How to Watch, Schedule, NASCAR Odds at Charlotte Roval originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The picture finally becomes clearer in the 2022 NASCAR playoffs.
After four races won by drivers outside the playoffs, Chase Elliott took victory at Talladega last week to punch his ticket to the next round.
That leaves 11 playoff drivers battling for the last seven available spots in the Round of 8, which begins after this weekend’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The circuit is called “Roval” because it combines parts of the traditional oval track with an inside track, creating a unique challenge for car setup.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte, which will be the fifth race to be held on the oval track layout:
List of NASCAR Charlotte Roval entrants
There are 39 drivers on the entry list for Charlotte. Since up to 40 cars can qualify for a race, all 39 entries will compete on Sunday. Several non-full-time road course specialists will be racing, including AJ Allmendinger, Daniil Kvyat, Loris Hezemans, Conor Daly and Mike Rockenfeller.
Ty Gibbs remains in the field, driving the No. 23 for 23XI Racing, with veteran Kurt Busch out with a concussion for the 12th straight race. alex bowman he will miss his second consecutive race after suffering a concussion two weeks ago, with Noah Gragson back in place. Cody Ware is also out due to a leg injury sustained in a crash two weeks ago, with JJ Yaley moving up to No. 51.
This is the complete list of participants:
Charlotte Roval Track Map
If you’re not familiar with the layout of the Charlotte Speedway, here’s a refresher. There are 17 turns, including the four traditional oval turns, eight turns on the inside track portion of the circuit, and five chicane turns that break up the oval.
What is the NASCAR Charlotte Roval schedule?
This race weekend features pre-race practice and qualifying sessions. The 39-car field will be divided into two groups, with each group having a 20-minute practice session on Saturday, October 8, beginning at 12 pm ET.
Two-round qualifying begins after practice at 1 pm ET on Saturday. Both groups will have 15 minutes to set their fastest lap in the first round, with the fastest five drivers from each group advancing. In the final round, the remaining 10 drivers will have 10 minutes to set their fastest lap, with the fastest driver taking pole.
The Bank of America ROVAL 400 in Charlotte begins at 2 pm ET on Sunday, October 9.
What is the NASCAR TV schedule this weekend?
Saturday, October 8 (USA Network and Online Broadcast)
Practice, 12 pm ET, USA Network (starting at 12:30 pm ET), NBC Sports App Y online
Qualifying, 1 p.m. ET, USA Network, NBC Sports App Y online
Sunday, October 9 (NBC and streaming online)
NASCAR Countdown to Green, 1 p.m. ET, NBC, NBC Sports App Y online
Bank of America ROVAL 400, 2 pm ET, NBC, NBC Sports App Y online
2022 NASCAR playoff standings
Only 12 drivers remain in contention for the 2022 championship, with four more to be eliminated after Charlotte. The four drivers with the fewest points will be eliminated, but a win equates to an automatic ticket to the Round of 8, regardless of points. Chase Elliott is the only driver currently locked in the Round of 8 after his victory at Talladega.
Here’s a look at the playoff standings before the final race in the Round of 12:
- Chase Elliott, auto-advance via win
- Ryan Blaney, +32 points from ninth
- Ross Chastain, +28 points from 9th
- Denny Hamlin, +21 points from ninth
- Joey Logano, +18 points from ninth
- Kyle Larson, +18 points from ninth
- William Byron, +14 points from 9th
- Daniel Suárez, +12 points from 9th
- Chase Briscoe, -12 points from 8th (owns tiebreaker)
- Austin Cindric, -12 points from the eighth
- Christopher Bell, -45 points from the eighth
- Alex Bowman, –66 points from 8th*
*Bowman will not race Sunday due to a concussion, so he will be eliminated from the playoffs.
Which drivers have won at the Charlotte Roval?
Only three of the 39 drivers who raced on Sunday have won at charlotte speedway: Elliott, Blaney and Larson.
Blaney won the inaugural race at the Roval in 2018 after Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson collided coming to the checkered flag. Elliott had back-to-back wins on the track in 2019 and 2020, while Larson won last year.
Who is the favorite to win NASCAR this weekend?
As crazy as some of the racing has been at the Roval, all the winners have been among the favourites.
When looking at the odds this weekend, look no further than the usual road-course contenders. That means this year’s road race winners (Larson, Chastain, Suarez and Tyler Reddick) plus Elliott (who has seven road wins in his career) should be the best drivers.
In just four races at the Roval, Elliott leads all drivers with an average finish of 5.0 and the aforementioned two wins. Blaney (5.8 average finish in four starts), Reddick (7.0 in two starts) and Logano (7.3 in four starts) are the others with an average top-10 finish at the Roval.
Here are some of the odds to win at Charlotte before practice and qualifying, courtesy of our betting partner, PointsBet:
- Chase Elliott, +475
- Tyler Reddick, +625
- Kyle Larson, +775
- AJ Allmendinger, +1200
- William Byron, +1400
- Daniel Suarez, +1500
- Ross Chastain, +1600
- Ryan Blaney, +1600
- Austin Cindric, +1600
- Denny Hamlin, +1600
- Christopher Bell, +1600
- Joey Logano, +1800
- Chase Briscoe, +2000
- Chris Buescher, +2200
- Kevin Harvick, +2800
- Martin Truex Jr., +2800
- Kyle Busch, +3000
- Michael McDowell, +3000
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