About Bank Of America 500The Bank of America 500 is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race that is hosted annually at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, United States, with the other one being the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend, the 600-mile (970 km) race. It is held on the last weekend in September and is the third race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs and it is a 501-kilometre (311 mi) annual road course race. Prior to 2018, the race was a 501-mile (806 km) oval race. It is one of three races on the road course, with the other ones being the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway and the Go Bowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International.
The race had been a Sunday afternoon event until 2002. That year rain delayed the start by over 3 hours, meaning much of the race was run under the lights. Thanks in large part to the ratings boost NBC received in primetime hours, NASCAR made a decision to move the race date from Sunday afternoon to Saturday night from 2003-2016. NBC retained their rights to broadcast the race, unlike in most of the night events aired in their part of the season's contract which normally aired on TNT. With the move, then-Lowe's Motor Speedway became one of only two tracks in NASCAR to have two night dates on the schedule.
In 2005, the start was delayed by the finish to the Notre Dame-Southern California college football game which ran late. While the game was in its final minutes, NBC, the broadcaster of both events, had the race engines start and the pace laps proceed. As the pace car pulled off the track to pit road to start the race, NBC had just switched coverage from the game to the race, and the broadcast began as the field took the green flag. This race was known for the levigation disaster that made the track extremely fast causing the tires to blister and blow out after about 30 laps. It was due to this that Charlotte was repaved in early 2006 in time for their May events.
In 2015 and 2016, the races on Saturday night were cancelled due to bad weather, so they were ran on Sunday afternoon. In 2017, at the time of the schedule announcement, the race was scheduled for Saturday night. On April 20, the race was rescheduled for Sunday and moved from a night race to a day race. At the 2017 event, after rain caused the Xfinity series event of the Saturday afternoon to be delayed by several hours, a decision was made to move the Monster Energy Cup race an hour back to a 13h00 local time start, as more rain was expected later during the day. The race eventually concluded successfully after 3 and a half hours without the occurrence of any rain delays.
In 2018, the race will shift to run the infield road course configuration of Charlotte. With this, the race length will be shortened from 500 miles / 334 laps to 500 kilometers (311 miles) / 130 laps. It will also move up a week on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule to Sunday September 30, 2018, serving as an elimination race of the first round of the playoffs.
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More About NascarNational Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is an American auto racing sanctioning and operating company that is best known for stock-car racing. Its three largest series are Monster Energy Cup, the Xfinity Series, and the Camping World Truck Series. Other series include NASCAR Home Tracks, the Whelen Modified Tour, the helen All-American Series, and the iRacing.com. NASCAR sanctions over 1,500 races at over 100 tracks in 39 US states as well as in Canada and has presented races at the Suzuka and Motegi circuits in Japan, the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico, and the Calder Park Thunderdome in Australia.
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