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DATE: Saturday, October 13th
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway (1960) -- Concord, North Carolina
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval - 1,980 feet (Frontstretch); 1,500 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 146,000 (Grandstand seating)
ANNUAL: 53rd
TELEVISION: ABC
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (ET)/Green Flag: 7:46 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Matt Kenseth
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Tony Stewart (Finished 8th)
LAPS: 334
MILES: 500
QUALIFYING RECORD: Elliott Sadler, 2005 (193.216 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $5,123,929 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $276,936; 2nd Place - $242,266; 3rd Place - $188,091
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Matt Kenseth26Kevin Harvick14
2Kyle Busch257A.J. Allmendinger4
3Carl Edwards38Tony Stewart1
4Kasey Kahne89Denny Hamlin17
5Marcos Ambrose1210Ryan Newman6
2011 Bank of America 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 146.194 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 25 minutes, 37 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.968 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 34 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 26 among 10 drivers
POLE WINNER: Tony Stewart (191.959 m.p.h.)
Past Bank of America 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Matt Kenseth (2nd) -- Ford -- 146.194 m.p.h.
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)
2011 -- Tony Stewart -- 8th
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: Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 (October 7th)
SITE: Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Alabama
MILES: 502.74
LAPS: 189
WINNER: Matt Kenseth
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Gordon
THIRD: Kyle Busch
FOURTH: David Ragan
FIFTH: Regan Smith
POLE WINNER: Kasey Kahne (Finished 12th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 56 minutes, 12 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 171.194 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 17 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 54 among 18 drivers
LAP LEADERS: K. Kahne 1-7; C. Bowyer 8; K. Kahne 9-10; T. Bayne 11; C. Bowyer
12; D. Earnhardt Jr. 13-14; Kyle Busch 15-17; K. Harvick 18; T.
Kvapil 19; Kyle Busch 20-22; M. Kenseth 23-32; D. Earnhardt Jr.
33-40; M. Kenseth 41; D. Earnhardt Jr. 42-49; C. Mears 50; J.
Burton 51-52; T. Bayne 53-56; C. Mears 57-61; J. Johnson 62-71;
J. Gordon 72-78; J. McMurray 79-89; Kurt Busch 90-93; M. Kenseth
94-96; Kurt Busch 97-98; J. Burton 99; J. Johnson 100; D. Ragan
101; M. Ambrose 102-103; M. Kenseth 104-108; K. Harvick 109-116;
J. McMurray 117-118; M. Kenseth 119-126; G. Biffle 127; M.
Kenseth 128-131; J. McMurray 132-139; T. Kvapil 140-141; C. Mears
142-143; G. Biffle 144-145; K. Harvick 146-147; G. Biffle
148-151; J. McMurray 152; G. Biffle 153-155; J. McMurray 156-160;
G. Biffle 161; J. McMurray 162; G. Biffle 163-167; J. McMurray
168; K. Harvick 169; J. McMurray 170; M. Kenseth 171; C. Mears
172-173; J. McMurray 174-181; C. Bowyer 182-187; T. Stewart 188;
M. Kenseth 189.
Bank of America 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Time Warner Cable
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Best Buy
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
10David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Chevrolet/Tommy Baldwin Racing
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Ground
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/Geico
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Office Depot
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M/DG
17 *Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Best Buy
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Plinker Tactical
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Good Sam/Camping World
22Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
23Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
26Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Pitts. Paint
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy Johns
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Inception Motorsports
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32T.J. Bell (Sparks, NV)Ford/TBA
33Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Glory Foods
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Tommy Baldwin Racing
37J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Ford/TBA
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Glory Foods
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target/Kellogg's
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Smithfield
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Scott Brand
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Toyota/Burger King
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM FM Energy Wood&Pellet
88Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/AMP Energy/Nat. Guard
91Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Plinker Tactical
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King
95Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/TBA
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/K-Love/Curb Records
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Kellogg's
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Matt Kenseth8th11th26th14th34th41st2nd6thWon
Kyle Busch---34th39th6th3rd4th8th2nd2nd
Carl Edwards------10th8th5th33rd39th12th3rd
Kasey Kahne---32nd23rdWon8th2nd3rd38th4th
Marcos Ambrose------------------22nd16th5th
Kevin Harvick10th36th28th18th33rd13th18th8th6th
Tony StewartWon10th25th13th7th11th13th21st8th
Denny Hamlin------8th28th20th16th42nd4th9th
Ryan Newman2nd14th7th27th28th21st11th36th10th
Joey Logano------------------5th7th12th
Greg Biffle17th33rd3rd37th27th7th16th5th15th
Brad Keselowski------------------12th27th16th
Paul Menard------------22nd26th27th24th17th
Dale Earnhardt Jr9th3rd42nd4th19th36th38th29th19th
Jeff Gordon5th2nd38th24thWon8th4th23rd21st
Martin Truex Jr---------31st17th14th9th15th23rd
Clint Bowyer---------23rd2nd12th6th17th24th
Jimmie Johnson3rdWonWon2nd14th6thWon3rd34th
Mark Martin11th13th5th30th16th9th17th14th37th
 
Mover of the Week
Travis Kvapil - Started in the 36th position and finished 8th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Darkhorse - Greg Biffle
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Brad Keselowski) - Finished 7th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Dave Blaney) - Finished 29th
 
NOTES:
Four races are in the books in the Race for the Chase and Brad Keselowski owns a 14-point advantage over Jimmie Johnson heading into the halfway point of the Sprint Cup Championship. Just 23 points back is Denny Hamlin followed by Kasey Kahne (36 behind).

Matt Kenseth, who captured last week's race at Talladega, is this week's defending champion. Last year, Kenseth passed Kyle Busch for the lead with 25 laps remaining and then regained the advantage with just seven laps left to capture the 2011 running of the Bank of America 500.

After the final restart with a dozen laps left, Kenseth pulled away from Busch and then beat him to the finish line by one second for his third win of the season and the 21st of his career. Kenseth's first win in NASCAR's premier series came in the 600-mile race at this track during his 2000 rookie season.

Last week, Kenseth survived a 25-car accident on the final turn of the last lap to win for the second time in 2012 and first since capturing Daytona back in February. Despite the win, Kenseth remains in last place in the Chase, 62 points behind.

Back in 2010, Jamie McMurray outran title contenders Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson in the closing laps for his third victory of that 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 this race for the third time. With the win, Johnson became the first pole sitter to capture 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 58 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 and last Sprint Cup win. Johnson started on the pole and led a race- high 67 laps, but wound up finishing sixth.

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 five times since and now totals 86 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 108th Sprint Cup race at Charlotte. Sixty one of the previous 107 races there have been won from a top-five starting position. Thirty one 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. 14 races have been won from the pole, the last by Jimmie Johnson (October, 2009). Six of the last nine races at Charlotte have come from the top-7.

The Chase for the Sprint Cup championship continues with the October 21 running of the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Jimmie Johnson is the defending race winner.

10/11 10:35:41 ET

As of October 11, 2012, at 10:36 AM ET