Jamie McMurray Takes Home Bank of America 500 Victory
After taking the lead late in the Bank of America 500, Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, took home the trophy Saturday night. See the photo gallery online.
It was McMurray’s second victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway and his sixth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win. McMurray earned his first win eight years ago at Charlotte Motor Speedway as a substitute driver for an injured Sterling Marlin. He finished second in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.
“After coming so close in the 600 earlier in the season, I really felt like anything less than winning this weekend would have been disappointing,” McMurray said. “We had such a great car in the spring, it just wasn’t good enough on the short runs and tonight it was very similar to that.”
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota, finished second after battling with a stuck throttle, while Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, came back from a spin early in the race to finish third.
“Tonight is a night that reminds me of the last four years and what made this team champions,” said Johnson. “I hope that tonight leads us to a championship. I hope we look back and say Charlotte was a key point in the championship battle for us. We kept our composure. We just couldn’t give up.”
Denny Hamlin came home in fourth, and Greg Biffle rounded out the top five. Full results are available online.
The 2010 Bank of America 500 included 27 lead changes among 19 drivers and nine cautions.
Johnson maintained his lead in the series standings with Hamlin 41 points behind in second, followed by Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, and Busch. A full rundown of the standings is available online.