RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid Below is a breakdown of how the full 43-car field fared at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the rain-delayed Bank of America 500 : 1. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano led a career-high 227 laps on Sunday en route to his first Charlotte victory. He advances to the next round of the Chase. " 1-on-1: Logano discusses victory, locking in Eliminator Round spot 2. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick was quiet on the radio with 22 laps to go Sunday as he continually tried to chip away at Logano's lead. 3. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . Truex held on to notch his best Charlotte result despite brushing the wall and developing a front-end handling issue with 52 laps to go. " RELATED: Truex discusses Charlotte run 4. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin flipped to his backup battery with about 100 laps left in Sunday's race and outran concern that even his backup battery was experiencing issues. 5. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Kurt Busch spent most of Sunday quietly running inside the top 10 and keeping himself in contention for the next round of the Chase. 6. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Edwards started eighth and was a steady presence in the top 10 en route to his 12th top-10 of the season. 7. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon won Friday's XFINITY race at Charlotte and then on Sunday posted his best Cup performance at the 1.5-mile track. 8. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Gordon held steady in his final race at Charlotte, site of his first career Cup victory in 1994. 9. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Keselowski held ninth during the last 19 laps despite a loose wheel. 10. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola used his best Charlotte finish to score his fifth top-10 of the year. 11. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Bowyer stayed out during green-flag stops to lead Lap 234 before settling back into the top 15. 12. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Under caution on Lap 195, McMurray told his team that his car was pretty good until it got into oil and he lost position on a track where passing was difficult. 13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse earned the beneficiary pass during the final caution period and rolled on to match his second-best finish at Charlotte. 14. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford. Wood Brothers Racing . A native of nearby High Point, North Carolina, Blaney scored his best Charlotte result and third top-15 of the year. 15. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Just prior to the sixth caution flag, Newman sustained right-side damage after Matt Kenseth cut across his nose on his way into the wall. " RELATED: Is Newman in bubble trouble? 16. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Allmendinger overcame early damage sustained when he made contact with another car on Lap 193 and knocked in his right-side fenders. 17. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish stretched his pit window in the closing 100 laps when he stayed out during green-flag stops to lead twice for 22 laps around Charlotte. 18. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears held on after a tight-handling condition developed late in Sunday’s race and sent him into the fence. 19. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick worked with her team on the handling of her car and benefited from long green-flag runs en route to her best Charlotte finish. 20. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . "He was never going to make the commitment cone anyway," Busch said said after making contact with Kyle Larson near the entrance of pit road. Busch, then running in the top five, made a late decision to skip pit road, while Larson did just the opposite. " RELATED: Busch disappointed after rough day at Charlotte 21. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. "Please apologize as much as you can," Larson radioed his crew after making a late decision to hit pit road during the eighth caution period and collecting Chase contender Kyle Busch in the process. " For more in-car audio, sign up for RaceView and/or Scanner today 22. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne made an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 71 just prior to the fourth caution flag for a right-front wheel vibration. 23. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill held out during green-flag stops and ran as high as third on Lap 131 before finally making his green-flag stop. 24. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Biffle struggled to recover track position after making an unscheduled stop on Lap 90 for a loose wheel. 25. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . In his fourth Charlotte outing, Annett picked up his best finish at the 1.5-mile speedway. 26. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart grazed the wall on Lap 115 and had to pit 12 laps later with a flat tire. 27. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Carrying the #SCStrong on his decklid in support of the recent flooding in South Carolina, Gilliland did his best to avoid trouble on Sunday. 28. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt lost his right-front tire and faded through the field before hitting the wall to bring out the fourth caution period. " RELATED: Junior says 'it ain't over' for the 88 team 29. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . It was a promising day for DiBenedetto who turned in his best Charlotte result. 30. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Moffitt recorded his best Charlotte finish after lining up 37th Sunday. 31. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Ford, Leavine Family Racing . McDowell bounced off the wall in the closing third of Sunday’s race, but survived without picking up a tire rub. 32. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . A puncture in the left-rear tire prompted Bowman to make an unscheduled stop during the first 115 laps, but a subsequent tire rub put the No. 7 Chevy back on pit road for repairs. 33. J.J. Yeley, No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . Yeley was black-flagged on Lap 35 after one of his crew members kneed-in his right-rear quarter panel. 34. Alex Kennedy , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport Racing. Kennedy survived a messy start to Sunday’s race, but very quickly found himself fighting for the beneficiary pass. 35. Reed Sorenson , No. 98 Ford, Premium Motorsports. Sorenson earned the beneficiary pass during the competition caution, but struggled to stay on the lead lap. 36. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard brushed the wall on Lap 133 but held on to keep the caution flag from coming out and made his scheduled stop three laps later. 37. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . On Lap 291, Ragan told his team the engine was out of water and he brought his car to pit road. 38. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Stacked up on the first green flag, Whitt received contact from behind and had to spend an extended amount of time on pit road during the first caution flag to patch his bumper. 39. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson's strong day was stalled by an engine issue (oil pump) that sent him to the garage with 77 laps to go on Sunday. " RELATED: Silver lining to early exit 40. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier radioed that he just "killed the radiator" after he made contact with Michael McDowell on the Lap 182 restart. " For more in-car audio, sign up for RaceView and/or Scanner today 41. Jeb Burton , No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . As he took the green flag at the start, Burton ran into the back of slowing competitors, incurring significant left-front damage and bringing out the caution flag on Lap 1. 42. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth's day "snowballed" after a couple pit road mistakes combined with tire rub and then on-track contact with Ryan Newman . Kenseth ultimately broke something on the right-front of his car and retreated to the garage. " RELATED: Multiple incidents ruin Kenseth's day 43. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne cut a tire twice inside the first 61 laps on Sunday; the second one sent him hard into the wall and brought out the third caution flag.
RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings Joey Logano surged to a dominant victory Sunday afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway , landing an automatic berth in the next round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. Logano, driving the Team Penske No. 22 Ford, led 227 of 334 laps in the Bank of America 500 , which was postponed by heavy Saturday night rain. He held off defending Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick to record his fourth win of the season, his first at the 1.5-mile track and 12th of his Sprint Cup Series career. The victory gives Logano immunity from elimination in the three-race Contender Round, making him one of the final eight title-eligible drivers in the Eliminator Round. His road to last year's championship round took a similar path; Logano also won 2014's Contender Round opener, which was hosted last year at Kansas Speedway . "This makes Talladega way easier," Logano said, pointing toward the always dicey Contender Round finale at the 2.66-mile Alabama track. "I know that's on everyone's mind when this round starts and last year we won Kansas when it was the first race of this round and now we were able to get it this time at Charlotte. We'll get lots of sleep here the next couple of weeks." Logano notched his victory a week after Harvick triumphed at Dover to claw his way back into the Chase. "I think everyone saw how fast he was last week and it probably made a lot of people nervous, but our team kept their heads up and stayed confident," Logano said. "We know we can beat them. We know we've got what we need over here, and our team is as tight-knit as they get. "I'm proud of them. I couldn't be more proud of them. We had a lot of money stops today to keep us out front. The pit stops were great and I couldn't be more proud of what they’re doing right now." Harvick's Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet finished .704 seconds behind Logano at the end of his 11th runner-up finish this year. Martin Truex Jr ., Denny Hamlin , Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards completed the top six as Chase drivers swept the first half-dozen positions. Seventh-finishing Austin Dillon was the top non-Chase driver. Early trouble made for a difficult day for Chase drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr ., Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch , all of whom failed to finish on the lead lap. Earnhardt spent much of the race's middle section one lap down after brushing the wall twice, on Lap 69 and 74. He continued after repairs, then scraped the wall again after hitting oil on the track on a Lap 190 restart. Kenseth, the Coors Light Pole Award winner in Thursday qualifying, led 72 laps early before running into his own pitfalls. A pair of errors on pit stops pushed him back in the running order, then things got worse when he made contact with fellow Chaser Ryan Newman on Lap 176, sending his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 entry into the outside wall. After numerous stops for repairs, Kenseth scraped the wall again on Lap 204 and then hammered it on Lap 241, sending him behind the wall. "These are never the kind of days you want to have for sure, but it's just one of those days," Kenseth said. "We're real fast up front and we're real tight in traffic. We got behind on that first pit deal and then didn't catch the cautions right and it went green, overshot my pit and put us in the back so it’s just like one thing led to another and led to another. "We shouldn't have ever been back there to start with. My mistakes and they cost us today so we'll just move on from this and get ready for Kansas." Busch, Kenseth's JGR teammate, suffered damage and lost headway when he collided with Kyle Larson in a quirky collision at the pit-road entrance. Both drivers made moves to fake and entry onto pit road, but when Busch tried to return to the track in third place, he made sizable contact with second-place Larson. Busch wound up with a 20th-place finish, Earnhardt 28th and Kenseth 42nd, leaving all three with plenty of ground to make up in the next two Contender Round races -- next weekend at Kansas Speedway and the following week at Talladega Superspeedway . RELATED: Where Chase bubble drivers stand after Charlotte The race was originally scheduled for Saturday night, but rain forced its postponement to a sunny Sunday. "Well, we definitely had to make some bigger swings at the handling of the car than what we were prepared for last night," said Harvick. "I like racing in the day, and especially here at Charlotte, because it seems like the cars move around more and it's harder to get a hold of your car. "But we never were able to get the balance right on our car all weekend and just never really got comfortable in the car -- but kept grinding away, and it got better throughout the day today, and that's a good thing on race day." Contributing: NASCAR Wire Service
RELATED: Race results " Updated standings A pair of pit-road fake-outs went horribly wrong for Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson during the eighth caution period of Sunday's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway , spoiling the day for two drivers firmly running in the top five. Busch, a Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs contender, feinted toward pit road after the yellow flag emerged for Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s third wall scrape of the day. When Busch tried to return to the race track to keep his third position, he bumped into second-place Larson, who was making his own lean toward pit road. The contact sent both Larson's No. 42 Chevrolet spinning at the pit entrance, with Busch's No. 18 Toyota skidding and clipping into the commitment cone. "What the (expletive) is he thinking?" Busch told his Joe Gibbs Racing crew over the radio. "He's never going to make the (expletive) commitment cone anyway." Larson later told his Chip Ganassi Racing crew over the radio: "I'm sure it doesn't matter, but please apologize as much as you can." After making multiple stops for repairs, Busch resumed the race in 23rd place with Larson 24th as the last two cars on the lead lap. Busch fared only slightly better after the contact, finishing 20th to Larson's 21st -- both a lap down. "I don’t know. Just can’t say enough about my guys -- all the work that they put into these things," Busch said. "They don't deserve to be put in these situations year in, year out, but we are for some reason. But it's tough and we're going to have to battle through with what we've got right now. I can’t say enough about what they did on pit road getting us back salvageable." Busch might've demurred when asked about the contact with Larson, but Adam Stevens, his crew chief, was more demonstrative, saying his plan all along was to keep his driver on the race track. "(Busch) knew the call the whole time, he was just doing what he normally does," Stevens said. "The big question is what was the 42 (Larson) doing. There was no way, whether we were there or not, he turned down so late that he was going to hit the cone -- he was going to completely miss the cone on the right or maybe touch it with his left side somewhere, there was no way he was going to get under the cone. I don't know what he was doing, but you'll have that sometimes. I'm sure it wasn't intentional." Larson reiterated his apology post-race. "They told me to do what everybody around me was doing and the No. 22 (leader and eventual race winner Joey Logano ) was staying out, so I was committed to staying out," Larson said, "and as soon as I turned right to stay out they said pit, pit, pit. I hung a left and Kyle was there. I feel really terrible to ruin their day and hopefully it didn't hurt their chances of transferring through this round. I know they deserve a top-three finish for sure. I felt awful immediately and still do. I hate it."
RELATED: Full race results " Updated Chase Grid CONCORD, N.C. -- Two of NASCAR's top drivers were adamant that oil not cleaned up from a previous incident led to each of them hitting the wall in separate incidents during Sunday's Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Both Dale Earnhardt Jr . and Kyle Busch bounced off the outside wall shortly after Justin Allgaier had brought out the day's seventh caution flag. "We all hit the wall," Earnhardt Jr. said after the Hendrick Motorsports driver finished 28th in the opening race of the Contender Round of this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . "I hit the wall, the 2 (of Brad Keselowski ) hit the wall, then we went another lap. I pitted, a bunch of other guys hit the wall. "There was oil down there. It wasn't speedy dry (used to absorb fluids put down on the racing surface). I've raced this (expletive) for 20 years, I know what oil and speedy dry is. We hit fluid, flew into the freaking wall hard. That's not speedy dry. There was oil up there." Earnhardt was already running outside the top 25 after an earlier incident had put his No. 88 Chevrolet in the wall. Allgaier's entry began slowing with smoke trailing out the rear of the No. 51 HScott Motorsports entry on Lap 182. Earnhardt said it might have been a "blown hose" that sprayed fluids across the track and that shadows cast by billboards ringing outside of the track could have made it difficult to see. "(Expletive), man, guys hit the fence, what do you want me to do?" Earnhardt said. "I hit the (expletive) wall. I know I hit oil. I hit it. I promise. I'll argue with (NASCAR) all day long because I know I'm right. They won't argue about it. ... They shouldn't want to argue about that. A lot of cars hit the wall down there." Busch's Toyota eventually slipped up and into the fence in the turn as well, continuing a day of misfortune for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver. "You now, can't pass anybody -- single-lane race track and then you put oil on the top lane to try to make anything happen and then you put yourself in the fence, so thanks to NASCAR for cleaning that up," Busch said after finishing 20th. With two races remaining in the Contender Round, at Kansas Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway , Busch sits 10th and Earnhardt 11th in points. Only the top eight will advance to the three-race Eliminator Round (Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix), with a chance to be one of the final four to battle for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. Brad Keselowski ( Team Penske ) finished ninth and holds the No. 8 points position, 10 points ahead of Busch and 19 ahead of Earnhardt. Richard Buck, NASCAR Managing Director of the Sprint Cup Series, said afterward that officials "listen to our drivers and our spotters; we get calls all day long. We've got spotters around the track, officials, clean-up and stuff and we'll make the rounds over the radio. "In that instance we actually had men on the ground walking that high groove and they couldn't see anything," he said. Caution car driver Brett Bodine and official Buster Auton were also evaluating the condition of the racing surface in the area in question. "So we got the reports and we looked everywhere," Buck said, "including putting people on the ground walking the area where they said the oil was, and there was no oil. "Sometimes, with some of these lubricants … there is some staining to the track. We'll go back and do a double-check on that just to make sure; we did that today and we feel absolutely confident that there was no oil up in that very top groove or down below." Race winner Joey Logano ( Team Penske ) said there was radio chatter among his crewmen about possible oil on the track, but that he had no issues. "I was warned," Logano said. "My spotter did a great job warning me that people were talking about it, so when someone comes over the radio and says 'Hey, they're talking about oil in the middle of the race track,' then you probably shouldn't run in the middle of the race track." Sunday's race was run a day later than originally scheduled due to rain that washed out all on-track activity on Saturday.
RELATED: Race results " Updated standings MORE: Watch Kenseth, Newman make contact Matt Kenseth 's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship hopes took a heavy dose of damage Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Kenseth took his car to the garage on Lap 241 of 334 after his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota made major right-side contact with the Turn 4 wall. It was the final crushing blow in a series of misfortune for the Coors Light Pole Award winner, who led 73 laps in the early going. Kenseth had a pair of slow pit stops early -- one when his jack man slipped, the other when he overshot his pit-stall lane -- that pushed him back in the pack. Contact with Ryan Newman on Lap 176 caused significant damage to his car's right side. "Everything kind of snowballed," Kenseth told NBCSN about his trouble-filled day. "With Ryan (Newman), I honestly don't know. I've got to go look at it. He went up like I thought he was broke, so I went up through the middle and I thought I left him plenty of room and then next thing I know I was pointed at the fence, you know? I don't know. I've got to rewatch it." Kenseth scraped the wall again on Lap 204, then was running three laps down in 32nd place when he clouted the wall a final time. He was credited with a 42nd-place finish. Kenseth, a five-time winner this season, had punched his ticket into the Chase's Contender Round with a victory two weeks ago at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . He'll likely need similar magic in the round's next two races -- at Kansas and Talladega.
RELATED: Live weather updates from Charlotte " See the starting lineup CONCORD, N.C. -- Saturday night's scheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway , the Bank of America 500 , has been postponed due to rain. Originally scheduled for a 7:16 p.m. ET start on Saturday, the race will now go green at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon. NBCSN will televise the 334-lap race, with radio coverage on PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio -- NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM will go live with pre-race coverage at noon ET. The race at Charlotte is the first event of the three-race Contender Round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Prior to this race, six races had a weather delay of some kind during the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season: The Atlanta race in March, the Bristol race in April, the Richmond race in April, the Kansas race in May, the Michigan race in June and the summer race at Daytona. Only the Richmond race was postponed from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon, while the Michigan race was shortened by rain. Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light Pole Award at Charlotte and will start out front. Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch joins him on the front row. Kevin Harvick , who scored a win at Dover International Speedway last weekend to advance in the Chase, is the defending race winner at Charlotte. Twelve drivers remain in play for the championship: Kenseth, Joey Logano , Denny Hamlin , Carl Edwards , Martin Truex Jr . , Kurt Busch , Jeff Gordon , Brad Keselowski , Kyle Busch , Ryan Newman , Dale Earnhardt Jr . and the defending series champion, Harvick. Races at Kansas Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway are also part of the Contender Round. This story will be updated.
After Race 30 of the 2015 season at Charlotte Motor Speedway Pos Owner Car # Points Ldr Nxt PPos G/L Attempts 1 Walter Czarnecki 22 3,048 0 0 2 1 30 2 Tony Stewart 4 3,042 -6 -6 12 10 30 3 Barney Visser 78 3,041 -7 -1 5 2 30 4 J D Gibbs 11 3,040 -8 -1 3 -1 30 5 Gene Haas 41 3,039 -9 -1 6 1 30 6 J D Gibbs 19 3,039 -9 0 4 -2 30 7 Rick Hendrick 24 3,037 -11 -2 7 0 30 8 Roger Penske 2 3,035 -13 -2 8 0 30 9 Richard Childress 31 3,029 -19 -6 10 1 30 10 Joe Gibbs 18 3,025 -23 -4 9 -1 30 11 Rick Hendrick 88 3,016 -32 -9 11 0 30 12 Joe Gibbs 20 3,003 -45 -13 1 -11 30 13 Felix Sabates 1 2,130 -918 -873 13 0 30 14 Jeff Gordon 48 2,092 -956 -38 14 0 30 15 Richard Childress 27 2,083 -965 -9 15 0 30 16 Rob Kauffman 15 2,082 -966 -1 16 0 30 17 Richard Petty 43 801 -2,247 -1,281 18 1 30 18 Linda Hendrick 5 771 -2,277 -30 17 -1 30 19 Chip Ganassi 42 770 -2,278 -1 19 0 30 20 Jack Roush 16 726 -2,322 -44 20 0 30 21 Richard Childress 3 685 -2,363 -41 21 0 30 22 Bob Germain 13 650 -2,398 -35 22 0 30 23 Tad Geschickter 47 628 -2,420 -22 23 0 30 24 Tony Stewart 10 622 -2,426 -6 24 0 30 25 Margaret Haas 14 599 -2,449 -23 25 0 30 26 Richard Petty 9 598 -2,450 -1 26 0 30 27 John Henry 17 592 -2,456 -6 27 0 30 28 John Henry 6 552 -2,496 -40 29 1 30 29 Michael Waltrip 55 549 -2,499 -3 28 -1 30 30 Harry Scott Jr. 51 486 -2,562 -63 30 0 30 31 Bob Jenkins 35 452 -2,596 -34 31 0 30 32 Brad Jenkins 38 450 -2,598 -2 32 0 30 33 Michael Hillman 40 410 -2,638 -40 33 0 30 34 Jerry Freeze 34 401 -2,647 -9 34 0 30 35 Tommy Baldwin 7 364 -2,684 -37 35 0 30 36 Ron Devine 83 359 -2,689 -5 36 0 30 37 Joe Falk 33 351 -2,697 -8 37 0 30 38 Harry Scott Jr. 46 313 -2,735 -38 38 0 30 39 Ron Devine 23 261 -2,787 -52 39 0 30 40 Mike Curb 98 248 -2,800 -13 40 0 30 41 Glen Wood 21 233 -2,815 -15 42 1 15 42 Archie St Hilaire 32 232 -2,816 -1 41 -1 30 43 Anthony Marlowe 26 192 -2,856 -40 43 0 30 44 Bob Leavine 95 176 -2,872 -16 44 0 17 45 Jay Robinson 62 99 -2,949 -77 45 0 30 46 Rick Hendrick 25 89 -2,959 -10 46 0 5 47 John Cohen 44 12 -3,036 -77 47 0 4 48 Jay Robinson 66 8 -3,040 -4 48 0 4 49 Curtis Key Sr. 30 6 -3,042 -2 49 0 13 50 Robby Benton 129 0 -3,048 -6 51 1 4
RELATED: Junior turns 41; see images through the years MORE: Race results " Updated standings CONCORD, N.C. -- History repeated itself for Dale Earnhardt Jr . in the Contender Round opener of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . The opening race of this round may have been at a different track this year, ( Charlotte Motor Speedway as opposed to 2014's Kansas Speedway ) but the end result, a 28th-place finish in the Bank of America 500 , left Earnhardt looking up at 10 drivers in the standings when the afternoon was complete -- the same standings position he was in after a 39th-place finish at Kansas last year in the opening race of this round in 2014. The driver of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet summed up his day pretty succinctly. "Yeah, I lost count of how many time we hit it (the wall) today," Earnhardt said on pit road after the race. Earnhardt's trouble began on Lap 69 when he made contact with the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Carl Edwards . At the time, Junior was running ninth. "Carl got a great run on us and drove down into 1 and got into the back of us a little bit. I don't know if I cut him off or not. He drove in there pretty hard and ran over the left-rear quarter panel of the car and (I) got in the fence." Edwards, who went on to score a sixth-place finish, explained his end of things. "It stinks he ended up hitting the wall," Edwards said. "I felt like he blocked me real hard the first time and so the second time I got up there when he came down I just held my ground and we got together. He did an amazing job saving it and I have a ton of respect for him so it stinks that it ruined his day. I have to hold my ground when I've got my nose in there. Like I said, it stinks that it ruined their day." Earnhardt, a two-time winner this year, eventually got into the wall again a few laps later on Lap 75 to bring out the fourth caution of the race. His team went to work on the right side of his car and the crush panel. From there, Earnhardt worked hard to get in position for the free pass and had managed to climb to one lap down. However, just after the Lap 190 restart, he found the wall once again due to what Earnhardt said was oil on the track -- something several other drivers echoed during the race. RELATED: Find out who else questioned the clean-up efforts "There was oil down there. It wasn't speedy dry. I've raced this (expletive) for 20 years, I know what oil and speedy dry is. We hit fluid, flew into the freaking wall hard. That's not speedy dry. There was oil up there." He later added, "I hit the (expletive) wall. I know I hit oil. I hit it. I promise." Now, Earnhardt turns his attention to making up ground at Kansas and Talladega Superspeedway , the final two races of the Chase's Contender Round, the same three-race series that eliminated Earnhardt last year. Both of Earnhardt's 2015 wins have come at restrictor-plate tracks, including a May win at Talladega. "It ain't over. Don't worry about that," Earnhardt said. "I mean, we don't have to go to Talladega and be nervous like those guys that are going to have to play it safe. We can just go hard. So, we've got a great car that can win that race. We can go to Kansas and run great. I like that track and don't see why we can't run great there and maybe win the race there. It ain't over." Earnhardt raced his way into this round thanks to a third-place result at Dover International Speedway in the Challenger Round finale, holding off Jamie McMurray for the final transfer spot. So he is familiar with the ground he has to cover. "We were in this situation in the first round. We can be aggressive, go to Kansas, run hard. When we're in the top 10, just inside the bubble, you might not run the high side so hard, so aggressive. You might not drive the whole race as aggressive. "At Kansas, you can run the top and I like running the top there. I think we can be fast up there and I ain't got to worry about skinning the side of it, knocking us out of the Chase. We're out of it. It's our turn to fall back in and we'll try." And while other drivers earlier in the week indicated they were not looking forward to a Talladega race with their Chase position on the line, the six-time winner at the 2.66-mile Alabama track said he feels the exact opposite. "I'm looking forward to Talladega even more now."
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Practice 2: Results After posting the fourth-fastest speed in the opening session, Sprint Cup Series regular Kasey Kahne soared all the way to the top in Thursday's final XFINITY Series practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Piloting the No. 88 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports this weekend, Kahne laid down a fast lap of 180.433 mph to score the top spot. Fellow Cup regular and leader of the opening session, Kyle Busch was second on the leaderboard, propelling his No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing ride at 180.114 mph around the North Carolina track. Points leader Chris Buescher -- who was runner-up in the first practice -- maintained his momentum during the second session, posting the third-fastest speed of 180.108 mph in his No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. JR Motorsports' Regan Smith (180.096 mph) and Joe Gibbs Racing 's Erik Jones (180.066 mph) rounded out the top five. The XFINITY Series is back on track at Charlotte on Friday at 4:45 p.m. ET for Coors Light Pole Qualifying (NBCSN/Live Extra). z Practice 1: Results Kyle Busch topped the leaderboard early during Thursday's opening XFINITY Series practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway , wheeling his No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 181.886 mph. Current series points leader Chris Buescher ranked second on the charts, rounding the 1.5-mile oval at 181.330 mph in his No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. Richard Childress Racing 's Ty Dillon posted the third-fastest speed in his No. 3 ride (181.318 mph), while Kasey Kahne -- who is piloting the No. 88 ride for JR Motorsports this weekend -- was fourth with a top pace of 181.020 mph. Ryan Reed rounded out the top five with a fast lap of 180.499 mph in his No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing ride. Reigning series champion Chase Elliott was 12th-fastest in the field, propelling his No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet at 179.295 mph