Bank of America 500
|Venue||Charlotte Motor Speedway|
|Sponsor||Bank of America|
|Distance||501 miles (806.281 km)|
|Previous names||National 400 (1960-1965)
National 500 (1966-1976, 1980-1982)
NAPA National 500 (1977-1979)
Miller High Life 500 (1983-1985)
Oakwood Homes 500 (1986-1988)
All Pro Auto Parts 500 (1989)
Mello Yello 500 (1990-1994)
UAW-GM Quality 500 (1995-2005)
Bank of America 500 (2006-2008, 2010-present)
NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America (2009)
The Bank of America 500 is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race that is hosted annually at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, United States. The race is usually held in the month of October, as part of the Chase for the Sprint Cup and is 500 miles long. Prior to 1966, the race was a 400-mile event.
Television history 
The race was shown on TBS from at least the mid-1980s to 2000. From 2002 to 2006, it was shown on NBC, and since 2007, it has been on ABC. The 2001 race was scheduled for NBC, but was moved to TNT just 30 minutes before the start when the United States government announced the start of hostilities against Afghanistan in retaliation for the September 11 attacks.
The 2002 race was also known for beginning a practice where, if a race broadcast on a network was running long and ran into prime-time hours, the broadcast would not switch to cable. In this case, the race began as scheduled in the early afternoon but was delayed for hours due to weather. NBC did not move the race to TNT, as it did the year before, and broadcast the race in its entirety; the race ended early Sunday evening with Jamie McMurray winning in only his second NASCAR Winston Cup start. Since ESPN took over the rights to the race and to most of NBC and TNT's former NASCAR package, that policy has been discontinued.
From Sunday to Saturday 
Thanks in large part to the ratings boost NBC received from the 2002 race being run in primetime hours, NASCAR made a decision to move the race date from Sunday afternoon to Saturday night beginning in 2003. 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.
Since 2010, it has been the only race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup televised by ABC, with the rest being on ESPN.
Past winners 
|Year||Date||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed
|1960||October 16||Speedy Thompson||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||267||400.5 (644.542)||3:32:50||112.905||Report|
|1961||October 15||Joe Weatherly||Bud Moore Engineering||Pontiac||267||400.5 (644.542)||3:20:20||119.95||Report|
|1962||October 14||Junior Johnson||Ray Fox||Pontiac||267||400.5 (644.542)||3:01:42||132.085||Report|
|1963||October 13||Junior Johnson||Ray Fox||Chevrolet||267||400.5 (644.542)||3:01:54||132.105||Report|
|1964||October 18||Fred Lorenzen*||Holman-Moody||Ford||267||400.5 (644.542)||2:58:35||134.475||Report|
|1965||October 17||Fred Lorenzen||Holman-Moody||Ford||267||400.5 (644.542)||3:21:44||119.117||Report|
|1966||October 16||Lee Roy Yarbrough||Jon Thorne||Dodge||334||501 (806.281)||3:49:55||130.576||Report|
|1967||October 15||Buddy Baker||Ray Fox||Dodge||334||501 (806.281)||3:50:04||130.317||Report|
|1968||October 20||Charlie Glotzbach||Cotton Owens||Dodge||334||501 (806.281)||3:42:08||135.234||Report|
|1969||October 12||Donnie Allison||Banjo Matthews||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:48:32||131.271||Report|
|1970||October 11||Lee Roy Yarbrough||Junior Johnson & Associates||Mercury||334||501 (806.281)||4:03:28||123.246||Report|
|1971||October 10||Bobby Allison||Holman-Moody||Mercury||238*||357 (574.535)||2:49:38||126.14||Report|
|1972||October 8||Bobby Allison||Richard Howard||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:45:37||133.234||Report|
|1973||October 7||Cale Yarborough||Richard Howard||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:26:58||145.24||Report|
|1974*||October 6||David Pearson||Wood Brothers Racing||Mercury||334||501 (806.281)||4:10:41||119.912||Report|
|1975*||October 5||Richard Petty||Petty Enterprises||Dodge||334||501 (806.281)||3:47:22||132.209||Report|
|1976||October 10||Donnie Allison||Ellington Racing||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:32:51||141.226||Report|
|1977||October 9||Benny Parsons||L.G. DeWitt||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:30:32||142.78||Report|
|1978||October 8||Bobby Allison||Bud Moore Engineering||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:31:57||141.826||Report|
|1979||October 7||Cale Yarborough||Junior Johnson & Associates||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:43:53||134.266||Report|
|1980||October 5||Dale Earnhardt||Rod Osterlund Racing||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:42:18||135.243||Report|
|1981||October 11||Darrell Waltrip||Junior Johnson & Associates||Buick||334||501 (806.281)||4:15:52||117.483||Report|
|1982||October 10||Harry Gant||Hal Needham||Buick||334||501 (806.281)||3:39:05||137.208||Report|
|1983||October 9||Richard Petty*||Petty Enterprises||Pontiac||334||501 (806.281)||3:34:43||139.998||Report|
|1984||October 7||Bill Elliott||Melling Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:24:41||148.861||Report|
|1985||October 6||Cale Yarborough*||Ranier-Lundy||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:39:48||136.761||Report|
|1986||October 5||Dale Earnhardt||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:47:02||132.403||Report|
|1987||October 11||Bill Elliott||Melling Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:54:02||128.443||Report|
|1988||October 9||Rusty Wallace||Blue Max Racing||Pontiac||334||501 (806.281)||3:50:02||130.677||Report|
|1989||October 8||Ken Schrader||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:20:35||149.863||Report|
|1990||October 7||Davey Allison||Robert Yates Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:38:44||137.428||Report|
|1991||October 6||Geoffrey Bodine||Junior Johnson & Associates||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:36:17||138.984||Report|
|1992||October 11||Mark Martin||Roush Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:15:47||153.537||Report|
|1993||October 10||Ernie Irvan*||Robert Yates Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:14:31||154.537||Report|
|1994||October 9||Dale Jarrett||Joe Gibbs Racing||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:26:00||145.922||Report|
|1995||October 8||Mark Martin||Roush Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:26:48||145.358||Report|
|1996*||October 6||Terry Labonte||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:30:00||143.143||Report|
|1997||October 5||Dale Jarrett||Robert Yates Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:28:17||144.323||Report|
|1998||October 4||Mark Martin||Roush Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||4:04:01||123.188||Report|
|1999||October 11*||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:07:31||160.306||Report|
|2000||October 8||Bobby Labonte||Joe Gibbs Racing||Pontiac||334||501 (806.281)||3:44:57||133.63||Report|
|2001||October 7||Sterling Marlin||Chip Ganassi Racing||Dodge||334||501 (806.281)||3:36:15||139.006||Report|
|2002||October 13||Jamie McMurray*||Chip Ganassi Racing||Dodge||334||501 (806.281)||3:32:28||141.481||Report|
|2003||October 11||Tony Stewart||Joe Gibbs Racing||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:30:24||142.871||Report|
|2004||October 16||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:50:51||130.214||Report|
|2005||October 15||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||336*||504 (811.109)||4:11:18||120.334||Report|
|2006||October 14||Kasey Kahne||Evernham Motorsports||Dodge||334||501 (806.281)||3:47:29||132.142||Report|
|2007||October 13||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||337*||505.5 (813.523)||4:00:58||125.868||Report|
|2008||October 11||Jeff Burton||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:44:50||133.699||Report|
|2009||October 17||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:38:22||137.658||Report|
|2010||October 16||Jamie McMurray||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:34:07||140.391||Report|
|2011||October 15||Matt Kenseth||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:25:37||146.194||Report|
|2012||October 13||Clint Bowyer||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||334||501 (806.281)||3:14:01||154.935||Report|
Notable Races 
- 1964: Fred Lorenzen took lead with two laps to go after Richard Petty, who led 188 laps, blew a tire and crashed. Paul Goldsmith led 71 laps before blowing his engine.
- 1965: Lorenzen won for the second straight year after a wild three-abreast battle with Curtis Turner and Dick Hutcherson for first. The race was a tragic affair as a massive crash claimed the life of Harold Kite.
- 1970: Leeroy Yarbrough took what turned out to be his final Grand National win.
- 1971: Bobby Allison in the Holman-Moody Mercury battled Charlie Glotzbach, driving the Chevrolet Monte Carlo fielded by track president Richard Howard. Allison took the lead on Lap 177 and led when rain shortened the race at Lap 238. Leeroy Yarbrough drove a second Howard Chevrolet, reuniting with team manager Junior Johnson, for whom Leeroy had driven earlier that 1971 season.
- 1973: Controversies plagued the weekend. Charlie Glotzbach won the pole in Hoss Ellington's Chevrolet but NASCAR discovered a moveable restrictor plate after qualifying and put Glotzbach to the back of the field. David Pearson and Glotzbach crashed 40 laps in, leaving Petty, Cale Yarborough, and Bobby Allison in charge. Yarborough and Petty put Allison three laps down en route to the 1-2 finish. But following the race controversy ensued over the postrace inspection of the top three cars; NASCAR announced the results for Yarborough's #11 would receive further study, and Allison claimed to have seen Petty's team remove the air filter from the car before it could be inspected. Allison claimed the top two finishers were illegal and threatened to sue NASCAR; a later meeting between Allison and Bill France, Jr. settled the controversy.
- 1974: The race set an event record for lead changes at 47. David Pearson lost two laps 150 miles in but made up the deficit and surged to the win. The race was marred by ten-car crash in which Marty Robbins suffered serious facial injuries, a two-car crash involving Grant Adcox and Ramo Stott, and a pit fire in Richard Petty's pit.
- 1975: Petty took the win for a season sweep at Charlotte. The 500 was the final race for track under promotion of Richard Howard as Bruton Smith would take control of the speedway the following January.
- 1976: Donnie Allison surprised the field by winning, his first Winston Cup win since 1971 and the first for team owner Hoss Ellington. The engine measured slightly over the 358 cubic inch limit; after lengthy discussion the engine was allowed to cool down and it measured below 358 cubic inches; Ellington quipped, "This one's legal. We left all the cheater stuff at Darlington."
- 1978: Bobby Allison broke out of a competitive race to win handily. The lead changed 40 times. David Pearson won the pole, his 11th straight Charlotte pole.
- 1980: Dale Earnhardt edged Buddy Baker and Cale Yarborough and solidified his point lead over Yarborough with three races to go in the season. The win was Earnhardt's fifth of his second career Winston Cup season. The weekend was dominated by controversy between Darrell Waltrip and the DiGard Racing team as Waltrip announced he was leaving the team after the season despite threats of legal action by team owners the Gardner brothers to retain him. Waltrip spun out after breaking a sway bar piece, then fell out with engine failure, angrilly demanding afterward he needed to "get away from these Gardners."
- 1983: The race was marred by controversy involving an outsized engine for race winner Richard Petty as well as suspicion about runner-up Darrell Waltrip; Petty was subsequently fined $35,000 and 104 NASCAR points.
- 1985: Cale Yarborough lost a lap on five separate occasions and made them up all five times for his final NASCAR win.
- 1993: Ernie Irvan led race-record 328 laps for his second win with Robert Yates. NASCAR shaved spoiler size to five inches and raised the front airdam a few inches out of concern for escalating track speeds and believing, following driver lobbying, that reducing downforce would force drivers to slow down for the turns. The change did not reduce speeds.
- 1994: Dale Jarrett stole the win after engine failure eliminated Geoff Bodine and a late crash eliminated Ricky Rudd and Jeff Gordon; the win was Jarrett's final win with Joe Gibbs Racing.
- 1996: Terry Labonte dominated and erased a point gap of over 100 to Jeff Gordon, who fell out with engine failure. The race was marred by a brutal multicar crash involving Ernie Irvan when Irvan spun out and was center-punched by John Andretti.
- 1999: Jeff Gordon took the win in a race postponed from Sunday to Monday due to rain.
- 2000: Bobby Labonte broke out of a fierce fight with Dale Earnhardt, Ricky Rudd, and Jeremy Mayfield to grab the win. The weekend was marred by a sudden shortage of tires available from Goodyear, but the race went with no problems with tires. The lead changed 46 times, the first Charlotte race to break 40 lead changes since 1988.
- 2002: Subbing for injured regular Sterling Marlin, Jamie McMurray grabbed his first win in his second career NASCAR start. A major crash erupted in the trioval and brought out a furious response from team owner Richard Childress.
- 2005 & 2007: The race was extended due to a Green-white-checker finish.
Multiple winners (drivers) 
|# Wins||Driver||Years Won|
|3||Bobby Allison||1971, 1972, 1978|
|Cale Yarborough||1973, 1979, 1985|
|Mark Martin||1992, 1995, 1998|
|Jimmie Johnson||2004, 2005, 2009|
|2||Junior Johnson||1962, 1963|
|Fred Lorenzen||1964, 1965|
|LeeRoy Yarbrough||1966, 1970|
|Donnie Allison||1969, 1976|
|Richard Petty||1975, 1983|
|Dale Earnhardt||1980, 1986|
|Bill Elliott||1984, 1987|
|Dale Jarrett||1994, 1997|
|Jeff Gordon||1999, 2007|
|Jamie McMurray||2002, 2010|
Multiple winners (manufacturers) 
|# Wins||Manufacturer||Years Won|
|19||Chevrolet||1963, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010|
|16||Ford||1960, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1978, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2011|
|7||Dodge||1966, 1967, 1968, 1975, 2001, 2002, 2006|
|5||Pontiac||1961, 1962, 1983, 1988, 2000|
|3||Mercury||1970, 1971, 1974|
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