Bank of America 500
Oct 7, 2018
Charlotte Motor Speedway
First race: 1960
Distance: 501 miles (806.3 km)
The chase for the Sprint Cup returns to the home of NASCAR! When it hits Charlotte, NC as drivers battle for championship position under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway!
The Bank of America 500, formerly NASCAR Banking 500, is sure to play a pivotal role in deciding the series champion. Bank of America 500 renamed its signature race on October 7 at Charlotte Motor Speedway the NASCAR Bank of America 500.
The race was jointly sponsored by General Motors and the United Auto Worker until 2005 and was then known as the UAW-GM Quality 500. After, 2005 ‘Bank of America’ became the new sponsor in Early 2006 and hence the new name for this race is now called "Bank 500". Also known as the “Beast of the Southeast”
Lowe's Motor Speedway is a 1.5-mile Super speedway in the suburbs of Charlotte. The first World 600 was held at Lowe's Motor Speedway on June 19, 1960. In 1984 Lowe's Motor Speedway became the only sports facility to have living accommodations on site. They built 40 condominiums above turn one and 12 more in 1991. In 1992 Lowe's Motor Speedway was the first to host a night race with the new lighting system.
A number of NASCAR's greatest drivers have hoisted the trophy at Lowe's Motor Speedway, including legends Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Buddy Baker. In more recent years, drivers Bobby Labonte, Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon have scored their first-career NASCAR Sprint Cup wins at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
Straights: Frontstretch - 1952.8 feet; Backstretch - 1360 feet
Grandstand Seating: 167,000
2017 Bank of America 500 Winner: Martin Truex Jr
2016 Bank of America 500 Winner: Jimmie Johnson
2015 Bank of America 500 Winner: Joey Logano
2014 Bank of America 500 Winner: Kevin Harvick
2013 Bank of America 500 Winner
Brad Keselowski wins 2013 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Keselowski led just 11 laps to 138 for Kahne and 130 for Johnson, but a late caution for debris on the backstretch scrambled the running order and set up the restart with 23 laps left.
2012 Bank of America 500 Winner
Clint Bowyer was over the final 56 laps, when he stretched his fuel and won 2012 Bank of America 500. This is Bowyer's eighth victory in his Sprint Cup career and the third of this NASCAR Season.
2011 Bank of America 500 Winner
Matt Kenseth celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the 2011 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday night. Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards end up second, third respectively, Kasey Kahne fourth and Marcos Ambrose fifth place. Greg Biffle pitted during a regularly scheduled stop on lap 125, but had to return to the pits because of a missing lug nut, putting him a lap down. That enabled Kenseth to take the lead.
Jamie McMurray Wins 2010 Bank 500
Jamie McMurray wins 2010 Bank of America 500. This became his third win of the season. Kyle Busch was the leader before the final caution, after which McMurray became the leader. Busch was unable to catch him. Following the race, McMurray became the first driver out of the Chase for the Sprint Cup to win in the first five races. Jimmie Johnson managed the third position in the closing laps of the race, after starting tenth on the grid. Pole position winner Jeff Gordon had a couple problems late in the race, which prompted him to a twenty-third place finish.
Jimmie Johnson Wins 2009 Bank 500
As Jimmie Johnson achieved perfection Saturday, the rivals trying to prevent him from winning a fourth consecutive championship seemed more fallible than ever. Johnson qualified first and was fastest in all three practice sessions en route to winning the NASCAR Banking 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. It was the first "perfect weekend" (a goal set by crew chief Chad Knaus) of the three-time champion's 286-race career, though some took issues with the criteria.