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The 2014 Bank of America 500 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car racethat was held on October 11, 2014, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Contested over 334 laps on the 1.5-mile (2.4 km) asphalt quad-oval, it was the 31st race of the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season, as well as the fifth race of ten in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. It was also ABC's final NASCAR telecast for the foreseeable future. Kevin Harvick scored his third win of the season and first since Darlington in April. Jeff Gordon finished second for the sixth time this season. Jamie McMurray, Joey Logano, and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five. The top rookies of the race were Kyle Larson (6th), Austin Dillon (13th), and Justin Allgaier (15th).
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Full Race - 2014 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte04:18:03

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Full Race - 2014 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte

2014 Bank of America 500 Race

Previous week's race Edit

With 28 laps to go, Ryan Newman lost the lead to Joey Logano and he held off a hard-charging Kyle Larson to score his fifth win of the season. “It was a crazy race, and I had such a fast Pennzoil Ford," said Logano. It is awesome to be back in victory lane. When the top opened up, the car just took off. Me and the No. 42 (Kyle Larson) were the only ones that seemed to be able to run up there. We had a cat and mouse (with Larson) during portions of the late run. I just had to be able to work the traffic and keep my momentum up. We just have to keep capitalizing going forward.

Report Edit

Background Edit

Charlotte Motor Speedway is a motorsports complex located in Concord, North Carolina, United States 13 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina. The complex features a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) quad oval track that hosts NASCAR racing including the prestigious Coca-Cola 600on Memorial Day weekend and the Sprint All-Star Race, as well as the Bank of America 500. The speedway was built in 1959 by Bruton Smith and is considered the home track for NASCAR with many race teams located in the Charlotte area. The track is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports (SMI) with Marcus G. Smith (son of Bruton Smith) as track president.

Practice and qualifying Edit

Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 27.542 and a speed of 196.192 mph (315.740 km/h). Kyle Busch won the pole with a time of 27.357 and a speed of 197.390 mph (317.668 km/h). “With the way the eliminations are, I would believe we are edging our way to the top,’’ Busch said. “But anything can happen. You just got to pick through it all.’’ "Oh my gosh, it's so fast, so much grip, so much commitment," Jeff Gordon said after qualifying second. "… That's a great place to start this race."Jimmie Johnson, who enters the race twelfth in points, qualified 21st. “Just didn’t have the speed on that final run, I got pretty tight off of (Turn) 4,’’ Johnson said. “I thought we had some hope after the first round. Our second outing we ran a very good lap and just didn’t have any more there on that lap through Turns 3 and 4, got wide and had to let off (the accelerator) a little bit so I didn’t get into the outside wall. Disappointing. No way around it.’’[16] Trevor Bayne failed to qualify for the race. .Kurt Busch was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 28.249 and a speed of 191.157 mph (307.637 km/h). Joey Logano was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 28.332 and a speed of 190.597 mph (306.736 km/h). Jimmie Johnson tagged the wall in the closing minutes of the session. The damage wasn't enough to warrant rolling out the backup car. “The car’s really fast,” Johnson said. “We were feeling really good about things. The good news is that it’s just a big scratch. Just a little drama.”

Race Edit

Prior to the start of the race, Matt Kenseth had to drop to the rear of the field for unapproved adjustments.

The race was scheduled to begin at 7:46 PM Eastern time but started at 7:54 p.m. Kyle Busch lead early in the race, though Jeff Gordon took the lead on lap 14. The first of eight cautions in the race flew on lap 26. It was a planned competition caution. Following the caution, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the race off pit road to assume the lead. Earnhardt, Jr. led the restart on lap 30, and promptly lost the lead to Kyle Busch. Gordon retook the lead from Busch on lap 38, relinquishing it again to Busch on lap 75 as he made a pit stop.

Busch ducked onto pit road on lap 76, and handed the lead back to Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Earnhardt, Jr. pitted on lap 77, giving the lead to Brad Keselowski. Keselowski in turn pitted on lap 79, and the lead cycled back to Jeff Gordon.

The second caution of the race flew on lap 95 when Clint Bowyer blew an engine exiting turn 4. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. took just two tires, and exited as the leader. The race restarted on lap 101. Following the restart, Jamie McMurray took the lead on lap 102. Kevin Harvick then took the lead on lap 106.

Paul Menard brought out the third caution on lap 135 after blowing an engine on the backstretch. Describing the incident, Menard said, “Something with the motor. I had a really good car. It’s too bad, awesome car; we had a pit stop problem and went to the back, but drove our way back up into the top 15 or so.”

Earnhardt Jr. pitted while the pits were closed to fix a broken shifter. This was similar to what happened to his teammate Jimmie Johnson at Michigan two months prior. Harvick and Gordon traded the lead on the pit road, with Harvick winning the race off.

The race restarted on lap 144. Kevin Harvick ducked onto pit road on lap 188 and gave the lead to Jeff Gordon. Gordon made a stop on lap 189, handing the lead to Brad Keselowski. Keselowski stopped on lap 191 and the lead cycled back to Harvick.

The fourth caution of the race flew on lap 221 after Josh Wise blew an engine. The race restarted on lap 227. The fifth caution of the race flew with 97 laps to go after Brian Vickersgot loose and spun in turn 4. Austin Dillon stayed out when the leaders pitted and took over the lead. The race restarted with 92 laps to go, and Kyle Busch retook the lead with 91 laps to go.

The sixth caution of the race flew with 89 laps to go after Joey Logano tapped the left-rear corner panel of Danica Patrick, who connected with the wall. Ryan Newman spun to avoid hitting her. The race restarted with 82 laps to go, and Kyle Larson took the lead with 70 laps to go.

The seventh caution flew with 69 laps to go when Michael Annett was slowing with a flat left-rear tire. Brad Keselowski stayed out when the leaders pitted and assumed the lead. The race restarted with 63 laps to go, and Denny Hamlin promptly took the lead with 62 laps to go. Kevin Harvick retook the lead with 40 laps to go.

In the final 25 laps of the race, a number of lead changes occurred. Kevin Harvick made his final stop with 24 laps to go and handed the lead to Jeff Gordon. Gordon made his final stop with 23 laps to go and handed the lead to Kurt Busch, who in turn made his final stop with 22 laps to go, handing the lead to Austin Dillon. Dillon made his final stop with 21 laps to go, with Ryan Newman assuming the lead. Newman made his final stop with 20 laps to go and Carl Edwards took the lead. Edwards made his final stop with 19 laps to go and handed the lead to Justin Allgaier. Allgaier made his final stop with 18 laps to go and the lead cycled back to Kevin Harvick.

The eighth caution of the race flew with seven laps to go, after Brian Vickers blew an engine. The race restarted with two laps to go and Harvick shot ahead of Jeff Gordon to win the race. “Oh, we came here and tested thinking that this was going to be the hardest round to get through because of Talladega,” Harvick said. “There’s so much that you can’t control there. We wanted to try to control the things that we could control. We felt like Kansas and here (Charlotte) were playing to our strengths; and just see where it fell after that once we get to the next round. So I’m really proud of everybody at SHR. I’m really proud of all my guys on this team. I just can’t thank everybody enough.” "I'm really proud of that finish, really proud of that effort," Gordon said. " ... Kevin was tough. I knew he was going to be tough once he got out there."

2014 Bank of America 500 winner

Race winner Kevin harvick

Post-race incident Edit

Keselowski and Hamlin were angry with one another on the cool-down lap. Keselowski made contact with Matt Kenseth on pit road, while Matt had his seatbeat unbuckled and inadvertently rear-ended Tony Stewart, who then backed into the 2 car. In the garage area, Hamlin continued to confront Keselowski by throwing a towel at him before Nascar officials and crew members escorted Hamlin to the team trailer. While Keselowski was walking to his hauler, he was attacked from behind by Kenseth. “When the last yellow came out, he got the wave around and when he came by, he swung by my car and tore the whole right front off of it,’’ Keselowski said of Kenseth. We restarted fifth with no right front on it and fell back to 16th and ruined our day. For some reason after the race (Hamlin) stopped in front of me and tried to pick a fight. I don’t know what that was about. He swung and hit at my car. I figure if we’re going to play car wars under the yellow and after the race, I’m going to play, too. Those guys can dish it out and they can’t take it. I gave it back to them and they want to fight.[23] (Brad Keselowski) was doing something with Denny (Hamlin), I don't know," Kenseth said. "The race had ended and he's running into cars on the cool down lap. I mean, the race is over and he comes down pit road and drives into the side of me -- that's inexcusable. He's a champion and he's supposed to know better."[24] "When you see Matt Kenseth mad enough to fight, you know that this is intense because that's way out of character for him," Harvick said. "Every moment matters in this Chase, and Matt Kenseth knew that that one particular moment could have been the end of his Chase."

Post-race penalties Edit

On Tuesday, October 14, NASCAR handed down penalties regarding the events following the race.[26] Brad Keselowski was fined $50,000 and placed on NASCAR probation for the next four Sprint Cup Series championship events through November 12 for violating:

• Section 12-1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing

• Section 12-4.9: Behavioral penalty—involved in post-race incidents

Tony Stewart was fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation for the next four Cup Series races through November 12 for violating:

• Section 12-1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing

• Section 12-4.9: Behavioral penalty—involved in a post-race incident

"These penalties are about maintaining a safe environment following the race," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR senior vice president, competition and racing development. "We knew that the new Chase format was likely going to raise the intensity level and we want our drivers to continue to be themselves. However, the safety of our drivers, crew members, officials, and workers is paramount and we will react when that safety could be compromised."

Race statistics Edit

  • 32 lead changes among different drivers
  • 8 cautions for 39 laps
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 26 minutes and 49 seconds
  • Average speed: 145.346 miles per hour (233.912 km/h)
  • Kevin Harvick took home $301,468 in winnings.
  • Keselowski After the incident

    Brad Keselowski after the post race fight

Results Edit

Qualifying Edit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.395 27.335 27.357
2 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.471 27.283 27.381
3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.542 27.441 27.399
4 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.532 27.361 27.489
5 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.421 27.481 27.489
6 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.610 27.387 27.537
7 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.286 27.282 27.574
8 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 27.499 27.480 27.587
9 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.531 27.435 27.699
10 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.347 27.426 27.712
11 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.545 27.167 27.788
12 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.616 27.390 28.184
13 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 27.374 27.483
14 22 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.558 27.486
15 10 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 27.505 27.489
16 51 Justin Allgaier (R) HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 27.587 27.493
17 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 27.417 27.512
18 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 27.454 27.512
19 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.276 27.513
20 3 Austin Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.487 27.522
21 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.488 27.527
22 20 Matt Kenseth[N 1] Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.648 27.535
23 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 27.530 27.589
24 42 Kyle Larson (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 27.585 27.597
25 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 27.651
26 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 27.653
27 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 27.740
28 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.796
29 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 27.819
30 36 Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 27.873
31 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 27.912
32 40 Landon Cassill Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 27.926
33 23 Alex Bowman (R) BK Racing Toyota 27.947
34 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 27.954
35 7 Michael Annett (R) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 27.968
36 26 Cole Whitt (R) BK Racing Toyota 27.983
37 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.010
38 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 28.113
39 66 Brett Moffitt Identity Ventures Racing Ford 28.158
40 33 Timmy Hill Circle Sport Chevrolet 28.276
41 83 J. J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota 28.386
42 77 Corey LaJoie Randy Humphrey Racing Ford 28.386
43 32 Blake Koch Go FAS Racing Ford 28.816

Did Not Qualify

6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.061

Race results Edit

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 7 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 334 48
2 2 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 334 43
3 18 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 334 42
4 13 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 334 40
5 1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 334 40
6 5 42 Kyle Larson (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 334 39
7 5 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 334 38
8 10 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 334 37
9 3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 334 36
10 19 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 334 34
11 11 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 334 34
12 26 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 334 32
13 20 3 Austin Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 334 32
14 23 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 334 30
15 16 51 Justin Allgaier (R) HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 334 30
16 17 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 334 29
17 21 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 334 27
18 12 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 334 26
19 22 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 334 25
20 9 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 333 25
21 4 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 333 23
22 15 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 332 22
23 32 40 Landon Cassill Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 331 0
24 28 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 331 20
25 27 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 331 19
26 14 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 331 18
27 30 36 Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 330 17
28 36 26 Cole Whitt (R) BK Racing Toyota 330 16
29 31 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 330 15
30 33 23 Alex Bowman (R) BK Racing Toyota 330 14
31 29 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 329 13
32 37 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 329 12
33 35 7 Michael Annett (R) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 328 12
34 34 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 328 10
35 42 77 Corey Lajoie Randy Humphrey Racing Ford 326 0
36 40 33 Timmy Hill Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 326 8
37 8 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 325 7
38 41 83 J. J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota 325 0
39 43 32 Blake Koch Go FAS Racing Ford 322 0
40 39 66 Brett Moffitt Identity Ventures Racing Toyota 320 4
41 38 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 178 3
42 6 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 134 2
43 25 15 Clint Bowyer

Standings after race Edit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Joey Logano 3,088
2 Kyle Busch 3,082 (-6)
3 3 Kevin Harvick 3,081 (-7)
4 Ryan Newman 3,077 (-11)
2 5 Carl Edwards 3,076 (-12)
1 6 Jeff Gordon 3,074 (-14)
2 7 Denny Hamlin 3,073 (-15)
1 8 Kasey Kahne 3,057 (-31)
1 9 Matt Kenseth 3,056 (-32)
10 Brad Keselowski 3,038 (-50)
1 11 Jimmie Johnson 3,031 (-57)
1 12 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 3,031 (-57)
13 A. J. Allmendinger 2,142 (-946)
14 Greg Biffle 2,127 (-961)
15 Kurt Busch 2,109 (-979)
16 Aric Almirola 2,096 (-992)
Manufacturers' Championship standings
Pos Manufacturer Points
1 Chevrolet 1,388
2 Ford 1,361 (-27)
3 Toyota 1,243 (-145)
  • Note: Only the first sixteen positions are included for the driver standings.

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