The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Charlotte for the Bank of America Roval 400 after Chase Elliott‘s win at Talladega. Let’s dive into the track information NASCAR DFS players need to know, what to expect at this weekend’s race and early NASCAR fantasy advice.
NASCAR DFS: Bank of America Roval 400
Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course Information
- Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course
- Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
- Length: 2.28 miles (asphalt)
- Banking: 24 degrees in the oval’s turns
- Best corollary tracks: N/A
- Dominator Points:
- DraftKings: 26.25 – laps led, 49.5 – fastest laps
- FanDuel: 10.5 – laps led
- Past winners: Kyle Larson (2021), Chase Elliott (2020), Chase Elliott (2019)
- Betting favorite: Chase Elliott +500
- Entry List: 39 drivers, including Joey Hand (15), AJ Allmendinger (16), Daniil Kvyat (26), Loris Hezemans (27), Mike Rockenfeller (77) and Josh Williams (78)
- Weather: High of 76 degrees, mostly sunny
- Watch: NBC, NBCSports.com
- Listen: PRN (PRN, NASCAR.com, NASCAR Sirius/XM Channel 90)
On Track Schedule (All Times Eastern)
- Saturday, October 8
- 12:30 p.m.: practice
- 1:00 p.m.: qualifying
- Sunday, October 9
- 2:00 p.m.: Green flag (25/50/109 laps)
2022 Bank of America Roval 400 NASCAR DFS Picks
2022 Playoff Points Standings
In what turned out to be a rather timid superspeedway race at Talladega, Chase Elliott emerged victorious and locked himself into the round of eight. With his spot secured, Elliott can go out at the Charlotte Roval chasing a victory, his last road course win coming in last year’s race at Road America.
Via his second-place finish on Sunday, Ryan Blaney now sits in second place, 32 points clear of the cut-off. Ross Chastain is trailing Blaney by 4 points, another potential winner at Charlotte this Sunday. Denny Hamlin is 21 points above the cut-off line, currently fourth in points and just 3 points ahead of Joey Logano and Kyle Larson. Daniel Suarez is seventh in the playoff standings after his surprise top-10 finish at Talladega, while the last driver in is Chase Briscoe, the first Xfinity winner at the Charlotte Roval back in 2018.
Austin Cindric is technically tied with Briscoe but is losing the head-to-head tiebreaker, and he has failed to finish outside of the top 10 in his last six road course events. William Bryon is 11 points below the cut-off and has led the most laps at the Charlotte Roval over the past three races but failed to convert that into anything better than finishing sixth. Christopher Bell comes in 11th after a disappointing result at Talladega, down 33 points, needing a handful of scenarios or a win to get him into the third round. Finally, Alex Bowman finds himself down 54 points thanks to him missing last week with his concussion. Bowman is currently entered to drive this Sunday at Charlotte but that is to be determined if he’s cleared.
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2021 Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course Review
For the fifth-straight season, the Charlotte Roval follows Talladega to close out the second round of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. As the drivers have gotten more accustomed to this stadium course (a combination of road course and Charlotte Motor Speedway totaling out at just under 2.3 miles), this race has lost its flare for the dramatic and become a typical road course race. NASCAR fans and DFS players alike will remember the chaos that was the first race at the Roval, just four years ago, which was highlighted by multiple pileups going into turn 1 (which sounds like the Indy Road Course) and a spinout amongst Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. going into the final chicane, enabling Blaney to win. Fast forward to last year’s event and only four drivers failed to finish due to wrecks. One of those being Kevin Harvick whose brakes locked up with nine laps left, as he crashed into turn 1. The other three drivers to not finish due to wrecks were Ryan Newman, Cody Ware and Corey LaJoie. Ware and LaJoie both getting turned at the same turn, on the same lap, by different drivers.
Last year’s Bank of America Roval 400 started in an atypical fashion as the field was set by the formula, influenced by results from the previous week at Talladega. Thus, Hamlin started on the pole while race favorites Larson (10) and Elliott (eight) began their days further back in the field. For the first stage, with two cautions thrown at laps 12 (competition) and 21 (Newman’s wreck), the lead exchanged hands six times among five different drivers. Following pit stops, Kyle Busch inherited the lead and went on to lead the following 22 laps (the entire second stage) – a surprising result for a driver who has publicly voiced his displeasure about racing at the Roval, comparing it to racing in a parking lot. However, for any driver with three straight DNFs at a track, the feelings of near hatred for a venue could be understood.
Up to this point, Hendrick Motorsports had been mere spectators leading a grand total of two laps. However, Byron put himself in a position to start the third stage out front and he would go on to lead the next 23 laps. During this time is when Harvick first got into Elliott, a skirmish that Elliott misunderstood for Cole Custer, whom Elliott spun out going back into turn 1 of the oval. Following pit stops that saw the lead get exchanged amongst Kurt Busch, Chris Buescher and Hamlin; Byron emerged with the lead again before the caution flag was thrown on lap 88 for debris. Elliott’s trunk lid had been heavily damaged after getting turned by Harvick and after nearly 30 laps of flapping in the wind, the lid gave way.
With 21 laps remaining, polesitter Hamlin inherited the lead once more but could never shake the trio of Tyler Reddick (a foreshadowing of things to come with Reddick picking up two wins at road courses in 2022) Byron and Larson. Getting close to Hamlin was never the issue for these three drivers but passing was another issue. Following the aforementioned wrecks for Ware and LaJoie, the race restarted with 14 laps remaining and once more, dirty air appeared too big of an issue to overcome, as Hamlin was poised to win. On the final restart, Hamlin went wide going from turn 3 into turn 4 while Larson drove it in hard and was able to take the lead in turn 5 as he forced Hamlin near the grass. The final eight laps would be all the laps that Larson would lead that Sunday.
Expectations for Sunday’s Race at the Charlotte Roval
Predicting what will happen in a road course race that bookends a round of the playoffs is a fool’s errand at this early point in the week. The only thing close to a certainty is that due to playoff points, some drivers are bound to race this event differently compared to others. As mentioned earlier, Elliott doesn’t have to worry about stage points and can pit early in order to inherit the lead coming into stage three. Likewise, racing for stage points is probably going to mean nothing to drivers like Bell, Byron and Bowman; so expect them to do likewise in pursuit of a victory to advance them into round three of the playoffs. However, drivers like Suarez, Briscoe and Cindric are cutting it close to the cut-off line, so they should be candidates who exchange opportunities to lead, and perhaps win, in order to accumulate stage points.
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