NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:
Saturday 10/10, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bank of America 500, 6:30 PM, PRN
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ON TO CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
The 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup now moves from Delaware to North Carolina for Saturday night’s Bank of America 500. It’s the opening race in the Contender Round with twelve drivers hoping to avoid falling out of title contention when the field is further reduced to eight in three weeks. All twelve drivers have had their championship points reset to three thousand, and any one of the twelve that wins a race in the next three weeks will automatically advance to the Eliminator Round of eight that opens November 1st at Martinsville Speedway … Chase drivers have won the fall race at Charlotte in nine of the eleven years the post-season title format has been in place. The only two non-chase drivers to win during that stretch are Jamie McMurray in 2010 and Brad Keselowski in 2013 … Jimmie Johnson, the top seed in this year’s Chase who was eliminated this past weekend at Dover, leads all drivers with seven wins at Charlotte. Of the drivers still in contention for the 2015 championship, Jeff Gordon has the most victories at C-M-S: five.
45 BOUND FOR CMS
There are forty-five drivers on the preliminary entry list for Saturday’s Sprint Cup Series race in Charlotte led by defending winner Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards, who was victorious in this year’s first visit to the mile-and-a-half oval back on May 24th … Clint Bowyer, who won this race in 2012, is heading into his final seven weeks as a member of Michael Waltrip Racing. Bowyer was introduced last week as Tony Stewart’s replacement behind the wheel of the Number-14 Chevrolet starting in 2017 after Stewart’s retirement. It was confirmed this past weekend in Dover that Bowyer will drive for H-Scott Motorsports in 2016 before moving over to Stewart-Haas for the 2017 campaign.
► John Hunter Nemechek of NEMCO Motorsports had the highest finish by a rookie in any of NASCAR’s three top series that competed this past weekend, placing fourth in Saturday night’s Camping World Truck Series race in Las Vegas.
► While both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and X-FINITY Series will be busy this coming weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Camping World Truck Series is in the early days of a three-week break in its schedule. Action will continue Saturday, October 24th, at Talladega Superspeedway. The fred’s 250 kicks off a stretch of five straight weekends to close the season. It’s a tight championship fight with just sixteen points separating the top three drivers. Kyle Busch Motorsports rookie Erik Jones leads the way with two-time defending series champion Matt Crafton four points off the pace. Tyler Reddick is third, twelve points farther back … Austin Theriault (TERRY-oh), Reddick’s teammate at Brad Keselowski Racing, is recovering from a back injury suffered in an accident during Saturday night’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Theriault was transported to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed with a ten percent compression fracture of the lower back. He was released and returned to North Carolina, and is seeing an orthopedic specialist for further treatment. Theriault finished thirty-first in the Rhino Linings 350.
ON THIS DATE … 30 YEARS AGO
October 6th, 1985: Three-time Cup Series champion Cale Yarborough claimed his eighty-third … and final … victory in the Miller High Life 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Yarborough rallied from a lap down on five different occasions before he took the lead from Bill Elliott with forty-six laps to go. He then held Elliott off down the stretch, beating him to the finish by one second. Yarborough retired in 1988 and was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January 2012.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
SUN 10/25, Talladega Superspeedway, Geico 500, 1:00 PM, MRN
SUN 11/1, Martinsville Speedway, Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500, 12:30 PM, MRN
SUN 11/8, Texas Motor Speedway, TBD, 2:00 PM, PRN
SUN 11/15, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500, 2:00 PM, MRN
SUN 11/22, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 400, 2:00 PM, MRN
FRI 12/4, Wynn Las Vegas, NV, NASCAR Awards Banquet, 8:00 PM, MRN
NASCAR X-Finity Series
SAT 11/7, Texas Motor Speedway, TBD, 3:00 PM, PRN
SAT 11/14, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Nationwide 200, 3:30 PM, MRN
SAT 11/21, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 300, 4:00 PM, MRN
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
SAT 10/31, Martinsville Speedway, Kroger 200, 1:00 PM, MRN
FRI 11/13, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Lucas Oil 150, 8:00 PM, MRN
FRI 11/20, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 200, 7:30 PM MRN
Indy Car Series