THE RACE: Bank of America 500
TRACK: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #30 of 36
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race #4 of 10
Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017 in Concord, NC
Title Sponsor: Bank of America
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:00 pm/et
NASCAR America Pre-Race Show: at 1:00pm/et on NBCSN
NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: at 12:00pm/et on NBC
Race Coverage: NBC, 1:00pm/et
Friday, October 6, 1:30 pm - 2:55 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
Saturday, October 7, 11:00 am - 11:50 am/et, TV-NBCSN;
Saturday, October 7, 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm/et, TV-NBCSN
Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, October 6 at 7:20 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: none
In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, August 21 at 2:30 pm/et on NBCSN
TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page
Friday, October 6
11:00 AM-9:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
1:30 PM-2:55 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
7:20 PM MENCS QUALIFYING
Saturday, October 7
9:30 AM-6:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 AM-11:50 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
1:00 PM-1:50 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
Sunday, October 8
10:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
12:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM MENCS RACE
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
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]
Stages: 1 ends lap 90, 2 at lap 180, race finish is lap 334 (OT possible)
Grand Marshal: Brad Paisley
Command to start engines: Brad Paisley
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Karen Calder, Classroom Central executive director
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Hannah Kearney, U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist and three-time World Champion mogul skier
Color Guard: UNC-Charlotte Air Force ROTC Detachment Color Guard
Invocation: Billy Mauldin, MRO
National Anthem: Country music star Carly Pearce
Flyover: C-130 from the 145th Airlift Wing Charlotte NC
Sunday Charlotte Notebook: Kyle Larson runs 10th at Charlotte, but could have been much better; Despite leading the most laps, Kevin Harvick finishes third; Pit road miscue costs Jimmie Johnson valuable points.[More](10-8-2017)
Kyle Busch's rough day at Charlotte puts him in surprising points hole: Kyle Busch didn't stagger, nor did he stumble as he emerged from the Charlotte Motor Speedway Infield Care Center on Sunday. Still he gingerly made his way toward a golf cart while he delicately slipped a pair of dark sunglasses across an ashen face. Busch spent nearly an hour in the clinic following the Bank of America 500, receiving fluids and other treatment for the effects of a muggy day that was masked by overcast skies. Medical personnel attended to him shortly after he exited his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry following a 29th-place finish.[More](10-8-2017)
Saturday Charlotte Notebook: Dale Earnhardt Jr. regrets not pegging "fun meter" this year; Even ride-arounds can be perilous-just ask Erik Jones; Ricky Stenhouse Jr. sees a points path into Round of 8.[More](10-7-2017)
Friday Charlotte Notebook: A Meaningful Gift In Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Honor; The Best Medicine for Talladega? A Win At Charlotte; NASCAR and Weather Company Announce Partnership.[More](10-6-2017)
What to Watch For: Charlotte: Round of 12 Gets Underway at Charlotte; Truex Back at His Bread and Butter; Can Kyle Win a (Points) Race at Charlotte?; Time for Jimmie to Snap His Drought; Dale Junior's Last Trip to Charlotte; Who's Hot and Who's Not.[More](10-5-2017)
Charlotte Weekend Preview: Larson focused as Round of 12 kicks off at Charlotte; Reed fights for final transfer spot; NASCAR pit crews compete in fitness challenge.[More](10-5-2017)
A look at many news, notes and story lines for the Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Charlotte
A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Charlotte, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Charlotte page
Perfect execution propels Martin Truex Jr. to Charlotte victory: The only thing typical about Martin Truex Jr.'s performance at Charlotte Motor Speedway was the win. The No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team screwed up in qualifying on Friday-a rare occurrence in a remarkable season for the series leader.[More](10-2-2017)
Martin Truex, Jr. won the Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 6th win of 2017, 2nd win at Charlotte and 13th career win. Truex took the lead in the pits, restarted as the leader with 51 laps to go and never looked back, despite NASCAR overtime after a late spin by #41-Busch.
Truex, Jr. is now locked into the NASCAR Playoffs Round of 8.
Chase Elliott finished 2nd (6th career 2nd place finish, no win yet) followed by #4-Harvick, pole sitter #11-Hamlin, #1-McMurray, #19-Suarez, #48-Johnson, #21-Blaney, #5-Kahne, and #10-Larson.
#18-Busch had the worst day of the playoff drivers. He hit the wall several times and finished 29th.
The start of the race was pushed up by more than an hour due to the threat of rain but weather did not materialize.
#78-Truex Jr. leads the driver points by 34 over #42-Larson.
#4-Harvick won stage 1 & 2 but finished 3rd.
There were 14 lead changes among 8 drivers and 10 cautions for 44 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 139.128mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
Race Fast Facts - Charlotte
Martin Truex Jr. (P) won the 58th Annual Bank of America 500, his 13th victory in 435 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his sixth victory and 21st top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his second victory and ninth top-10 finish in 25 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Chase Elliott (P) (second) posted his second top-10 finish in five races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 17th top-10 finish in 2017.
Kevin Harvick (P) (third) posted his 16th top-10 finish in 34 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Daniel Suarez (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Martin Truex Jr (P) leads the point standings by 34 points over Kyle Larson (P).
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(10-8-2017)
2017 MENCS Playoff drivers' finishing positions at Charlotte
[by standings before race (started)]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr., WON (17)
2) #18-Kyle Busch, 29th (4)
3) #42-Kyle Larson, 10th (10)
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 14th (6)
5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 7th (25)
6) #4-Kevin Harvick, 3rd (3)
7) #11-Denny Hamlin, 4th (1)
8) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 12th (22)
9) #21-Ryan Blaney, 8th (15)
10) #24-Chase Elliott, 2nd (7)
11) #20-Matt Kenseth, 11th (2)
12) #1-Jamie McMurray, 5th (18)
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings:
[after Charlotte, race 30 of 36, 4 of 10 in Playoffs]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr. (1 win) (A), 3106
2) #42-Kyle Larson, 3072 -34
3) #4-Kevin Harvick, 3069 -37
4) #24-Chase Elliott, 3059 -47
5) #11-Denny Hamlin, 3056 -50
6) #18-Kyle Busch, 3055 -51
7) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3051 -55
8) #1-Jamie McMurray, 3044 -62
These drivers would not advance to Round 3
9) #20-Matt Kenseth, 3043 -63
10) #2-Brad Keselowski, 3042 -64
11) #21-Ryan Blaney, 3039 -67
12) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 3034 -72
(A) automatically advances to the next round of the playoffs with a win
See full standings on 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).
Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 180) of the Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (lap 180/334):
#4-Harvick, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#24-Elliott, 9 pts
#20-Kenseth, 8 pts
#78-Truex, Jr., 7 pts
#41-Kurt Busch, 6 pts
#11-Hamlin, 5 pts
#42-Larson, 4 pts
#48-Johnson, 3 pts
#21-Blaney, 2 pts
#1-McMurray, 1 pt
Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 90) of the Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (lap 90/334):
#4-Harvick, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#24-Elliott, 9 pts
#1-McMurray, 8 pts
#18-Busch, 6 pts
#11-Hamlin, 5 pts
#20-Kenseth, 4 pts
#41-Busch, 3 pts
#19-Suarez, 2 pts
#48-Johnson, 1 pt
Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #34-Cassill, 25th
Caution 2: #72-Whitt, 34th
Caution 3: #32-DiBenedetto, 21st
Caution 4: #22-Logano, 26th
Caution 5: #5-Kahne, 9th
Caution 6: #13-Dillon, 18th
Caution 7: #6-Bayne, 16th
Caution 8: #47-Allmendinger, 22nd
Caution 9: #43-Almirola, 24th
Charlotte Sunday Pre-Race Schedule (ET):
12:10pm: Driver Introductions
12:44pm: Presentation of Colors: UNCC Air Force ROTC Detachment Color Guard
12:44pm: Moment of Silence
12:44pm: Invocation by: Billy Mauldin, MRO
12:45pm: National Anthem by: Carly Pearce
12:47pm: Fly By: 1 C-130 from the 145th Airlift Wing Charlotte NC
12:52pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Brad Paisley
1:00pm: Green Flag - Bank of America 500 (334 Laps /500 Miles)
See the starting lineup for the Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).
To the back: none
NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.
Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR 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 #11-Hamlin chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #20-Kenseth took pit stall 41, the final pit stall in use.
#4-Harvick, who starts 3rd, took the 15th stall, with an opening in front of it.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-7-2017)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Cumlative Race Report
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List
Final practice for the Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway was canceled due to rain.(10-7-2017)
First Saturday practice for the Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway was canceled due to rain.(10-7-2017)
Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light pole for the Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with speed of 191.598mph for his 1st pole of 2017, 2nd at Charlotte and 25th of his career. Hamlin has won 4 times from the 24 previous poles.
#20-Kenseth will start 2nd followed by #4-Harvick, #18-Busch, #14-Bowyer, #2-Keselowski, #24-Elliott, #41-Busch, #5-Kahne, #42-Larson, #31-Newman, and #10-Patrick.
#41-Harvick was fastest in the first round with a speed of 192.589mph and fastest in the second round at 191.945mph. He will start 3rd.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 40 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(10-6-2017)
Denny Hamlin leads JGR qualifying sweep of Charlotte Front Row: Toyota drivers swept the front row in Friday night's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but, for once, the occupants of the top two spots on the grid aren't named Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. Denny Hamlin, Busch's teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, posted the fastest lap in the final round to win the pole for Sunday's Bank of America 500 (NBC at 2:00 PM ET), the first race in the Round of 12 in the series Playoff. Hamlin covered the 1.5-mile distance in 28.184 seconds (191.598 mph) to edge another teammate, Matt Kenseth (191.489 mph), for the top starting spot by .016 seconds.[More](10-6-2017)
Charlotte Motor Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Denny Hamlin (P) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 58th Annual Bank of America 500 with a lap of 28.184 seconds, 191.598 mph.
This is his 25th pole in 428 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and 19th top-10 start in 2017.
This is his second pole in 25 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Matt Kenseth (P) (second) posted his 19th top-10 start of 2017 and his 14th in 37 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Kevin Harvick (P) (third) posted his 12th top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 21st in 30 races this season.
Daniel Suarez (14th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
2017 MENCS Playoff Drivers Starting Positions at Charlotte
[by current playoff standings]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 17th
2) #18-Kyle Busch, 4th
3) #42-Kyle Larson, 10th
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 6th
5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 25th
6) #4-Kevin Harvick, 3rd
7) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1st
8) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 22nd
9) #21-Ryan Blaney, 15th
10) #24-Chase Elliott, 7th
11) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2nd
12) #1-Jamie McMurray, 18th
Second Round of Qualifying for the Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
the rest of the top 12: 42 5 24 18 2 10 31
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 3 19 21 95 78 1 47 27 37 17 88 43
First Round of Qualifying for the Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
the rest of the top 24: 95 1 24 41 37 11 20 5 18 2 88 42 47 10 43 27 3 78 17;
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 48 6 13 22 32 34 38 72 51 15 55 66 33 77 83 23
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 40 entered
Coverage of Qualifying for the Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7:20pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 7:00pm/et
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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #47-Allmendinger.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #14-Bowyer.
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 lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(10-6-2017)
First practice for the Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five and notes:
slowest: #51-McLeod 178.784 & #55-Gaulding 178.418.
most laps run: #22-Logano, 22 laps.
No driver ran 10 consecutive laps during this practice.
Early in the session #88-Earnhardt, Jr. slid out of the groove and into the outside wall. He went to a backup car. #2-Keselowski got loose off turn 4 a bit later, but only made light contact with the outside wall. #18-Busch got into the turn 4 outside wall with less than 10 minutes remaining.
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(10-6-2017)
Entry List for the Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Sorenson, #23-LaJoie, #51-McLeod*, #55-Gaulding*, #66-Hill, #83-Moffitt*
Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): none
Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
For qualifying rules and formats, see the 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 Charlotte(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
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Race Day Forecast
Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 9 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 7 sets for the event
Left-side -- D-4698; Right-side -- D-4732
Left-side -- 87.44 in. (2,221 mm);
Right-side -- 88.70 in. (2,253 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 19 psi; Left Rear -- 19 psi;
Right Front -- 54 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi
Storyline - : With mile-and-a-half tracks making up 31 percent of the overall NASCAR Cup schedule, and a full 50 percent of this year's playoff races, Charlotte Motor Speedway takes on an important role in the development of tires for like tracks. Between Goodyear and NASCAR, there have been four tests held at the Concord, N.C.-based track since the end of the 2014 season. This will also be the ninth NASCAR weekend at the facility in that time, which has been an active period of NASCAR moving toward its current low downforce package. Goodyear has responded by running along with those changes by incrementally increasing grip as needed through its tread compounds. In addition to that, Charlotte really highlights the construction enhancements that Goodyear has rolled into its tire lineup over the past several seasons. From mold shape adjustments to updating critical elements in the tires' construction, this current generation of speedway tire is designed to run cooler. And in the race tire business, heat is the enemy of durability and performance.
"Charlotte has really been a proving ground for our speedway tire development throughout the years, not only because it is in the backyard of most NASCAR teams, but also because this type of track represents a big part of the schedule," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "It is well known that NASCAR has been moving to a lower downforce setting over the past several years, but what goes along with that is the fact that the teams continue to develop their race packages to gain most, if not all, of that grip back. That means that we have to keep up with the sport and continually test and assess what we see at every race to keep in front of those developments. Based on what we learn working with the teams every weekend at the track, as well as at our tests, we continue to find and develop new compounds and constructions to tune to the desired performance characteristics."
Notes: Teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Charlotte this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in both of these series ran at Charlotte in May . . . while this right-side tire code (D-4732) is unique to Charlotte, teams in these two series also run this left-side code (D-4698) at Kansas . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Charlotte . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship