The NASCAR Cup Collection returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Spherical of 12 elimination race on the road-course format. With solely two drivers already punching their ticket to the following spherical, eight drivers will compete for the remaining six spots Sunday on the Financial institution of America ROVAL 400 (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC/NBC Sports activities App, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Earlier than this weekend‘s showdown, take a look at some essential particulars.
Charlotte Motor Speedway’s street course, generally known as the Roval, was adopted by NASCAR in 2018. The two.28-mile course options 17 turns with wherever from two- to 24-degree banking within the corners and zero- to five-degree banking on the straights.
Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott are the winners of the 2 Cup Collection races on the monitor.
Stage 1 will finish at Lap 25, Stage 2 at Lap 50 and the Closing Stage at Lap 109.
Denny Hamlin earned the Busch Pole Award for the second consecutive race, following his win at Talladega Superspeedway. Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Alex Bowman full the highest 5.
The lineup was decided utilizing NASCAR‘s competition-based formulation, which is a complete quantity primarily based on the earlier occasion: 15% of a quickest lap time place, 25% of the motive force‘s remaining race end place, 25% of the proprietor‘s remaining race place and 35% of the proprietor factors place.
The Cup Collection will use the adjusted 2020 package deal for brief tracks and street programs, that includes a diminished rear spoiler and entrance splitter with engines remaining optimized to provide a focused 750 horsepower.
Groups will probably be supplied with eight units of Goodyear Eagle Street Course Radials for the race.
Regardless of operating a bit of the principle Charlotte Motor Speedway oval, this week‘s focus is ready to zone in on maneuverability and tire strain for right-hand turns.
“We deal with the Roval as a street course from a tire development perspective,” mentioned Greg Stucker, Goodyear‘s director of racing. “However the Roval is distinct from different, extra conventional street programs that these groups run. Operating the vast majority of the oval, inserting the 2 chicanes after which having the infield portion of the street course actually gives its share of challenges. As on different street programs, the entrance tires may have larger strain suggestions to deal with the exhausting braking into the corners and acceleration off the corners. In deference to the oval, the right-front tire place may have the best strain suggestion to deal with the masses on these sections.”
PLAYOFF STATS TO KNOW
— Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliott are tied for probably the most street wins amongst energetic drivers with 4 apiece. Elliott has gained every of the final three Cup Collection road-course races courting again to 2019.
— Heading into the Spherical of 12 elimination race, no driver has locked into the following spherical on factors solely. Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch secured development with wins.
— Alex Bowman has the very best common end of all Cup Collection drivers on the Charlotte Roval: 3.0. He and Clint Bowyer are the one drivers to complete inside the highest 5 in each races.
— Martin Truex Jr. has led laps within the final 10 road-course races, tied for the second longest streak in collection historical past. Regardless of not at all times popping out on prime, he has arguably been in an excellent place to win the final 9.
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2019 RACE WINNER
After beginning 19th, Chase Elliott labored his means by the sector by showcasing his dominant pace and continued road-course prowess. Main the pack on a Lap 65 restart, Elliott missed Flip 1 and dove nostril first into the barrier, sending him to the again of the sector within the remaining stage with simply 44 laps to go. The No. 9 workforce regrouped and ran down the sector as Elliott powered his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to Victory Lane — maybe probably the most iconic win of his profession.
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ACTIVE ROVAL WINNERS
Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott (one win every).