“Daylight Racing Time” is back at Charlotte Motor
Speedway. The Bank of America 500, NASCAR’s homecoming,
returns to its original afternoon starting time on Sunday, Oct.
8, in a move geared for on-track competition and a schedule-
friendly weekend format for families.
Charlotte’s iconic 1.5-mile superspeedway hasn’t
scheduled a daytime Bank of America 500 since 2002, but a
return to the traditional Friday-Saturday-Sunday format offers
families an unmatched opportunity to enjoy two sun-drenched
afternoons of racing at an affordable price. Kids’ tickets cost
just $10 for the Bank of America 500 and are FREE for the
other events that weekend.
Additionally, the average early-October daytime high
temperature for the Charlotte region is 72 to 75 degrees –
the perfect temperature for fans to enjoy fall sunshine at the
From a competition perspective, a sunlit track offers
multiple grooves for drivers to use in working their way to
“Charlotte’s so tricky, especially when the sun’s out,” said
seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, the driver of
the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS. “And, the track’s finally aging
and getting to a place with a lot of character (so) that a day
race will allow us to run so many more lanes and, I think,
create such an entertaining and compelling race … I’m really
excited for a hot, slick, day race.”
Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Dale Earnhardt
Jr., supports the move to a daytime start.
“You’ve got a better opportunity for a good race during
the day,” said Earnhardt, the driver of the No. 88 Nationwide
Chevrolet SS. “There’s a bit of a science to it – the track surface
is hotter, the track is slicker and the groove is wider. You want
guys sliding around, having to get out of the gas and able to
“That’s why I think Charlotte races better during the day.
In practice during the day, you see us running against the wall
and moving all over the place. That’s what you’d see in the race.
I think this is a good move for Charlotte.”
Bojangles’ Pole Night remains under the lights at 7 p.m. on
Oct. 6 while the NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive for the Cure 300
presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina will run
at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7. The exhilarating second round of
the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs begins with
the Bank of America 500 at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8.
In addition to the thrilling on-track action, fans can
expect plenty of excitement off the track. Stay tuned tocharlottemotorspeedway.com
for more details on concerts, fan
zone attractions, driver appearances and other amenities.
‘HOMECOMING’ RUNS TO DAYLIGHT ON OCT. 8
Bank of America 500 Scheduled as a Day Race for First Time in 15 Years
By Aaron Burns
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Charlotte’s so tricky, especially when the sun’s out. And, the track’s finally aging and getting to a
place with a lot of character (so) that a day race will allow us to run so many more lanes and, I think,
create such an entertaining and compelling race … I’m really excited for a hot, slick, day race.
– Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, the driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS