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“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

speedway.

From a competition perspective, a sunlit track offers

multiple grooves for drivers to use in working their way to

the front.

“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

move around.

“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 to

charlottemotorspeedway.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

14 | Globe

CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com

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