NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Bank of America 500

TRACK: Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #30 of 36 for the 2015 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #4 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, October 11, 2015 in Concord, NC

Race: Was Saturday, October 10, 2015 in Concord, NC

Title Sponsor: Bank of America

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 12:30pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE - REVISED
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Wednesday, October 7
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Thursday, October 8
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
12:30 PM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:30 - 2:55 PM NSCS PRACTICE
3:00 PM NSCS QUALIFYING INSPECTION BEGINS
4:30 - 5:15 PM. Ladies Race (25 Laps) Timed Event
7:20 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Friday, October 9
2:00 - 9:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
3:30 - 4:25 PM NSCS PRACTICE
6:30 - 7:20 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, October 10
1:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
5:00 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEFS MEETING
6:25 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:00 PM NSCS RACE - POSTPONED due to rain

Sunday, October 11
9:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:40 AM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
12:30 PM NSCS RACE

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Thursday, October 8, 1:30 - 2:55 pm/et, TV-NBCSN
    Friday, October 9, 3:30 - 4:25 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, October 9, 6:30 - 7:20 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Thursday, October 8 at 7:20 pm/et, TV-NBCSN, re-air scheduled, October 10 at 3:30pm/et on NBCSN.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2015: $5,306,331
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 NEWS & LINKS

  • Track Specifications:
    Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
    Race Length: 334 laps, 500 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
    Last Repave: March 2006

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Medal of Honor recipient Kyle White
    Command to start engines (Saturday): Kyle White
    Command to start engines (Sunday): Master Sergeants, Shane Perret, Adam Martinez, George Palmer, Stephen Canonico, from Army Soldier for Life Office
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Army veteran, Rick Groesbeck
    Color Guard: Charlotte Fire Department Honor Guard
    Invocation: Jim Daly, President and CEO of Focus on the Family
    National Anthem (Saturday): Broadway and Youtube sensation, Natalie Weiss
    National Anthem (Sunday): Danielle Johnson
    12:16:30 pm: Fly By: Team Bandit from Turn 4 to Turn 1
    12:21:30 pm: Command to start engines: Master Sergeants, Shane Perret, Adam Martinez, George Palmer, Stephen Canonico, from Army Soldier for Life Office
    12:30:00 pm: Green Flag - Bank of America 500
    Flyover: Bandit Flight Team

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

  • May 2015: see the Charlotte Race Info page

  • October 2014: see the Charlotte Race Info page

  • 2015 May Race Winner: #19-Carl Edwards, 147.803mph, started 3rd

  • 2014 October Race Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 145.346mph, started 7th

  • 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

  • 2015 May Pole Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 194.252mph, finished 4th

  • 2014 October Pole Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 197.390mph, finished 5th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Kurt Busch, Oct 2014, 198.771mph, set in 2nd round of qualifying

  • 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....................109.6
    #18-Kyle Busch....................106.6
    #5-Kasey Kahne....................100.1
    #20-Matt Kenseth....................95.6
    #11-Denny Hamlin....................93.9
    #24-Jeff Gordon....................91.1
    #19-Carl Edwards....................90.4
    #22-Joey Logano....................89.6
    #16-Greg Biffle....................89.2
    #2-Brad Keselowski....................88.0
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2015 races (21 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)(10-6-2015)

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Laps Led Leaders:
    (after Dover, 29 of 36 races)
    1. #4-Kevin Harvick, 2,031
    2. #22-Joey Logano, 863
    3. #41-Kurt Busch, 765 (26 races)
    4. #20-Matt Kenseth, 699
    5. #18-Kyle Busch, 678 (18 races)
    6. #2-Brad Keselowski, 611
    7. #78-Martin Truex Jr., 536
    8. #11-Denny Hamlin, 521
    9. #48-Jimmie Johnson, 467
    10. #19-Carl Edwards, 361
    (10-5-2015)

  • Charlotte Track Notes & History - Wednesday:
    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)(10-7-2015)

  • Charlotte Pole Notes & Facts - Thursday:
    Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway (World 600) in 1960 with a speed of 133.904 mph.
    43 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 each.
    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.
    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).
    15 of the 113 (13.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Jimmie Johnson in 2014 (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.
    32 of the 113 (28.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from the front row: 15 from the pole and 17 from second-place.
    86 of the 113 (76.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Nine of the 113 (7.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    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.
    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)(10-8-2015)

  • Charlotte Driver Notes & Facts - Friday:
    531 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points paying race at Charlotte Motor Speedway; 379 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 45 starts; followed by Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart with 32 each.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Charlotte with a 7.821.
    Four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series active drivers have made their first career start at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5/30/99), Jimmie Johnson (10/7/01), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (5/29/11) and Kyle Larson (10/12/13).
    47 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 NASCAR Hall of Famer Fred Lorenzen (fall 1964 and both 1965) and four straight by Jimmie Johnson (2004 and 2005 sweeps).
    A season sweep at Charlotte has occurred eight times, including each season from 2004-2007.
    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).
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte without visiting Victory Lane at 31; followed by Ryan Newman with 29.
    Richard Petty leads the series in runner-up finishes at Charlotte with nine. Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers with three each.
    NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Bobby Allison are tied for the series most top-five finishes at Charlotte with 23 each. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 17; followed by Jimmie Johnson with 13.
    Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Charlotte with 31. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 24 followed by Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth with 17 each.
    Joey Logano leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Charlotte with a 10.231.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Charlotte with 1,733 laps led in 28 starts.
    Two female drivers have competed at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.
    (NASCAR)(10-9-2015)

  • Charlotte Race Notes & Facts - Saturday:
    There have been 113 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 43 victories; followed by Ford (29), Dodge (15), Pontiac (8), Mercury (7), Buick (4), Plymouth (4) and Toyota (3).
    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): fall of 2005 (334/336), fall of 2007 (334/337) and the 2011 Coca-Cola 600 (400/402).
    Five of the 113 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)(10-10-2015)

  • 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 & Links

  • Logano wins at Charlotte: #22-Joey Logano won the rained delayed Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 1st win at Charlotte and 12th career win. Logano led 227 of the 334 laps.
    With the win Logano will automatically advance to the Eliminator round of The Chase.
    #4-Harvick finished 2nd (for the 11th time in 2015 and 42nd runner-up finish in his career) followed by #78-Truex Jr., #11-Hamlin, #41-Busch, #19-Edwards, #3-Dillon, #24-Gordon, #2-Keselowski and #43-Almirola.
    The race was delayed a day after being rain pushed back the race from Saturday night.
    Pole sitter and Chase points leader going into the race, #20-Kenseth had troubles, making contact with #31-Newman and hitting the walla a few times before retiring the car on lap 236, finishing 42nd after leading 73 laps.
    There were 14 lead changes among 10 drivers and 9 cautions for 44 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 139.760mph.
    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).(10-11-2015)

  • Finishing positions of the 2015 Sprint Cup Chase drivers at Charlotte:
    [by points standings before the race (start pos)]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, finished 42nd (1)
    2) #22-Joey Logano, WON (3)
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin, 4th (5)
    4) #19-Carl Edwards, 6th (8)
    5) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 3rd (15)
    6) #41-Kurt Busch, 5th (6)
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 8th (22)
    8) #2-Brad Keselowski, 9th (13)
    9) #18-Kyle Busch, 20th (2)
    10) #31-Ryan Newman, 15th (10)
    11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 28th (12)
    12) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2nd (11)
    (10-11-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Charlotte:
    Joey Logano won the 56th Annual Bank of America 500, his 12th victory in 249 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    With the victory, Logano clinches a spot in the Eliminator Round.
    This is his fourth victory and 24th top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 14 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His previous best finish at Charlotte was third on May 29, 2011.
    Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 30 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 24th top-10 finish in 2015. It was his 11th runner-up finish of 2015.
    Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 21 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Joey Logano leads the point standings by 6 points over Kevin Harvick.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(10-11-2015)

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings - Contender Round:
    [after Charlotte, race 30 of 36, Chase race 4 of 10]
    1) #22-Logano* [4 wins], 3048; +19
    2) #4-Harvick [3], 3042 -6; +13
    3) #78-Truex, Jr.[1], 3041 -7; +12
    4) #11-Hamlin[2], 3040 -8; +11
    5) #41-Busch[2], 3039 -9; +10
    6) #19-Edwards[2], 3039 -9; +10
    7) #24-Gordon, 3037 -11; +8
    8) #2-Keselowski[1], 3035 -13; 6 ahead of 9th
    Top 8 advance to Eliminator round
    9) #31-Newman, 3029 -19; - 6 out of 8th
    10) #18-Busch[4], 3025 -23; -10
    11) #88-Earnhardt Jr.[2], 3016 -32; -19
    12) #20-Kenseth[5], 3003 -45; -32
    The order is set by the points standings after the last round.
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, with in that round of the Chase)
    * driver automatically advances to Eliminator round by winning a Contender round race
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(10-11-2015)

  • Unofficial Top 25 in 2015 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings (not the Chase):
    [after Charlotte, race 30 of 36]
    (using current points system, but not the Chase rules, unofficial)
    1) #22-Joey Logano(C1), 1110
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick(C2), 1096, -14
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski(C8), 1005, -105
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(C11), 1002, -108
    5) #78-Martin Truex Jr.(C3), 960, -150
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth(C12), 952, -158
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin(C4), 949, -161
    8) #48-Jimmie Johnson(EC), 932, -178
    9) #41-Kurt Busch(C5), 914, -196
    10) #19-Carl Edwards(C6), 897, -213
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray(EC), 887, -223
    12) #24-Jeff Gordon(C7), 874, -236
    13) #31-Ryan Newman(C9), 866, -244
    14) #43-Aric Almirola, 801, -309
    15) #15-Clint Bowyer(EC), 798, -312
    16) #27-Paul Menard(EC), 793, -317
    17) #5-Kasey Kahne, 771, -339
    18) #42-Kyle Larson, 742, -368
    19) #16-Greg Biffle, 726, -384
    20) #3-Austin Dillon, 685, -425
    21) #13-Casey Mears, 650, -460
    22) #47-AJ Allmendinger, 628, -482
    23) #18-Kyle Busch(C10), 626, -484
    24) #10-Danica Patrick, 622, -488
    25) #14-Tony Stewart, 599, -511
    (C# = chase driver and current Chase position)
    (EC = chase driver that has been eliminated from the Chase)
    (10-11-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver a lap down
    Caution 2: #98-Sorenson, 35th
    Caution 3: #38-Gilliland, 27th
    Caution 4: #7-Bowman, 32nd
    Caution 5: #47-Allmendinger, 16th
    Caution 6: #15-Bowyer, 11th
    Caution 7: #10-Patrick, 19th
    Caution 8: #9-Hornish Jr., 17th
    Caution 9: #17-Stenhouse Jr., 13th
    (10-11-2015)


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  • Charlotte race postponed by rain, will run Sunday: The Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, scheduled for a 7:21pm/et green flag on Saturday, October 10th, has been postponed by rain. The race is scheduled to run Sunday, October 11th, at 12:30pm/et, TV coverage on NBCSN, starting at 12:00pm/et. Once the race begins, there is a competition caution scheduled for lap 25 in the Bank of America 500.
    From CMS: The ticket office will open at 8:00am/et. Fans should keep their tickets, pit passes, parking stickers and scanners for tomorrow's race. The full schedule follows:
    9:00 am - Gates open
    11:15 am - Erendira Wallenda stunt
    11:40 am - Driver introductions
    12:30 pm - Green flag
    Tickets are still available for the first race in the Contender round of NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship at the gate, by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.(10-10-2015)

  • Race Coverage of the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway has been re-scheduled for Sunday, October 11, 2015.
    Television (TV): NBCSN at 12:30 pm/et; Countdown to Green Pre-Race show at 12:00pm/et on NBCSN; green flag approx. 12:30pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, October 12 at 2:00pm/et on NBCSN

  • Charlotte Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, October 11: (eastern time)
    11:40:00 am: NSCS Drivers Introductions
    12:14:00 pm: Intro Presentation of Colors: Charlotte Fire Department Honor Guard
    12:14:20 pm: Invocation by: Jim Daly, President and CEO of Focus on the Family
    12:15:00 pm: National Anthem by Danielle Johnson
    12:16:30 pm: Fly By: Team Bandit from Turn 4 to Turn 1
    12:21:30 pm: Command to start engines: Master Sergeants, Shane Perret, Adam Martinez, George Palmer, Stephen Canonico, from Army Soldier for Life Office
    12:30:00 pm: Green Flag - Bank of America 500
    eastern time (NASCAR.com)

  • Rain at Charlotte: rain was a factor for Saturday nights Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    as of 7:00pm/et it is raining in the Charlotte, NC area.....the current forecast.....
    The NOAA forecast for Saturday night: Showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 51. Northeast wind 8 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
    Sunday Forecast: Partly sunny, with a high near 72. North wind 5 to 8 mph.
    For updated weather info, see links and more on the weather section of the Charlotte Race Info page.

  • 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 #20-Kenseth chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #22-Logano, took pit stall 2, right behind Kenseth.
    #18-Busch, who starts 3rd took the 15th pit stall, the 1st stall with an opening in front of it (not including the 1st stall).
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who starts 7th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-9-2015)

  • Highlights of NASCAR's changes on pit road in 2015:
    " Number of officials on pit road during race reduced from 43 to 10.
    " 45 HD cameras will be mounted on the grandstand side of each track and directed toward pit road to monitor pit stops and officials call or clear penalties.
    " Every camera looks at two pit stalls and the cameras record 100 percent of the race.
    " Video feeds from cameras are fed to a production truck in the TV compound where eight NASCAR officials monitor stops for violations.
    " Pit road speeding penalties will still be called from race control based on scoring loops.
    " Pit stalls are laser measured
    " Missing Lug Nuts are no longer a penalty.
    " Fueling can start once car is stopped.
    " Fueling can continue until car leaves pit stall.

  • 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
    Latest / Final 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 - 2015 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

  • Happy Hour practice: for the Bank of America Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over. After 50 scheduled minutes, top five, slowest and notes:
    #18-Busch 189.354
    #41-Busch 188.996
    #22-Logano 188.508
    #31-Newman 188.488
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 188.311
    slowest: #98-Soresnson 178.861 & #23-Burton 179.677
    most laps run: #88-Earnhardt Jr., 50; #20-Kenseth, 48
    See fastest speeds, lap run, best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Charlotte Happy Hour practice speeds page (pdf).(10-9-2015)

  • Friday first practice: for the Bank of America Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over. After 55 scheduled minutes, top five, slowest and notes:
    #41-Busch 188.772
    #19-Edwards 188.620
    #31-Newman 187.630
    #78-Truex Jr. 187.572
    #22-Logano 187.487
    slowest: #33-Kennedy 177.567 and #98-Soresnson 179.247
    most laps run: #14-Stewart, 49; #18-Busch 48
    See fastest speeds, lap run, best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Charlotte practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(10-9-2015)

  • Kenseth wins Charlotte pole: #20-Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light pole for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with speed of 194.532mph for his 4th pole of 2015, 2nd at Charlotte and 17th of his career. Kenseth swept the poles at Charlotte in 2015, also winning the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 in May. Kenseth has won 4 races from the pole out of 16 previous poles.
    #18-Busch is on the outside pole followed by #22-Logano, #16-Biffle, #11-Hamlin, #41-Busch, #48-Johnson, #19-Edwards, #43-Almirola, #31-Newman, #4-Harvick and #88-Earnhardt Jr.
    Missing the race were: #32-Wise & #62-Hill.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results round-by-round, qualifying order on Jayski.com's Charlotte Qualifying Page.(10-8-2015)

  • 2015 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers starting position at Charlotte:
    [listed by current driver points position]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, starts 1st on the pole
    2) #22-Joey Logano, 3rd
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin, 5th
    4) #19-Carl Edwards, 8th
    5) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 15th
    6) #41-Kurt Busch, 6th
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 22nd
    8) #2-Brad Keselowski, 13th
    9) #18-Kyle Busch, 2nd
    10) #31-Ryan Newman, 10th
    11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 12th
    12) #4-Kevin Harvick, 11th
    (10-8-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Charlotte:
    #20-Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 56th Annual Bank of America 500 with a lap of 27.759 seconds, 194.532 mph.
    This is his 17th pole in 574 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fourth pole and 16th top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his second pole in 33 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway (both in 2015).
    #18-Kyle Busch (second) posted his 14th top-10 start of 2015 and his 12th in 24 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #22-Joey Logano (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 23rd in 30 races this season.
    #34-Brett Moffitt (37th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(10-8-2015)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #20-Kenseth 193.521
    #22-Logano 193.119
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 193.002
    #4-Harvick 192.995
    #18-Busch 192.349
    the rest of the top 12, will advance to final round: 11 16 31 43 41 48 19;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing final round: 2 3 78 21 47 9 55 5 13 24 15 10
    (10-8-2015)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #4-Harvick 192.685
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 192.520
    #18-Busch 192.465
    #2-Keselowski 192.397
    #20-Kenseth 192.362
    the rest of the top 24: 19 21 41 5 48 24 31 3 9 22 16 78 11 55 43 10 13 15 47;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 17 27 7 51 38 1 42 95 6 40 26 14 34 46 35 83 32 23 98 62 33
    Drivers who will miss the race: #32-Wise & #62-Hill.
    (10-8-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 7:20pm/et.
    Television (TV): NBCSN, 7:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: October 10 at 3:30pm/et on NBCSN

  • Qualifying Order for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #21-Blaney.
    The final driver lined up on pit road will be #19-Edwards.
    The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
    After the first round, the cars line up by speed.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Charlotte Qualifying Page.(10-8-2015)

  • Thursday practice: for the Bank of America Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over. After 85 scheduled minutes, top five, slowest and notes:
    #4-Harvick 193.500
    #20-Kenseth 192.892
    #16-Biffle 192.885
    #22-Logano 192.458
    #5-Kahne 192.321
    slowest: #62-Hill 178.136 and #33-Kennedy 178.879
    Most Lap run: #40-Cassill, 29; #33-Kennedy, 28
    notes: #17-Stenhouse Jr. had a tire rub and slid up the track, almost hitting the wall, but saved it.
    See fastest speeds, lap run, best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Charlotte practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(10-8-2015)

  • Entry List for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #21-Ryan Blaney, #32-Wise, #33-Kennedy, #62-Hill, #95-McDowell, #98-Sorenson.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #62-Hill (45th), #95-McDowell (44th)
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #95-McDowell (16 attempts), #21-Blaney (14)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Charlotte Entry List

  • For the 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

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings: Challenger Round
    [after Dover, race 29 of 36, Chase race 3 of 10]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth [5 wins], 2137 (Won New Hampshire*)
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 2119, -18 (Won Chicago*)
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 2082, -55 (Won Dover*)
    4) #22-Joey Logano [3 wins], 2123, -14
    5) #19-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2118, -19
    6) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 2104, -33
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2100, -37
    8) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2100, -37
    9) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 2100, -37
    10) #31-Ryan Newman, 2099, -38
    11) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2099, -38
    12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.[2 wins], 2098, -39 from lead, +0 over 13th (won on tiebreaker)
    Eliminated from the Chase:
    13) #1-Jamie McMurray, 2098, -0 from 12th place (lost on tiebreaker)
    14) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 2100, -12
    15) #27-Paul Menard, 2075, -23
    16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2048, -50
    * automatically advance to Contender round by winning a Challenger round race
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(10-4-2015)

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings - Contender Round:
    [after Dover, race 29 of 36]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth [5 wins], 3000
    2) #22-Joey Logano [3 wins], 3000
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 win], 3000
    4) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 3000
    5) #78-Martin Truex, Jr. [1 win], 3000
    6) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 3000
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3000
    8) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 3000 points
    9) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 3000
    10) #31-Ryan Newman, 3000
    11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 3000
    12) #4-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 3000
    Points are reset after each round, for the Contender Round it goes to 3000, no points for wins
    The order is set by the points standings after the last round.
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, with in that round of the Chase)
    See reset points for the Contender Round (Chase races 4-6) on the Contender Round Reset Points Standings page (pdf).(10-4-2015)

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CHASSIS SELECTIONS

  • No More Chassis Selections: Recently many team stopped posting chassis selections on race previews.
    This leaves only a handful of teams reporting/posting chassis selections.
    So, will no longer post Chassis Selections as most are not available

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying, and 11 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 8 sets for the event

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4428; Right-side -- D-4640

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.32 in. (2,218 mm); Right-side -- 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)

    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 Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Charlotte this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires these teams ran at Charlotte in May . . . NASCAR teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4428) at Charlotte since 2012, but this May was the first time they ran this right-side code (D-4640) . . . Xfinity teams also ran this right-side tire code at Darlington last month . . . this right-side is a Goodyear multi-zone tread tire, which incorporates two distinct compounds on the same tire -- one for endurance and heat resistance on the inboard two inches of the tread and one for traction on the outboard 10 inches . . . 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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