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THE RACE: Bank of America 500

TRACK: Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #31 of 36 for the 2011 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #5 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Saturday, October 15, 2011 in Concord, NC

Title Sponsor: Bank of America

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

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

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

  • In the Booth: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Vince Welch, Dr. Jerry Punch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace
    ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage: Tim Brewer

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 5:00pm/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Sunday, October 16 at 2:00am/et on ESPN2;
    Wednesday, October 19 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV


Radio Coverage

  • This Week - Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

  • goprn.com

  • siriusxm.com


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, October 13

10:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
2:30 pm NSCS Rookie & Spotter Meetings & Random Drawing
3:30 - 5:00 pm NSCS Practice
7:10 pm NSCS Qualifying
9:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Friday, October 14

3:00 pm NSCS Garage Opens
4:30 - 5:15 pm NSCS Practice
5:50 - 6:50 pm NSCS Final Practice
9:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, October 15

1:00 pm NSCS Garage Opens
5:30 pm NSCS Driver / Crew Chiefs Meeting
7:00 pm NSCS Driver Intorductions
7:30 pm NSCS Race

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Thursday, October 13, 3:30 - 5:00pm/et, TV-ESPN2
    Friday, October 14, 4:30 - 5:15 pm/et, TV-ESPN2

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, October 14, 5:50 - 6:50pm/et, TV-ESPN2

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Thursday, October 13 at 7:10 pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

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, 500 miles
    Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 1952.8 feet; Backstretch - 1360 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 146,000
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55mph
    Opened: 1960
    Carry-In Items
    Coolers: Allowed (14"x14"x14" limit).
    Glass containers: Not allowed.
    Alcoholic beverages: Allowed.
    Cameras/recording devices: Allowed

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: ?
    Command to start engines: Dr. Cindy Moss, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Snap-On Tools Senior Engineer & Bank Of America NASCAR Points Award Recipiant Darren Brown
    Invocation: Trevor Bayne
    National Anthem: Sara Evans
    Military Flyover: none shown

  • Track Websites:
    Charlotte Motor Speedway
    Speedway Motorsports
    Facebook - Charlotte Motor Speedway
    Twitter - CLTMotorSpdwy
    2011 Cabarrus County Destination Guide

  • May 2011: see my Charlotte Race Info page

  • October 2010: see my Charlotte Race Info page

  • In the Charlotte, NC for the races? some cool places to check out that Jayski has been to an enjoyed since moving to the Charlotte area in January 2004:
    Memory Lane Museum on Hwy 150 W in Mooresville, NC,
    North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame Lakeside Park, Mooresville
    And a must is the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, checked it out in July 2010 and it is really cool
    In October, For somerthing different: the Carolina Renaissance Festival is a blast, fun stuff and lots of good eats, I go every year, hmm...pumpkin beer...and the Tortuga Twins are a hoot!
    SOME EATs: Lancaster's Bar-B=Que is a large place with a lot of NASCAR stuff all over the walls, also I enjoyed: Jeffrey's. In Huntersville check out Mickey & Mooches for great steaks and the huge chocolate cake
    TEAM SHOPS: and to check out some team shops, see my Team Address page, on that page there are a few links for Race Shop Tours [click here].
    Or drive up I-85 and head to [Richard] Childress Vineyards.
    in Concord, check out the racing stuff at Quaker Steak and Lube for some great wings and food
    and check out the Sam Bass Gallery, right near Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    (this is not an ad and not looking for suggestions, just some things to helps folks in town)
    ALSO: see my Racing Charities page and Driver Appearances page for driver appearances and more thing going on in the area.

  • 2011 May Pole Sitter: #2-Brad Keselowski, 192.089mph, finished 19th

  • 2010 October Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 191.544mph, finished 23rd

  • Track Qualifying Record: #38-Elliott Sadler, Oct 2005, 193.216mph

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

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

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

  • 2011 May Race Winner: #29-Kevin Harvick, 132.414mph, started 28th

  • 2010 October Race Winner: #1-Jamie McMurray, 140.391mph, started 27th

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

  • Track Race Record 600 miles: Bobby Labonte, May 1995, 151.952mph

  • 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

  • Eight races, eight different winners: The Bank America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is is the eighth Sprint Cup Series race of the season on a 1.5-mile track. The first eight have saw eight different winners: #99-Carl Edwards, #17-Matt Kenseth, #29-Kevin Harvick, #2-Brad Keselowski (in the first Kansas race), #18-Kyle Busch, #24-Jeff Gordon, #14-Tony Stewart and #48-Jimmie Johnson.(10-11-2011)

  • The Numbers for the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway:
    1 - fewest cars on the lead lap at finish (13 times, most recent 5/24/87)
    1 - fewest cautions (10/14/62)
    2 - fewest laps led by race winner (Kevin Harvick, 5/29/11)
    3 - fewest leaders (twice, most recent 5/21/61)
    6 - most wins (Bobby Allison, Junior Johnson, Jimmie Johnson)
    6 - fewest caution laps (10/14/62)
    6 - number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend
    8 - fewest lead changes (10/16/60)
    11 - consecutive poles (David Pearson)
    14 - most poles (David Pearson)
    14 - wins from the pole (most recent, Jimmie Johnson, 10/17/09)
    21 - most leaders (5/29/05)
    22 - most cautions (5/29/05)
    26 - most cars on lead lap at finish (5/25/09)
    38 - different pole winners
    44 - different race winners
    54 - most lead changes (5/27/79)
    113 - most caution laps (5/25/80)
    120 minutes - approximate amount of time it takes to dry the 1.5-mile track after a significant rainfall
    335 - most laps led by race winner (Jim Paschal, 5/28/67)
    2011 Caution Update 7 - number of races extended beyond scheduled distance in 2011
    3 - fewest cautions this season (New Hampshire, 9/25/11)
    16 - most cautions this season (Daytona)
    222 - number of cautions in the first 30 races of 2011; includes 107 for accidents, 51 for debris and 29 for spins
    1,073 of 8,615 - number of laps under caution in 2011
    1,462.119 of 11,759.158 - miles under caution in the first 30 races
    (Provided by Darnell Communications for Dodge Motorsports)(10-13-2011)

  • Facts and Stats at Charlotte Motor Speedway:
    Construction began on Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1959.
    The track's first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on June 19, 1960.
    The track was repaved midseason in 1994.
    The track name changed from Charlotte Motor Speedway to Lowe's Motor Speedway in 1999. It changed back to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 2010 season.
    The track was re-paved again before the 2006 season.
    There have been 105 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 beforethe May race. The first six fall races at Charlotte were 400-mile events (1960-65).
    38 drivers have posted poles, led by David Pearson with 14.
    Fireball Roberts won the pole for the first race, in 1960.
    David Pearson posted 11 straight poles at Charlotte from the fall of 1973 through 1978.
    Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in poles, with nine. Jeff Gordon has eight.
    Jeff Gordon won five straight poles for the spring races between 1994 and 1998.
    44 drivers have won races, led by Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip and Jimmie Johnson, with six each.
    Joe Lee Johnson won the first race, in 1960.
    There have been 13 back-to-back victories, including three consecutive by Fred Lorenzen (fall 1964 and both 1965) and four straight by Jimmie Johnson (both in 2004 and 2005).
    A sweep has occurred eight times, including each season from 2004-2007.
    14 races have been won from the pole, the last by Jimmie Johnson (October, 2009).
    Jimmie Johnson won the 2003 Coca-Cola 600 from the 37th starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.
    Joey Logano is the only driver with more than two starts at Charlotte to average a top-10 finish (7.4).
    A number of active drivers earned their first win at CMS: Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Bobby Labonte, Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears and David Reutimann. Inactive drivers David Pearson, Buddy Baker and Charlie Glotzbach also got their first series wins at Charlotte.
    Three Chase contenders earned their first career Coors Light poles at Charlotte: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman.
    (NASCAR)(10-11-2011)

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


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Kenseth wins at Charlotte: #17-Matt Kenseth won the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 21st career win and 3rd of the season. #18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #99-Edwards, #4-Kahne, #9-Ambrose, #29-Harvick, #43-Allmendinger, #14-Stewart (the pole sitter), #11-Hamlin, and #39-Newman. While running in the top 10, #48-Johnson got loose and wrecked with 17 laps to go. He finished 34th.
    #99-Edwards now leads the Chase by 5 points over #29-Harvick.
    There were 16 lead changes among 10 drivers and 8 cautions for 34 yellow flag laps. The attendance is listed as 105,000, up from 103,000 last year.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Sunday, October 16 at 2:00am/et; SPEED, Wednesday, October 19 at 12:00pm/et
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Charlotte Race Results/Awards page.(10-15-2011)

  • Charlotte Notes-n-Nuggets:
    " Matt Kenseth earned his 21st career victory, tying him with Jeff Burton, Bobby Labonte, Benny Parsons and Jack Smith for 30th on NASCAR's all-time list.
    " This was the second Chase victory of Matt Kenseth's career; his other came in 2007 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    " This is Matt Kenseth's fourth consecutive top-10 finish; he was 21st in the Chase opener at Chicagoland.
    " Matt Kenseth led three times for 46 laps.
    " Roush Fenway Racing picked up its 125th Cup Series victory, ranking it fourth all time.
    " Kyle Busch (second) earned his second top-10 finish in the nine races on 1.5-mile tracks in 2011. This was his seventh top-two finish of the season.
    " Carl Edwards (third) finished in the top 10 for the eighth consecutive race; six of those eight were top-five finishes.
    " Kasey Kahne (fourth) has finished fourth or better in the past three races; he has only six top-five finishes in 2011.
    " Marcos Ambrose (fifth) finished in the top 10 for his third consecutive race, the longest streak of his Cup Series career.
    " Kevin Harvick (sixth) continued a strong run in which his worst finish in the past seven races was 12th at New Hampshire.
    " A.J. Allmendinger (seventh) had top-10 finishes in both Cup races at Charlotte in 2011.
    " Denny Hamlin (ninth) picked up his first top-10 finish of the Chase.(Racing Recall/nascar.com)(10-16-2011)

  • Race Fast Facts - Charlotte:
    Matt Kenseth won the 52nd Annual Bank of America 500, his 21st victory in 431 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third victory and 18th top-10 finish in 2011.
    This is his second victory and 13th top-10 finish in 25 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Kyle Busch (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 16 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 18th top-10 finish in 2011.
    Carl Edwards (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 14 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Andy Lally (42nd) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Carl Edwards leads the point standings by 5 points over Kevin Harvick.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-15-2011)

  • Finishing spots for the Chase drivers at Charlotte: (by standings order before the race)
    1) #99-Carl Edwards, finished 3rd
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick, 6th
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 34th
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 16th
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth, 1st
    6) #22-Kurt Busch, 13th
    7) #14-Tony Stewart, 8th
    8) #18-Kyle Busch, 2nd
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 19th
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 21st
    11) #39-Ryan Newman, 10th
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin, 9th
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-15-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Chase Points Standings:
    [after Charlotte, race 31 of 36 and Chase race 5 of 10]
    1) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 2203
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick [4 wins], 2198, -5
    3) #17-Matt Kenseth [3 wins], 2196, -7
    4) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2185, -18
    5) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 2179, -24
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 2178, -25
    7) #22-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2176, -27
    8) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 2168, -35
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 2143, -60
    10) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2142, -61
    11) #24-Jeff Gordon [3 wins], 2137, -66
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 2017, -86
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-15-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Talladega:
    #71's lead drops to 16 pts over 36th in owners pts, the #38 team.
    33) #32-Bliss/FAS Lane, 427, +39
    34) #13-Mears/Germain, 427, +39
    35) #71-Lally/TRG, 404, 16 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Yeley/Front Row, 388, 16 points out of top 35
    37) #7-Gordon/RGM, 309, -79
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(10-15-2011)

  • Penalty Report - Charlotte:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #33, Pre-Race to the rear, Tail of Field - Back Up
    #18, Pre-Race to the rear, Tail of Field - Engine Change
    #32, Pre-Race to the rear, Tail of Field - Transmission
    #83, 45, Removing equipment from assigned pit area, Stop & Go
    #71, 45, Speed-Entering pits, Pass Thru
    #71, 49, Speed-Entering pits, Stop & Go
    #16, 124, Lug nut(s) not installed, Must Come In
    #24, 148, Outside half of the pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tires, Tail of Field
    #51, 155, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail of Field
    #71, 199, Speed-Entering pits, Pass Thru
    #47, 239, Pitting out of order, Tail of Field
    #21, 239, Pitting out of order, Tail of Field
    #36, 287, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    #4, 293, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail of Field
    #24, 293, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail of Field
    #16, 300, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail of Field
    #48, 318, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    (NASCAR Statistics)(10-15-2011)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #33-Bowyer, 24th
    Caution 2: #16-Biffle, 15th
    Caution 3: #38-Yeley, 22nd
    Caution 4: #14-Stewart, 8th
    Caution 5: #16-Biffle (2), 15th
    Caution 6: #20-Logano, 12th
    Caution 7: #22-Busch, 13th
    Caution 8: #42-Montoya, 14th
    (10-15-2011)

  • Pit Road Times
    Charlotte Motor Speedway
    Bank of American 500
    Provided by NASCAR Statistics
    Sat, October 15, 2011 @ 11:59 PM Eastern

    18 7 Kyle Busch 334 04:32.9 272.882 38.983
    11 7 Denny Hamlin 334 04:38.3 278.27 39.753
    99 7 Carl Edwards 334 04:40.6 280.563 40.08
    17 7 Matt Kenseth 334 04:42.4 282.352 40.336
    9 7 Marcos Ambrose 334 04:43.0 283.031 40.433
    39 8 Ryan Newman 334 05:03.0 302.977 37.872
    29 8 Kevin Harvick 334 05:12.6 312.564 39.071
    20 8 Joey Logano 334 05:18.2 318.176 39.772
    43 8 A J Allmendinger 334 05:23.9 323.933 40.492
    22 8 Kurt Busch 334 05:28.3 328.251 41.031
    42 8 Juan Pablo Montoya 334 05:41.3 341.251 42.656
    6 9 David Ragan 334 06:31.8 391.753 43.528
    4 9 Kasey Kahne 334 06:32.3 392.269 43.585
    14 10 Tony Stewart 334 06:45.6 405.558 40.556
    16 13 Greg Biffle 334 10:56.9 656.867 50.528
    83 8 Brian Vickers 333 05:18.4 318.36 39.795
    31 8 Jeff Burton 333 05:20.0 319.971 39.996
    88 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 333 05:21.7 321.687 40.211
    27 8 Paul Menard 333 05:26.9 326.858 40.857
    2 9 Brad Keselowski 333 06:15.7 375.683 41.743
    38 9 J J Yeley 333 06:39.2 399.21 44.357
    24 12 Jeff Gordon 333 08:10.3 490.347 40.862
    56 8 Martin Truex Jr. 332 05:22.0 321.961 40.245
    78 9 Regan Smith 332 06:13.8 373.826 41.536
    0 9 David Reutimann 332 06:16.0 376.019 41.78
    1 10 Jamie McMurray 332 06:36.3 396.279 39.628
    33 9 Clint Bowyer 332 06:51.0 411.031 45.67
    51 9 Landon Cassill(i) 332 07:04.5 424.473 47.164
    32 8 Mike Bliss(i) 331 06:17.8 377.803 47.225
    47 9 Bobby Labonte 331 08:08.3 488.263 54.251
    21 10 Trevor Bayne(i) 329 08:02.7 482.704 48.27
    13 9 Casey Mears 323 06:25.7 385.721 42.858
    71 10 Hermie Sadler(i) 322 07:05.7 425.732 42.573
    48 8 Jimmie Johnson 316 05:26.2 326.217 40.777
    36 7* Dave Blaney 292 18:46.5 1,126.47 160.924
    34 9* David Gilliland 289 27:46.3 1,666.30 185.144
    5 8* Mark Martin 287 31:54.6 1,914.63 239.329

  • Race Coverage of the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 2011.
    Television (TV): ABC at 7:30 pm/et; NSCS Countdown pre-race show at 7:00 pm/et; green flag approx 7:46pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Sunday, October 16 at 2:00am/et;
    SPEED, Wednesday, October 19 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #14-Stewart chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #17-Kenseth took the 43rd and final pit stall.
    #99-Edwards, who starts 3rd took the 22nd pit stall, the first stall before the finish line with an opening in front of it.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-14-2011)

  • 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.(2-11-2010)

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.(10-11-2009)

  • See Jayski's - 2011 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


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 60 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and some notes
    #4-Kahne 188.153
    #27-Menard 187.905
    #16-Biffle 187.344
    #48-Johnson 187.285
    #31-Burton 187.143
    Other Chase drivers:
    #39-Newman 6th
    #24-Gordon 8th
    #22-Busch 10th
    #18-Busch 13th
    #14-Stewart 16th
    #2-Keselowski 18th
    #99-Edwards 19th
    #88-Earnhardt Jr 20th
    #11-Hamlin 22nd
    #29-Harvick 25th
    #17-Kenseth 26th
    slowest: #32-Bliss 183.592 & #87-Nemechek 183.219.
    notes: #33-Bowyer got into the wall midway through practice. He will have to go to a backup car.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, average speed on the Charlotte Practice Speeds page.(10-14-2011)

  • First Friday practice: for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over after 45 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and some notes
    #2-Keselowski 187.435
    #4-Kahne 187.389
    #39-Newman 187.266
    #22-Busch 187.246
    #14-Stewart 186.812
    Other Chase drivers:
    #18-Busch 6th
    #48-Johnson 10th
    #99-Edwards 18th
    #29-Harvick 19th
    #11-Hamlin 20th
    #17-Kenseth 24th
    #88-Earnhardt Jr 31st
    #24-Gordon 32nd
    slowest: #71-Sadler 181.117 & #87-Nemechek 179.480. no speed: #35-Bodine.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, average speed on the Charlotte Practice Speeds page. (10-14-2011)

  • Stewart wins Charlotte pole: #14-Tony Stewart won the Coors Light pole for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 191.959mph. It is his 1st pole of the season and the 13th of his career. #17-Kenseth starts 2nd followed by #99-Edwards, #43-Allmendinger, #16-Biffle, #39-Newman, #27-Menard, #4-Kahne, #48-Johnson, and #21-Bayne.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #21-Bayne, #55-Kvapil, #30-Stremme, #66-McDowell, #38-Yeley, #87-Nemechek, #77-Lally, #7-Gordon.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): #35-Bodine, #46-Speed, #37-Wise.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Charlotte Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(10-13-2011)

  • Starting spots for the Chase drivers at Charlotte: (by standings order before the race)
    1) #99-Carl Edwards, starts 3rd
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick, 14th
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 9th
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 26th
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2nd
    6) #22-Kurt Busch, 20th
    7) #14-Tony Stewart, 1st
    8) #18-Kyle Busch, 25th
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 15th
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 23rd
    11) #39-Ryan Newman, 6th
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin, 17th
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-13-2011)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Charlotte:
    Tony Stewart won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 52nd Annual Bank of America 500 with a lap of 28.131 seconds, 191.959 mph.
    This is his 13th pole in 459 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and seventh top-10 start in 2011.
    This is his first pole in 26 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Matt Kenseth (second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2011 and his eighth in 25 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Carl Edwards (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 20th in 31 races this season.
    Andy Lally (40th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(10-13-2011)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 7:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2, 7:00pm/et
    Radio: PRN, 7:00pm/et
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted. 46 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers are now mixed in with the top-35 drivers, slowest by fastest in first practice.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #71-Sadler, slowest in practice.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #4-Kahne, who was fastest in first practice.
    Qualifying order is set by the first practice session, with slowest driver going out by speed and the fastest going out last. The non-top 35 drivers are now mixed in with the top-35 in owners points, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on the Charlotte Qualifying Page.(10-13-2011)

  • Another new twist to the qualifying format: Starting at Kentucky Speedway, there will be a rain-out qualifying procedure change for all three NASCAR national series. If first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place, the starting lineup will be based on speeds from the car's fastest lap from the first practice, with top-35 cars in owner points no longer segregated from the non-top 35 cars. Previously, the top 35 cars lined up in front of all other eligible car owners.(NASCAR)(7-7-2011)

  • Friday 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 some notes
    #4-Kahne 191.455
    #27-Menard 191.333
    #16-Biffle 190.981
    #5-Martin 190.927
    #78-Smith 190.840
    Chase drivers:
    #11-Hamlin 7th
    #48-Johnson 10th
    #14-Stewart 11th
    #2-Keselowski 12th
    #18-Busch 13th
    #99-Edwards 14th
    #17-Kenseth 15th
    #39-Newman 16th
    #29-Harvick 19th
    #88-Earnhardt Jr 20th
    #22-Busch 24th
    #24-Gordon 27th
    slowest: #35-Bodine 184.868 & #71-Sadler 184.445. no speed: #75-Cope
    notes: this practice session set the qualifying order for qualifying today, scheduled to start at 7:10pm/et on ESPN2 & PRN.
    The #60 & #75 teams have withdrawn so there are 46 teams at the track.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, average speed on the Charlotte Practice Speeds page.(10-13-2011)

  • Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #21-Trevor Bayne, 9th
    #38-J.J. Yeley, 33rd
    #66-Michael McDowell, 35th
    #30-David Stremme, 36th
    #55-Travis Kvapil, 37th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 38th
    #7-Robby Gordon, 40th
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #77-Andy Lally, 42nd
    #46-Scott Speed, 43rd
    #37-Josh Wise, 44th
    #35-Geoff Bodine, 45th

  • The Entry List for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted, 48 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Hermie Sadler in the #71, Lally to a 2nd TRG car, $77
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #7-Robby Gordon (37/30)
    #21-Trevor Bayne (38/14)(2011 Race Winner)
    #30-David Stremme (43/18)
    #35-Geoff Bodine (46/8)
    #37-Josh Wise (39/30)
    #38-J.J. Yeley (36/30)
    #46-Scott Speed (40/30)
    #55-Travis Kvapil (52/12)
    #60-Mike Skinner (44/30)
    #66-Michael McDowell (41/30)
    #75-Derrike Cope (0/0)
    #77-Andy Lally (0/0)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/30)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 21,38,7,37,46,66,87,60
    missing the race would be [5]: #'s 30,55,35,75,77
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Charlotte Entry List.(10-10/11-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Charlotte:
    #71's lead drops to 28 pts over 36th in owners pts, the #38 team.
    33) #13-Mears/Germain, 415, +50
    34) #32-Bliss/FAS Lane, 413, +48
    35) #71-Lally/TRG, 393, 28 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Yeley/Front Row, 365, 28 points out of top 35
    37) #7-Gordon/RGM, 303, -90
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(10-9-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Chase Points Standings:
    [after Kansas, race 30 of 36 and Chase race 4 of 10]
    1) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 2161
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick [4 wins], 2160, -1
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 2157, -4
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 2150, -11
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 2149, -12
    6) #22-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2145, -16
    7) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 2142, -19
    8) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2141, -20
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 2118, -43
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon [3 wins], 2114, -47
    11) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2107, -54
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 2082, -79
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-9-2011)


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PAINT SCHEME NEWS

Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#5-Mark Martin GoDaddy.com / Chevy 100th Birthday #5 Team Schemes Page
#6-David Ragan UPS Freight #6 Team Schemes Page
#9-Marcos Ambrose Stanley Bostitch none...yet
#11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Express #11 Team Schemes Page
#14-Tony Stewart Moblil 1 / Office Depot #14 Team Schemes Page
#16-Greg Biffle 3M Give Kids a Smile Special #16 Team Schemes Page
#17-Matt Kenseth Fluidmaster #17 Team Schemes Page
#24-Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger / Chevy 100th Birthday #24 Team Schemes Page
#27-Paul Menard Menards / Certain Teed #27 Team Schemes Page
#29-Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's #29 Team Schemes Page
#33-Clint Bowyer Cheerios / USO none...yet
#34-David Gilliland Tasty Kake none...yet
#36-Dave Blaney Godlen Corral #36 Team Schemes Page
#39-Ryan Newman Haas Automation/Cookies for Kids' Cancer #39 Team Schemes Page
#47-Bobby Labonte Lance Sandwich Crackers #47 Team Schemes Page
#48-Jimmie Johnson Lowe's / Chevy 100th Birthday #48 Team Schemes Page
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy / Chevy 100th Birthday #88 Team Schemes Page

Paint Scheme news and links on the Paint Schemes Gallery


Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Charlotte: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Sprint Cup Series Race:
    #00-David Reutimann: The Aaron's Dream Machine racing this weekend is the same car that finished 32nd following a mechanical issue at Chicagoland Speedway in September.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion has decided to bring chassis #1120 to Charlotte this weekend. This chassis has never been used before and will see its first significant track time during the Bank of America 500 race weekend.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: will race chassis PRS-802 during Saturday's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS). This is a brand-new chassis to the #2 fleet.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-750 Last ran Texas -finished seventh; Backup: RK-711 Last ran Darlington - finished 21st
    #5-Mark Martin: Crew chief Lance McGrew has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-685 for Saturday's race. This is the same chassis that Martin drove to a 17th-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway last month.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 735 for the 501-mile event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This Stanley Bostitch Ford Fusion has been run previously this season at Las Vegas, Texas, Charlotte's spring event, Kentucky and at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-671: This car made its debut in late July in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It qualified 24th, and after serving a pit road penalty on lap 29 that dropped it to 32nd, rallied to finish sixth. Prior to Indianapolis, it had never turned a wheel on the racetrack, but it did spend considerable time in the wind tunnel. Chassis No. 14-671 has made a handful of return trips to the wind tunnel in preparation for its second career start on Saturday night in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-741 (Last raced at Chicago)
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 330: This is a brand new chassis that is slated to see action for the first time in Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #22-Kurt Busch: and his Steve Addington-led Penske Racing "Double-Deuce" team will be racing their "PRS-750" Pennzoil Ultra Dodge Charger this weekend in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It has proven to be among the strongest intermediate track cars in the Penske stable. Busch debuted this car in the Coca-Cola 600 at CMS with a fourth-place finish. In the car's only other outing, Busch drove it from a 10th-place start to a fourth-place finish last month at Atlanta.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot Chassis No. 326 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This No. 27 Chevrolet Impala was a brand new addition to the RCR fleet for the 2011 season and was last seen on track at Chicagoland Speedway, where Menard tied his season-best starting position of second and drove it to a 20th-place finish.This racer also saw competition at Michigan International Speedway (August) where he started 11th and finished 26th, at Bristol Motor Speedway (March) where he started fourth and finished fifth, The Sprint Showdown (May) where he started third and finished 11th, and again at MIS (June), where Menard started ninth and finished fourth.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will race chassis No. 373 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. The team utilized this car for the August race at Michigan International Speedway where Harvick finished 22nd.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will pilot chassis No. 372 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in Saturday's Charlotte 500. This brand new Caterpillar Chevrolet will be put through its first paces of competition this weekend.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot chassis No. 333 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend. This Chevrolet Impala, built new at the start of the 2011 season, has been utilized this year at Auto Club Speedway in March (started-17th, finished-seventh), Charlotte Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race in May (started-second, finished-16th), and both Pocono Raceway events in June (started-12th, finshed-16th) and August (started-14th, finished-18th).
    #35-Geoff Bodine: will compete in the No. 297 chassis this weekend. TBR purchased the chassis from Richard Childress Racing this season. Paul Menard drove the chassis prior to this weekend's debut with TBR.
    #36-Dave Blaney: will pilot the No. 293 chassis this weekend. Blaney drove the chassis at Kentucky Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the fall event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this year. Stephen Leicht also piloted the chassis this season at Richmond International Raceway September 10th. TBR purchased the chassis from Richard Childress Racing where Jeff Burton drove the chassis prior to its debut with TBR.
    #39-Ryan Newman: Chassis No. 39-686: This is a new chassis that has not been on-track previously.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Crew Chief Jim Pohlman and the #42 Target team are bringing chassis #1119 to Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. This brand new chassis will see its first race action of the year in the Bank of America 500.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 Richard Petty Motorsports team has prepared chassis No. 783 for this weekend's event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This Best Buy Ford has been run previously this season at Chicagoland Speedway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 659 in Saturday night's race. He crossed the line fourth in that chassis at Pocono Raceway in August. Johnson finished second in backup chassis No. 669 at Dover International Speedway on Oct. 2.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-617. Earnhardt last raced this chassis at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September. He also raced this chassis at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July, Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, Texas Motor Speedway in April and Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.
    #99-Carl Edwards: RK-739 - Last raced Bristol, finished ninth.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(10-12-2011)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 525, Right-side -- 525

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup -- 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 11 sets for race;
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the weekend

    Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4428; Right-side -- D-4430

    Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.3 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.

    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

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 48-52 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Charlotte this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in both series ran during Charlotte Speedweeks this past May . . . both Cup and Nationwide teams also ran this right-side tire code (D-4430) at Darlington earlier this season . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Charlotte . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


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Next Race: Toyota Owners 400

Countdown to Race Time: 4/26/2014 ~7:14pm/et

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