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 2016 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #4 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Race: Sunday, October 9, 2016 in Concord, NC (rained delayed due to Hurricane Matthew)

Race: Saturday, October 8, 2016 in Concord, NC

Title Sponsor: Bank of America

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 12:05pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race: NBCSN - 11:00 am/et

  • Television Race Coverage: NBC & NBCSN, 12:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast

  • Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood

  • Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at not scheduled on FoxSports1

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times: (NASCAR 120)
    Monday, October 10 at 3:00pm/et on NBCSN

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski.com's TV Listings Page

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

REVISED EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Wednesday, October 5
6:30 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Thursday, October 6
10:30 AM-9:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
12:30 PM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
1:30 PM-2:55 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE
7:20 PM NSCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)

Friday, October 7
(all track activity postponed)
1:30 PM - 10:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
3:30 PM-4:25 PM NSCS 2ND PRACTICE
6:30 PM-7:20 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, October 8
(all track activity postponed)
1:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
4:45 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
6:15 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
6:45 PM NSCS RACE

Sunday, October 9
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
11:15 AM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
12:00 PM NSCS RACE
4:30 PM Approx NXS RACE

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

  • Charlotte Sprint Cup Series Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, October 9: (eastern time)
    11:02am: Hispanic Heritage Month presentation
    11:04am: Freightliner Hauler Challenge winner
    11:06am: Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award finalist presentation
    11:15am: Driver introductions for the Bank of America 500
    11:45am: God Bless America by Star Swain
    11:46am: Fly By: Bandit Flight Team from Raleigh, NC
    11:47am: Presentation of Colors, UNCC Air Force ROTC Detachment Color Guard
    11:47am: Invocation by Billy Mauldin, MRO
    11:48am: National Anthem, Danielle Peck
    11:49am: Fly By C-130 from teh 145th Airlift Wing Charlotte
    11:54am: Command to Start Engines by the USO of North Carolina
    11:54am: Fly By Bandit Flight Team
    12:05pm: Green Flag -- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500
    eastern time (NASCAR.com)

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Thursday, October 6, 1:30pm - 2:55pm/et, TV-NBCSN
    Friday, October 7, 3:30pm - 4:25pm/et, TV-NBCSN

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

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-40, Thursday, October 6 at 7:20 pm/et, TV-NBCSN, re-air scheduled, Saturday, October 8 at 3:00pm/et on NBCSN.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

no longer being reported

TRACK NEWS & LINKS

  • Track Specifications:
    334 laps, 501 miles
    Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
    Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 1952.8 feet; Backstretch - 1360 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 89,000 [down from 146,000 in 2009]

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: The USO of North Carolina
    Command to start engines: The USO of North Carolina
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Blayne Smith, Executive Director, Team Red, White & Blue
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs
    Color Guard: UNC-Charlotte Air Force ROTC Detachment Color Guard
    Invocation: Billy Mauldin, President and CEO, Motor Racing Outreach
    God Bless America: Bronson Hadder
    National Anthem: Danielle Peck
    Fly-by: Fly By: 1 C-130 from the 145th Airlift Wing Charlotte NC after Anthem
    2nd Fly-by: Fly By Bandit Flight Team from Raleigh NC after command

  • Pole Night Festivities/Officials:
    God Bless America: Tammie Davis
    Color Guard: UNC-Charlotte Air Force ROTC Detachment Color Guard
    Invocation: Monty Self
    National Anthem: Jaiden Huffman

  • May 2016: see the Charlotte Race Info page

  • October 2015: see the Charlotte Race Info page

  • 2016 May Race Winner: #78-Martin Truex Jr., 160.655mph, finished 1st

  • 2015 October Race Winner: #20-Joey Logano, 139.760mph, started 3rd

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

  • Track Race Record 600 miles: Martin Truex Jr., May 2016, 160.655mph

  • 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

  • 2016 May Pole Winner: #78-Martin Truex Jr., 192.328mph, finished 1st

  • 2015 October Pole Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 194.532mph, finished 42nd

  • 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: Matt Kenseth, Oct 2014, 194.532mph

  • 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

  • Chase Fast Facts: Charlotte Motor Speedway:
    This is the second year in a row the fourth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup has been held at Charlotte Motor Speedway (2015 - 2016). Charlotte was the fifth race of the Chase from 2004 - 2014.
    Eight tracks have hosted Chase races all 12 previous years - New Hampshire, Charlotte, Dover, Homestead, Kansas, Martinsville, Phoenix, & Talladega.
    10 different drivers have won the Charlotte Chase races, but Jimmie Johnson (three) is the only driver with multiple wins (2004, 2005 and 2009).
    Twice the winner of the Charlotte Motor Speedway Chase race has gone on to win the title: In 2009, Jimmie Johnson won from the pole at Charlotte, and went on to win his fourth consecutive NSCS title. In 2014, Kevin Harvick won from the seventh starting position at Charlotte, and went on to win his first career NSCS title.
    The worst finish in a Chase race at Charlotte by a driver that went on to win the title was 25th by Tony Stewart (2005).
    Last season's champion, Kyle Busch, finished 20th in Charlotte's Chase race after starting second - the second worst finish at Charlotte by the eventual champion.
    One non-Chase driver has won the Chase race at Charlotte Motor Speedway - Jamie McMurray (2010) he was ranked 14th in the points at the time of his win.
    Nine drivers have won the pole for Charlotte's Chase races - Jeff Gordon (two), Ryan Newman (two), Elliott Sadler, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Scott Riggs and Tony Stewart (each have one).
    (NASCAR)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Charlotte:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson .... 109.6
    #18-Kyle Busch .... 104.6
    #11-Denny Hamlin .... 95.6
    #20-Matt Kenseth .... 95.4
    #5-Kasey Kahne .... 95.2
    #22-Joey Logano .... 94.5
    #88-Jeff Gordon .... 90.9
    #19-Carl Edwards .... 90.9
    #2-Brad Keselowski .... 89.7
    #4-Kevin Harvick .... 88.8
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2015 races (23 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 Track Notes & 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.
    There have been 115 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).
    (NASCAR)

  • Charlotte Pole Notes & Facts:
    Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway (World 600) in 1960 with a speed of 133.904 mph.
    44 drivers have Coors Light poles at Charlotte, led by David Pearson with 14. Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in poles at CMS with nine; followed by Jimmie Johnson with four.
    13 drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Charlotte. David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Charlotte with 11 straight from the fall of 1973 through 1978 - Matt Kenseth swept the poles in Charlotte last season.
    16 of the 115 (13.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Martin Truex Jr. in 2016 (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.
    33 of the 115 (28.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from the front row: 16 from the pole and 17 from second-place.
    88 of the 115 (76.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Nine of the 115 (7.8%) 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)

  • Charlotte Driver Notes & Facts:
    534 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points paying race at Charlotte Motor Speedway; 383 in more than one.
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Charlotte with 64.
    Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart lead all active drivers in NSCS starts at Charlotte with 34 each.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Charlotte with a 7.767.
    65 drivers in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history have made their first series career start at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series active drivers have made their first career start at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (10/7/01), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (5/29/11), Brian Scott (10/12/13) and Kyle Larson (10/12/13).
    Eight drivers have posted their first career NSCS pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Donnie Allison (5/26/1968), Brett Bodine (10/7/1990), Jeff Gordon (10/10/1993), Ward Burton (10/9/1994), Derrike Cope (10/4/1998), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5/28/2000); including two active drivers Ryan Newman (5/27/2001) and Aric Almirola (5/27/2012).
    49 different drivers have won at Charlotte Motor Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with seven wins.
    Nine drivers have posted their first career NSCS win at Charlotte: David Pearson (5/28/1961), Buddy Baker (10/15/1967), Charlie Glotzbach (10/20/1968), Jeff Gordon (5/29/1994), Bobby Labonte (5/28/1995), Matt Kenseth (5/28/2000), Jamie McMurray (10/13/2002), Casey Mears (5/27/2007) and David Reutimann (5/25/2009).
    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.
    Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in 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).
    Ryan Newman leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte without visiting Victory Lane at 31; followed by Greg Biffle with 27.
    Richard Petty leads the series in runner-up finishes at Charlotte with nine. Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers with four.
    NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Bobby Allison are tied for the series most top-five finishes at Charlotte with 23 each. Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with 14; followed by Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth with 10 each.
    Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Charlotte with 31. Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers with 18 each.
    Joey Logano leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Charlotte with a 9.533.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Charlotte with 1,740 laps led in 30 starts.
    Martin Truex Jr. set the single-race record for the most miles led earlier this season at Charlotte when he led 591 miles (394 laps) in the Coca-Cola 600.
    Two female drivers have competed at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.
    (NASCAR)

  • Charlotte Race Notes & Facts: Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Charlotte; led by Chevrolet with 43 victories; followed by Ford (30), Dodge (15), Pontiac (8), Mercury (7), Buick (4), Plymouth (4) and Toyota (4).
    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 115 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)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Johnson wins rain delayed Charlotte race: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Bank of American 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, 8th win at Charlotte and 78th career win. Johnson led a race high 155 laps.
    #20-Kenseth finished 2nd followed by #5-Kahne, #31-Newman, #42-Larson, #18-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #41-Busch, #14-Stewart and #1-McMurray.
    The race was delayed a day due to rain from Hurricane Matthew that hit the area Friday and Saturday.
    Five Chase drivers had problems during the race. #4-Harvick had an engine issue and didn't finish the race, finishing 38th. #22-Logano had tire issues, the 2nd time he hit the wall, finishing 36th. #3-Dillon and #24-Elliott were involved in a 13 car wreck when #78-Truex Jr. got into the back of the #3 Chevy, causing the #3 to spin out. Dillon finished 32nd and Elliott finished 33rd. #11-Hamlin had an engine go up in smoke and finished 30th.
    There were 17 lead changes among 9 drivers and 8 cautions for 51 yellow flag laps.
    The was one red flag period, for 10:48. The average speed was 134.929 mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Charlotte Race & Points Report (pdf).(10-9-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - Charlotte Motor Speedway:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson won the 57th Annual Bank of America 500, his 78th victory in 537 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his eighth victory and 19th top-10 finish in 31 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #20-Matt Kenseth (second) posted his 19th top-10 finish in 35 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 15th top-10 finish in 2016.
    #5-Kasey Kahne (third) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 26 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #34-Chris Buescher (16th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 5 points over Matt Kenseth.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(10-9-2016)

  • Where the 2016 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finish at Charlotte:
    (by Chase standings before the race)
    1) #78-Martin Truex Jr. 13th
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick 38th
    3) #18-Kyle Busch 6th
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth 2nd
    5) #22-Joey Logano 36th
    6) #24-Chase Elliott 33rd
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski 7th
    8) #41-Kurt Busch 8th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin 30th
    10) #19-Carl Edwards 12th
    11) #48-Jimmie Johnson WON
    12) #3-Austin Dillon 32nd
    (10-9-2016)

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings - Round of 12:
    [after Charlotte, race 30 of 36, Chase race 4 of 10]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson*, [3 wins], 3045 (won Charlotte)
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth, [2 wins], 31 ahead of 9th
    3) #18-Kyle Busch, [4 wins], +27
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski, [4 wins], +25
    5) #41-Kurt Busch, [1 win], +24
    6) #19-Carl Edwards, [2 wins], +20
    7) #78-Martin Truex Jr., [4 wins] +19
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin, [3 wins], +3
    Bottom 4 drivers are currently out of the Chase:
    9) #24-Chase Elliott, 3 pts out of 8th and the Chase
    10) #3-Austin Dillon, -3
    11) #22-Joey Logano, [1 win], -6
    12) #4-Kevin Harvick, [3 wins] -8
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, with in that round of the Chase)
    * will advance to the Round of 8 by winning a Round of 12 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 Charlotte Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • Unofficial Top 25 in 2016 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) #2-Brad Keselowski(C4), 981
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick(C12), 949, -32
    3) #18-Kyle Busch(C3), 908, -73
    4) #22-Joey Logano(C11), 894, -87
    5) #41-Kurt Busch(C5), 885, -96
    6) #78-Martin Truex Jr.(C7), 879, -102
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin(C8), 879, -102
    8) #19-Carl Edwards(C6), 873, -109
    9) #48-Jimmie Johnson(C1), 830, -151
    10) #20-Matt Kenseth(C2), 821, -160
    11) #24-Chase Elliott#(C9), 796, -185
    12) #3-Austin Dillon(C10), 773, -208
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 766, -215
    14) #1-Jamie McMurray(EC), 760, -221
    15) #42-Kyle Larson(EC), 752, -229
    16) #31-Ryan Newman, 738, -243
    17)#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 658, -323
    18)#21-Ryan Blaney#, 655, -326
    19)#47-AJ Allmendinger, 653, -328
    20)#6-Trevor Bayne, 651, -330
    21)#10-Danica Patrick, 577, -404
    22)#16-Greg Biffle, 548, -433
    23)#27-Paul Menard, 542, -439
    24)#43-Aric Almirola, 539, -442
    25)#14-Tony Stewart(EC), 537, -444
    29)#34-Chris Buescher#(EC), 442, -539
    (C# = chase driver and current Chase position)
    (EC = chase driver that has been eliminated from the Chase)
    (10-9-2016)

  • Kenseth to the rear: #20-Matt Kenseth will fall to the rear of the field of the Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The team made an unapproved parts change (adjustments) and had to go through the inspection process multiple times. Kenseth had qualified 17th.

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #23-Ragan, 23rd
    Caution 2: #38-Cassill, 19th
    Caution 3: #4-Harvick, 38th
    Caution 4: #18-Busch, 6th
    Caution 5: #10-Patrick, 11th
    Caution 6: #14-Stewart, 9th
    Caution 7: #95-McDowell, 14th
    Caution 8: #43-Almirola, 15th
    (10-9-2016)

  • Kenseth to the rear: #20-Matt Kenseth will fall to the rear of the field of the Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The team made an unapproved parts change (adjustments) and had to go through the inspection process multiple times. Kenseth had qualified 17th.

  • REVISED - Race Coverage of the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is re-scheduled for Sunday, October 9, 2016.
    Television (TV): NBC & NBCSN at 12:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 11:00 am/et on NBCSN; green flag approx. 12:05pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, October 10 at 3:00pm/et on NBCSN

  • Race Coverage of the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, October 8, 2016.
    Television (TV): NBC at 7:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 6:00 pm/et on NBCSN; green flag approx. 7:05pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, October 10 at 3:00pm/et on NBCSN

  • Sprint Cup race postponed; Saturday track activity postponed: NASCAR has postponed ALL track activity at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Saturday, October 8; revised schedule to be posted when available. The Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway has been postponed and re-scheduled for Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 12:00pm/et and be aired on NBC and NBCSN. Pre-race coverage is scheduled for 11:00am/et on NBCSN. The NASCAR XFINITY Series race has been re-scheduled for Sunday Oct 9th, starting 45 minutes after the Sprint Cup race and be aired on NBCSN.
    AND Saturday night's scheduled Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway has been postponed to Sunday due to inclement weather. It's the second consecutive year the opening race in the Round of 12 was pushed back a day because of rain. The decision was made after rain pelted the track and surrounding area all day Saturday as the outer bands of Hurricane Matthew made their way through. Weather forecasts varied initially, with some calling for rain to end around 5 p.m. and others projecting precipitation into the night. Sunday will now serve as a doubleheader, putting on two races the same day on the same track for the second consecutive week. The Sprint Cup Series race goes green at 12:00pm/et, with TV coverage simulcast on NBC and NBCSN, and radio coverage on PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. The XFINITY Series race would follow, with a projected start time of 4:30pm/et. It will be broadcast on NBCSN with radio coverage on PRN SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.(NASCAR)
    TRACK: Gates will open Sunday at 9:00am/et. Fans with tickets to the Bank of America 500 will be admitted on Sunday and will have access to both races. Ticketholders for the XFINITY Series race will be admitted after the Bank of America 500 concludes. Fans with questions regarding tickets can contact the speedway ticket office at (704) 455-FANS (3267). The speedway's Fan Zone will open at 8:00am/et with assorted pre-race activities sure to gear up fans for a doubleheader of NASCAR Chase racing. Fans can buy tickets to the Bank of America 500 by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267), or visiting charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/.(10-8-2016)

  • Rain at Charlotte Motor Speedway: all Charlotte Motor Speedway track activity was postponed for Friday, October 7th and Saturday, October 8th. Both the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series race will run on Sunday, October 9th:
    Some weather info from the Charlotte Observer: While Hurricane Matthew weakened to a Category 2 storm off the Florida coast on Friday, the storm threatens the Carolinas on Saturday with 110 mph winds and potentially deadly floods. "What we feared is now happening in North Carolina," Gov. Pat McCrory said Friday. "(Matthew) will have a major impact on North Carolina, with heavy winds and rains crossing much of the state. The major concern is life-threatening rain and water throughout our state." In Charlotte, rain forecasts called for 2-to-4 inches of rain over Friday and Saturday and wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph Saturday. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Cabarrus, Mecklenburg and Union counties and the S.C. counties of York and Chester from 6 p.m. Friday until late Saturday. Hotels across the Charlotte area, already flush with reservations for Saturday's NASCAR race and Monday night's Panthers game, now are fielding calls from evacuees. While there were some rooms available Friday night in Charlotte, other area hotels said they were sold out, due in part to people fleeing the storm.(Charlotte Observer)
    Links to Charlotte area weather forecast sites are posted on Jayski.com's Charlotte race info page.
    Current forecast for Saturday & Sunday (as of Saturday, Oct. 8th, 12:30pm/et):
    Saturday: Windy. Rain, heavy at times in the morning. High around 70F. Winds NNE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall may reach one inch. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
    Saturday Night: Showers early, then clearing overnight. Low 57F. Winds NNW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
    Sunday: Sunny skies. High 74F. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
    See updates on JAYSKI.com's NASCAR Twitter.(10-8-2016)

  • Friday track activity postponed: NASCAR has postponed ALL track activity (practice, qualifying, race) at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Friday, Oct 7; revised schedule to be posted when available. The NASCAR XFINITY Series race is scheduled for Sunday Oct 9th at 11:00am/et and be aired on NBCSN. The lineup set by rules book/owners pts.
    AND Persistent rain, and the forecast for more of it, forced NASCAR to cancel all of Friday's on-track activity at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase Round of 12 finale. The Drive for the Cure 300 will now run Sunday at 11:00am/et, broadcast on NBCSN. The starting lineup for Sunday's rescheduled race will be determined by the XFINITY Series rule book, which sets the field by fastest-to-slowest practice speeds from both of Thursday's sessions. During final practice, Kyle Larson turned the fastest practice lap (185.198 mph) of the day and will start on the pole. Erik Jones, who currently sits outside the top 8 cut-off line for advancement into the next round, will start second on Sunday. Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 -- the first race in the Chase's Round of 12 -- remains scheduled for 7:00pm/et on NBC.(NASCAR Wire Service)
    AND Ticketholders to Friday's events will be admitted Sunday. Fans can buy tickets to the Bank of America 500 - which includes kids' tickets starting at just $10 - by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or by visiting online at charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets.(10-7-2016)

  • 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.
    With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (19,42,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
    Pole sitter #4-Harvick chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #88-Bowman took pit stall 22 the 3rd pit stall with an opening in front of it.
    #24-Elliott, who starts 3rd took the 15th pit stall, with an opening in front of it.
    The final pit stall was taken by #14-Stewart, who starts 5th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.

  • 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
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary Entry List

  • NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) 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 NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

  • See Jayski's - 2016 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

  • Harvick wins Charlotte pole: #4-Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light pole for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with speed of 196.029mph for his 1st pole of 2016, 1st at Charlotte and 16th of his career. Harvick has won 6 races from the pole in his career in 15 tries.
    #88-Bowman (best career start) will start 2nd, followed by #24-Elliott, #18-Busch, #14-Stewart, #47-Allmendinger, #78-Truex, Jr., #19-Edwards, #11-Hamlin, #22-Logano, #48-Johnson and #5-Kahne.
    #88-Bowman was fastest in the 2nd round with a speed of 196.200mph and will start 2nd.
    #4-Harvick was fastest in the first round at 194.756mph. He starts on the pole.
    Since the maximum of 40 cars entered the race, everyone made the race.
    See round-by-round qualifying results on the Charlotte qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Charlotte Starting Lineup page (pdf).(10-6-2016)

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
    #4-Kevin Harvick won the Pole Award for the 57th Annual Bank of America 500 with a lap of 27.547 seconds, 196.029 mph.
    This is his 16th pole in 568 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and 17th top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his first pole in 32 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #88-Alex Bowman (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2016 and his first in five races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #24-Chase Elliott (third) posted his first top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 14th in 30 races this season.
    #24-Chase Elliott (third) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-6-2016)

  • Where the 2016 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers will start at Charlotte:
    (by Chase standings)
    1) #78-Martin Truex Jr. 7th
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick 1st
    3) #18-Kyle Busch 4th
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth 17th
    5) #22-Joey Logano 10th
    6) #24-Chase Elliott 4th
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski 20th
    8) #41-Kurt Busch 23rd
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin 9th
    10) #19-Carl Edwards 8th
    11) #48-Jimmie Johnson 11th
    12) #3-Austin Dillon 19th
    (10-6-2016)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #88-Bowman 196.200
    #4-Harvick 195.404
    #24-Elliott 195.228
    #5-Kahne 195.087
    #78-Truex, Jr. 194.925
    the rest of the top 12: 11 47 22 18 19 14 48;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 10 16 17 1 20 21 3 2 31 95 41 83
    (10-6-2016)

  • 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 194.756
    #47-Allmendinger 194.252
    #88-Bowman 194.140
    #17-Stenhouse Jr. 193.840
    #11-Hamlin 193.833
    the rest of the top 24: 14 19 20 3 18 22 78 24 10 41 5 31 21 1 2 83 95 48 16;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 42 34 6 27 13 44 15 38 43 23 7 98 46 32 55 30
    Drivers who will miss the race: None. 40 teams entered.
    (10-6-2016)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 7:20pm/et.
    Television (TV): NBCSN, 7:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, October 8 at 3:30pm/et on NBCSN

  • Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
    " Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
    " Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
    " Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
    There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

  • Qualifying Order for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted. 40 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #7-Smith.
    The final driver lined up on pit road will be #78-Truex Jr.
    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 Order Page (pdf).

  • Thursday practice for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #4-Harvick 193.757
    #88-Bowman 192.885
    #78-Truex Jr. 192.623
    #18-Busch 192.548
    #11-Hamline 192.219
    Best 10 consecutive lap ave speed: #5-Kahne 188.561
    slowest: #30-Wise 179.766 and #98-Whitt 181.464
    Sprint Cup Driver Chase Drivers Charlotte Practice 1 Rank:
    (by Chase standings)
    1) #78-Martin Truex Jr. 3rd
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick 1st
    3) #18-Kyle Busch 4th
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth 14th
    5) #22-Joey Logano 11th
    6) #24-Chase Elliott 17th
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski 15th
    8) #41-Kurt Busch 10th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin 5th
    10) #19-Carl Edwards 9th
    11) #48-Jimmie Johnson 12th
    12) #3-Austin Dillon 13th
    notes: NBCSN aired the practice. Qualifying is scheduled for 7:20pm/et, also on NBCSN.
    With rain forecast for Friday, this could be the only practice for the race.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap ave speed on Jayski.com's Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf) (10-6-2016)

  • Entry List for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney*, #30-Wise*, #32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, #55-Sorenson*, #88-Bowman, #95-McDowell, #98-Whitt*.
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #55-Sorenson, #98-Whitt
    Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race, 40 is the maximum.
    * Open Team (no Charter)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Charlotte Entry List

  • For qualifying rules and format, see Jayski.com's 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

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
    [after Dover, race 29 of 36]
    1) #78-Martin Truex Jr.*, [4 wins] 2131 (Won Chicago & Dover)
    2) #18-Kyle Busch, [4 wins], 2125, -6
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski, [4 wins], 2125, -6
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth, [2 wins], 2114, -17
    5) #22-Joey Logano, [1 win], 2108, -23
    6) #24-Chase Elliott, 2106, -25
    7) #48-Jimmie Johnson, [2 wins], 2105, -26
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin, [3 wins], 2103, -28
    9) #19-Carl Edwards, [2 wins], 2095, -36
    10) #41-Kurt Busch, [1 win], 2093, -38
    11) #3-Austin Dillon, 2085, -46
    12) #4-Kevin Harvick*, [3 wins] 2075, -56 (Won New Hampshire)
    Bottom 4 drivers have been eliminated from the Chase:
    13) #14-Tony Stewart, [1 win], 2074
    14) #42-Kyle Larson, [1 win], 2073
    15) #1-Jamie McMurray, 2053
    16) #34-Chris Buescher, 2045
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(10-2-2016)

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings - Round of 12:
    [after Dover, race 29 of 36]
    1) #78-Martin Truex Jr.*, [4 wins] 3000
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick*, [3 wins] 3000
    3) #18-Kyle Busch, [4 wins], 3000
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth, [2 wins], 3000
    5) #22-Joey Logano, [1 win], 3000
    6) #24-Chase Elliott, 3000
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski, [4 wins], 3000
    8) #41-Kurt Busch, [1 win], 3000
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin, [3 wins], 3000
    10) #19-Carl Edwards, [2 wins], 3000
    11) #48-Jimmie Johnson, [2 wins], 3000
    12) #3-Austin Dillon, 3000
    Points are reset after each round, for the Round of 12 it goes to 3000, no points for wins
    Standings are reset by best finish of previous round.
    If tied, then next-best finish.
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, with in that round of the Chase)
    See reset points for the Round of 12 on the Round of 12 Reset Points Standings page (pdf).(10-2-2016)

  • Unofficial Top 25 in 2016 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings (not the Chase):
    [after Dover, race 29 of 36]
    (using current points system, but not the Chase rules, unofficial)
    1) #2-Brad Keselowski (C3), 947
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick (C12), 945, -2
    3) #22-Joey Logano (C5), 888, -59
    4) #18-Kyle Busch (C2), 872, -75
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin (C8), 867, -80
    6) #41-Kurt Busch (C10), 852, -95
    7) #78-Martin Truex Jr. (C1), 851, -96
    8) #19-Carl Edwards (C9), 844, -103
    9) #24-Chase Elliott (C6), 787, -160
    10) #48-Jimmie Johnson (C7), 785, -162
    11) #20-Matt Kenseth (C4), 781, -166
    12) #3-Austin Dillon (C11), 764, -183
    13) #1-Jamie McMurray (EC), 729, -218
    14) #5-Kasey Kahne, 728, -219
    15) #42-Kyle Larson (EC), 716, -231
    16) #31-Ryan Newman, 700, -247
    17) #47-AJ Allmendinger, 649, -298
    18) #21-Ryan Blaney, 645, -302
    19) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 637, -310
    20) #6-Trevor Bayne, 628, -319
    21) #10-Danica Patrick, 547, -400
    22) #16-Greg Biffle, 542, -405
    23) #27-Paul Menard, 535, -412
    24) #43-Aric Almirola, 513, -434
    25) #14-Tony Stewart (EC), 505, -442
    (C# = chase driver and current Chase position)
    (EC = chase driver that has been eliminated from the Chase)
    (10-2-2016)

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  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

    Set limits: Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying, and 10 sets for the race

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4698; Right-side -- D-4700

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.44 in. (2,221 mm); Right-side -- 88.50 in. (2,248 mm)

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 25 psi; Left Rear -- 25 psi;
    Right Front -- 54 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run completely different tire set-ups at Charlotte . . . for Sprint Cup, this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams ran both weeks at Charlotte in May . . . 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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