By HEATHER WILLIAMS
7:53 PM CDT, October 12, 2012
In my opinion, every NASCAR race, or at least every race in the Chase should be run under the lights. The cars look better, faster and Saturday night racing just feels more like racing at the local dirt tracks. As it is, the only night race in the Chase that we have, is Saturday night in Charlotte.
"Once night falls during the October race, Charlotte (Motor Speedway) becomes completely different than what we practice on during the day," said Kevin Harvick. "You can bet on the fact that the track will be really fast as the temperature drops and we'll gain a lot of grip."
This race is also different because it one of the three times a year the NASCAR races on it's home turf. And this will be the last change this time for drivers to win in front of families, friends and all the boys back at shop.
"We look forward to Charlotte. It's a home race for us," said Denny Hamlin. "Even though it's not the All-Star race, it's got an All-Star type feel to it Obviously, a night race in the Chase is big for any race track, but especially big being in the backyard of everyone's house. I just look forward to it. We run well there so I'm excited."
When it comes to Charlotte, obviously all conversations start will Jimmie Johnson. The 48 team has won six times there. His Hendrick teammate Kasey Kahne also has quite the record at CMS, winning there four times, including in the spring.
"It's great to go back to Charlotte as the defending winner," said Kahne. "The win in May was a total team effort and was really big for us to get that victory. I think we've only gotten stronger since then. I hope we can be back out front and sweep the season here."
Other active drivers who have won at the Concord track include Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Jamie McMurrary, Jeff Burton, Mark Martin, Casey Mears, Jeff Gordon, David Reutimann, Tony Stewart and Bobby Labonte.
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