Who Won The Race At Charlotte Motor Speedway? [Expert Guide!]

Just six weeks after the Daytona 500, another big race takes place in North Carolina. Many top drivers and teams will be there to vie for the trophy – the Charlotte Motor Speedway trophy. Here is everything you need to know about the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including the qualifying results, stats, and more.

The History Of The Race

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has been held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway 50 times. The race has seen many changes over the years. It started out as a 500-mile marathon back in 1949. But the race was eventually shortened to its current length of 400 miles. It was also originally supposed to be held in May, but was pushed back to October due to World War II. The event was originally sponsored by DuPont and General Motors, but has been sponsored by Monster Energy since 2017.

The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was the 25th running of the event, and the first since 2015. Dale Earnhardt Jr. clinched the championship in 2017 with a 16th-place finish. During the race, he finished in the top 10 eight times, leading to him winning his third NASCAR Cup title. This marked the first time a driver had multiple wins in a season since Carl Edwards in 2010. And it was the first time a driver had won the championship and the Hollywood Casino 400 in the same year since Richard Petty in 1967.

This year’s race will be held on October 7th, and will feature the same qualifying format as in previous years. This year’s field will be comprised of 40 drivers. Fifteen of them are currently classified as major contenders. That means they could win the race and secure their position in the championship standings.

The Track

Charlotte Motor Speedway is a traditional ½-mile oval. It was built in 1960 and expanded in 1968. Since then, it has hosted the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the other Monster Energy NASCAR events, along with the World Finals Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series. Today, the track is an international racetrack with great trackside amenities, like the 7th Streeet and the Monster Energy Park (formerly known as the Bank of America Park).

The track is designed in a way that encourages passing. There are 13 turns on the track. And for the first time ever, all of the turns will be banked. This brings back fond memories of the glory days of stock car racing.

The racing surface is asphalt. It is the same surface as the centerline throughout the entire track. This guarantees clean racing and minimal downtime. There are 16 rows of seating on the banking of the track. Those in the back of the stands have a great view of the action.

The stands are covered, and there is room for the entire family to have a good view of the action. In addition, the track has an outdoor patio available for those who want to bring a little bit of the outside in.

The track is illuminated by a combination of 500 individually powered light bulbs and more than 3,500 lights hung from the trackside suites. These bulbs are wired so that they can be controlled from the suites, and turn on and off with the flick of a switch. This is intended to make the track look even more realistic at night, and the contrast between day and night is spectacular.

The Layout

The track layout is something that has been seen many times before, but it never gets old. You start at the start/end of the long backstretch and then the first turn takes you to the right, before you hit the second turn and start heading to the track’s short straightaways. From there you go to the three turns before the checkered flag. This year will be no different. The track’s layout was officially approved by NASCAR in April, and will be featured in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series rulebook.

One of the straightaways, the fourth one, is longer than usual. This means that the cars will be able to run faster through those stretches. The track also features a lot of short turns. This makes the cars more unstable, and harder to control. If you want to be extra careful, the track designers used a lot of sweeper cones – small circles that are placed along the main racing groove to help keep the track clean. There are also a lot of creasers along the edge of the track, which are used for pre-race testing. The last turn is the longest of the entire track, and it brings you back to the tri-oval, where the start/finish line is located. It is the perfect place for dramatic finishes.

The Entrance To The Track

Since the inaugural running of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 1949, fans have traveled to North Carolina to see the cars enter the track. Back then, the cars would pull in through a cattle chute, and fans would have to be content with waving their hands in the air and screaming. These days, the cars will cruise into the facility, and everyone will have a great view. The trucks will pull into the garage next to the start/finish line, while the cars will be brought in through the paddock area. There is a great view of the trucks pulling in from Main Street, and fans will have to go through security to get into the garage area due to safety concerns after the trucks caused damage during a practice session.

Notable Things To Do This Year

There are a lot of interesting things going on at this year’s race. For example, for the first time ever, all of the cars will be equipped with a safety cell called a “helmet liner.” In the event of a fatal accident, investigators can use data from the helmet liners to determine the cause of the accident.

In addition to the safety cell in the helmets, drivers and teams will also be wearing a special livery this year to show support for a mental health app called “Headspace.” The logo for the app will be on the right shoulder of the drivers and teams who wear it. The app is intended to be a safe place for people who are experiencing anxiety and depression to communicate and connect with others who are dealing with the same issues. This year will also see the return of the popular “Black Out” special episode, which will bring the total number of eyeballs on the action this year to over 20 million.

The Practice And Qualifying

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will have two practice sessions this year, on Thursday and Friday. Practice will start at 9:00 am ET on Thursday, and will be followed by a brief formal practice session at 12:00 pm ET on Friday. All of the practice sessions will be open to the public. On Thursday, drivers will have the opportunity to get the tires spun up, and will be able to make some last-minute adjustments. On Friday, the cars will move faster, and teams will be able to work on perfecting their driving styles.

The qualifying session for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series takes place on Saturday, September 28th. The session starts at approximately 12:00 pm ET, and can only be viewed online. All of the drivers and teams will be competing for the prestigious Budweiser Pole, and the others will be looking for space in the middle of the pack.

The Awards

There will be several awards given out after the race, honoring the top drivers and teams. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series awards banquet will take place on Sunday, October 8th at 6:00 pm ET. The annual NASCAR Cup Series champion will be announced during the banquet. In addition, the race’s top three drivers will receive their trophies and finishers will get their prizes. The award shows will be televised, with the race being the focal point.

The Prediction

It’s hard to pick a winner at the end of a 400-mile race. But if we had to choose one, it would be either Joey Logano or Martin Truex, Jr. Of the two, we think Logano has the best shot at taking the checkered flag. He has the top-notch crew and is coming off a second-place finish at Richmond, which was one of his best efforts this year. He also owns the best pit crew in the business, which makes perfect sense since they were one-half of the winningest crew ever in NASCAR history in 2018. In addition, Logano has been the best regular-season finisher at Charlotte, and this year should be no different.

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