Charlotte “Roval” Test Met With Mixed Reviews, Including Race Distance That May Be Way Too Long

Four drivers took to the new Charlotte Motor Speedway “roval” this week as part of a two-day test. NASCAR and Goodyear were both looking for feedback on this test in preparation for next year’s Bank of America 500k. But, the test led to some mixed feedback from the drivers that participated. Kurt Busch was one of the drivers to participate in his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. The Daytona 500 champion said that the track to him was definitely needing some changes to the layout and that the slower speeds in the…

Read More

Sundays Bank of America 500 Start Time Moved Up To 1 p.m. ET.

Concord, NC – Rain moved into the Charlotte area very early on Saturday morning, forcing NASCAR to cancel both Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice sessions. That means the 40 drivers in Sunday’s Bank of America 500 (1 p.m. ET/NBC/PRN) field will have had just 55 minutes of practice this weekend. With that being said, Saturday’s rain mixed with remnants of a Hurricane coming through the North Carolina area have forced NASCAR competition officials as well as Charlotte Motor Speedway staff to move up the start time for Sunday’s race up…

Read More

Alex Bowman Wins Saturday’s Rain Delayed Drive For The Cure 300

Concord, NC – It was a wacky and wild day at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. First, we saw rain wash out both Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice sessions as well as qualifying for Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race. Then, we saw while the track was mostly dry, the NBC car driven by Erik Jones hit the steps that someone left out on the front stretch that connects the grandstands to the track. Then, we’d see the race itself be delayed by over five hours due to rain falling on the…

Read More

Jimmie Johnson Struggling This Weekend at Charlotte

Concord, NC – I wrote last weekend how the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover would tell us a lot about how Jimmie Johnson would fare the rest of the playoffs. After all, he took his No. 48 Chevrolet to victory lane for the 11th time of his career at Dover back in June. But, that was the last time he also came away with a top five finish on the season. He answered a lot in coming home third last Sunday. Now, this weekend’s race at the Charlotte…

Read More

All 4 SHR Cars Make The Final Round Of Bank of America 500 (2 p.m. ET/NBC/PRN) Qualifying

Concord, NC – It appears that Ford may have something for the Toyota’s this weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Yes, Toyota cars will have three of the top four starters in Sunday’s Bank of America 500 (2 p.m. ET/NBC/PRN), but Ford will also have four cars in the first four rows themselves. In fact, three of those four Fords belong to Stewart-Haas Racing. Even further, for the first time all season, all four SHR Fords made it to the third and final round of Coors Light Pole Award qualifying as…

Read More

Joe Gibbs Racing Strong On Friday at Charlotte

Concord, NC – The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session of the weekend proved to not be very indicative on how the Joe Gibbs Racing cars would perform this weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Just one of their four cars were in the top 10 of the speed charts. In fact, they were 4-16-17-21 in the opening practice at the 1.5-mile North Carolina track. But, in qualifying later on in the day, they flipped the script. 

Read More

Hamlin Earns Bank of America 500 Pole (2 p.m. ET/NBC/PRN) Kenseth To Start 2nd

Concord, NC – Last week, Toyota put five cars in the top six of the starting lineup for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover. This weekend, they will take three of the top four starting spots. Denny Hamlin powered his No. 11 Toyota to the pole for Sunday’s Bank of America 500 (2 p.m. ET/NBC/PRN), as the Joe Gibbs Racing driver qualified with a speed of 191.598 mph in the third and final round of Coors Light Pole Award qualifying. 

Read More