McMurray wins the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Jamie McMurray held off Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson in the final 21 laps to win the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

After winning the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400, McMurray added another big race win to his belt this season. McMurray started in 27th position and took home his third big win of the season at Charlotte.  

“Yes, it has been an unbelievable year. I certainly can’t thank Chip (Ganassi) and everybody enough. We’ve had a really good season and we’ve been blessed to have some really good runs in some bigger races. Really, really excited about our success this season.” McMurray said.  


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Busch and Johnson battled for second place in the final 10-laps of the race. Both drivers raced hard, but clean. Busch held off Johnson for second place.   Busch led a race-high 218 laps and was not happy about finishing second.  

“Nobody can put it perspective for me, it’s very, very disappointing.” Busch said.   Points leader Jimmie Johnson had an up and down day. On lap 33, Johnson got loose and spun out. He kept it out of the wall and was able to get to pit road without any damage. Johnson battles back from 37th to finish third.  

“We had a really loose race car and I was trying to run the middle lane down in one and two and lost it. Then I had to drive backwards and out the side window and everything to keep it off the inside wall and luckily I did that. We stayed on the lead lap and just went to work from there. The track slowly started coming our direction and that is when we got fast and was able to drive up to the front.” Johnson said.  

Pole sitter Jeff Gordon started having alternator trouble on lap 190. Gordon loses power and loses a lap while switching over to the backup battery. Gordon received the lucky dog after a spin by Marcos Ambrose. The crew changed both batteries during the stop but the alternator still was not working. Gordon later was too fast entering pit-road and went down a lap again. Gordon finished 23rd and now sits 156 points out in the series standings.  

“We had about everything go wrong that could go wrong. Track position being crucial at this place. I’ve never seen it so sensitive. We lost a little bit of track position and then we had the battery issue which took me a little while to figure out.” Gordon said.   Pre-race winner pick, Kurt Busch battled a loose car early. Busch got loose and spun on lap 24. Busch finished in 30th place, 237 points out in the series standings.  

“Just a really confusing night for this Miller Lite Dodge Charger.  It’s really tough to explain.” Busch said. “We fought loose on exit early in the race and it cost us when I just nicked the wall off of (turn) 4. After that, we were all over the place. Loose, tight, loose again.”  

Jeff Burton and Clint Bowyer got together on lap 246 coming out of turn two. Burton came down on Bowyer and Burton slide sideways down to the apron of the track. A lot of smoke, but no major contact was made and bother drivers were able to continue on.  

Kasey Kahne got loose on lap 123 and hits the wall, also collecting Sam Hornish Jr. Both sustained heavy damage and went to the garage. JJ Yeley later returned to the speedway driving the No 9.   Johnson now holds a 41 point lead in the series standings over Hamlin with five races remaining.    

Unofficial Race Results

Bank of America 500, Charlotte Motor Speedway

October 16, 2010 – Race 31 of 36

Pos. St. No. Driver Make Pts. Bon. Laps Status
1 27 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 190 5 334 Running
2 6 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 180 10 334 Running
3 10 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 170 5 334 Running
4 23 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 165 5 334 Running
5 22 16 Greg Biffle Ford 160 5 334 Running
6 17 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 155 5 334 Running
7 12 20 Joey Logano Toyota 151 5 334 Running
8 24 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 147 5 334 Running
9 16 0 David Reutimann Toyota 138 0 334 Running
10 26 6 David Ragan Ford 134 0 334 Running
11 34 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 135 5 334 Running
12 2 99 Carl Edwards Ford 132 5 334 Running
13 32 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 124 0 334 Running
14 4 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 126 5 334 Running
15 13 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 118 0 334 Running
16 14 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota 115 0 334 Running
17 20 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 117 5 334 Running
18 7 83 Reed Sorenson Toyota 114 5 334 Running
19 21 82 Scott Speed Toyota 106 0 334 Running
20 18 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 108 5 334 Running
21 29 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 100 0 334 Running
22 30 110 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 97 0 333 Running
23 1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 99 5 333 Running
24 5 98 Paul Menard Ford 91 0 333 Running
25 3 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 93 5 333 Running
26 9 19 Elliott Sadler Ford 85 0 332 Running
27 31 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge 82 0 332 Running
28 36 38 David Gilliland Ford 84 5 332 Running
29 8 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 76 0 331 Running
30 15 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 73 0 331 Running
31 42 34 Travis Kvapil Ford 70 0 331 Running
32 41 37 Dave Blaney Ford 67 0 331 Running
33 39 7 Robby Gordon Toyota 64 0 327 Running
34 38 71 Andy Lally Chevrolet 61 0 315 Running
35 37 21 Bill Elliott Ford 58 0 305 Running
36 11 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 55 0 272 Running
37 35 26 Patrick Carpentier Ford 57 5 217 Accident
38 25 9 Kasey Kahne Ford 49 0 214 Running
39 33 46 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 51 5 127 R.Gear
40 19 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 43 0 122 Accident
41 43 164 Jeff Green Toyota 40 0 91 Trans.
42 28 9 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 37 0 89 R. Gear
43 40 36 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 34 0 73 Ignition

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