Open Race Thread: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 | Charlotte Motor Speedway

Charlotte

I don’t know about you but I really dig the races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and yes, I still called it that even after they sold the naming rights to the joint to the big box do-it-yourself company Lowes and re-named the faous racetrack to Lowes Motor Speedway.  Call me ‘old school’ if you want but I just couldn’t do it, just like the calling the summer Daytona race anything other than the Firecracker 400.

So look who is on the pole for today’s race, none other than Smoke himself, Tony Stewart.  Who created that nickname anywayy? Smoke. Was it Winston before they were forced out of sponsoring racing by the Government?  Or did he just make it up by himself?  Hmm, correct me if I’m wrong, but if you make up your own nickname, i doesn’t really count, or does it?

My pick to win today is the 48, I know, I know, but statistically he’s great here.  My darkhorse for the race is the 5 of Mark Martin.  I expect good runs from the 14, 24, 29 and the 99.  If one of the other Chase contenders win it’ll be because of fuel mileage.

Anyway, enough said.  Starting line-up is on the other side – I’ll see you there, in the comments of course!

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POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot 191.959 28.131 Leader
2 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Fluidmaster 191.918 28.137 -0.006
3 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac “Now Hiring” 191.870 28.144 -0.013
4 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 191.768 28.159 -0.028
5 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M “Give Kids A Smile” 191.741 28.163 -0.032
6 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Cookies for Kids’ Cancer 191.585 28.186 -0.055
7 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet CertainTeed / Menards 191.462 28.204 -0.073
8 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 191.394 28.214 -0.083
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Chevy 100th Anniversay 191.340 28.222 -0.091
10 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 191.259 28.234 -0.103
11 6 David Ragan Ford UPS Freight 191.002 28.272 -0.141
12 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley / Bostitch 191.002 28.272 -0.141
13 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com / Chevy 100th Anniversary 190.900 28.287 -0.156
14 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches 190.894 28.288 -0.157
15 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard / Chevy 100th Anniversary 190.833 28.297 -0.166
16 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 190.820 28.299 -0.168
17 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 190.799 28.302 -0.171
18 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 190.638 28.326 -0.195
19 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 190.611 28.330 -0.199
20 22 Kurt Busch Dodge Pennzoil Ultra 190.570 28.336 -0.205
21 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 190.429 28.357 -0.226
22 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Lance Snacks / Tom’s Snacks 190.255 28.383 -0.252
23 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger / Chevy 100th Anniversay 190.007 28.420 -0.289
24 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 189.727 28.462 -0.331
25 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 189.540 28.490 -0.359
26 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 189.520 28.493 -0.362
27 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Arctic Cat 189.401 28.511 -0.380
28 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 189.082 28.559 -0.428
29 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 188.923 28.583 -0.452
30 51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today / Security Benefit 188.851 28.594 -0.463
31 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 188.772 28.606 -0.475
32 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 188.725 28.613 -0.482
33 34 David Gilliland Ford Tastykake 188.600 28.632 -0.501
34 55 Travis Kvapil Ford Ingersoll Rand 188.271 28.682 -0.551
35 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Golden Corral 188.239 28.687 -0.556
36 30 David Stremme Chevrolet Red Rocks Cafe / Inception Motorsports 187.918 28.736 -0.605
37 66 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 187.454 28.807 -0.676
38 38 J.J. Yeley Ford Long John Silver’s 187.383 28.818 -0.687
39 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 187.311 28.829 -0.698
40 277 Andy Lally* Ford HOD 186.657 28.930 -0.799
41 71 Hermie Sadler+ Ford Susan G. Komen for the Cure 185.676 29.083 -0.952
42 32 Mike Bliss+ Ford Street King 185.440 29.120 -0.989
43 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy / Harris Teeter 186.303 28.985 -0.854
Did Not Qualify
44 135 Geoffrey Bodine Chevrolet Luke & Associates 186.245 28.994 -0.863
45 46 Scott Speed Ford www. order
greenstuff.com
186.207 29.000 -0.869
46 37 Josh Wise Ford Max Q Motorsports 185.382 29.129 -0.998
+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie
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