NASCAR’s Bank of America 500 Preview

FirstAndMonday’s Preview of NASCAR’s Bank of America 500

by Holden Asworth

Welcome to the Round of 12.

Today marks the end of an era for this track’s fall race.  Starting next year, NASCAR’s top series will run the “Roval” – basically, the tightly-turning, slower version of Charlotte Motor Speedway.  It’ll be exciting since it’s never been done and since it’ll serve as the elimination race for the stage we just departed.  And yes, there’s an argument that can be made about how there’s too many 1.5 mile tracks, almost every other race is at one it seems.  However, Charlotte is historic.  We shall see how it will be.

Who to Watch:
Jimmie Johnson – 8-time winner here, including last year’s 500.
Hendrick Motorsports, Overall – 19 wins in their own backyard.
Fords – With the passing of legendary engine builder Robert Yates (his company now builds motors for most of the Fords running today), look for a Ford driver to kick ass in memory of the legendary man – Fords have won 3 of the last 6 here.
Kyle Busch – Charlotte’s the only track he’s never won at, but he’s riding a massive wave of momentum.

Where to Watch:
Sunday at 1pm Eastern on NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.

Why You Should Watch:
With the threat of rain increasing in Charlotte throughout the day, drivers will race as if they have nothing to lose and they’ll gamble more than they usually do.  On the other hand, we might be blessed with a docile, nap-inducing announcer show while the cars sit under tarps and the drivers perch under umbrellas.  Make no mistake, a race under rain-delay is an excellent cure for insomnia, and a perfect treatment option for those with the Sunday Scaries.

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