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NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Bank of America 500 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, October 15th
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway (1960) -- Concord, North Carolina
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval - 1,980 feet (Frontstretch); 1,500 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 171,000 (Grandstand seating)
ANNUAL: 52nd
TELEVISION: ABC
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (et)/7:46 p.m. (et) - Green Flag
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jamie McMurray
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Jeff Gordon (Finished 23rd)
LAPS: 334
MILES: 500
QUALIFYING RECORD: Elliott Sadler, 2005 (193.216 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $5,173,755 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $266,129; 2nd Place - $260,631; 3rd Place - $209,653
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jamie McMurray276Matt Kenseth17
2Kyle Busch67Joey Logano12
3Jimmie Johnson108Kevin Harvick24
4Denny Hamlin239David Reutimann16
5Greg Biffle2210David Ragan26
2010 Bank of America 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 140.931 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 34 minutes, 7 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.866 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 39 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 27 among 19 drivers
POLE WINNER: Jeff Gordon (191.544 m.p.h.)
Past Bank of America 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Jamie McMurray (27th) -- Chevrolet -- 140.391 m.p.h.
2009 -- Jimmie Johnson (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 137.658 m.p.h.
2008 -- Jeff Burton (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 133.699 m.p.h.
2007 -- Jeff Gordon (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 125.868 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kasey Kahne (2nd) -- Dodge -- 132.142 m.p.h.
2005 -- Jimmie Johnson (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 120.334 m.p.h.
2004 -- Jimmie Johnson (9th) -- Chevrolet -- 130.201 m.p.h.
2003 -- Tony Stewart (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 142.871 m.p.h.
2002 -- Jamie McMurray (5th) -- Dodge -- 141.481 m.p.h.
2001 -- Sterling Marlin (13th) -- Dodge -- 139.006 m.p.h.
2000 -- Bobby Labonte (2nd) -- Pontiac -- 133.630 m.p.h.
1999 -- Jeff Gordon (22nd) -- Chevrolet -- 160.306 m.p.h. (race record)
1998 -- Mark Martin (2nd) -- Ford -- 123.188 m.p.h.
1997 -- Dale Jarrett (5th) -- Ford -- 144.323 m.p.h.
1996 -- Terry Labonte (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 143.143 m.p.h.
1995 -- Mark Martin (5th) -- Ford -- 145.358 m.p.h.
1994 -- Dale Jarrett (22nd) -- Chevrolet -- 145.922 m.p.h.
1993 -- Ernie Irvan (2nd) -- Ford -- 154.537 m.p.h.
1992 -- Mark Martin (4th) -- Ford -- 153.537 m.p.h.
1991 -- Geoff Bodine (6th) -- Ford -- 138.984 m.p.h.
1990 -- Davey Allison (5th) -- Ford -- 137.428 m.p.h.
1989 -- Ken Schrader (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 149.863 m.p.h.
1988 -- Rusty Wallace (3rd) -- Pontiac -- 130.677 m.p.h.
1987 -- Bill Elliott (7th) -- Ford -- 128.443 m.p.h.
1986 -- Dale Earnhardt (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 132.403 m.p.h.
1985 -- Cale Yarborough (7th) -- Ford -- 136.761 m.p.h.
1984 -- Bill Elliott (2nd) -- Ford -- 146.861 m.p.h.
1983 -- Richard Petty (20th) -- Pontiac -- 139.998 m.p.h.
1982 -- Harry Gant (1st) -- Buick -- 137.208 m.p.h.
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip (1st) -- Buick -- 117.483 m.p.h.
1980 -- Dale Earnhardt (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 135.243 m.p.h.
1979 -- Cale Yarborough (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 134.266 m.p.h.
1978 -- Bobby Allison (8th) -- Ford -- 141.826 m.p.h.
1977 -- Benny Parsons (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 142.780 m.p.h.
1976 -- Donnie Allison (15th) -- Chevrolet -- 141.226 m.p.h.
1975 -- Richard Petty (9th) -- Dodge -- 132.209 m.p.h.
1974 -- David Pearson (1st) -- Mercury -- 119.912 m.p.h.
1973 -- Cale Yarborough (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 145.240 m.p.h.
1972 -- Bobby Allison (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 133.234 m.p.h.
1971 -- Bobby Allison (3rd) -- Mercury -- (126.140 m.p.h.
1970 -- LeeRoy Yarborough (5th) -- Mercury -- 123.246 m.p.h.
1969 -- Donnie Allison (3rd) -- Ford -- 131.271 m.p.h.
1968 -- Charlie Glotzbach (1st) -- Dodge -- 135.324 m.p.h.
1967 -- Buddy Baker (4th) -- Dodge -- 130.317 m.p.h.
1966 -- LeeRoy Yarborough (17th) -- Dodge -- 130.743 m.p.h.
1965 -- Fred Lorenzen (1st) -- Ford -- 119.118 m.p.h.
1964 -- Fred Lorenzen (3rd) -- Ford -- 134.559 m.p.h.
1963 -- Junior Johnson (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 132.105 m.p.h.
1962 -- Junior Johnson (2nd) -- Pontiac -- 132.085 m.p.h.
1961 -- Joe Weatherly (6th) -- Pontiac -- 119.800 m.p.h.
1960 -- Speedy Thompson (3rd) -- Ford -- 112.760 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called National 400 (1960-1966), NAPA 500 (1977-1979) National
500 (1967-1976, 1980-82), Miller High Life 500 (1983-85), Oakwood Homes
500 (1986-88), All Pro Auto Parts 500 (1989), Mello Yello 500 (1990-94),
UAW-GM Quality 500 (1995-2005), NASCAR Banking 500 (2009).
 
Past Bank of America 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Jeff Gordon -- 23rd
2009 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 1st
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- Ryan Newman -- 28th
2006 -- Scott Riggs -- 17th
2005 -- Elliott Sadler -- 27th
2004 -- Ryan Newman -- 14th
2003 -- Ryan Newman -- 2nd
2002 -- None -- Weather
2001 -- Jimmy Spencer -- 11th
2000 -- Jeff Gordon -- 39th
1999 -- Bobby Labonte -- 2nd
1998 -- Derrike Cope -- 14th
1997 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 43rd
1996 -- Bobby Labonte -- 40th
1995 -- Ricky Rudd -- 4th
1994 -- Ward Burton -- 41st
1993 -- Jeff Gordon -- 5th
1992 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 2nd
1991 -- Mark Martin -- 35th
1990 -- Brett Bodine -- 8th
1989 -- Bill Elliott -- 4th
1988 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 28th
1987 -- Bobby Allison -- 2nd
1986 -- Tim Richmond -- 27th
1985 -- Harry Gant -- 24th
1984 -- Benny Parsons -- 2nd
1983 -- Tim Richmond -- 5th
1982 -- Harry Gant -- 1st
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1st
1980 -- Buddy Baker -- 3rd
1979 -- Neil Bonnett -- 31st
1978 -- David Pearson -- 5th
1977 -- David Pearson -- 3rd
1976 -- David Pearson -- 6th
1975 -- David Pearson -- 2nd
1974 -- David Pearson -- 1st
1973 -- David Pearson -- 36th
1972 -- David Pearson -- 3rd
1971 -- Charlie Glotzbach -- 5th
1970 -- Charlie Glotzbach -- 37th
1969 -- Cale Yarborough -- 25th
1968 -- Charlie Glotzbach -- 1st
1967 -- Cale Yarborough -- 10th
1966 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 25th
1965 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 1st
1964 -- Richard Petty -- 3rd
1963 -- Marvin Panch -- 3rd
1962 -- Fireball Roberts -- 2nd
1961 -- David Pearson -- 21st
1960 -- Fireball Roberts -- 23rd
Last Race Results
RACE: Hollywood Casino 400
SITE: Kansas Speedway -- Kansas City, Kansas
MILES: 408
LAPS: 272
WINNER: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Kasey Kahne
THIRD: Brad Keselowski
FOURTH: Matt Kenseth
FIFTH: Carl Edwards
POLE WINNER: Greg Biffle (Finished 8th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 58 minutes, 27 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 137.181 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.548 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 25 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 19 among 9 drivers
LAP LEADERS: G. Biffle 1-20; T. Kvapil 21-23; J. Johnson 24-40; M. Kenseth
41-64; G. Biffle 65; M. Kenseth 66-67; L. Cassill 68-69; G.
Biffle 70; J. Johnson 71-84; G. Biffle 85; Kyle Busch 86-93; J.
Johnson 94-130; J. Gordon 131-132; J. Johnson 133-206; B.
Keselowski 207; J. Johnson 208-220; Kurt Busch 221-226; J.
Johnson 227-240; B. Keselowski 241-244; J. Johnson 245-272.
Bank of America 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
1 *Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
4Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Toyota/Red Bull
5Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com/Carquest
6David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/UPS Freight
7Robby Gordon (Orange, CA)Dodge/Speed Energy
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley Bostitch
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Toyota/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Office Depot/Mobil 1
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M Gives Kids a Smile
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Fluidmaster
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
22Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil Ultra
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Certain Teed
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy Johns
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Inception Motorsports
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Ford/Street King
33Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Cheerios/Hamb. Helper
34David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Tasty Kake
35Geoffrey Bodine (Chemung, NY)Chevrolet/Luke & Associates
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Golden Corral
37Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/TBA
38J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Ford/Best Buy
46Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/ordergreenstuff.com
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Lance Snacks/Tom's
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/Security Benefits
55Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Ingersoil Rand
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Brakes
60Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA)Chevrolet/Big Red
66Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/Victory Junction
71Andy Lally (Northport, NY)Ford/Interstate Moving Services
75Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Dodge/TBA
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM/FM Energy Pellet
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat'l Guard
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Aflac
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Jamie McMurrayWon7th8th31st34th24th5th33rdWon
Kyle Busch------34th39th6th3rd4th8th2nd
Jimmie Johnson6th3rdWonWon2nd14th6thWon3rd
Denny Hamlin---------8th28th20th16th42nd4th
Greg Biffle---17th33rd3rd37th27th7th16th5th
Matt Kenseth34th8th11th26th14th34th41st2nd6th
Joey Logano---------------------5th7th
Kevin Harvick22nd10th36th28th18th33rd13th18th8th
David Reutimann---------22nd---29th32nd15th9th
Juan Pablo Montoya---------------37th34th35th11th
Carl Edwards---------10th8th5th33rd39th12th
Mark Martin16th11th13th5th30th16th9th17th14th
Martin Truex Jr------------31st17th14th9th15th
Clint Bowyer------------23rd2nd12th6th17th
Jeff Burton7th20th9th14th3rd4thWon14th20th
Tony Stewart3rdWon10th25th13th7th11th13th21st
Jeff Gordon4th5th2nd38th24thWon8th4th23rd
Paul Menard---------------22nd26th27th24th
Brad Keselowski---------------------12th27th
Dale Earnhardt Jr9th9th3rd42nd4th19th36th38th29th
Kurt Busch12th41st4th2nd32nd26th3rd10th30th
Ryan Newman8th2nd14th7th27th28th21st11th36th
Kasey Kahne------32nd23rdWon8th2nd3rd38th
Brian Vickers---33rd40th12th10th---18th34th---
 
Mover of the Week
Landon Cassill - Started in the 41st position and finished 17th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jimmie Johnson
Darkhorse - Joey Logano
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Carl Edwards) - Finished 5th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Clint Bowyer) - Finished 7th
 
NOTES:
After four races in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Carl Edwards owns the slimmest of leads heading into Charlotte. Edwards is one point ahead of Kevin Harvick and four clear of last week's winner Jimmie Johnson as the drivers reach the halfway point of the Chase.

Johnson put on a dominating performance but had to hold off Kasey Kahne during a green-white-checkered finish to win last week's race. The five-time Sprint Cup champion should have the upperhand this week, as he owns six titles in Charlotte, including three wins in the last seven fall races.

Last year, Jamie McMurray added another big win to his turnaround season by taking the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. McMurray did not qualify for the 2010 championship Chase, but he outran title contenders Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson in the closing laps for his third victory of the season. He passed Busch after the final restart with 21 laps remaining and easily pulled away from the field from there. McMurray had won the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis earlier that year.

Although there were 22 lead changes among nine drivers, Jimmie Johnson was the main ingredient in 2009, as he captured the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the third time. Johnson became the first pole sitter to win the fall race at Charlotte since 1982. He grabbed the lead for the fifth time on lap 321, and then held it for his 46th of 55 career Sprint Cup victories. He finished 2.303 seconds ahead of runner-up Matt Kenseth.

Johnson is tied with Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for most victories at Charlotte with six. Three of Johnson's six wins at Charlotte have come in the fall race (2004, '05 and '09).

In a race that featured 24 lead changes among 16 drivers, Jeff Burton came away as the Charlotte race winner in October 2008. Burton held off Kasey Kahne at the finish by less than one second. He led the final 57 laps for his 21st career Sprint Cup win. Johnson started on the pole and led a race-high 67 laps, but wound up finishing sixth. Burton has not won since Charlotte three years ago.

In 2007, Jeff Gordon took the lead for the final time with five laps remaining, and the held off Clint Bowyer for his 81st career Sprint Cup victory. Gordon has won four times since and now totals 85 victories. Johnson finished 14th, despite leading a race-high 95 laps. Ryan Newman started on the pole, but finished 28th after a crash put him out of the race.

Kasey Kahne recorded a season-sweep at Charlotte when he won the fall event there in 2006. Kahne put on a dominating performance by leading a race-high 134 laps. He crossed the finish line 1.624 seconds ahead of Johnson for series-high sixth win of the season.

Johnson became the first driver to win four consecutive races at Charlotte when he took the fall event there in October 2005. In a race that spanned more than four hours due to a NASCAR record 22 cautions, Johnson grabbed the lead with 12 laps to go, and then drove to his 18th career Cup victory. Elliott Sadler started on the pole and led the most laps with 112, but Sadler finished 27th after crashing late in the race.

This will be the 106th Sprint Cup race at Charlotte. Sixty of the previous 104 races there have been won from a top-five starting position. Thirty of them have been won from the front starting row. David Pearson, a 14-time pole sitter here, posted 11 straight poles at Charlotte from the fall of 1973 through 1978.

The October 23rd Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega Superspeedway is the next race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, as Clint Bowyer will defend his title.

10/11 15:32:04 ET

As of October 11, 2011, at 03:32 PM ET

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