Previewing the Bank of America 500
October 7, 2016
The Round of 12 for the 2016 Chase begins Saturday night with the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (7 p.m. ET on NBC). Four drivers were eliminated from the playoffs last weekend at Dover International Speedway: Jamie McMurray, Chris Buescher, Kyle Larson and Tony Stewart.
Tied for the Lead
Twelve drivers are now tied for first as the points reset after the elimination race. Any Chase driver who wins one of the next three races (Charlotte, Kansas, Talladega) will automatically advance to the Round of Eight.
Logano defends Bank of America 500 Victory
Joey Logano won the Bank of America 500 last Fall, which was held during the daytime on Sunday because of rain at the speedway on Saturday. Kevin Harvick is the last driver to win a Fall Charlotte night race.
Truex hopes for a repeat of the Coca-Cola 600
Back in May, Martin Truex Jr. set a track record leading 392 of 400 laps en route to his first Coca-Cola 600 victory. With a win on Saturday, Truex would be the first to sweep a track this year.
“First off, yes, it’s the same car we had here in the 600; also the car I believe we won Chicago with, so it’s definitely got some good history,” Truex Jr. said Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “But I’ll be honest, I can’t tell the difference between that car and say the car we raced last week.
“I mean, the way they build these things now, they’re all exactly the same and you can’t tell anything about the cars being different like you used to back in the day.”
Johnson seeks first Charlotte victory since 2013
Jimmie Johnson will be one to watch on Saturday as he is no stranger to Charlotte Motor Speedway. Johnson's resume consists of seven wins at the mile-and-a-half quad oval.
The No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports driver also has 14 top-five finishes and 18 top-10 finishes in his 30 attempts at CMS. Johnson's last win at Charlotte came in 2014 when he won the Coca-Cola 600. Johnson has won the fall race three times at Charlotte, which were all Chase races.
No other driver has won the Charlotte Chase race more than one time.
Busch looks to score first win at Charlotte
At 31 years old, there are only two tracks on the circuit that 2015 champion Kyle Busch has not won at–Charlotte and Pocono. Busch has never won in the Queen City, but in 25 career starts, he has 10 top-five finishes, 14 top-10 finishes and an average finish of 15.8.
Race coverage will be on NBC and PRN. The green flag is scheduled to drop at 7:20 P.M. Eastern Time Saturday, weather permitting.