The Best Seat at the Track, The Best View on the Net!
Oct. 7, 2016
What to Watch: Friday
This weekend's TV Schedule can be found here.
by The Frontstretch Staff
Records and facts
In last year's Bank of America 500, Joey Logano led 227 of the 334 laps, including the final 35 on the way to the victory, clinching advancement to what was then known as the Eliminator Round (Jeepers, who came up with those names? Glad they're gone for 2016). Kevin Harvick was second, followed by Martin Truex, Jr., Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch.
Among active drivers, Jimmie Johnson is the winningest driver at Charlotte Motor Speedway with seven career victories. Jeff Gordon has five wins, while teammate Kasey Kahne has four. Kevin Harvick has three, while Jamie McMurray, Bobby Labonte and Matt Kenseth have two a piece.
All-time, Johnson's seven top the charts. Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip each have six wins at CMS, while Gordon, Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty each have five.
Track / Race Length: 1.5-mile quad-oval, 334 laps (501 miles)
Banking: 24 degrees
Frontstretch: 1,952.8 ft., banked 5 degrees
Backstretch: 1,360 ft., banked 5 degrees
Grandstand Seating: 89,000
Pit Road Speed: 45 mph
Pace Car Speed: 55 mph
Remaining Pre-Race Schedule:
Nil. It was cancelled due to rain.
"I really like Charlotte. It's a track where you can search around for different lines that will work for your car better. It's also a place where you can keep your speed and momentum up. It's a cool place to win at because we're so close to home and a lot of the Hendrick Motorsports team members come out to the track to cheer us on. So it's always a little extra special when a Hendrick Motorsports car ends up in Victory Lane at Charlotte." - Kasey Kahne
"I mean, there could be challenges no matter where you go. Charlotte is a really finicky racetrack and, with the way we practice, most of the practice will be done during the day with the race being at night. Temperature has a huge factor in how the racetrack changes, how the pace changes, so you have to try to guess a little bit on that. Obviously, the weather could be a little bit of an issue as we creep into the weekend. You have to try to plan and balance all those things to have a good plan, but you have to be ready to abort that plan and come up with a new one on the fly at any given point." - Kevin Harvick
"I think the biggest challenge about Charlotte is how much the track changes from practice. You practice all during the day and then you go into night racing. You've got to know what kind of adjustments to make to your car and how well you can race at night. Typically, you go back to your night notes. For us, we've run well there in the past and like going there. It's a fun place to race and adds to the excitement of spending some time at home." - Kyle Busch
Phil Allaway is the Newsletter Manager and a Senior Writer for Frontstretch.com. He can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Q: As noted above, Jimmie Johnson is the all-time winningest driver at Charlotte Motor Speedway with seven career wins. However, his first career Winston Cup start at then-Lowe's Motor Speedway didn't go so well. What happened?
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