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DFS NASCAR: Bank of America 500 Playbook and Lineups

The next race is at Talladega Superspeedway, not a favorable spot for Johnson. Jimmie Johnson is an eight-time victor at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including the win of last year's Bank of America 500. In pre-race coverage, we said he would be a top value and he proved us right.

The win should come as no surprise to NASCAR fans, as Truex has had the highest average finish at mile-and-a-half tracks, like Charlotte, of any driver this season, and it's not even close.

Coca-Cola 600 pole victor Kevin Harvick (191.394 mph) dominated the first two rounds of qualifying, posting the fastest lap of the evening at 192.589 miles per hour in the first round, but the 2014 series champion had to settle for third in the money round. However, he dominated the final segment, leading 91 of the 157 laps, including the one that mattered most. He won the first stage, his fourth stage win this season, but also worth noting is that this is the first race since July where Truex didn't earn any points in Stage 1.

"When all that first happened, I didn't know if I'd ever be able to race in the series again competitively", Truex said.

Dover victor Kyle Busch qualified fourth, followed by non-Playoff driver Clint Bowyer. Midway through Sunday's second stage, things were promising for the Las Vegas native as he sat in second place.

Busch's vehicle got loose and into the wall on lap 136. So NASCAR has taken action to try to ensure we get at least a good deal of racing action in. It didn't matter much anyway, as he got into the wall a few more times, ultimately finishing 29th and six laps down. Busch exited his race auto, which incurred damage in three incidents, and collapsed on the frontstretch's apron. He also was the first to cross the start/finish line of the current first four drivers out, but was unable to capitalize on any stage points, something the team hopes to change.

Harvick moved from sixth place in the standings to third behind Truex and Kyle Larson, who finished 10th after encountering some problems in the pits. His Michael Waltrip Racing team deliberately caused a caution that set in motion Truex winning a race that would have put him in the playoffs.

A NASCAR race needs to reach its halfway point to be considered an official race, so kicking off the Bank of America 500 shortly after 1 o'clock gives it a definite chance to get that far as long as there aren't too many cautions and the rain doesn't start falling right at 3 p.m. He sits third overall in the Chase standings heading to Talladega next weekend. You dream about days like today. Unfortunately, Larson and his crew could not get out of their own way.

Truex was the leader after the race's lone cycle of green-flag pit stops concluded on lap 234.

Reed has won two Daytona races but this might have been one of his biggest accomplishments as he had to hold off Brandon Jones late in the race to preserve his playoff spot. While he would once again fight to the front, Larson lost his shot for his first win at Charlotte, as he finished 10th. I made a mistake on pit road early. "Disappointing, but we fought hard". Dale Earnhardt Jr. went to a backup vehicle after a practice crash Friday.

The humidity drained several drivers, including Truex, who had to catch his breath after taking his sixth victory of the season.

A late push helped him finish 12th, but Earnhardt Jr. was never truly in contention, and his only Cup win at Charlotte still remains the All-Star Race in 2000.



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