THE RACE: Bank of America ROVAL 400
TRACK: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #29 of 36
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race #3 of 10
Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018 in Concord, NC
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:04 pm/et
NASCAR America: 12:00pm/et on NBCSN
NASCAR Countdown to Green: 1:00pm/et on NBC
Television Race Coverage: NBC, 2:00pm/et
Friday, September 28, 12:05-12:55pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
Saturday, September 29, 11:00-11:50am/et, TV-NBC Sports App;
Saturday, September 29, 1:30pm-2:20pm/et, TV-CNBC.
Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, September 28 at 4:45 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: None
In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Pit Reporters: Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page
Thursday, September 27
3:00 PM-5:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
Friday, September 28
9:00 AM-7:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
12:05 PM-12:55 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:45 PM MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)
Saturday, September 29
9:30 AM-6:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 AM-11:50 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
1:30 PM-2:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
Sunday, September 30
8:30 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
12:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM MENCS RACE (109 LAPS, 248.52 MILES)
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Grand Marshal: Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera
Command to start engines: Ron Rivera
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Sherry Pollex
Color Guard: City of Burlington Fire Department Honor Guard
Invocation: Jim Daily, Focus on the Family
National Anthem: Jordan Smith
Flyover: C-17 North Carolina Air National Guard 145th Fighter Wing
Sunday Charlotte Notebook: Jimmie Johnson goes for Charlotte victory-and crashes out of Playoffs; Kyle Larson bounces off the wall to keep Playoff hopes alive; Wild restart ends improbable run for Brad Keselowski.[More](9-30-2018)
Saturday Charlotte Notebook: NASCAR Xfinity leader Christopher Bell enjoys Charlotte Road Course debut; NASCAR takes some teeth out of bus stop tire barrier; Short strokes.[More](9-29-2018)
Friday Charlotte Notebook: Full circle: Daniel Hemric promoted to RCR's No. 31 Cup team; Ryan Preece hits the jackpot, lands ride with JTG Daugherty; Austin Dillon damages his Chevrolet in chaotic opening practice.[More](9-28-2018)
What to Watch for: Charlotte Motor Speedway: NASCAR Goes "Roval" Racing for First Time; 1 Race Left in Round of 16; Johnson, Hamlin in Trouble; Busch Joins Harvick With 7-Win Seasons; Who's Hot and Who's Not - Charlotte Roval[More](9-28-2018)
Weekend Preview: Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course: A weekend full of unknowns for Cup teams; The XFINITY Playoffs continue.[More](9-27-2018)
A look at many news, notes and story lines for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Charlotte Motor Speedway
Ryan Blaney emerges from last-lap wreck as Charlotte Road Course winner: In a race that was as wild as advertised in the closing laps, Ryan Blaney sped past crashing Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. in the final corner to win Sunday's inaugural Bank of America ROVAL 400 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course. With his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season and the second of his career, Blaney advanced to Round of 12 in the Playoffs.[More](9-30-2018)
Ryan Blaney won the Bank of America ROVAL 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The win is his 1st win of 2018, 1st win at Charlotte and 2nd career win.
#1-McMurray finished 2nd followed by #14-Bowyer, #88-Bowman, pole winner #41-Busch, #9-Elliott, #47-Allmendinger, #48-Johnson, #4-Harvick, and #22-Logano.
Drivers that advanced to the Round of 12 in the Playoffs: #18-Busch, #4-Harvick, #78-Truex Jr., #2-Keselowski, #14-Bowyer, #22-Logano, #41-Busch, #12-Blaney, #9-Elliott, #42-Larson, #10-Almirola, and #88-Bowman.
Drivers that did not advance: #48-Johnson, #3-Dillon, #11-Hamlin, and #20-Jones.
Among the incidents that impacted Playoff drivers:
• #78-Truex, Jr was leading the race on the final lap. Coming into the chicane on the frontstretch, just before the start finish line, #48-Johnson tried to make a pass around Truex for the win. Johnson spun out. As he came back around onto the track, he clipped Truex, sending him up into the outside wall. Blaney slipped through to grab the win. Johnson fell to 8th place and missed the Playoffs on a tiebreaker with Larson and Almirola.
• #3-Dillon hit the went out of the race early after hitting the outside wall in a could different incidents. He finished 39th.
• #20-Jones cut a tire after contact on a late restart and spun out. He pitted under green and never could get back on the lead lap. He finished 30th.
• There was a large accident in turn one with six laps remaining. The leader, #2-Keselowski, got into the wall and collected several other drivers including #42-Larson, #18-Busch, #21-Menard, #24-Byron, #6-Bayne and several others. There was a red flag for track cleanup. #2-Keselowski and #18-Busch could not continue and finished 31st and 32nd respectively. Larson suffered heavy suspension damage but was able to continue to the checkered flag and finished 25th. He passed #96-Earnhardt coming to the finish to get the additional point he needed to make the playoffs.
Stage 1 was won by #42-Larson, finished 25th.
Stage 2 was won by #12-Blaney, finished 1st.
There were 10 lead changes among 8 drivers and 8 cautions for 16 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 82.125mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
Where the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Playoff drivers finished at Charlotte:
#12-Ryan Blaney, 1st
#14-Clint Bowyer, 3rd
#88-Alex Bowman, 4th
#41-Kurt Busch, 5th
#9-Chase Elliott, 6th
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 8th
#4-Kevin Harvick, 9th
#22-Joey Logano, 10th
#11-Denny Hamlin, 12th
#78-Martin Truex, Jr., 14th
#10-Aric Almirola, 19th
#42-Kyle Larson, 25th
#20-Erik Jones, 30th
#2-Brad Keselowski, 31st
#18-Kyle Busch, 32nd
#3-Austin Dillon, 39th
MENCS at Charlotte
- Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick): finished 8th after running 2nd entering final corner; eliminated from playoffs on 3-driver tiebreaker, best finish in this round (top 2 advanced)
- Johnson: 2nd time being eliminated in opening round of playoffs (2015)
- Johnson: winless streak now at 52 races (longest of Cup Series career)
- Kyle Larson (Ganassi): finished 25th after passing Jeffrey Earnhardt for position coming to checkered flag; was involved in wreck with 6 laps to go and had hit the wall on final lap; advanced on tiebreaker
- Aric Almirola (Stewart-Haas): finished 19th and was other driver to advance on 3-driver tiebreaker that eliminated Johnson
- Ryan Blaney (Penske): gets 2nd career win after wreck involving top-2 cars on final lap
- Blaney: 1st driver to win inaugural race at a track since Kyle Busch won at Kentucky in July 2011
- Blaney: entered race 12th in points, 4 points ahead of cutoff (playoff field trimmed from 16 to 12 after this race)
- Team Penske: won 4 of last 5 MENCS races (Brad Keselowski won other 3); 5 wins this season surpasses last season's total
- Penske: 1st time winning 4 times in a 5-race span since 2014 (Keselowski 2, Joey Logano 2)
- Jamie McMurray (Ganassi): finished 2nd, his best finish since also finishing 2nd in May 2017 at Talladega
- Austin Dillon (entered 9th in points, finished 39th), Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin also eliminated from playoffs
- Hamlin (Gibbs): 1st time eliminated in first round in 5 seasons with this format
(ESPN Stats & Info)
Race Fast Facts - Charlotte
Ryan Blaney (P) won the 59th Annual Bank of America ROVAL 400, his second victory in 119 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2018.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course.
Jamie McMurray (second) posted his first top-10 finish at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2018.
Clint Bowyer (P) (third) posted his first top-10 finish at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course.
William Byron (34th) was the highest finishing rookie.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(9-30-2018)
2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings:
[after Charlotte - race 3 of 3 in the Round of 16, 3 of 10 in the Playoffs]
1) #18-Kyle Busch, 3055
2) #4-Kevin Harvick, 3050
3) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 3038
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 3025
5) #14-Clint Bowyer, 3015
6) #22-Joey Logano, 3014
7) #41-Kurt Busch, 3014
8) #12-Ryan Blaney, 3013
9) #9-Chase Elliott, 3008
10) #42-Kyle Larson, 3006
11) #10-Aric Almirola, 3001
12) #88-Alex Bowman, 3000
Eliminated from the Playoffs:
See the Drivers Points Standings after Charlotte and Reset Drivers Points Standings going into Dover and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 50) of the Bank of America ROVAL 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (lap 50/109):
#12-Blaney, 10pts, 1 playoff point
Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 25) of the Bank of America ROVAL 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (lap 25/109):
#42-Larson, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#78-Truex, Jr., 7pts
Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap back during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #66-Hill, 38th
Caution 2: #66-Hil (2), 38th
Caution 3: #66-Hill (3), 38th
Caution 4: #72-Whitt, 20th
Caution 5: #72-Whitt (2), 20th
Caution 6: #72-Whitt (3), 20th
Caution 7: #96-Earnhardt, 26th
Caution 8: #72-Whitt (4), 20th
Sunday Pre-Race Schedule (ET):
1:45 p.m. Presentation of Colors by The City of Burlington Fire Department Honor Guard
1:45 p.m. Invocation by Focus on the Family, Jim Daily
1:46 p.m. National Anthem by Republic Recording Artist Jordan Smith
1:47 p.m. Fly By: C-17 North Carolina Air National Guard 145th Fighter Wing
1:52 p.m. Command for "Drivers, Start your engines!" by Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera
2:04: Green flag for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America Roval 400
See the starting lineup for the Bank of America ROVAL 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).
To the rear: #11-Hamlin (backup car), #43-Wallace (backup car), #20-Jones (backup car), #2-Keselowski (backup car), #95-Smith (engine change)
NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.
Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Bank of America ROVAL 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway have been made.
With 40 cars running, pit stalls 1,2,3 are not in use.
Pole winner #41-Busch chose pit stall 4, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole winner #47-Allmendinger took pit stall15, with an opening in front of it.
#88-Bowman, who starts 3rd, took the 36th stall, with an opening in front of it.
The final pit stall was taken by #9-Elliott, who starts 4th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(9-29-2018)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Cumlative Race Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List
Happy Hour (final) practice for the Bank of America ROVAL 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex Jr. 104.876
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 9 drivers): #48-Johnson 103.552.
slowest: #95-Smith 100.110 & #00-Cassill 95.231.
notes: The only major incident was #2-Keselowski spinning out in the front chicane and hitting the outside wall last in practice. He will have to go to a backup car.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (9-29-2018)
First Saturday practice for the Bank of America ROVAL 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 3 drivers): #9-Elliott 103.100
slowest: #51-Barrett 98.812
notes: #43-Wallace was involved in a single-car incident on the backstretch chicane and will move to a backup car. #10-Almirola also made contact in a separate incident and his team is repairing the rear of his Ford. #20-Erik Jones wrecked in back chicane in the closing minutes and will also turn to a backup.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Second Practice speeds page (pdf) (9-29-2018)
Simulator prep helps Kurt Busch secure Charlotte Road Course pole: Kurt Busch and his No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford crashed the Chevrolet party at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course on Friday, winning the pole for a race in which the word "crash" could be commonplace. Running late in the final round, Busch toured the 2.28-mile, 17-corner course in 76.805 seconds (106.868 mph) to edge road course ace AJ Allmendinger (76.846 seconds at 106.811 mph) for the top starting spot in Sunday's Bank of America Roval 400 [More](9-28-2018)
Kurt Busch won the Busch pole for the Bank of America ROVAL 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with speed of 106.868mph for his 4th pole of 2018 and 26th of his career. Busch has won once from the 25 previous poles.
#47-Allmendinger will start 2nd followed by #88-Bowman, #9-Elliott, #42-Larson, #48-Johnson, #14-Bowyer, #1-McMurray, #12-Blaney, #37-Bueshcer, #8-Hemric, and #20-Jones.
#47-Allmendinger was quickest in the first round with a speed of 106.658mph, will start 2nd.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 40 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(9-28-2018)
Where the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Playoff drivers will start at Charlotte:
#41-Kurt Busch, 1st
#88-Alex Bowman, 3rd
#9-Chase Elliott, 4th
#42-Kyle Larson, 5th
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 6th
#14-Clint Bowyer, 7th
#12-Ryan Blaney, 9th
#20-Erik Jones, 12th
#78-Martin Truex, Jr., 13th
#18-Kyle Busch, 14th
#22-Joey Logano, 15th
#4-Kevin Harvick, 19th
#10-Aric Almirola, 20th
#3-Austin Dillon, 24th
#2-Brad Keselowski, 25th
#11-Denny Hamlin, 27th
Charlotte Motor Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Kurt Busch (P) won the Busch Pole Award Pole Award for the inaugural Bank of America ROVAL 400 with a lap of 76.805 seconds, 106.868 mph.
This is his 26th pole in 641 Monster Energy Series races.
This is his fourth pole and 21st top-10 start in 2018.
AJ Allmendinger (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2018 and his first at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course.
Alex Bowman (P) (third) posted his first top-10 start at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course. It is his 10th in 29 races this season.
William Byron (21st) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Playoff drivers currently outside the top 12 in the championship standings and their starting positions - 13th place Clint Bowyer will start seventh; 14th place Jimmie Johnson will start sixth; 15th place Erik Jones will start 12th and 16th place Denny Hamlin will start at the rear of the field after having to go to a back-up car following qualifying.
First Round of Qualifying for the Bank of America ROVAL 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 25 scheduled minutes.
the rest of the top 12:48 42 14 1 41 20 12
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 2: 78 18 22 6 19 34 4 10 24 21 17 3 2 13 11 32 31 38 15 95 72 43 7 23 96 00 51 66
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 40 entered
Coverage of Qualifying for the Bank of America ROVAL 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, September 28, 2018 at 4:45pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 4:30pm/et
Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
Road Course Qualifying Format: Qualifying for the road courses consist of two elimination rounds to determine the starting grid. The first elimination round will last 25 minutes and include all cars, setting starting spots 13-40. Then there will be a ten-minute break. The 12 cars that post the fastest single lap will advance to the final round. The final qualifying round will last 10 minutes, include all cars and the fastest single lap time will determine positions 1 through 12. The fastest driver in the final round will earn the pole position for the race.
Road Course Events Qualifying Format:
a) Qualifying will consist of two scheduled rounds.
b) The first Qualifying round is twenty-five (25) minutes in duration, unless otherwise authorized by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director.
c) Upon completion of the first Qualifying round, eligibility for the forty (40) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting grid positions will be determined. Each Charter Team will be eligible for one of the available forty (40) starting grid positions. Open Teams will be eligible for the next available starting grid positions based on the fastest single lap speed posted to each Open Team's Designated Vehicle in the first Qualifying round.
d) The twelve (12) eligible Designated Vehicles that post the fastest single lap speed from the first Qualifying round will advance to the final Qualifying round.
e) The remaining eligible Designated Vehicles will be assigned starting grid positions 13th - 40th based on their fastest single lap speed posted in the first Qualifying round in descending order in accordance with the rules book.
f) There will be a ten-minute break after the completion of the first Qualifying round and the twelve (12) remaining Designated Vehicles that advance to the final Qualifying round will have their previously posted speed reset.
g) The final Qualifying round is ten minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed posted in the final Qualifying round will be used to assign starting grid positions 1st - 12th in descending order.
Qualifying Order for the Bank of America ROVAL 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #17-Stenhouse, Jr.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #21-Menard.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(9-28--2018)
Friday practice for the Bank of America ROVAL 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
most laps run: #43-Walllace & #3-Dillon, 16 laps.
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 1 driver): #43-Wallace 98.418.
slowest: #51-Barrett 96.753 & #00-Cassill 96.743.
notes: There were several issues in practice: #43-Wallace spun a couple times. #10-Almirola suffered some slight rear damage after a spin. #17-Stenhouse, Jr spun and hit the tire barriers. #3-Dillon spun out early, then hit the chicane wall late. #12-Blaney ran into the wall in the chicane, causing front left damage.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the First Practice speeds (pdf) (9-28-2018)
Entry List for the Bank of America ROVAL 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #6-Bayne, #7-Chastain, #8-Hemric, #15-Marks, #23-Yeley, ,#51-Barrett, #66-Hill, #72-Whitt, #95-Smith.
Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page
How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Charlotte(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Charlotte(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
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Charlotte Goodyear Tire Notes See complete tire information for the race weekend across all series on the [Goodyear Tire Notes - Charlotte Motor Speedway page.(9-25-2018)
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