Date: Saturday – October 15th, 2011
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Distance: 334 Laps/500 Miles
Broadcast: TV – ABC
Radio – PRN (Performance Racing Network)/Sirius XM Ch. 90
High: 73°F – Low: 46°F
Start Time: 65°F
End of Race:51°
Chance of Rain: 0%
Wind: From W at 8 mph
Fantasy Racing Picks:
Target: Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano
Avoid: Kevin Harvick, Juan Pablo Montoya and Denny Hamlin
Analysis: Kyle Busch has never won here but he’s come close many times. Kurt Busch swept the May 2010 races and Kahne did that in 2008. Johnson has had his trouble at Charlotte lately, but he’s led laps in 18 straight races (streak that came to an end last May).
Bargain: David Ragan finished P10 last October (finished P2 last May). AJ Allmendinger finished P5 here last May, and it’s only a matter of time before he winds up in Victory Lane.
-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.
-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 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.
-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.
-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.
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#00 David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL) Toyota/Aaron’s Dream Machine
#1 * Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Dodge/Miller Lite
#4 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Toyota/Red Bull
#5 Mark Martin (Batesville, AR) Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com/Carquest
#6 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/UPS Freight
#7 Robby Gordon (Orange, CA) Dodge/Speed Energy
#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/Stanley Bostitch
#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Express
#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Toyota/GEICO
#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Office Depot/Mobil 1
#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/3M Gives Kids a Smile
#17 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Ford/Fluidmaster
#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/M&M’s
#20 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Toyota/Home Depot
#21 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
#22 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil Ultra
#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Certain Teed
#29 Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Jimmy Johns
#30 David Stremme (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Inception Motorsports
#31 Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA) Chevrolet/Caterpillar
#32 Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR) Ford/Street King
#33 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Chevrolet/Cheerios/Hamb. Helper
#34 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Tasty Kake
#35 Geoffrey Bodine (Chemung, NY) Chevrolet/Luke & Associates
#36 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Chevrolet/Golden Corral
#37 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Ford/TBA
#38 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Ford/Long John Silver’s
#39 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Haas Automation
#42 Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia) Chevrolet/Target
#43 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Ford/Best Buy
#46 Scott Speed (Manteca, CA) Ford/ordergreenstuff.com
#47 Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX) Toyota/Lance Snacks/Tom’s
#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe’s
#51 Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA) Chevrolet/Security Benefits
#55 Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI) Ford/Ingersoil Rand
#56 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/NAPA Auto Brakes
#60 Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA) Chevrolet/Big Red
#66 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Toyota/Victory Junction
#71 Andy Lally (Northport, NY) Ford/Interstate Moving Services
#75 Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA) Dodge/TBA
#78 Regan Smith (Cato, NY) Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
#83 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Red Bull
#87 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/AM/FM Energy Pellet
#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat’l Guard
#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Aflac