This Saturday is race #31 of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and race #5 of the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. This week, NASCAR races in its backyard at “The Beast of The Southeast”, Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Charlotte Motor Speedway is a motorsports complex located in Concord, North Carolina, United States 13 miles fromCharlotte, North Carolina. The complex features a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) quad oval track that hosts NASCAR racing including the prestigious Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend and the Sprint All-Star Race, as well as the Bank of America 500. The speedway was built in 1959 by Bruton Smith and is considered the home track for NASCAR with many race teams located in the Charlotte area. The track is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports (SMI) with Marcus G. Smith (son of Bruton Smith) as track president.
The 2,000 acres (810 ha) complex also features a state-of-the-art quarter mile (0.40 km) drag racing strip, ZMAX Dragway. It is the only all-concrete, four-lane drag strip in the United States and hosts NHRA events. Alongside the drag strip is a state-of-the-art clay oval that hosts dirt racing including the World of Outlaws finals. Oh, and it also has the worlds largest jumbotron.
Matt Kenseth enters the race as the points leader with Jimmie Johnson 3 points behind. Kevin Harvick, coming off a win at Kansas Speedway and winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte on Memorial Day Sunday, is looking to pull off the Charlotte sweep. Jeff Gordon, coming in the race 4th in the points 32 back, is looking for his 88th career win at the very track he got his first career win at in 1994.
So who will win the Bank of America 500? Tune in this Saturday night at 7 PM on ABC and 12 AM on Premier Sports in the UK.
(Photo: Wikipedia) (Video: Charlotte Motor Speedway’s YouTube Channel)