifying lap at a 1.5-mile track in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history. The previous fastest speed was set by Kevin Harvick at Texas Motor Speedway this past April (198.282 mph).
    Jeff Gordon (second) posted his 21st top-10 start of 2014 and his 26th in 44 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Denny Hamlin (third) posted his ninth top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 13th in 30 races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(10-9-2014)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #41-Busch 198.771
    #4-Harvick 197.933
    #24-Gordon 197.925
    #18-Busch 197.549
    #14-Stewart 197.361
    the rest of the top 12: 27 16 99 88 11 55 31;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 22 10 43 51 2 1 5 3 48 20 78 42
    (10-9-2014)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 25 minutes.
    #5-Kahne 197.976
    #4-Harvick 197.904
    #99-Edwards 197.462
    #22-Logano 197.267
    #18-Busch 197.116
    the rest of the top 24: 2 31 1 24 3 48 55 43 78 88 14 11 41 10 42 51 27 16 20;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 15 47 9 17 13 36 95 40 23 34 7 26 38 6 98 66 33 83 77 32
    Driver who will miss the race: #6-Bayne.
    (10-9-2014)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:20pm/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. 44 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #66-Moffitt.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #1-McMurray.
    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.(10-9-2014)

  • 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:
    #4-Harvick 196.192
    #3-Dillon 196.107
    #14-Stewart 195.327
    #24-Gordon 195.016
    #41-Busch 194.911
    slowest: #32-Hill 187.480 & #32-Koch 187.253.
    notes: There is no TV coverage of this practice.
    In the unlikely event that qualifying is cancelled, speeds from this practice would set the starting lineup for the race.
    The track record speed was set by Hamlin in May 2013 at 195.6248mph.
    See fastest speeds and laps run on the Charlotte Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(10-9-2014)

  • Entry List for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #6-Bayne, #32-Koch, #33-Hill (was Stremme), #66-Moffitt, #77-Cory LaJoie, #83-Yeley, #95-McDowell.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #6-Bayne
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #6-Bayne (no owners points)
    See the full entry list at Jayski.com's Charlotte Entry List

  • For the new group 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

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Kansas, race 30 of 36]
    drivers who have won in round 2, automatically advance to round 3 after Talladega
    1) #22-Joey Logano [5 wins, 1 win round 2] 3048
    2) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win] 3042, -6
    3) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins] 3039, -9
    4) #31-Ryan Newman, 3039, -9
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win] 3037, -11 [14]
    6) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins] 3033, -15 [10]
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon [4 wins] 3031, 17 [8]
    8) #20-Matt Kenseth, 3031, 17 [+ 8 pts ahead of 9th]
    the cut off line for being eliminated after Talladega
    9) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win] 3023, -25 (-8 pts out of 9th)
    10) #2-Brad Keselowski [5 wins], 3009, -39 (-22)
    11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [3 wins], 3006, -42 (-25)
    12) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 3004, -44 (-27)
    Chaser drivers eliminated after round 1
    13) #47-AJ Allmendinger [1 win], 2110
    14) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2101
    15) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 2075
    16) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win], 2074
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, with in that round of the Chase)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(10-5-2014)


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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: PRS-915. Last Raced: Michigan 2 (finished 8th). Backup Chassis: PRS-910. Last Raced: Backup at Dover.
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 481 in the Charlotte 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is the same Chevrolet SS that Dillon raced to a 16th-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in September, a 22nd-place finish at Michigan International Speedway in August and a 10th-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: The No. 4 Budweiser team will utilize chassis No. 884 in Saturday's race. Harvick last raced this car at Atlanta Motor Speedway in August. In that event, he scored the pole award and led a total of 195 laps before a late-race wreck relegated the team to a 19th-place finish. The team also utilized the car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (eighth-place finish) and during a test session at CMS last week.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-911 for Saturday's race at Charlotte. The new chassis has yet to be raced.
    #6-Trevor Bayne: Crew chief Bob Osborne brings chassis RK-849 to Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis raced earlier this season at Texas Motor Speedway, the May event in Charlotte and in the both events at Chicagoland, earning finishes of 23rd, eighth, second and fifth, respectively.
    #7-Michael Annett: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-794 was tested in the wind tunnel May 1, 2013, before being used by Patrick in the Coca-Cola 600 later that month at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Patrick started 24th and finished 29th after being involved in a multicar accident on lap 320 of 400. After repairs, she managed to finish the race but completed only 385 laps. The next time Patrick drove this car was in June at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, where she started 29th and finished 23rd. The last time she raced it was in September 2013 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where she started 21st and finished 21st. It was used as a backup car in the fall 2013 races at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Charlotte and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. It also was used in 2014 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, but Patrick wrecked the car early in the first practice and went to a backup. Since then, it has been a backup at Texas, Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn and Kentucky. It was tested in the 2015 NASCAR rules test Aug. 18 at Michigan, and then in a Goodyear tire test Sept. 9 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was then a backup in Kansas in October.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-827: This car debuted in July during the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Stewart used it to qualify sixth, but in the race, the car suffered from a persistently loose handling condition and it finished 17th. It was a reversal of fortune for the car, for in its lone test prior to Indianapolis, it excelled, as Kevin Harvick drove it to the fastest speed of anyone participating in the Dec. 9, 2013 test session at Charlotte (N.C.)Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 14-827 returned to action four weeks ago at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, where it had a quiet weekend, qualifying 22nd and finishing 18th. Now the car comes back to Charlotte where it will make its third career start Saturday night in the Bank of America 500.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 816 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Charlotte. This chassis raced in Atlanta where a part failure relegated him to a 38th-place finish. Chassis No. 800 serves as the back-up chassis and raced at Kentucky in July (23rd), Dover in June (4th) and Bristol in August (17th).
    #16-Greg Biffle: Chassis RK-922 was brand new in Indy where Biffle finished 13th, and then went on to Atlanta to earn a 10th-place finish. The team also tested this chassis at Texas a few weeks ago. Backup Chassis: RK-908 Last ran Chicago - finished 23rd.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Chassis RK-914 is the same chassis that the #17 team ran at Atlanta finishing 20th despite blowing a right rear tire in the last 100 laps. Backup Chassis: RK-877- last raced in Loudon - finished ninth.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-916. Last Raced: Michigan 2 (finished 3rd). Backup Chassis: PRS-901. Last Raced: Backup at Kansas.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: #24 crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-907 for this Saturday night's race. This chassis has been raced once with Gordon piloting it to a runner-up finish at Chicagoland Speedway in September.
    #27-Paul Menard: will utilize chassis No. 480 during the Charlotte 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is the same No. 27 Chevrolet SS that Menard raced to a 34th-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July, a fourth-place finish at Michigan International Speedway in August and a 21st-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in September.
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 479 in Saturday's 501-mile event. This chassis was utilized earlier this season at Chicagoland Speedway (Start: 2nd / Finish: 15th), Michigan International Speedway (Start: 12th / Finish: 11th) and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Start: 4th / Finish: 11th).
    #34-David Regan: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-Reed Sorenson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #41-Kurt Busch: will pilot Chassis No. 908 in Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Built new for 2014, Chassis No. 908 was utilized for a test session at Charlotte last month. Chassis No. 908 will see its first laps of competition this weekend.
    #42-Kyle Larson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-910 for this weekend's event in Charlotte. This was last raced at Dover last month, where Johnson finished third. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-799, which last saw on-track action at Kansas Speedway, where Johnson finished ninth.
    #51-Justin Allgaier: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary: 814-Clint Bowyer finished 16th at Indy in this chassis. Backup: 797-seventh at California, sixth at Charlotte, 26th at Kentucky & 21st at Bristol.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend at Charlotte, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-882. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a 9th-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    #99-Carl Edwards: Primary chassis RK-910 was last run in 2014 at Chicago, starting in the 3rd spot and finishing 20th. Backup chassis RK-897 was Backup for second Kansas race.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)(10-9-2014)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits: Sprint Cup:
    5 sets for practice/qualifying and 11 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 7 sets for the event

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

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.52 in. (2,223 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.43 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 these teams have run at Charlotte since 2012 . . . while Charlotte is the only track at which Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4428) this season, these teams did run this right-side tire code (D-4552) at Darlington in April . . . 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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