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NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Bank of America 500 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, Oct. 12
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, N.C.
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 135,000 (Grandstand seating)
ANNUAL: 54th
TELEVISION: ABC
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Thursday, Oct. 10/7:10 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Clint Bowyer
RUNNER-UP: Denny Hamlin
POLE WINNER: Greg Biffle (finished 4)
LAPS: 334
MILES: 501
QUALIFYING RECORD: Denny Hamlin, 2013 (195.624 mph)
RACE RECORD: Jeff Gordon, 1999 (160.306 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Clint Bowyer46Mark Martin2
2Denny Hamlin97Carl Edwards19
3Jimmie Johnson58Kasey Kahne10
4Greg Biffle19Joey Logano12
5Kyle Busch810Martin Truex Jr6
2012 Bank of America 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 154.935 mph
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 14 mins., 1 sec.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.417 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 23 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 20 among 8 drivers
POLE WINNER: Greg Biffle (193.708 mph)
Past Bank of America 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Clint Bowyer (4) -- Toyota -- 154.935 mph
2011 -- Matt Kenseth (2) -- Ford -- 146.194 mph
2010 -- Jamie McMurray (27) -- Chevrolet -- 140.391 mph
2009 -- Jimmie Johnson (1) -- Chevrolet -- 137.658 mph
2008 -- Jeff Burton (4) -- Chevrolet -- 133.699 mph
2007 -- Jeff Gordon (4) -- Chevrolet -- 125.868 mph
2006 -- Kasey Kahne (2) -- Dodge -- 132.142 mph
2005 -- Jimmie Johnson (3) -- Chevrolet -- 120.334 mph
2004 -- Jimmie Johnson (9) -- Chevrolet -- 130.201 mph
2003 -- Tony Stewart (6) -- Chevrolet -- 142.871 mph
2002 -- Jamie McMurray (5) -- Dodge -- 141.481 mph
2001 -- Sterling Marlin (13) -- Dodge -- 139.006 mph
2000 -- Bobby Labonte (2) -- Pontiac -- 133.630 mph
1999 -- Jeff Gordon (22) -- Chevrolet -- 160.306 mph
1998 -- Mark Martin (2) -- Ford -- 123.188 mph
1997 -- Dale Jarrett (5) -- Ford -- 144.323 mph
1996 -- Terry Labonte (16) -- Chevrolet -- 143.143 mph
1995 -- Mark Martin (5) -- Ford -- 145.358 mph
1994 -- Dale Jarrett (22) -- Chevrolet -- 145.922 mph
1993 -- Ernie Irvan (2) -- Ford -- 154.537 mph
1992 -- Mark Martin (4) -- Ford -- 153.537 mph
1991 -- Geoff Bodine (6) -- Ford -- 138.984 mph
1990 -- Davey Allison (5) -- Ford -- 137.428 mph
1989 -- Ken Schrader (2) -- Chevrolet -- 149.863 mph
1988 -- Rusty Wallace (3) -- Pontiac -- 130.677 mph
1987 -- Bill Elliott (7) -- Ford -- 128.443 mph
1986 -- Dale Earnhardt (3) -- Chevrolet -- 132.403 mph
1985 -- Cale Yarborough (7) -- Ford -- 136.761 mph
1984 -- Bill Elliott (2) -- Ford -- 146.861 mph
1983 -- Richard Petty (20) -- Pontiac -- 139.998 mph
1982 -- Harry Gant (1) -- Buick -- 137.208 mph
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip (1) -- Buick -- 117.483 mph
1980 -- Dale Earnhardt (4) -- Chevrolet -- 135.243 mph
1979 -- Cale Yarborough (4) -- Chevrolet -- 134.266 mph
1978 -- Bobby Allison (8) -- Ford -- 141.826 mph
1977 -- Benny Parsons (8) -- Chevrolet -- 142.780 mph
1976 -- Donnie Allison (15) -- Chevrolet -- 141.226 mph
1975 -- Richard Petty (9) -- Dodge -- 132.209 mph
1974 -- David Pearson (1) -- Mercury -- 119.912 mph
1973 -- Cale Yarborough (2) -- Chevrolet -- 145.240 mph
1972 -- Bobby Allison (4) -- Chevrolet -- 133.234 mph
1971 -- Bobby Allison (3) -- Mercury -- (126.140 mph
1970 -- LeeRoy Yarborough (5) -- Mercury -- 123.246 mph
1969 -- Donnie Allison (3) -- Ford -- 131.271 mph
1968 -- Charlie Glotzbach (1) -- Dodge -- 135.324 mph
1967 -- Buddy Baker (4) -- Dodge -- 130.317 mph
1966 -- LeeRoy Yarborough (17) -- Dodge -- 130.743 mph
1965 -- Fred Lorenzen (1) -- Ford -- 119.118 mph
1964 -- Fred Lorenzen (3) -- Ford -- 134.559 mph
1963 -- Junior Johnson (3) -- Chevrolet -- 132.105 mph
1962 -- Junior Johnson (2) -- Pontiac -- 132.085 mph
1961 -- Joe Weatherly (6) -- Pontiac -- 119.800 mph
1960 -- Speedy Thompson (3) -- Ford -- 112.760 mph
 
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)
2012 -- Greg Biffle -- 4
2011 -- Tony Stewart -- 8
2010 -- Jeff Gordon -- 23
2009 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 1
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- Ryan Newman -- 28
2006 -- Scott Riggs -- 17
2005 -- Elliott Sadler -- 27
2004 -- Ryan Newman -- 14
2003 -- Ryan Newman -- 2
2002 -- None -- Weather
2001 -- Jimmy Spencer -- 11
2000 -- Jeff Gordon -- 39
1999 -- Bobby Labonte -- 2
1998 -- Derrike Cope -- 14
1997 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 43
1996 -- Bobby Labonte -- 40
1995 -- Ricky Rudd -- 4
1994 -- Ward Burton -- 41
1993 -- Jeff Gordon -- 5
1992 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 2
1991 -- Mark Martin -- 35
1990 -- Brett Bodine -- 8
1989 -- Bill Elliott -- 4
1988 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 28
1987 -- Bobby Allison -- 2
1986 -- Tim Richmond -- 27
1985 -- Harry Gant -- 24
1984 -- Benny Parsons -- 2
1983 -- Tim Richmond -- 5
1982 -- Harry Gant -- 1
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1
1980 -- Buddy Baker -- 3
1979 -- Neil Bonnett -- 31
1978 -- David Pearson -- 5
1977 -- David Pearson -- 3
1976 -- David Pearson -- 6
1975 -- David Pearson -- 2
1974 -- David Pearson -- 1
1973 -- David Pearson -- 36
1972 -- David Pearson -- 3
1971 -- Charlie Glotzbach -- 5
1970 -- Charlie Glotzbach -- 37
1969 -- Cale Yarborough -- 25
1968 -- Charlie Glotzbach -- 1
1967 -- Cale Yarborough -- 10
1966 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 25
1965 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 1
1964 -- Richard Petty -- 3
1963 -- Marvin Panch -- 3
1962 -- Fireball Roberts -- 2
1961 -- David Pearson -- 21
1960 -- Fireball Roberts -- 23
Last Race Results
RACE: Hollywood Casino 400 (Oct. 6)
SITE: Kansas Speedway -- Kansas City, Kan.
MILES: 400.5
LAPS: 267
WINNER: Kevin Harvick
RUNNER-UP: Kurt Busch
THIRD: Jeff Gordon
FOURTH: Joey Logano
FIFTH: Carl Edwards
POLE WINNER: Kevin Harvick (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 29 mins., 10 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 114.864 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.140 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 15 for 71 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 24 among 12 drivers
LAP LEADERS: K. Harvick 1-44; C. Mears 45-45; K. Harvick 46-79; J. Johnson
80-80; K. Harvick 81-81; J. Johnson 82-86; D. Earnhardt Jr 87-88;
T. Kvapil 89-89; D. Earnhardt Jr 90-91; M. Kenseth 92-112; D.
Earnhardt Jr 113-113; D. Ragan 114-115; D. Earnhardt Jr 116-120;
J. Logano 121-139; K. Harvick 140-144; Ky. Busch 145-145; K.
Harvick 146-156; J. Logano 157-170; B. Keselowski 171-198; K.
Harvick 199-199; B. Keselowski 200-223; K. Harvick 224-229; J.
Yeley 230-230; J. Burton 231-231; K. Harvick 232-267.
Bank of America 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Quaker State
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/TBA
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Bostitch
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Ground
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/Geico
14Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
15 *Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Best Buy
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Axalta
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Duracell
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy John's
30Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/Swan Energy
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/TBA
33Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Shore Lodge
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Taco Bell
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/United Mining Equip.
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Moonshine Attitude
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Smithfield
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Scott Products
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Time Warner Cable
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
95Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Ford/supportmilitary.org
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Clint Bowyer------2321261724Won
Denny Hamlin---828201642492
Jimmie JohnsonWonWon2146Won3343
Greg Biffle33337277165154
Kyle Busch34396348225
Mark Martin135301691714376
Carl Edwards---108533391237
Kasey Kahne3223Won8233848
Joey Logano---------------57129
Martin Truex Jr------3117149152310
Brad Keselowski---------------12271611
Matt Kenseth112614344126Won14
Kevin Harvick3628183313188616
Jeff Gordon23824Won84232118
Ryan Newman14727282111361020
Kurt Busch423226310301321
Dale Earnhardt Jr34241936382919---
 
Mover of the Week
Kurt Busch - started 19 and finished 2
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jimmie Johnson
Last Week's Pick to Win (Matt Kenseth) - finished 11
 
NOTES:
The Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the 31st race on the 2013 Sprint Cup Series schedule. It's also the fifth in the 10-race Chase.

Construction of this 1.5-mile racetrack began in 1959. A lighting system was installed in 1992, making it the first modern superspeedway to host night races. The track was repaved in 1994 and again before the 2006 season. The name of the track changed to Lowe's Motor Speedway in 1999 but changed back to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 2010 season.

Charlotte has 24 degrees of banking in all of its turns as well as five degrees of banking on both the frontstretch and backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 1,980 feet, and the backstretch measures 1,500 feet.

There have been 109 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Charlotte. The series has competed at this track twice each year since it opened in 1960.

Joe Lee Johnson won the inaugural Cup race at Charlotte, the World 600, on June 19, 1960.

Richard Petty holds the record for the most starts at Charlotte with 64. Mark Martin's 57 starts at this track is the most among those drivers entered in this weekend's race.

Bobby Allison, Jimmie Johnson and Darrell Waltrip share the record for most victories at Charlotte with six each. Johnson's most recent win at this track came in October 2009.

Rick Hendrick has the most car owner wins at Charlotte with 17. Jack Roush and Petty are next in line with eight victories each there.

Nine drivers have posted consecutive wins at Charlotte, including three straight by Fred Lorenzen (fall 1964 and both in '65) and four in a row by Johnson (both in 2004 and '05).

A season-sweep at Charlotte has occurred eight times, including each season from 2004-06. Kevin Harvick won the Coca-Cola 600 at this track in May.

David Pearson holds the record for most pole wins at Charlotte with 14, while Ryan Newman leads all active drivers with nine poles there.

The race winner at Charlotte has started from the pole 14 times. Jimmie Johnson was the last driver to do it four years ago.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Sprint Cup race at Charlotte occurred on May 29, 2005 when Jimmie Johnson beat Bobby Labonte to the finish line by just 0.027 seconds.

The furthest back a driver has started and won a Sprint Cup race at Charlotte is 37th, accomplished by Johnson in the 2003 rain-shortened 600-mile event.

Six active drivers scored their first career Sprint Cup victories at Charlotte: Jeff Gordon (1994), Bobby Labonte (1995), Matt Kenseth (2000), Jamie McMurray (2002), Casey Mears (2007) and David Reutimann (2009).

Four drivers on the entry list for this race claimed their maiden pole wins at Charlotte: Gordon (1993), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000), Newman (2001) and Aric Almirola (2012).

Five drivers entered made their Cup debuts at this track: Earnhardt Jr. (1999), Johnson (2001), Brian Vickers (2003), Reutimann (2005) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2011).

Gordon holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Charlotte. He took the checkered flag there on May 29, 1994 when he was 22 years, 9 months and 25 days old. When Cale Yarborough was 46 years, 6 months and 9 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on Oct. 6, 1985.

Round 6 in the championship Chase is the Oct. 20 Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Kenseth won last year's event there.

10/08 15:03:35 ET

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