Surprise pole victor for Sunday's race at Charlotte, plus Friday observations

Posted October 09, 2017

Sunday's Bank of America 500 will start at the new time of 1 p.m. due to "potential weather issues", NASCAR said on its website.

It was the first start in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Bowman this season and came in Chip Ganassi Racing's No. 42 Chevrolet - a deal that came together in coordination with HMS in just the last few weeks.

"That's awesome for the sport that it came down to that", Reed said. That means we'll see a fully-stocked field unless there are some unexpected late changes. This is the first race in the Round of 12 in the Chase, and the second 1.5 mile race in the playoffs overall.

I pretty much made the case for him above as he has a win and four Top 5's over his last five races here with a whopping 756 laps led. I'm not trying to get too hard on the racetrack, but man I want to see this place see its real potential. "Hopefully, it puts some of the people who are talking to rest because we are going into 2018 to win a lot of races in that 88 auto".

"I would get close, and then I would get loose, and as the day went I just got looser on the entrance to the corners", said Harvick, who led a race-high 149 laps. Also in the top 10 were Kenseth, Truex, Kurt Busch, Hamlin, Larson, Johnson, Ryan Blaney and McMurray. Suarez and Kahne are the only drivers in that group who are not in the playoffs. Brendan Gaughan, Michael Annett, Blake Koch and Jeremy Clements were eliminated.

Given the unpredictability of restrictor-plate races - remember barely 20-year-old Trevor Bayne winning the Daytona 500 in his second start in 2011?? - studying up on teams can make the difference with picking a driver for the Great American Race.

"I know the fans probably don't like it or like to hear it or think of sitting in the sun, 85 degrees or 90 degrees all day long is a lot fun, but I think the race would be fun to watch if they would run the 600 in the daytime here". "But, overall, it was just the hottest I've been in the vehicle".

Larson, then, got off pit road first to restart the race as the leader with 64 laps remaining, but when the yellow flag waved again about 10 laps later, Truex was first of pit road to retake the lead. He was also penalized for an uncontrolled tire during the stop.

RAGAN, PATRICK CRASH: David Ragan slid across the track and was hit by Danica Patrick on Lap 266, bringing out the race's seventh caution. Together, they have earned 100 playoff points. He lost a lap in the pits for repairs and later fell two laps back. His first and third incidents resulted in cautions.

Angela Ruch wrecked off Turn 2 on Lap 43 - the second time she was involved in an on-track incident in the first Stage.

Larson is third in the standings (Kyle Busch is second), but he and Truex are both two of the favorites to make it to the season finale at Homestead in November. For the most part, we had good stops all day - just the timing of the bad one came at the end, but, for the most part, they did a great job. Allgaier, Reed, William Byron, Elliott Sadler, Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric, Brennan Poole and Matt Tifft will continue their fight for the Xfinity Series championship with four races left on the schedule.

Sure, other teams like Hendrick Motorsports flexed their muscle during the first round.