Crunching The Numbers: 2017 Bank of America 500

The Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the last time this race will be an oval (well, quad-oval race). At this time next year, it will be a “roval”; a road course oval. Jimmie Johnson won this race last year, Martin Truex Jr. is the intermediate track master this year, and Austin Dillon won here earlier this year. Will any of these drivers come out on top this weekend?

Charlotte Motor Speedway Track Specs

  • Track Configuration: 1.5 Mile Quad-Oval
    • Scheduled Laps: 334 (501 miles)
    • Stage 1 End: 90
    • Stage 2 End: 180
  • Turns 1 – 4 banking: 24°
  • Frontstretch
    • Length: 1,952.8 feet
    • Banking: 5°
  • Backstretch
    • Length: 1,360 feet
    • Banking: 5°

Bank of America Trends of the Race

  • Overtime: 2 (2005 & 2007)
  • Caution Finishes: 0
  • Rain Shortened: 0

Trending of the past 5 Fall races:

  • Margin of Victory 0.837 seconds
  • 7 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 19
    • Final Caution: Lap 282 (52 laps to go)
  • 15 drivers on the lead lap

Trending of the past 10 Fall races:

  • Margin of Victory 1.085 seconds
  • 9 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 23
    • Final Caution: Lap 298 (36 laps to go)
  • 17 drivers on the lead lap

Bank of America 500 Pole Sitters

  • Pole winners have an average finish of 18.9
  • Average laps lead: 51.5 laps (15.4% of the race)
  • 7.7% of pole winners find their way to victory lane
  • Most laps led by a pole sitter was 112 (33.5% of the race) by Elliott Sadler in 2005
    • Elliott Sadler finished that race P27

Bank of America 500 Winners

  • The average race winner’s starting position is 7.7
    • Jamie McMurray started from P27 in 2010, the furthest back a race winner has started
    • The median race winner’s starting position is P4
    • The mode of race winner’s starting position is P4
  • 61.5% of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
  • 76.9% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 84.5 laps (25.3% of the race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Brad Keselowski led 11 laps (3.3% of the race) in 2013
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Joey Logano led 227 laps (68.0% of the race) in 2015
  • There have been 10 different race winners from 8 different teams since 2004
    • Jimmie Johnson leads the active field with 4 wins
    • Hendrick Motorsports leads the field with 5 wins
  • 69.2% of Bank of American 500 winners have come from the Playoff field

Bank of America 500 & Manufacturer Statistics

Bank of America 500 Predictions & Analysis

Bank of America 500 Chaser Stats

Heading into the second round of the NASCAR Playoffs, only 12 drivers remain. Kyle Busch won 2 of the 3 races in the first Playoff segment, while Martin Truex Jr. won the opener. This second Playoff segment is an intermediate track sandwich, with the restrictor plate of Talladega as the meat.

Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon, and Ryan Newman found themselves on the wrong side of the line after Dover. Drivers such as Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had a worse average finish than two of those eliminated drivers; but bonus point helped them. How long can the bonus points continue to help? With Talladega looming, these 12 drivers want to be sure they can go there and not risk leaving it all down to Kansas Speedway.

Ashley Hobbs

Birthday: 9 March 1989 (so I do not have to update my age each year)
Location: Florida (Jersey native, born and raised)

What better way to combine 2 of my favorite things, NASCAR and statistics, than providing y'all with an analytical report each weekend during the NASCAR season.

When I am not crunching the numbers, I spend time with my hubby, 3 black cats (Ninja, Daytona, and Chronos), and I watch too much TV, especially Doctor Who. Why yes, I am a geek and proud! So join forces with me and follow my weekly Crunching The Numbers segment. Who knows, I may surprise you!

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