For the first time , NASCAR is racing in a track that’s half oval and half street course. Sunday’s race on the 17-turn, 2.28 street course/oval, the Bank of America Roval 400 in Charlotte Motor Speedway, also marks the last event of the Round of 16 in NASCAR’s playoffs.
Crew chiefs and drivers are having a difficult time figuring out how to deal with this particular track, also for bettors, things are only an unpredictable. We break down the Roval from a gambling prospective below.
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The track is not a complete unknown for motorists, as many teams tested the Roval this spring and summertime. Most, however, had problems transitioning in the high speeds on the high banks to slowing entering the infield for Switch 1. Let’s let Kurt Busch clarify the track from a driver’s perspective.
Yeah, it is definitely going to be chaos, but breaking the tight and narrow Roval, we could find similarities to other monitors. Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick have made the highest driver ratings on the road paths of Sonoma and Watkins Glen within the last 3 years.
There is less margin for error on the Roval than there is at Watkins Glen and Sonoma. Sunday’s race begins on the new infield road course then employs the oval during its Turn 1 entrance. The cars remain on the speedway part of the track – navigating a chicane on the backstretch — before diving off into the street course again to complete the lap.
In terms of testing, on the final day of the last summer season, Kyle Busch place the fastest speed, followed by Joey Logano and A.J. Allmendinger.
The Roval is similar to the Rolex 24, a 24-hour sportscar race at Daytona in which cars race on the banks and on an infield course.
Several drivers in Sunday’s area have won that Daytona road program. Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Jamie McMurray and Playoff driver Kyle Larson awakened to win the 2015 Rolex 24 overall. A.J. Allmendinger won the Rolex crown 2012 with Michael Shank Racing. Jimmie Johnson, another Playoff motorist, completed runner-up in the Rolex 24 in both 2005 and 2008. Kurt Busch was third overall in 2008. And Paul Menard has a best finish of 15th in the Rolex in 2010.
Hurry favorite Kyle Busch led the very first practice on the Charlotte road course Friday at a session which left Aric Almirola, Hamlin, Chase Elliott and Austin Dillon with minor damage.
With the track offering small room to maneuver, the starting lineup is essential. Kurt Busch (15/1) and also road-warrior Allmendinger (30/1) will begin on the front . Alex Bowman (60/1), Elliott (8/1), Larson (20/1) and Johnson (25/1) round out the top-6.
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