McKinney: Quick Hitter

Oct. 10, 2013 @ 11:48 PM

We’ve reached the halfway point of the Chase for the Championship.

Saturday’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway marks the fifth event of the 10-race Chase for the Cup.

Race No. 5 stands out for a couple of reasons.

It’s the only Chase race held in the state of North Carolina.

But perhaps more significantly, it’s the only Chase night race.

The green flag waves shortly after 7:30 p.m. (ABC/WXLV, Ch. 45 locally).

Racing under the lights produces a different vibe. It creates different challenges.

And even though it wreaks havoc with newspaper deadlines, I enjoy the prime-time stock-car spectacle.

There should be at least one night race in NASCAR’s playoffs. 

I also believe there should be at least one road-course race in the Cup postseason, but that’s another topic for another quick hitter.

After Saturday night’s 500 at CMS, the Chase features day races at Talladega on Oct. 20, at Matinsville on Oct. 27, at Texas on Nov. 3, at Phoenix on Nov. 10 and at Homestead on Nov. 17.

That’s plenty of NASCAR fun in the sun.

I’ll look forward to a little Cup night life tomorrow.

— Mark McKinney