NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison joined a Charlotte Motor Speedway road show today at Walmart in Simpsonville, South Carolina as part of the Bank of America 500 Trophy Tour.
Presented by Coca-Cola and Walmart, the trophy tour kicked off at the beginning of September and has continued in multiple cities across four regions in advance of the Oct. 11 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Allison greeted hundreds of fans in Simpsonville and in addition to signing autographs, he shared racing memories and talked about the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway.
"It takes a really strong effort (to run at Charlotte). Very similar to the other races, except if you're there for the Coca-Cola 600 you know it's an extra hundred miles and that puts a lot of wear and tear on the driver, the crew and the equipment," said Allison, a six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "If you're there for the Bank of America 500, it's still a major race at a major place. A track that's fast, a lot of people can go fast there. The competition is always good, so you've got to do all the right things."
Allison, who has three Bank of America 500 wins, offered his perspective on which drivers he thinks will fare well in the only remaining Saturday night NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season.
"We've seen great runs out of some of the new youngsters. Kyle Larson has done really well on several occasions already this year, but Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski have got their stuff together right at the moment. The Penske Fords are really looking good. Charlotte can always pull a surprise on everybody. Somebody can come up there and really have everything together and get the right breaks and come out on top."
The following schedule includes remaining stops for the Bank of America 500 Trophy Tour presented by Coca-Cola and Walmart:
Monday, Sept. 29
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
4424 W. Wendover Ave, Greensboro, N.C.
Monday, Oct. 6
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
5825 Thunder Rd., Concord, N.C.
The Greensboro stop will feature an appearance by NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson. Johnson will also visit the Concord Walmart along with current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Greg Biffle. In addition, each location will have the Coca-Cola Racing show car and simulator; Charlotte Motor Speedway's Fan Van and pace car; plus the opportunity for fans to take photos with the Bank of America 500 trophy and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship trophy. Fans can also register to win tickets to the Bank of America 500 and sample delicious Coca-Cola products.