Charlotte Motor Speedway schedule, news, media, tickets, and information for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series track only on the official site of NASCAR.
Charlotte Motor Speedway schedule, news, media, tickets, and information for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series track only on the official site of NASCAR.
Bruce: Did the officials make the right decision? RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize "Settle your differences outside the car" seemed to be the essence of the message delivered by NASCAR on Tuesday after the sanctioning body announced fines and probation for drivers Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart . The two former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions were among four competitors involved in separate incidents following the completion of Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Keselowski, driver of the Team Penske No. 2 Ford, was fined $50,000 and placed on probation through Nov. 12 for his post-race actions. Stewart, co-owner and driver of the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Chevrolet, was fined $25,000 and also placed on probation through Nov. 12. Both drivers were involved in post-race contact as the field was making its way onto pit road, and that, according to Robin Pemberton, NASCAR senior vice president, competition and racing development, was the reasoning behind the penalties. Drivers were dropping window nets and loosening -- if not unhooking -- safety items such as harnesses and HANS devices. Crewmen, various NASCAR personnel and others were making their way onto pit road. After a 500-mile race that lasted nearly three-and-a-half hours, everyone's guard was down, no different than after the completion of any NASCAR race. When Keselowski drove up and into the side of Kenseth's No. 20 Toyota, and when Stewart put his car in reverse and backed into the front of Keselowski's Ford, the safety of not only drivers but also others in the area was compromised. Pemberton said the penalties "are about maintaining a safe environment following the race. ... The safety of our drivers, crew members, officials and workers is paramount and we will react when that safety could be compromised." Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth were not penalized, although Kenseth eventually was involved in a physical confrontation with Keselowski. Were the penalties to Keselowski and Stewart justified? Should Kenseth and Hamlin (the latter tracked Keselowski through the garage before the Team Penske driver pulled away after initially stopping in a garage bay) have been punished as well? Contact on pit road after the conclusion of an event can't be tolerated, regardless of whether drivers have begun to unbuckle safety equipment or if they're still seated securely in their cars. Had Keselowski turned Hamlin on the cool-down lap, as he unsuccessfully attempted to do, then continued on into the garage, it is likely NASCAR would not have issued anything more severe than a warning. But to hit other cars once they have begun to come off the track was too dangerous to ignore. And while Stewart may have been reacting to an incident he didn't create, the fact remains that he reacted. If officials found fault with Keselowski's actions, how could they overlook those of Stewart? The cases of Hamlin and Kenseth are less clear, although officials apparently determined Hamlin did nothing malicious or dangerous as he followed Keselowski's car through the garage. Without knowing what evidence they had at their disposal, it's difficult to determine how they came to their decision. Kenseth rushed up and nearly tackled Keselowski, an incident that quickly sent crewmembers and officials rushing in to separate the two drivers. No punches appeared to be thrown, unlike earlier this season when Marcos Ambrose punched Casey Mears following a race at Richmond International Raceway . Both those drivers were fined and placed on probation, Ambrose for the punch and Mears for what officials described as instigating the altercation. Were Kenseth's actions seen as a reaction to Keselowski's earlier contact? The evidence would seem to indicate that was the case, and perhaps reason enough for NASCAR officials to take no action against Kenseth. Such flare-ups weren't unexpected given the nature of this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format, where drivers and teams must navigate their way through a trio of three-race segments to advance to Homestead-Miami Speedway , where only four of the original 16 will have an opportunity to contend for the championship. Three of the four involved in Saturday night's post-race scrapes -- Keselowski, Kenseth and Hamlin -- are among the 12 still attempting to advance to the next round. The racing on the track and the drivers' emotions have increased substantially under the new format. Officials walk a razor's edge in trying to police such incidents without legislating the passion out of the sport. "We knew that the new Chase format was likely going to raise the intensity level," Pemberton said, "and we want our drivers to continue to be themselves." Did officials make the right call with Tuesday's decision? Fans of the sport either believe they did or did not, depending on where their allegiances lie. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Race shop hosts event to promote science, technology, engineering, math CORNELIUS, N.C. -- The questions weren't surprising and ranged from "how much do you make" to "how did you get interested in racing." Nothing too bizarre to start off, and with just enough feedback to keep the trip interesting and the attendees attentive. Last month, Michael Waltrip Racing and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Brian Vickers hosted approximately 30 teenagers from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte (Mecklenburg and Union Counties). It was one of four events the organization took part in this year to help demonstrate the importance of STEM, an academic curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and math. According to the U.S. Department of Education ( www.ed.gov/stem ), "only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career. Even among those who do go on to pursue a college major in the STEM fields, only about half choose to work in a related career. The United States is falling behind internationally, ranking 25th in mathematics and 17th in science among industrialized nations." Following the screening of a short video and the open discussion, the teens, ranging in age from 13 to 18, toured the expansive facility where MWR personnel explained the engineering and safety aspects of today's Sprint Cup Series cars in a more hands-on setting. Vickers, a three-time winner in Sprint Cup and a former NASCAR Nationwide Series champion, said he has tried to tailor his approach to the interest of each individual group. "I wouldn't say it's changed it dramatically but certainly there are some things you learn as you go through the process," he said. "It's interesting. Every group is different, some are totally engaged, absolutely thought it was the coolest thing ever, especially the younger kids. The older groups, when you're in high school ... they want to pretend like they're not impressed even though they are. They're just that age where all their peers' opinions really matter so you have to really pull it out of them. "One mistake I made early on was just hammering science, technology, engineering and math. Because that's what it's about, right? I think it should be an integral part of it but the reality is you're not going to get 100 kids in one room and they all want to be engineers." The bigger picture, he said, was the opportunity to promote the value of getting an education. And that was the message he tried to impress upon the teens. "Something I have learned is that everyone here is intrigued by different things. Maybe it doesn't involve STEM, but maybe it does," he said. "What I would say to you is you should take your education seriously, but do something you love. Maybe it is working on race cars or building rockets or building skyscrapers, whatever. Maybe it's writing a play, or maybe it's being the next great artist. I don't know. "I'm not going to stand here and tell you that you need to be an engineer if that's not something that intrigues you. But I will tell you that your education is one of the most valuable assets you're going to have in your life." He doesn't undersell the importance of the STEM program, however. Integrating it with the Boys and Girls Clubs has been a success from the standpoint of providing youngsters with hands-on learning opportunities. In addition to the tour of the race shop, the teens were also the guests of the team at Charlotte Motor Speedway . "It works for us," Vickers said of the program. "Because that's what racing is about. It's engineering-based. One of the last ones we did was in Atlanta, and we got just some amazing responses. "Those kids were so engaged. They had these dreams, and yeah, some of them, a big group of them in fact, wanted to be engineers. We had two or three that really wanted to work on race teams. And one young boy wanted to be an architect, a couple wanted to be musicians. ... And that's great. "But to only talk about (engineering), I think, it doesn't go as well. So I've kind of opened it up a little bit more; still focus on that but talk to them about what do they want to do, what are they interested in?" So just how much does he earn? "I always get that question," he said, laughing. "I do pretty well."
Drivers sound off about the post-race incidents in last week's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway .
From moving to SHR to hoisting the 2014 Sprint Cup trophy above his head Nov. 16: Harvick wins Sprint Cup championship In his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing, Harvick delivered a title and he did it in the fashion that became expected of the No. 4 team: smart pit decisions, pure speed and a whole lot of talent behind the wheel. " Read more Nov. 9: Harvick wins at Phoenix, clinches spot in championship race In what was possibly one the most crucial races of the 2014 season, Harvick proved that he knew how to dominate the desert track and wrote his ticket to the final four round of the Chase. " Read more Nov. 2: Post-race brawl between Keselowski, Gordon and Harvick Although Harvick wasn't the one throwing punches in the massive brawl at Texas Motor Speedway , he did spark it with a slight shove to Keselowski. Relive the dramatic ending to the Eliminator Round of the Chase as emotions get the most of drivers. " Read more Oct. 26: Harvick: Kenseth 'won't win this championship' Either Harvick can see the future or he was just that confident in his driving. After contact with Matt Kenseth at Martinsville sent the No. 4 to the garage and in a must-win situation at Phoenix two weeks later, Harvick spoke up about his feelings for the No. 20 JGR driver. " Read more Oct. 11: Harvick wins Charlotte night race with restart After six winless months, Harvick's Charlotte win secured him a spot in the Eliminator Round of the Chase and proved to the rest of the field that he's a force to be reckoned with. " Read more Sept. 9: Harvick, Stewart swap pit crews Although Harvick had speed on the track, it was his pit crew that needed some work. Just before the first race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, SHR announced that the No. 4 and No. 14 crews were going to switch. " Read more April 12: Harvick wins thrilling Southern 500 at Darlington Harvick passed Dale Earnhardt Jr . on the next-to-last lap of the second attempt at a green-white-checkered flag finish of the Southern 500 to become the first two-time winner of the season. " Read more March 2: Kevin Harvick dominates in Phoenix win Harvick has a positive track record at Phoenix International Raceway , but this win was extra special to the No. 4 SHR driver, as it was his first with his new race team. " Read more Feb. 3: Championship the lone goal for Kevin Harvick at SHR Harvick makes it clear that the reason he left RCR for SHR was to win a championship -- the 2014 Sprint Cup Series champion goes into detail how his transition from team-to-team confirmed his decision to move. " Read more Dec. 11, 2013: Harvick, Newman pace configuration 1 test Fresh into the offseason, Harvick shows what kind of power the No. 4 has at a configuration test at Charlotte Motor Speedway and gives other drivers a hint at what's to come in 2014. " Read more July 12, 2013: Harvick to run SHR No. 4; no ride for Newman After 13 years with Richard Childress Racing, it was announced that Kevin Harvick would join Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014 and his sponsor, Budweiser, would make the move with him. " Read more MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Check out all the garage action before the All-Star race from Charlotte Motor Speedway .
CMS, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina team up RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today The Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway this month now has a name: the Drive for the Cure 300 Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the speedway announced Wednesday in conjuction with BCBS. The agreement includes a three-year sponsorship of the race. The announcement was made during a press event at the speedway where officials were joined by up to 100 breast cancer survivors to kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by painting the pit road wall pink. The partnership is aimed at raising awareness of breast cancer prevention, detection and treatment. "We are proud to partner with the official health insurance company of Charlotte Motor Speedway , Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, " Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway said in a statement. "At the core of both of our companies is a commitment to providing an unparalleled customer experience. We are eager to get to work raising awareness about breast cancer and creating an unforgettable race day experience for fans." The Drive for the Cure 300 is the 30th Nationwide Series race of the season and will air on ESPN2 on Friday, October 10. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See where each driver finished at Charlotte and why RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota Editor's note: Drivers in italics are in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup 1. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing Harvick showed the "freaky fast" dominance that he's been notorious for throughout the 2014 season as he led for a total of 162 laps out of 334 to win the Bank of America 500 . Harvick started seventh in the field and maintained a top-10 presence. The No. 4 SHR driver won by pulling away on the final restart on Lap 333 to beat Jeff Gordon to the finish line by .571 seconds. Harvick enters the final race in the Contender Round with a win to guarantee a position in the Eliminator Round. Get more driver data with RaceView. 2. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports Gordon wasted little time shooting from second place to stealing the lead from Kyle Busch on Lap 14. The No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports driver led for a total of 74 laps before finishing .571 seconds away from first. Gordon currently sits sixth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings with 18 points over Matt Kenseth , the first driver sitting in a position to be eliminated in ninth. 3. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing McMurray used an interesting pit strategy on a Lap 95 caution, only taking two tires. The pit move put the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing driver second in the field on the restart, alongside Dale Earnhardt Jr ., who also only took two tires. Unlike Dale Jr., McMurrary maintained his position. CGR teammates McMurray and Larson went on to bounce in and out of the top five, giving the Chase drivers a run for their money along the way. McMurray ultimately finished third at Charlotte , achieving his seventh top five of his Cup career at the track. Get more pit data with RaceView. 4. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske Logano played a low profile this week. Why make a scene when you're already guaranteed a spot in the Elimination Round of the Chase? "Sliced Bread" started 13th in the field, and besides his slight run-in with Danica Patrick on Lap 246 when he got into the back of the No. 10 coming out of Turn 2, causing Patrick to spin out, the Team Penske driver had a successful night. Logano remains on the top of the points standings heading into Talladega. See Logano's interaction with Patrick here . 5. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing Pole-sitter Kyle Busch came out looking as strong as ever. Leading a total of 41 laps, the No. 18 Toyota driver had a lot of contenders gunning after his lead position and he just couldn't hold off the hard-charging Harvick. Despite losing the lead, Busch just added another top-five finish at Charlotte his new total of 10. Busch sits second in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. 6. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing Larson found the high line early in the race and was able to fly into the top 10 on a restart after the competition caution on Lap 25. The No. 42 Chevrolet driver even saw the lead for five laps. The Chip Ganassi Racing rookie has been consistent for his first Sprint Cup Series season -- with eight top fives and now 16 top 10s, Larson's sixth-place finish proves he's a driver Chasers should be worried about now and in the future. 7. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing Newman was running in the top 15 when a spin from Danica Patrick collected him and sent the No. 31 shooting across the track. Newman started the race fifth, and despite his incident managed to rally a top-10 finish. Newman now sits fourth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings as he heads to Talladega. See Newman's spin here . 8. Carl Edwards , No. 99 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing Starting 10th in the Bank of America 500 , Edwards didn't make any significant moves in the second race of the Contender Round of the Chase besides scoring his 13th top-10 finish at Charlotte . Looking ahead, Edwards is 12 points off of first in the standings. The No. 99 driver would need to finish 18th with no laps led, 19th with at least one lap led or 20th with most laps led at Talladega to advance in order to the clinch into the Eliminator Round of the Chase. 9. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing Hamlin started the race third and surprisingly didn't see the lead until Lap 272 out of 334. Hamlin led 22 laps before falling short to eventual winner Kevin Harvick . The lead gave Hamlin enough momentum to remain in the top 10 from there on out. After the race on the cool down lap, Hamlin found himself tangled in post-race drama with Brad Keselowski . The No. 2 and No. 11 seemed to have a disagreement, causing Keselowski to try to wreck Hamlin. "He just tried to turn ya," Hamlin's crew chief explained to Hamlin. "Get out of there. Be smart. Don't do nothing stupid. Let Tony (Stewart) handle it." Get more in-race audio with RaceView . " View the video of the post-race drama here . 10. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports Kahne escaped the craziness of what was the Bank of America 500 with a top-10 finish and even moved a position higher in the Chase standings. Currently sitting in the eighth position in the standings, in order for Kahne to clinch a spot in the Eliminator Round of the Chase he would have to win at Talladega. Kahne has three top-fives in 21 starts at the superspeedway with an average finish of 21.5. 11. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing The kind of run that Busch had at Charlotte was exactly the kind of run he needed earlier in the season to have remained in the Chase. Busch saw his way into the top five quickly after starting the race 11th in the field and even saw the lead for two laps. The No. 41 SHR driver finished 11th, more than 8 spots ahead of his average finishing position at the North Carolina track. 12. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing Although no longer in the Chase, Allmendinger is still running in the top 15. The 'Dinger started the race 26th and made significant positive movement in the race despite a pit road penalty on Lap 97 for equipment leaving his pit box. Allmendinger is also leading in the non-Chase driver standings. 13. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing Improving his previous Charlotte showing, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year competitor started the Bank of America 500 20th in the field and eventually led for a total of six laps during a flurry of green-flag pits stops. Dillon has shown he's powerful on speedways, earning his first Coors Light Pole Award at the start of the year in the Daytona 500 . Dillon's previous trip to Talladega had him finishing 15th. Not bad for a rookie. 14. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing In one of Truex's better races this season, the Furniture Row Racing driver started 23rd and made huge gains by Lap 124 and was running as high as sixth. Truex's average finish at Charlotte is 18.5 in 19 starts, so his 14th-place finish is a move in a positive direction. Truex Jr. moved up one spot in the standings. 15. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports Still in his rookie season, Allgaier has only two Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte , his best run coming in the Bank of America 500 . Not only was this Allgaier's best run at Charlotte , it was also his best run of 2014. Could the HScott driver be catching on? 16. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske Unlike Keselowski's typical chamionship-worthy form, the No. 2 Team Penske driver fought to stay in the top 10 at Charlotte . It wasn't until after the race that Keselowski started to heat up. During the cool-down lap, the No. 2 and No. 11 seemed to have a disagreement, causing Keselowski to go after Denny Hamlin . Once heading onto pit road Keselowski then went after Matt Kenseth and also crashed into Tony Stewart along the way. Stewart had no tolerance for it and reversed himself into Keselowski. Back in the garage area, Hamlin and Kenseth went after Keselowski and physical altercations broke out between the No. 2 and No. 20 team. All in all, with a finish of 16th, Keselowski now must battle at Talladega next week to keep his position in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Keselowski sits 19 points behind the eighth-place cut off for the Eliminator Round. View the video of the post-race drama here . 17. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports Better than his finish last week at Kansas, Johnson could have still had a better night in the Bank of America 500 . In his 27 starts, Johnson had earned seven wins at the North Carolina track, his most recent coming in the spring race of this year. Unlike his typical calm and cool demeanor, Johnson let a bit of the pressure get to him, resulting in a heated exchange with crew chief Chad Knaus over the radio as Knaus was trying to adjust Johnson's car. Hanging on the edge of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings in 11th, the Hendrick Motorsports driver must win at Talladega in order to clinch a spot in the next round. Johnson only has two wins in 25 starts at the Alabama superspeedway where he finished 23rd earlier this year. To hear the heated discussion click here . 18. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing Even though Biffle is out of the Chase, he still found a way to make an impact. Biffle's 18th-place finish was not only better than his spring showing, but the non-Chaser took away a position that Kenseth and Dale Jr. were gunning for. 19. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing After starting the race in the rear for unapproved adjustments, winless Chase contender Kenseth worked his way through traffic and even saw the top five. It wasn't until Lap 272 that things started to shake up. During a restart on that lap, Kenseth and Keselowski made contact and Hamlin ran away with the lead. The contact dropped Kenseth from fourth back to 18th-place. Following Harvick's win, Kenseth was driving down pit road with his seat belt and HANS device off, and Keselowski charged from behind him to scrape the back side of the No. 20 Toyota Camry. Kenseth later found Keselowski on pit road and a fight broke out between the two teams. View the video of the post-race drama here . 20. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports Earnhardt Jr. needed Charlotte to be a success story. He even went as far as declaring his win a day before the race. "We're gonna win this race," Earnhardt said in a televised interview after Friday's first practice at Charlote. "I've got a really good feeling about it." Earnhardt Jr. pitted before pit road was open on Lap 138 and got a penalty, forcing him to restart in the rear. The No. 88 crew also had to deal with a broken shifter in the Hendrick Chevrolet. Earnhardt was also penalized for speeding on pit road which ultimately set him back further in the field. After a second penalty for speeding and constantly battling to stay on the lead lap, Dale Jr. finished the race 20th and is currently 12th in the Chase standings with one race left in the Contender Round. Junior has the best record at Talladega of any of the Chasers on the bubble going into next round with five wins, 10 top-fives and 14 top-10s in 29 career starts. 21. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing It looked like a quiet night for Stewart. The SHR co-owner and driver started fourth in the field and by Lap 4 had stolen third from Hamlin. He eventually drifted back, occasionally making an appearance in the top 10. Stewart finished the race 21st and was heading down pit road when Keselowski made contact with the No. 14 as he was attempting to go after Kenseth. Stewart had zero tolerance for the No. 2's behavior and put his SHR Chevrolet into reverse, crunching the hood of Keselowski. View the video of the post-race drama here . 22. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports It's a good thing Almirola is no longer in the Chase running. His poor showings at both Kansas (31st) and Charlotte (22nd) would be a surefire way to eliminate himself. The No. 43 team couldn't seem to find their groove on Saturday night and caught themselves a lap down on Lap 85. After starting 15th, Almirola just dropped back. We know the RPM driver is capable of more because he finished 11th in the spring race this year. Perhaps, Almirola is experiencing more of a laid back attitude now that the Chase pressure is off his shoulders. 23. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Racing With three previous DNFs at Charlotte , just finishing the race is an accomplishment for the No. 40 team. Cassill's 23rd-place finish is his second best in nine starts at the track. His best was 18th in 2012. Although Cassill only finished 331 out of 334 laps, this is still a move in the right direction. 24. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing While this isn't Stenhouse's worst finish at Charlotte , it isn't his best either. The No. 17 RFR driver started 28th in the field and didn't see much movement. Perhaps he was distracted by his contact he made with Mears on Lap 109. From the looks of it, it seemed intentional and Mears headed to pit road. If Stenhouse gets his mind back on racing, he might find himself in the top five at Talladega, as he was in 2013. 25. Marcos Ambrose , No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports 2014 hasn't been Ambrose's year at Charlotte . This weekend earning 25th, and then previously finishing 29th in the spring, he doesn't seem like he's looking to leave his mark on the Cup Series before he leaves after the end of the season. Moving forward, although the No. 9 is a road course expert, he did once earn a top five on Talladega Superspeedway . 26. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing Patrick celebrated a small victory early in the race as she moved up 11 positions to fourth in the race off pit road following the competition caution on Lap 25. After that, the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing driver quickly fell into the 20s. Patrick brought herself back up to 11th but spun in Turn 2 after trying to get around Logano. Patrick collected Ryan Newman with her. "It was such a bummer for the GoDaddy team," Patrick said. "We were having such a good night, and I really think we had a car that was capable of a top-10 finish tonight, and that got taken away from us for really no reason. It's just really frustrating. Charlotte has not been good to me." The No. 10 suffered damage to the right-rear and front end as she hit the wall but was able to continue with the race. Patrick ultimately finished 26th, her second-best finish at the track in five starts. See Patrick's spin here . 27. Reed Sorenson , No. 36 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing Sorenson started 30th in the field and finished just three positions better. The No. 36 driver finished 42nd in the spring race, ultimately improving his finish by 15 positions in the fall race. Looking ahead, Sorenson has four DNFs at Talladega, his most recent coming in the spring. The Tommy Baldwin Racing driver's best finish at the superspeedway is 10th in 2007. 28. Cole Whitt , No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing Sunoco Rookie of the Year competitior Whitt made his fourth Sprint Cup Series start at Charlotte and scored his second-best finish. Whitt started 36th and finished 28th, raising him one spot in the Cup standings. 29. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Ford, Leavine Family Racing Scoring his best finish at Charlotte in 11 starts, McDowell might be on to something. Although he only improved two spots from his starting position, the No. 95 driver is chipping away at his high average finish of 36.3 30. Alex Bowman , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing In his second career start at Charlotte , rookie Bowman may have had a finish barely inside the top 30, but it's the better of his two appearances, so that has to be a step in the right direction. His pit crew, on the other hand, might be what's slowing him down. On Lap 330, nearing the end of the race, Bowman pitted and was penalized for a missing lugnut on his car. Without that, could the No. 23 rookie have pulled off a top-20 finish? 31. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing It's been about seven years, but Mears knows what it feels like to win at Charlotte . More often than that, though, he knows how it feels to get a DNF at the track. Thankfully, the No. 13 driver avoided the latter, but finished several positions off his average of 23.6. 32. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports Finishing two spots behind his position a week prior at Kansas, it seems like Gilliland might only drop off the map from here on out, or we could see another top 10 performance at Talladega like he put on in 2013. Although the No. 38 driver gained five positions from his starting spot, he still finished a few places behind his average of 29.8. 33. Michael Annett , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing Annett got into the wall on Lap 266, bringing out a caution at Charlotte . The No. 7 driver also experienced leakage earlier in the race, but finished 33rd despite his shortcomings. Annett finished 28th in his first start at Charlotte in the spring. 34. David Ragan , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports Ragan saw no movement at Charlotte after starting the race in the same position as he ended. Ragan's average finish at Charlotte is 23.7, but his last six efforts have all been worse than that. Looking ahead, the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports driver actually has a win at Talladega than came in the spring of 2013. 35. Corey LaJoie, No. 77 Ford, Randy Humphrey Racing Making his second career Cup start and his first at his hometrack, LaJoie didn't exactly make a grand entrance. The 23 year old started the race 42nd, so to say he didn't make any gains would be a lie, they were just few and far between. 36. Timmy Hill , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport Spilled gasoline in Hill's pit box brought a small fire that was quickly extinguished on pit road. If only the No. 33 brought the same heat to the track. Hill finished 36th in his fourth start at Charlotte . This is the third time out of those four starts that Hill has finished 36th. 37. Brian Vickers , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing Vickers was running in the top 15 when he spun in Turn 2, bringing out a caution on Lap 237. Vickers was then running 20th when his engine blew on Lap 328, bringing out another caution. Vickers finished 37th after starting the race eighth. This is Vickers' second time finishing 37th in 17 starts at Charlotte . 38. J.J. Yeley, No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing Yeley's best performance at Charlotte came in 2007 when he finished second. Since then, the No. 83 driver has hardly seen finishes inside the top 30. Although this isn't Yeley's worst finish at Charlotte , he's seen better days. 39. Blake Koch , No. 32 Ford, FAS Lane Racing Koch's 39th-place finish in the Bank of America 500 was the worst position the driver has earned in his total of three starts at the track. The only other tracks Koch has raced s Cup car are Phoenix and Dover. Some experience on different styles of tracks could help out the 29-year-old. 40. Brett Moffitt , No. 66 Toyota, Jay Robinson Racing In his first start at Charlotte Motor Speedway , the 22-year-old Sprint Cup part-timer was just getting his feet wet. Moffitt has made four other Cup starts this season, scoring his best finish of 22nd in his series debut at Dover. 41. Josh Wise , No. 98 Chevrolet, Phil Parsons Racing Wise had to head to the garage for vibrations on Lap 81, but returned on Lap 116. Not making any big moves, the No. 98 came down the apron, car smoking at Lap 221 bringing out a caution. Wise ultimately finished 41st and 156 laps behind. 42. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing On Lap 136, Menard brought out a caution as the No. 27 blew an engine and was forced to the garage. This was Menard's second career DNF at Charlotte , his first coming in 2008. Menard started sixth in the race and had showed potential of a top-10 finish. 43. Clint Bowyer , No 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing Bowyer faced engine issues on Lap 96, which brought out a caution, and ultimately had to take the No. 15 Toyota to the garage. This is Bowyer's first DNF at Charlotte and his fourth of 2014, his first coming in the season-opening Daytona 500 . MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceVie FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Kurt Busch leads opening practice; Logano paces final session Sprint Cup Series practice 2 " Get results Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kurt Busch set the pace early in Friday's first -- and the weekend's second -- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway . In the No. 41 Chevrolet, the "Outlaw" posted a fast lap of 191.157 mph in the opening minutes, and the speed held up throughout the 50-minute session. He was one of just three drivers to clip the 190-mph barrier and the only one to reach 191 mph. Busch finished fifth in Thursday's opening practice and qualified 11th. Three drivers currently in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field followed Busch. RELATED: Sprint Cup Series standings Joey Logano, last week's winner, topped out at 190.476 mph in his No. 22 Ford for Team Penske. Behind him was 2013 adversary Denny Hamlin , who navigated the 1.5-mile oval at 190.295 mph. Busch's SHR teammate Kevin Harvick , currently sixth in the standings, was fourth at 189.967 mph. Paul Menard (189.727 mph) rounded out the top five and was the highest Richard Childress Racing driver. Carl Edwards (189.507 mph, sixth) and Brad Keselowski (189.401 mph, seventh) were the only other Chase drivers to finish the session in the top 10. Birthday boy Dale Earnhardt Jr . (188.633 mph) and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne (188.547 mph) were just outside the top 10 in 11th and 12th place, respectively. Other Chase drivers were scattered across the board: Matt Kenseth was 13th, Jimmie Johnson was 17th, Ryan Newman was 23rd, Jeff Gordon was 27th and Kyle Busch was 29th. Kyle Busch, who won the Coors Light Pole Award on Thursday, stayed off the track until the final five minutes of practice. Final practice at Charlotte is slated for later tonight, from 5:30-6:50 p.m. ET. It will be televised on ESPN2. The Bank of America 500 is scheduled for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET with TV coverage on ABC. Sprint Cup Series practice 3 " Results Less than a week after winning the Contender Round Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup opener at Kansas, Joey Logano is again primed for a solid performance after turning in the fastest lap in final practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday evening. The Team Penske driver, who has already advanced to the Eliminator Round via his second win of the Chase, turned a quick lap of 190.597 mph to top the board. Kurt Busch continued to be fast, pulling into the garage with a best speed of 190.463 mph, good for second on the board. Busch led the first practice of the day and ran the fastest lap (198.771 mph) during the second round of qualifying on Thursday to set the record for fastest qualifying lap ever at a 1.5-mile track. Chase drivers Kevin Harvick (190.087 mph), Jeff Gordon (190.007 mph) and Brad Keselowski (189.893 mph) rounded out the top five, with Denny Hamlin (189.687 mph) right behind. Jimmie Johnson, in need of a good finish this weekend after wrecking at Kansas last week, brushed the wall in the closing minutes of practice. He took his No. 48 back to the garage in eighth place on the board and fortunately will not have to go to his backup car. Johnson ultimately qualified 21st. All Chase drivers placed in the top 20, with Kasey Kahne (188.449) and Ryan Newman (188.350) bringing up the rear in 19th and 20th, respectively. Follow the Chase action Saturday night in the Bank of America 500 (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC). MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation