NASCAR Pre-Race Media: Charlotte ROVAL Track Trends

TRACK: Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL (2.28 mile Roval) DISTANCE: 109 Laps — STAGE 1: 25 Laps, STAGE 2: 25 Laps, FINAL STAGE: 59 Laps, MILES (248.520 Miles)


Track History/Trends

  • Top Drivers: Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch
  • Trending Down: Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, William Byron, Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Kyle Busch
  • Chase Elliott has won each of the last 2 years of this race.
  • Elliott, has won six of the last 10 road course races in general with the only four that he didn’t win being this past February in Daytona when he led the most laps but was screwed for a caution being displayed for rain in which he was going to cruise to an easy victory. The other was a runner-up in Sonoma and Watkins Glen as well at Indianapolis to where he had a top two car that day before the last race chaos.
  • Hendrick Motorsports has also won 8 of the last 10 overall road course races in general. Counting Joe Gibbs Racing, them and HMS have combined to win 10 of the last 11 road course races
  • Throw in Furniture Row Racing (Martin Truex Jr.) who was aligned with JGR, these three teams have won 13 of the last 15 road course races. The only ones they didn’t win was when Ryan Blaney (Team Penske) was victorious in 2018 on the Charlotte ROVAL when Truex was crashed in the final turn on the final lap as well as AJ Allmendinger stealing the way at Indy in August when Denny Hamlin was spun while leading coming to the white flag or else it would be 15 straight.
  • Only once in three years has someone started in the top five and won. Chase Elliott started second last year.
  • 2 of the 3 race winners started in the top 10.
  • The 3 years this race has occurred, the winner finished in the top 2 in all three second stages. Ryan Blaney won the second stage in 2018, Elliott won it in 2019 and he was second in 2020.
  • The first stage, Blaney was 10th in 2018, Elliott was ninth in 2019 and he didn’t get a top 10 in 2020.

Track Comparison

Always an interesting track. A combination of a road course and the oval. You have to have good handling on the infield portion but also can’t give up speed when you get to the oval either. The Daytona road course is the only other close comparison.

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