Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL
— Practice 1: Friday, 12:05 PM (NBCSN)
— Qualifying: Friday, 4:45 PM (NBCSN)
— Practice 2: Saturday, 11:00 AM (NBC Sports App)
— Practice: Saturday, 1:30 PM (CNBC)
— Race: Bank of America Roval 400, Sunday 2:00 PM (NBC)
— 40 Drivers Entered; 109 Laps, 248.52 Miles
— Stage 1: Lap 1 – 25; Stage 2: Lap 26 – 50; Stage 3: Lap 51 – 109
— Expected Fuel Window – Unknown (possibly TBA but in Stage 1 and 2 it is likely that pit strategy (especially pitting just prior to stage-end) will be much more important than the fuel window. Additionally, in all 3 stages tire wear will also be very important in determining when teams pit.
— 2.28 mile road course/oval; 24-degree banking in oval; 0- to 4-degree banking road course; potential/unknown negative camber issues in road-course sections (flat, right turns as well as left turns) versus oval portions (only left turns like traditional races… FWIW/IMO , since NASCAR is experimenting with the bizarre, it may have been fun to reverse the oval portion to only run right hand turns).
— Winner Average Margin of Victory: NA, Inaugural ROVAL race
— Rank Most Green Flag Passes: NA, Inaugural ROVAL race
— Rank Most Quality Passes (Top 15 Passes): NA, Inaugural ROVAL race
— Rank Most Lead Changes: NA, Inaugural ROVAL race
— Rank Most Cautions: NA, Inaugural ROVAL race
— Rank Highest % Drivers Finishing on Lead Lap: NA, Inaugural ROVAL race
— Rank Highest % DNF Drivers – Mechanical: NA, Inaugural ROVAL race
— Rank Highest % DNF Drivers – Crash: NA, Inaugural ROVAL race
— Rank Highest % DNF Drivers – Overall: NA, Inaugural ROVAL race
Sonoma Raceway, Watkins Glen International
Note: It should go without saying, but the Charlotte Motor Speedway oval/intermediate course is not an applicable comparison to the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL even though a large portion of each lap will be run on the oval. This is really not due to the fact that the whole race will not be run on the oval, but car set-up will be totally different than any other any Cup race at Charlotte; and all other intermediate tracks in this same regard.
— Upcoming Cup Series ROVAL race: Practice/Qualifying Speed/Position, especially including 10-lap averages.
— Upcoming Xfinity Charlotte ROVAL race: All DNF %, Crash DNF %, Mechanical DNF %, Laps Led, Fastest Laps, Place Differential.
— Road Courses: All DNF %, Crash DNF %, Mechanical DNF %, Green Flag Passes (Sonoma more important than Watkins Glen), Quality Passes (Sonoma more important than Watkins Glen), Laps Led, Fastest Laps (Watkins Glen more important than Sonoma), Pass Differential, Place Differential, Finishing Position, Driver Rating, Practice/Qualifying Speed/Position (Watkins Glen more important than Sonoma). All data over prior 4-years.
— Current Playoff Standings: Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex, Jr. have advanced to 2nd round; Kevin Harvick simply needs to start the race to advance; Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones, and Denny Hamlin all make it to the 2nd round under different scenarios (with the latter drivers almost certainly needing a ROVAL win); remaining drivers are not in the playoffs.
— Daytona International Speedway/Talladega International Speedway, Pocono Raceway: All DNF %, Crash DNF %, Mechanical DNF %.
— YTD (all 2018 races): All DNF %, Crash DNF %, Mechanical DNF %.
— EDIT: Driver recent performance at short, flat tracks, particularly with difficult/unique turns compared to other turns on the same track (this impacts car set-up, per EhhTimmay suggestion below)
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